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GroundWork Open Source, a commercial open source systems and network management software vendor, released a new CenOS Linux Appliance for their monitoring software today.  The GroundWork Monitor Enterprise Quickstart Virtual Appliance is tailored to smaller network environments with under 100 devices.  The move makes sense for GWOS because 46% of their installations use CentOS.

The new virtual appliance pairs GroundWork Monitor Enterprise Edition with CentOS 5.4 for an easy to deploy monitoring system.  The enterprise edition of GroundWork's monitoring software utilizes a standards-based, open architecture.  It's a low cost, scalable system and network monitoring platform that includes full management features at the instrumentation, normalization, and portal tiers. 


GroundWork Monitor builds additional features onto the Nagios event engine.  The management tools take a service centric approach and provide visualization features to spot patterns.  Complete monitoring coverage is provided with network topology discovery and auto-configuration.  Other features include bi-directional integration with other system controls, roll-up approach, and a dashboard and reporting engine.

The newly released quickstart CentOS-powered appliance comes with GroundWork Monitor Enterprise 6.1.1 and CentOS 5.4 (32-bit).  At $59 per year, the virtual appliance comes with unlimited email support within the first 60 days of purchase.  Customers also get one seat in GroundWork Monitor training as well as certified installation and setup.

The virtual appliance does not include access to GroundWork Connect support portal yet.  CentOS support comes from the makers of the distro, OpenLogic.  The Quickstart bundle does not include access to optional add-on components including nagvis, traffic graphing, or connectors to third-party monitoring systems at this time.

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