The VAX currently hosts 11 applications that monitor over 100 vital IT health statistics in distributed server environments. The GMI Agent framework consists of a low resource utilization agent (less than 100k in size) and a simple syntax command line manager that installs in just a few seconds. One server administrator armed with the GMI Agent Framework can deploy the agent on thousands of devices and monitor statistics or update the devices from a single location, with just a few simple keystrokes.
“From a development perspective, our goal was to build an agent-based monitoring system that was highly functional and that would take up minimal resources,” said
Edelman added further that the Vallum GMI agent download package (http://www.gmi-foundation.org/downloads/) is a mere 200k while some competing agent-based downloads are up to 200 megabytes large. The problem, he posits, is adding code to already poorly designed code for bugs and fixes, ending in layers of code fixes on top of one another causing agent-based bloatware.
“The concept ‘software agent’ has taken a bad rap over the years because initial builds were poorly-designed and subsequent fix attempts created layers of clunk,” Edelman said. “And agent-less technologies that use SNMP and WMI are not the answer because of their security vulnerabilities and code complexities. From the beginning, our goal has been to make the Vallum GMI Agent as streamlined as possible so that when we add apps to the agent framework, there is a high level of security and functionality in a very small footprint. This also keeps the cost of application development low and makes Vallum/GMI apps very appealing to the SMB space.”
The Vallum GMI Agent can be downloaded from either the VAX or the
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