ServerUp is a classic monitoring tool that allows users to keep an eye on networks, servers and services/applications via the internet. This programme was designed to make things easier for systems administrators in the sense that ServerUp keeps them informed – any time, any place – of the statuses of server/services/applications. But does it really make things easier, or is it a pain in the you-know-what?
ServerUp provides the following functions:
• Monitoring can be set to any port or service.
• Monitoring frequency can be set.
• Time-out interlopes can be configured down to seconds-intervals.
• Positive monitoring is signaled via a small green tick.
• Should something go awry the user is alerted via a red X (displayed next to the service).
• Individual monitoring can be de/activated.
• ServerUp can be kept running in the background; it continues to notify the user via the notifications framework.
ServerUp is especially useful to sys admins thanks to the background function, meaning that it continues updating you via the integrated Android notification framework.
ServerUp becomes a bit muddled and confusing the more networks and servers you have to check on. That being said, if you stick to the strict ‘monitoring-worthy’ essentials ServerUp does a fine job. Should you encounter a difficulty (e.g. server down) ServerUp will let you know immediately.
ServerUp runs quite well but we did experience a few forced close. The time it will take the app to react to problems depends on the monitoring intervals. During our test run every change in status was reported as soon as the next interval set in.
ServerUp is available as a lite version, but it isn’t a very powerful one—it can only monitor one network or server. A pro version is available for EUR2,12 from the Android Market.