Ecora Enterprise Auditor
$995 per server
Comprehensive functionality, good documentation and help files.
Licensing seems a bit messy.
A potentially powerful set of auditing and reporting tools.
Ecora Enterprise Auditor 3.5 is a comprehensive package tailored to fit into most contemporary IT environments.
A broad range of environments, servers and components are supported, including Microsoft, Novell, Unix, Lotus Domino, Citrix and Cisco, while customized documentation is provided to reflect these different scenarios – a good indication of the thought that has gone into development.
This potentially comprehensive coverage is orchestrated into separate modules for the various environments, which need to be purchased, licensed and updated separately. This may be off-putting for some, so Ecora provides server suites with groups of modules bundled for simplicity.
With any application of this kind, the depth and potential granularity of reports will be important considerations for the systems administrator, and Ecora Enterprise Auditor does not disappoint.
In addition to a broad range of informational reports, the ability to set baseline configurations and track changes is easily catered for, as is the ability to generate automated email alerts if critical settings are changed.
With a little forethought, and careful configuration, one could establish some powerful functionality in this context, ensuring that potential security or compliance weaknesses do not slip through the net. The regular collection of data is important and, naturally, this can be scheduled.
Ecora Enterprise Auditor provides you with all the tools you need to accomplish such things, and does so in a manner which will be easily understood by experienced system administrators.
The user interface is best described as functional, rather than particularly exciting, but this is fine for a product of this nature and operation is logical, with fast routes into the main sections via buttons, tabbed dialogues and split screens.
Global configuration settings are comprehensive, including the use of databases to save configuration data or archive. Documentation is comprehensive and the html help files are clear and well illustrated with numerous screen shots.
Enterprise Auditor is a versatile product that can be tailored closely to various operational environments, providing a useful option for disparate networks.