Here's a close one. Edging its rivals by only the slightest margin, HP OpenView Operations for Windows barely repeats last year's win as the Best Monitoring and Alerting Software. Out of the box, HP OpenView Operations for Windows provides comprehensive event management, proactive performance monitoring, and automated alerting, reporting, and graphing. One of the product's primary strengths is its unique visualization functionality. You use a graphical, color-coded topology viewer to observe how your IT infrastructure components are linked to services. You can thus quickly identify root causes and affected services with one click. The Active Directory Topology Viewer automatically discovers and maps your entire Active Directory (AD) environment, and Microsoft Exchange Server maps discover and map your Exchange environment. You can create customized service views, and you can define specific user roles to monitor certain portions of your infrastructure. Included Smart Plug-Ins (SPIs) let you monitor virtual machines (VMs), terminal server configurations, and Web server applications.

WINNER! — HP OPENVIEW OPERATIONS FOR WINDOWS
HP
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2nd Place — HP OpenView Network Node Manager
HP
http://www.hp.com
2nd Place — WhatsUp Gold
Ipswitch
http://www.ipswitch.com
3rd Place — AppManager Suite
NetIQ
http://www.netiq.com