You control access using IP address and user name-password combinations: RADIUS, LDAP or even Active Directory Services authentication would add value. To make up for it, though, SiteScope lets you manage multiple SiteScope servers, so you can distribute monitoring duties across several servers yet manage them centrally.
Adding services to the appropriate group based on function and test parameters was easy. Adding Web services to groups was more complex. I added a .Net Web service, an Apache SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) Web service and a The Mind Electric Glue Web service; SiteScope monitored all equally well. Interoperability between the SiteScope agent and the Web services was smooth, but the method of configuring parameters is clunky.
First I named the Web services to be monitored, then entered the URL of the WSDL (Web Services Definition Language) file. SiteScope retrieved the methods available for monitoring and let me choose from them. I selected the appropriate parameters (or arguments) for the method, such as ZipCode, Name or e-mail, and chose their types, such as integer or string. I then assigned values to each parameter or argument.
Runs on Linux, Windows 2000 and Solaris
Customized report options
Awkward GUI navigation
Extremely low response-time values in reports show up as hard-to-read exponential values
Clunky parameter configuration for Web services
SiteScope 7.6, starts at $2,995 (available for a free 10-day trial), Freshwater Software, (303) 443-2266. www.freshwater.com