I fired up ApacheBench and sent requests to a service being monitoring by Sift. The panels in the dashboard run about one to two minutes behind in display of data, but the eye-candy helps to discern at a glance the state of your .Net Web services. It was easy to see the difference between the two Web services I'd coded up and deployed in terms of response time and usage.
Reports come in three distinct metric categories to view: performance, traffic, and usage of services and operations. Reports reside on the dashboard and let you segment real-time displays and reports into separate categories.
Lori MacVittie is a Network Computing technology editor working in our Green Bay, Wis., labs. Write to her at email@example.com.