We transitioned from Labtech automate to pulseway and it's been remarkably simple to switch. The cost savings and what I find to be superior scripting automation has made pulseway my favorite RMM to date.
Cost Ability to Deploy from local servers Remote Powershell/Command Prompt is a life saver The scheduled execution of Powershell/Batch Scripts Easily control windows updates
No remote access for Mac OS The biggest con is that functions are split between the web interface, the Pulseway Remote Desktop app, and the Pulseway dashboard app, for example, you can only chat a user from the web interface and not directly from the remote desktop application, or you can only configure the customers pulseway monitor configuration from the Dashboard application.
Likelihood to recommend: 8/10
Pulseway is a great RMM tool, and with the introduction of third party patch management I think they have the opportunity to become one of the best platforms on the market in features, ease of use and cost. Support requests were generally answered quickly, the setup and deployment was easy and the use of the platform was easy to learn. This is a great platform.
This RMM platform is incredibly easy to use and setup. Offering silent install of the agent, the ability to lock out the agent from users making changes and from our experience it used little system resources. The RMM comes with it's own integrated remote access tool which allows for seamless remote connection to client endpoints, as well as integrated remote command line tools and remote Powershell right in the dashboard, making it easy to perform tasks without interrupting users. Built in scripting with multiple predefined scripts was a plus, but the ability to custom create and deploy scripts to the dashboard was a huge benefit, especially when remote installing third party software and tools. The dashboard design is modern, the support agent can be branded to your company, and users can request support right from the quicklaunch icon. Additionally, the remote chat feature allows for communicating with a logged in user without having to remote connect to the endpoint, making it easy to give a user a heads up if you need to connect or reboot their machine. Overall the Pulseway RMM product is worth taking a look at for any MSP interested in getting premium features as half (or less) of the cost of the other guys, without compromising on ease of use or support.
Third party patch management is just now being rolled out for Pulseway, a feature that many other RMM platforms we reviewed already had in place. We had to use a third party patch management platform to manage non-Microsoft patches. The antivirus integration (for Webroot) doesn't allow management from the dashboard - if you want to add sites or configure policies you have to connect to the Webroot dashboard directly. You can deploy the AV solution from the Pulseway dashboard, but you would have to have already setup the profile for the deployment in Webroot. Pulseway requires a minimum 25 seats - so if you are a small MSP or just starting out, you may end up paying for unused seats - however, the price per seat for workstations is one of the lowest I have seen in the industry, so you'd likely still save money over the other platforms.
Likelihood to recommend: 9/10
Overall, it's central to my daily management of servers, and allow me to do so without spending my life parked in front of a computer screen.
As the numbers of servers, and their locations that I manage has grown, Pulseway has fitted in nicely to make this easier and simpler, instead of managing multiple VPNs, having to be sat in front of a computer, or open firewall ports for access, Pulseway puts control of all of them in the same place, with easy access. I've always used it mobile first, from alerting me to problems, or letting me manage servers anywhere I am, from problem solving (it's running slow) to out of hours updates or issue spotting (offline), the mobile access makes it much less intrusive.
The web portal makes up for most/any of the shortcomings of the mobile app (eg. the smaller screen size), so improvements on this have been a big bonus. If there were one downside it would be support, they're friendly and fast, but I've always felt they blame me first, rather than look inward.
Likelihood to recommend: 9/10
For the price, you have workarounds. It does havea learning curve, and will take you time to get used to the way Pulseway does things. Sometimes its seems wacky the way things work. They offer decent support and most questions get resolved. Good think is they are always fixing issues, and updating the features. Saving money with Pulseway was our draw to it. Very happy with the way it offers many of the features in solutions costing 5 times the price. No commitment, no contract pricing let us play with it and decide without worry. Enjoy the professional layout.
It does take time to learn. It has many features, many modules and lots to offer. The price is the draw to Pulseway, as it is much cheaper than the leader in the RMM and MSP industry. They offer full managed support for servers, which if your an MSP, you will see the value there. The cost per server is low enough to make it profitable and give you access to network and server engineers at a low cost. The sales and marketing feature has lots of potential. The dashboard feature for systems is one the best.
Workflow and process flow is confusing. Needs a better one dashboard solution for everything and not having to jump to differnet modules. The integrated help desk, has issues and needs better integration with the RMM. Overall it needs a better workflow process.
Likelihood to recommend: 6/10
Easy to use, flexible price options, very effective tool.
Pulseway offers a free trial version. Monitoring and reporting are very customisable. I like the ability to be in touch with logged in users using remote chat.
I didn't find any significant cons or anythign I didn't like about this tool. I would also note, that although this is a paid solution, nevertheless the price is quite acceptable for this level of the product.
Likelihood to recommend: 7/10
Pulseway starts with a 14-day-trial, no credit card required.
Pricing is based on the number of systems/endpoints you want to monitor and manage.
A mobile management solution for IT teams, Pulseway is a cloud-based remote monitoring app that allows IT professionals to take control of their Windows, Mac, and Linux systems from their mobile device. It enables you to manage running processes, restart systems, issue commands, install critical updates, enable/disable accounts, and reset passwords without the need to travel on site. With Pulseway, you’re free to leave the office anytime.
The app sends out alerts and notifications whenever critical issues arise. Additionally, you can take immediate action straight from the app, keeping you on top of things no matter where you are. To ensure your servers and applications are always in excellent shape, Pulseway provides a consolidated view of your IT environment, real-time statuses of all your systems and resources, how your networks are performing, and which users are logged in, among other things.
Used by more than 400 large enterprises and around 300,000 users in more than 100 countries worldwide, Pulseway is a productivity app for the IT professional who’s always on the go. It allows you to remotely monitor, control, and manage your IT assets from a smartphone or tablet without any additional remote control application or connectivity protocol. It supports system management sharing among teams and offers read-only access to customers monitoring your progress.
Pulseway monitors all system types: Windows, Mac, Linux, Active Directory, Exchange, Hyper-V, VMware, SQL Server, Windows Server Backup, ESET Remote Administrator, XenServer, StorageCraft ShadowProtect, IIS, .NET and Java applications, SCOM, Amazon and Azure services, and SNMP-enabled devices. Pulseway’s REST API and Cloud API can also be used to monitor your applications.
It’s important for IT professionals to immediately know when the systems they’re managing experience any issues. The problem is they can’t possibly be tied to their desks all the time. Pulseway tackles this issue through a remote monitoring app you can take with you wherever you go and use whenever you’re connected to the Internet.
It lets you monitor everything in real time – servers, workstations, applications, updates, system resources, hardware sensors, websites, and SSL certification expiration – from a mobile app dashboard that’s easy to use. You can shut down applications, restart processes, enter maintenance mode, schedule tasks, run PowerShell commands, lock workstations, uninstall software, browse local files, read event logs, and chat with users. Anything you can do while on site, you can do in an offsite location with Pulseway.
Pulseway can be set up within minutes. Download the appropriate agent in the system you want to monitor, enter your account credentials, validate your account, save the configuration, and start the Pulseway service.
Pulseway implements multiple security controls to ensure the privacy of your data and that your infrastructure is inaccessible to unauthorized users. Aside from two-step authentication, all communication is fully encrypted based on AES session encoding and RSA public/private key exchange.
Restrictions for each mobile device can be implemented by setting up device access rules. Commands issued from a mobile device can be limited, and specific mobile devices can totally be denied access. Notifications are sent to you for each device added to the account, and for newer iOS devices, you can enable fingerprint authentication and create an access PIN through Touch ID. Pulseway also logs every command sent from a mobile device.
Pulseway comes with out-of-the-box notifications that are divided into 10 different category settings: status, performance, process, ping, storage, event log, hardware sensor, performance counter, server module, and service. You only need to enable them from the Notifications tab of the Pulseway manager installed in your system.
For notifications not included in the list of preconfigured ones, custom alerts can be specified. Priority levels – critical, automatic, elevated, normal, and low – can also be assigned to notifications. Depending on your account’s configuration, notifications are pushed to your mobile device or sent as email messages.
To remotely monitor and manage your cloud applications and services with Pulseway, the Cloud API for.NET and Java platforms are directly implemented in your app or service through a few lines of code - no software installation is required. Once set up, you’re ready to send commands, receive real-time runtime data, and modify runtime parameters from your tablet or smartphone.
For information you can’t immediately access because you’re not in front of your computer, the Cloud API can be used to fetch the information you need from the server, such as the number of products sold for the day. Notifications can be sent to all registered mobile devices, and the alerts pushed to your phone can also contain commands to be run when triggered.
Pulseway reports provide actionable insights into the systems you’re monitoring. They contain values that are critical to fully understand the overall health of your IT stack and then take immediate action so issues don’t escalate into full-blown problems. Report types include average CPU usage, memory usage, and installed software.
System logs can also be forwarded, and you can choose to receive statuses on processor usage, disk space usage, network speed, the number of users logged in, ping round-trip time, and ping responses. Audit reports, which can be sent to you via email, include system details, BIOS information, operating system details, and IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
Pulseway integrates with the following applications: Rackspace, PagerDuty, Autotask, Zendesk, StorageCraft ShadowProtect, and ESET Remote Administrator. Pulseway’s Cloud and REST APIs can be used to monitor applications and various other systems.
There are two ways to implement Pulseway: SaaS and on premise. For SaaS-based deployment, the Professional plan costs $1.34 per system per month for a minimum of three monitored systems. Professional comes in at $1.74 per system per month for 50+ systems.
If you’d rather host Pulseway in your own servers, Enterprise supports a minimum of 100 systems at $1.20 per system per month. Enterprise Plus, which covers a minimum of 1,000 systems per server instance, costs $1.04 per system per month.
Plans are on a yearly subscription basis. A 30-day free trial is available for each.