May 22, 2019
Score 7 out of 10
Neustar acts as the robot that mimics how a user would interact with our application. It attempts a login, tries to access some data in our systems by clicking on some specific options, retrieves some data and logs out again. This process shows, from a very rudimentary perspective, that our systems are up and functioning and respond in an amount of time that gauges everything is more or less working as expected. It is mainly used by our developers and operations teams to verify that code is working and deployed as expected, and that our site is up.
- It allows access to a history of checks, how much time they took, and if any errors were detected.
- It can alert several people, or many in a group, for information related to the application availability.
- When drilling down into the check, the logs can pinpoint the exact time and code events and how long each step took to respond.
- The interface can be buggy.
- We have experienced false positives of a system outage that was not accurate.
- It's not a true measure of system performance or uptime, but simply judges up or down from a holistic view.
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If you need to gauge whether your site is up or down, then Neustar will give you exactly what you are looking for. However, if you need more granularity for specific application or sub-systems and their functionality, this product will need to be subsidized with other applications that provide more data or information on how individual components or systems are working.