SDK designed for PHP Developers extends the functionality of Halo Manager enabling creation of new monitor widgets, new processing facilities and rapid development of custom network management functions specific to business requirements.
Vallum Software today announced general availability (GA) of the new Halo Manager SDK, an extensible toolkit suitable for use by professional PHP developers and script-savvy web developers, which expands Halo Manager application functionality for:
- Creating new monitor widgets
- Adding new processing facilities, and
- Allowing rapid development of custom network management functions that facilitate specific business requirements
The Halo Network Management System, released in June 2014, is a full-featured and ready-to-run web based management system for Windows platforms, incorporating an open source PHP script base of over 50 scripts and 10,000 lines of well-tested and user-accessible code. Halo Manager also incorporates a fully-configured Apache server and PHP interpreter, and GMI agent programs supporting the GMI (General Management Interface) specification.
Using the Halo Manager SDK, programmers can easily alter the navigation system of the Halo Manager Web interface by adding, deleting, or modifying top-level tabs and accompanying side-bar tabs on any screen. Templates for new screens and “Home” screen widgets are furnished with the SDK along with clear and comprehensive documentation on steps required to make these changes.
Additionally, the SDK provides a technical description of essential PHP files in the system, necessary to fetch and set remote data from managed devices. Moreover, the SDK provides a command reference for the GMI utility interface to PHP, which allows PHP programmers to create special control and monitor functions using GMI protocols.
“This SDK increases the overall value to all Halo Manager end-users, regardless of whether they choose to download and expand the functionality today,” said Lance Edelman, technology directory and company co-founder. “Most importantly, the SDK will benefit the broader customer base of Vallum Software by expanding those offerings that utilize the free GMI Halo Agent, and guaranteeing a long life-cycle for the growing community of Halo users and programmers. We encourage PHP developers take it for a spin and improve the value of their IT departments within their respective organizations.”
The Halo Manager SDK complements the existing GMI Agent API and documentation, available from www.gmi-foundation.org. This earlier API provides a detailed programming interface for C/C++ programmers, allowing developers to create modules and GMI apps for the GMI agent program. The new Halo Manager SDK, which is available only from Vallum Software, extends the current GMI specification by permitting easy access to remote platform data using the well-known and popular PHP scripting language in conjunction with Apache HTTP servers.
The Halo SDK is free, and available for immediate download here.
Evaluation versions of the Halo Network Manager (required to use the SDK) are available here.
Vallum Halo Manager and its accompanying SDK will be of strong interest to PHP developers and IT professionals interested in new techniques for network and end point management. Technical support for the SDK and the Halo Network Manager is available from the Vallum Software support channel: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Vallum Halo Manager Evaluation Version
The 30-day trial package is a fully functional version of Halo Manager with a 30-day expiration clock. All purchased licenses of Halo Manager are perpetual and since purchasing a perpetual license takes place from within the trial package, there is no need to uninstall/re-install Halo Manager or reconfigure your current trial installation. The $895 introductory price for Halo Manager – with 1 polling agent capable of monitoring 256 devices or IPs – is valid through the end of August 2014; on September 1st 2014, Halo Manager will reset to the retail list price of $1,295. Multiple polling agents can be used with a single installation of Halo Manager.
Upon installation and at user-defined and up-to-the-second intervals, Halo Manager scans the network for devices and automatically adds new devices to the device list in the user dashboard. Any device IP or website IP outside the firewall can be manually added with a few mouse clicks. Halo Manager also provides a “watch list” function that allows the user to monitor specific devices (or web addresses) that deliver the most critical applications to their end users.
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About Vallum Software
Vallum Software, LLC is a software manufacturer of IT availability management solutions that delivers extensive functionality at a lower cost than competing solutions. Because the production of our solutions are streamlined through effective, clean and purposeful code, Vallum software products operate across a much smaller footprint. This translates to faster downloads with hassle-free installations, and functionality that tackles specific issues related to network- and server-administrator job functions. From this concept, we have positioned Vallum Software to be the exception to the complex, “bloated” and overpriced software of competing brands.
At Vallum, we believe in the power of American manufacturing that is fueled by a competitive drive to build better products at a lower cost in a more efficient distribution model. Our software manufacturing model is based on the core American business philosophy that success is borne out of hard work, innovation, honesty and dedication to positive customer experiences. It is an American ideology that seems hard to find in America today but certainly sought after in Vallum Software, LLC.
Vallum Software and The GMI Foundation
The Halo Manager polling agent was a joint development project between Vallum Software and The GMI Foundation, a consortium of open-source software developers dedicated to lowering the cost of technology solutions to the SMB marketplace. For more information on The GMI Foundation, please visit www.gmi-foundation.org.