LabStats, the software engineering firm whose products are implemented in businesses, school districts, and universities worldwide to aid in the management of large IT networked environments, is announcing today the release of the highly anticipated LabStats 5.0. Reports on login history, application usage, power consumption, and machine history of thousands of machines can all be viewed in real time from one server via LabStats. Available today, LabStats 5.0 includes new features focused on personalization and ease of use, including customizable hierarchies.
"One of the major changes to LabStats is the hierarchical organization of computers and labs. Stations, or computers, can be placed in labs; labs can be placed in buildings; buildings can be placed in colleges, etc. Stations and groups can be organized according to a licensing scheme; for example, AppUse for the math lab, or JuicePress for the library," said Ken Buska, Director of Technical Operations. “Custom icons can represent each node in the hierarchy to visually distinguish what kind of grouping each item is.”
A new, sleeker interface allows for ease and efficiency in data collecting. Also, a single license is now all that is necessary to activate all products purchased. “We’re most excited to announce the new Auto Update Ability. Users only have to install the 5.0 client once. And only licensed components will run, saving on CPU, memory, and network traffic,” said Jon Nelson, a Software Representative. “On-demand actions can now be sent to clients, such as shut down and wake-up, without relying on the client to check in first.” Updates also include a zooming feature for the timeline of statistics gathered by LabStats. Users can now zoom through the different time charts and they can be viewed in a yearly, monthly, daily, or 15 minute format. Report settings have been enhanced and customized reports can be saved and viewed later for convenience of comparing with other reports.
A revamped scheduling system has been applied to JuicePress, the energy saving software that allows IT administrators to employ green computing in their labs. The new report options offer users more convenience when customizing the aesthetic of reports, and the easy-to-use JuicePress Scheduler allows users to quickly format a schedule of their lab times according to peak usage, low usage, and closed hours of the labs without the computers disturbing the work of the students or employees using them.
LabMaps, software that allows IT administrators to create a map of their labs so students may find an open computer quickly and efficiently, now includes customizable icons and colors to represent computers. Users can click and drag multiple selections at one time. Maps can now be displayed in full screen mode (such as on a large monitor at the entrance to a lab), and resized the same way one would resize a window. In addition to these customizable features, the API is exposed so users can create their own personalized solutions using data collected by LabStats.
The LabStats website has also been updated to reflect the new look of 5.0 with a sleeker navigation system as well as a new layout to compliment the look of 5.0’s user interface. New product pages highlight the new features of 5.0, and an interactive video is available for users to explore all of the new additions and major changes to LabStats 5.0. The Support Center also includes several guides to help users get started, such as the LabStats 4 to 5 Transition Guide, the 5.0 User Guide, as well as several new 5.0 How-To videos focused on answering specific questions to the usability of 5.0.
New and current users of LabStats get to enjoy the immediate release of LabStats 5.0.