Im looking for tools to test and notify us when our App or Web Sever is down. We are running people soft at Auckland University New Zealand. www.auckland.ac.nz/ndeva.
I am also looking for load testing software.Any comments or help will be much appreciated.
There is a lot of detail that would be required to know what you may need or may want to look at.
For example, you mention are looking for load testing software. There is a lot out there. What you choose depends on what you need and how much you want to learn - and how robust you want the tool to be. It also depends how "in-depth" your performance testing is going to be in the sense of what you need to tool to look for (as far as monitoring and analyzing) and what you are willing and capable of doing yourself. We would probably need more information about what you intend to run as a regular set of load tests and how much the tool needs to be able to handle (such as simulating access methods, spoofing IP addresses, etc.)
As far as tools for notification you can run the gamut here as far as building your own (Java applications are particularly good at this I have found) or purchasing solutions that are more or less expensive depending upon your budget.
I will say that from a "hook" perspective, LoadRunner (from Mercury) is pretty good at working with PeopleSoft but then again I know a group that swears SilkPerformer (from Segue) is better with PeopleSoft. Others will state that they have only had luck with solutions from Compuware. Mind you, I am not making a strict recommendation either way - but I am suggesting that in your quest to search out tools you keep this in mind. If (hopefully when) you evaluate tools you will test them directly as you want them to be regularly used.
As far as telling you when your application and/or Web server is down there are many tools out there. For example, you have Accrue - which usually starts anywhere from $15,000 on up. It is good but sometimes cumbersome to work with. But it can do automatic paging, e-mailing, etc. It also does pretty good remote access control. You can also check out something like the Global NetWatch (at http://www.globalnetwatch.com/). They do automatic reporting. The difference is that they do much (if not all) remotely while something like Accrue is something you install at your site. Another such service is that of AlertSite.com. You can also look at Keynote. Usually they are for statistics, of course, but they also have the Red Alert service (since they acquired it anyway). Check out http://www.redalert.com/ for more information. A company known as Holistix does similar things as all of the above. And, of course, there are many other software based solutions (like Optimal Networks) that you can bring in-house.
You might just want to do a search on the Web for "Web Site Monitoring" or something along those lines rather than have me go through an entire list.