equinox’s Spot Maps for Mac OS X lets you find networked devices and localize them on an interactive map via drag and drop.

With Live Monitoring, Spot Maps retrieves the current status of all devices in real time, and displays this interactively on the map. This way, you’ll immediately know immediately when a device has gone offline.

Until now, network maps have been created using graphic tools. However, most of these created maps don’t display the current status. Spot Maps connects an intelligent network scanner with graphic tools to create network maps. It’s document-based, making it possible to create and visualize different network sections of departments or of different floors, by dropping them on a map.

Spot Maps scans an existing network for all available devices. It automatically recognizes the installed operating system, automatically finds names via DNS and Bonjour, and displays the active services. This makes it easy to filter networks by relevant criterion. You can easily add and then search for your own network services.

Spot Maps serves as an interactive control center for your networks. In Live Monitoring mode, the software displays the real time status of all devices in your network. With a double click, administrators have quick access to all the necessary services: start a SSH connection and split the screen or call-up a configuration page from your Spot Maps map.

Spot Maps is available for US$33.99 in the equinux Online Store (www.equinux.com). IT administrators and consultants can purchase the Spot Maps Consultant Pack for $159.99, which offers five licenses for distributing network maps to your team.