Compare JobScheduler with Cron

The JobScheduler provides Cron administrators that want to move up to a more advanced solution with a tool that that will make their jobs easier to manage and more reliable.

JobScheduler is simple to install and requires only a database and a Java Virtual Machine. In addition, it offers a number of features that will be of particular interest to Cron users, for example an automated conversion procedure for Crontabs. Check the comparison table below which shows the JobScheduler features most relevant to Cron users alongside those provided by Cron.

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Comparison Table

Feature

Cron

JobScheduler

Feature Description

Automated Crontab conversion Not applicable

Yes

Save time and reduce errors by automatically converting your Cron jobs to JobScheduler. Read more...
Standard scheduling functions

Yes

Yes

Simplify and rationalize your job scheduling calendar with reusable schedules, run-times and time-slots. Read more...
Reusable standard jobs

No

Yes

Simplify and rationalize your job management through the use of generic jobs and reusable objects such as schedules to configure similar tasks. Read more...
Job chains / workflows

No

Yes

Speed up job processing and make jobs more reliable and simpler to manage by specifying job chains / workflows - i.e. a series or other pattern in which jobs should be executed. Read more...
Complex job dependencies

No

Yes

Configure dependencies between jobs and across job chains / workflows. Read more...
Job queuing

No

Yes

Optimize processing speed and reliability by queuing jobs that are scheduled to start until resources becomes available. Read more...
Polling

Yes

Yes

Run a job at regular intervals to see if an event such as the arrival of a file in a specific folder has occurred. (This method is inefficient to manage and consumes CPU and memory.)
File watching

No

Yes

Monitor one or more folders to see if a file has arrived before starting an operation. (This method is more efficient to manage than polling and uses few resources.) Read more...
Steady state checking

No

Yes

Improve reliability by checking that large files arriving in monitored folders have been completely downloaded before additional operations are started. Read more...
Automatic notifications

No

Yes

Automatically send notifications such as e-mails according to the results of a job such as 'successful', 'failed'. Read more...
Text-based job editing

Yes

Yes

Continue to use your favorite text editor to configure jobs :-) Read more...
GUI-based job management

No

Yes

Use a GUI to configure and run jobs. Read more...
Centralized logging

No

Yes

Automatically bring log information from any number of servers together to a central point. Read more...
Job history

No

Yes

Easily monitor job history information (which jobs will run, which have run, their execution results, etc.). Read more ...
Maintenance windows

No

Yes

Prevent jobs running during a specified time period - for system maintenance, for example - and then restart them in a reliable manner. Read more...

What you can do:

Explore your options by downloading the Open Source JobScheduler for evaluation.  After your evaluation you can decide to use JobScheduler productively with the open source license at no cost. Alternatively you can purchase a commercial license which will give you the added advantage of product maintenance support and access to the SOS GmbH ticket systems as well as the option of purchasing our migration service.

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