In part one of the Monitis Monitoring Strategies we covered a simple approach to begin monitoring, in this article (Part 2), we will begin to examine the details of Low Cost External monitoring.
- Uptime Monitoring
- Basic Performance Monitoring
- Detailed Reporting
Uptime Monitoring is often the first solution to current downtime or the risk of downtime. This could be called “Hard Downtime”. Hard Downtime can be described by no response from the site, server, port, or service. This type of down time often does not come with hip error pages, or the ever popular “under construction” pages with goofy images of road construction.
When looking to minimize downtime we apply Uptime Monitoring to our most critical and often times most public infrastructure. This would include:
- Websites (HTTP, HTTPS, DNS, SSL, Certificate, Ping)
- Mail Servers (SMTP, POP, IMAP)
- User connectivity protocols (VOIP, RDP, UDP, TCP)
- B2B Protocols and Web Services (SOAP, FTP, MySQL)
When looking to select a monitoring service to provide you and your company with peace of mind, there are a few universal qualities to keep in mind.
- Easy to Setup and Use
- Affordable and simple pricing
- Month to Month plans (Opex not Capex)
- Extend-able Features and Functionality
While there are many solutions out there that provide easy to use monitoring, many of them are expensive. If they are not, they often only provide uptime monitoring and lack other features. This lack of features can get IT Administrators and IT Support Companies in hot water very quickly! If your system goes down our next move is to find out what was happening on the server at the time. Monitis can solve this through the use of Low Cost Internal Monitoring, Part 3 in our series.
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