Server Infrastructure Tools, Monitoring Software Page 2

By Nelson King (Send Email)
Posted Jun 15, 2005


The server monitoring tool selection process is often a matter of matching several things: hardware, operating system, functionality (e.g., Web or database,), and organizational priorities (e.g., preferring software that provides a strong reporting and analytical capability). Some enterprises may opt to match their hardware vendor with the monitoring software (e.g., an xSeries shop may choose Tivoli); others may look for specific features or best-of-breed characteristics in different kinds of servers (again, most commonly for Web and database servers).

And don't forget specific organizational needs. When comparing server monitoring products, it may be important to evaluate the options for alerting administrators, as support for specific methods, such as SMS and e-mail, can be crucial for some organizations. Alternatively, the ability to take remote corrective measures, such as server shutdown or script execution, can be of great practical value.

The ServerWatch Server Monitoring Tools Matrix below is designed to help in the comparison of products by listing a range of features and placing the servers side by side. Keep in mind, however, that to create a usable matrix, we had to limit the details for several monitoring functions. Hence, the blank cells at the bottom of the table, which are there for you to fill in with any requirements unique to your organization.

Server Monitoring Tools Matrix
  Product 1 Product 2 Product 3
Real-Time Monitoring Physical Status Temperature      
Chassis Integrity      
Power Supply      
Fan Speed      
Server Performance Hard Disk Utilization      
   - Files Open/Owner      
   - File Existence Monitor      
  - File Size Monitor (e.g. Log files)      
Memory Utilization      
CPU Utilization      
Processes (Count)      
Services Monitoring DNS      
HTTP/HTTPS      
FTP      
Telnet      
NNTP      
SMTP, POP3, or IMAP      
Custom Port Monitoring      
Server Types Supported Web      
Database      
File      
Communications      
Network Monitoring Network Throughput      
Current Logons      
Failover Monitoring      
Other Network Monitoring Points      
Web Site Monitoring Hit Rate      
Page Content Verification      
Database Connection Verification      
Cache Rate(s)      
Security Intrusion Monitoring      
Login Error Monitoring      
Other Security Monitoring Points      
Administration Dashboard (or Other Overview Display)        
Remote or Internet Monitoring        
Monitor Views Domain      
Workgroup      
User-Defined Group      
Alert Modes E-Mail      
Phone (Land Line or Cell Phone)      
Pager      
Network Alert      
SMS      
Escalating Alert Levels Support        
Alert Multiple People        
Designate by Type of Alert        
Monitoring Interval        
User Configurable Monitoring Intervals        
Corrective Action Support Machine Shutdown or Reboot      
Service Shutdown or Restart      
Process Shutdown or Restart      
Run Script, EXE, and Job      
Testing Suite — Automatic Testing Support        
Historical Monitoring Logs        
Statistics        
Reporting Online      
Printed      
Charts or Graphs      
Analysis        
Other          
Other          
Other          
Other          

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