First things first. You have to make sure your company’s SLAs(Service Level Agreements) are met. That means you are going to need a server that’s running smoother than a baby’s bottom. You don’t want to leave the health of your server to chance. Bad things can happen, and you’ll be blamed. Remember, we live in the social media world now. Even the smallest problem on your end can blow up to a huge PR snafu once Twitter gets a hold of it.
Well, keeping a functioning server isn’t as hard as it sounds. We have scoured the net and found 7 insanely useful server monitoring tools. Give these a try and secure some peace of mind.
Pingdom is available on PCs and as an iPhone application. It makes sure your website is reachable and responding properly at all times. It goes as far as to provide you with SMS alerts if it’s not. It also monitors uptime and overall performance, which it illustrates via easily understandable charts and tables.
McAfee is a trusted name in computer security. McAfee Secure constantly monitors your servers for potential security breaches and threats. It’s goal is to protect end-users of your website from all manner of Internet danger, be them credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses or online scams. Every day the program tests your site and, if passed, awards the site with a certification mark to give your users a little confidence. The program currently certifies over 80,000 websites.
GlobalWatch by Webmetrics does exactly what it says it does. It watches. The service monitors a broad range of websites and Internet services. It keeps a lookout for downtime, errors and other poor performance problems. Then it sends you a diagnosis rich with easily digestible reports and measurements. It supports Web 2.0, AJAX, Flash, Java and more.
Orion NPM checks the efficiency of your servers, but that’s not all it does. It also monitors all of your routers, switches and wireless access points, throughout your entire network. Not bad. It’s really easy to set up, and aesthetically pleasing. What’s more is the support staff are easy to get a hold of which can be rare in the server world. A true plug and play system.
Nagios is the go-to IT infrastructure monitoring system out there. It provides a snapshot of your entire operations network and also keeps perfect tabs on the health and status of just about everything affiliated. This includes applications, network protocols, system metrics, services and operating systems. If anything smells fishy your staff will be sent instant alerts via email and SMS. Nagios is also compatible with most in-house and third party applications.
This system is perfect for use in a variety of places, including data centers, web hosting facilities, telecom switching sites and server closets. It’s or more or less a “real world” monitoring system for your server. It keeps an eye on temperature, humidity, liquid presence, motion, intrusion and vibration. This ensures that your server is operating in tip-top shape. You can also attach up to 8 video cameras to the system to give you that bird’s eye view.
This is the cheapest, yet serviceable, monitoring system on the market. It’s just $69.95 and this follows a 30-day free trial. However, don’t be fooled. It’s a pretty useful suite of programs. It gives minute-by-minute monitoring of uptime and sends accessible performance charts. It alerts your admins to problems via popup messages, desktop alarms, email and SMS.