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Server Lab: Some Warning Signs for Operational Stability

Stephen Yagielowicz
For busy administrators, keeping tabs on server uptime and operational stability can be an effort that challenges even the most robust of multitasking mavens. Fortunately, a wide range of server monitoring tools offer sophisticated dashboards and user notification of connectivity and other performance issues — even across a range of hosting providers and platform types, making the admin job easier. Here are a couple of favorites:

EventSentry (www.eventsentry.com)

“Whether it’s an attempted logon with a wrong password, a defect hard drive in a RAID, a failed service or high CPU usage — you need to be notified about events as early as possible and trigger corrective actions,” states the EventSentry product website. “The modular design and wide spectrum of features makes EventSentry suitable for just about any scenario — including compliance, health monitoring and troubleshooting.”

EventSentry boasts sophisticated filtering of event logs and triggers along with handy desktop widgets that provide an easy, at-a-glance snapshot of server health and resources.

Op Manager (www.manageengine.com/network-monitoring/servermonitoring.html)

According to its publisher, OpManager continuously monitors server availability and more than 300 performance metrics including CPU and memory utilization, disk space, temperature and more. Offering real-time hardware health monitors for remote Dell, HP and IBM servers, OpManager’s graphically rich visual dashboard provides a wealth of information at your fingertips.

“With today’s multi-vendor IT environments, administrators need a server monitoring tool that works out-of-the-box over multiple technologies and platforms, be it Windows or Linux, Solaris, Unix, VMware, AIX, HP-UX etc.,” states the publisher. “OpManager provides a single, comprehensive console for your server monitoring needs by using SNMP, WMI, CLI and Telnet/SSH to monitor your server infrastructure regardless of device type or make.”

Systems such as these are not only valuable for the tasks they perform, but for the flexibility of user notifications.

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