With great cloud computing power comes a great deal of responsibility – mostly to ensure that the technology is being used as efficiently as possible, and that it is delivering the right performance.
For many companies, the idea of network monitoring in the cloud using a virtualized server is a foreign one. Monitoring at a physical, local level was always done in a certain way, a way that is no longer applicable once a move to a virtual or cloud-based server has been made. Fortunately, a number of network monitoring VPS tools are now available to help make the jobs of company IT professionals easier and to let managers and team leads see exactly what is going on in a company’s infrastructure at any given moment.
Such tools give companies the means to ensure that their resources are properly portioned out and that they are delivering the kind of performance they should. Among these options are the popular choices Nagios, OpenNMS and Zenoss, which all are aimed at the same goal – monitoring a network and providing a visual display of performance measurements that can be easily understood.
All three of these options can be installed on a local server or host machine and will perform their network monitoring from there. But what many companies are now choosing to do with these monitors is deploy them as network monitoring VPS options instead, installed on a VPS server and looking inward to a company’s uptime, network use, and overall efficiency. When installed on a VPS, network monitoring software will be unaffected by changes to the local network, and can safely report on the network status of the company without any possibility of accidental bias.
Take Nagios VPS installations as an example. Nagios was launched in 1999 and is designed to help businesses identify and resolve IT issues before they become serious problems. The company runs training seminars online for their product and will be holding its first-ever Nagios World Conference in North America in September of 2011.
Zenoss is another popular network monitoring tool, and one that is focused on the needs of enterprise IT, as well as the shift in the industry toward IaaS solutions. The company offers real-time, unified service operations reports that can be run for virtual, physical or cloud-based systems, and are intended to allow the monitoring of an entire network from a “single pane of glass”, according to the company Web site.
OpenNMS is the first open-source networking managing tool that has reached Enterprise caliber. Started in 1999, the project was registered on SourceForge in 2000, and features no licensing fees, subscriptions or different versions – what is offered is free, and designed entirely under an open-source model.
These applications are designed to be easy to use, and a Nagios VPS option will require nothing more than a system having a Linux or UNIX variant installed as its OS and that it has a C compiler installed.
In addition to these popular options, others like Cacti are breaking into the monitoring space as well. Cacti is a frontend to RRDTool and is meant to create graphical representations of information that are then populated in a MySQL database. This makes it easy for IT managers to quickly examine data reported from a network monitoring VPS solution and decide how best to act on it.
Network monitoring that is simple, effective and VPS-based is the new way for companies to keep track some of their most crucial resources.