Server Monitoring

Automated System and Application Monitoring
Automated System and Application Monitoring

IT company applications are becoming more and more complex which causes considerable effort when it comes to find the causes for any failures. To aggravate the situation, central applications run both on physical and virtual system platforms (cloud computing), partly even in combined environments.

Advantages of server monitoring

Bottlenecks and failures can have a considerable impact on the company success. Sustained server monitoring:

  • monitors system-critical resources and applications out of the box
  • avoids performance bottlenecks
  • improves service quality
  • minimizes mean time to repair (MTTR) by fast error detection
  • alerts in case of critical events or threshold violations
  • detects key performance indicators (KPIs) pertaining to all important system resources

Efficient server monitoring with the ZIS System

The ZIS System provides an overview over the availability of servers, devices, and processes reaching to a complete business service view. In addition to agentless monitoring, the ZIS System provides the ZISAgent to use an active server agent. The server agent can be set up quickly and easily on all common system platforms, especially if there is a large number of systems to be monitored and a wide scope of features is required. The ZISAgent executes the queries required for monitoring within the system to be monitored. Then it reports any critical statuses and important operational information directly to the ZIS System for further processing:

  •  Status depending on service times, system relevance, and system redundancies (cluster systems)
  • Status- and time-dependent alarms (SMS, e-mail, fax, etc.) for individual persons or on-call groups
  • Correlation, evaluation, and enrichment of all incoming events to provide traceable messages; this includes downstream compression using rules to provide business service views

When critical events are detected, they are assigned to the corresponding business services in real-time. This maximizes service availability. This gives both operating and on-call service the possibility to quickly and realistically assess the current situation and proactively take counteractions before end users are affected.

More highlights of the out-of-the-box monitoring for server infrastructure

  • Monitor services and applications, log files, and network protocols
  • Optional passive and/or active monitoring depending on requirements and security
  • Easily extendable by individual scripts (modular and scalable)
  • Integrate existing (open source) solutions
  • Central configuration, versioning, and distribution of distributed agents (ZISAgent)
  • Offline operation (ZISAgent) with data buffer to prevent loss of data in case of network outages
  • Available for all common server platforms (Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX)
  • Automated creation, typing, and distribution of monitoring templates (CMDB connection)