LinuxIT examines how your organisation can save money on Linux monitoring costs, and offers five tips for using Open Source monitoring tools.
Every IT system needs monitoring, and Open Source software and systems are no different.
Organisations can save money by adopting Open Source, making licensing costs per node or monitored posts a thing of the past.
Both in the public and private sector, monitoring helps IT teams to look out for every hardware, operating system and software issue.
IT directors should try to ensure that downtime is limited or made near to non-existent.
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Gartner says that “Open Source monitoring solutions can prove more difficult to measure and overcome than the exposed costs in commercial software.”
The analyst firm says much depends on the maturity and stability of Open Source monitoring software...
Open Source monitoring is a viable alternative. Another option is to use it to complement enterprise monitoring solutions.
One of the key problems associated with community Open Source monitoring software is that it doesn’t have any vendor accountability.
Gartner adds that Open Source can also suffer from volatility.
“Multiple codebases based on other tools cause splintered features and a diffused development focus, and increase overall maintenance risk.”
Gartner says there are some clear benefits too – particularly with regard to commercial Open Source monitoring solutions:
“Most tools include plug-ins and are extendable to monitor applications.”
Mark Reynolds, Director of Technology, LinuxIT.
The purpose of the plug-ins is to stimulate users and to verify that everything is working correctly.
To ensure that it all works like clockwork, Mark Reynolds proffers his top five dos and don’ts of Open Source software and systems monitoring software:
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