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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.


Five Tips for Using Open Source Monitoring Tools

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Open Source issues

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.”


Open Source benefits

Gartner says there are some clear benefits too – particularly with regard to commercial Open Source monitoring solutions:

  • “Commercial Open Source software is a viable alternative or complement to enterprise monitoring solutions”
  • “Perpetual, yearly or even monthly licensing options provide added cost-savings and flexibility for customers, enabling efficient hosting operations by managed service providers and enterprises”
  • “Overall solutions costs are lower than non-Open Source solutions for commercial Open Source 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.

Open Source monitoring dos and don’ts

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:

  • Engage with a Linux system management specialist like LinuxIT ;
  • Ensure that your staff have the right skills in-house if you are going to do any monitoring within your own organisations;
  • Tune your checks to avoid false positives;
  • Update your team’s knowledge about the plug-ins out there because they are constantly changing;
  • Avoiding writing your own plug-ins; use what is already out there.
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Vijay Nachimuthu

By Vijay Nachimuthu

Vijay Nachimuthu is a Managing Principal of AltaFlux. His blogs mainly focuses on latest cloud technology trends and its impact on enterprises.