Showing posts with label opsview. Show all posts
Showing posts with label opsview. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - Great free off-site monitoring

Picture this - your ISP just went down, taking your web sites with it.  Not to worry!  You have monitoring in place on your network to let you know when one of your servers or sites is offline, but...

Your monitoring solution sends its notifications via the very same internet connection.

How will you ever know that your sites are down?  If you have the resources you can set up monitoring from an external source as well, but what if that's not an option?  If this scenario keeps you awake at night, then perhaps you should look into allows you to monitor not only HTTP and HTTPS, but other services such as FTP, SSH and MySQL.  The service is easy to setup and the free version offers many options.  Here is the dialog that you get when creating a new monitor:

Several options are available and the interface is very easy to understand.  In addition to external monitoring,  you can also install agents on hosts to report back to on various system attributes.   I haven't tried this option, but I am sure that there are those who might find this useful.

Monitoring intervals for the free version are 30 minutes, but more frequent checks as well as increased monitoring sources are available for a charge.  With the free version you also get a weekly email report giving you a summary of uptime and SLA's.

I use in conjunction with Opsview so that if my ISP circuit goes down I still have a failsafe.  Between the two, it makes a pretty complete monitoring setup.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Opsview review (finally)

Well folks, after an extremely extended period of silence I'm going to try and get back to keeping this blog updated.  As promised, here are my thoughts on Opsview.

I've been a fan of Nagios for a long time, but as anyone who has used it knows, it can be a pain to maintain in it's basic form and is ugly to boot.  This is where Opsview comes into play.  It is a very well thought out and implemented iteration of Nagios that addresses many complaints that I have with the plain vanilla package.

Monday, May 21, 2012

I thought you were dead....

"Not hardly," as John Wayne would say in Big Jake.  Fourth quarter is always a busy time at work, but it has been fairly hectic for the past six months in general.  During that time I have pushed out a distributed Opsview deployment which is working very well.  I plan on elaborating more on that project in the next week or so.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Nagios evolved?

Look in the near future for some info on a monitoring product I ran across a while back called Opsview.  It's a super-polished version of Nagios that looks very promising.  I haven't had a chance to get it up and running yet (hence the frazzled bit in the blog description), but plan on doing so in the next week or two.  They have released an Android app that is mated to the normal web app that looks very promising!

Stay tuned for more info...