Top External Monitoring Tools in 2019

What is external monitoring? In a general sense, it means regularly checking on something to find out what is happening. It’s a way to gather information. In a large network, it means observing and recording data from a wide variety of devices and applications. We should clarify that monitoring and management are not the same […]

Environmental Monitoring Just Keeps Getting Better

A data center has many components, but none are more critical than the environmental monitoring system. The technology infrastructure may be state-of-the-art, but if such things as heat or moisture are left unchecked, then all that expensive equipment could fail and cost unnecessary expenses and downtime. Data center managers must have an all-of-the-above strategy that […]

Reliably Monitoring Exchange Server for DNS Failover or Load Balancing

On occasion we receive a request seeking assistance creating monitors to determine the availability of Microsoft Exchange, such as Internet-facing ActiveSync or OWA. After helping many customers, we have determined what works well, and what doesn’t work at all. Here are our tried and true suggestions for reliably monitoring your Exchange environment. Exchange 2010 Exchange […]

What HTTP response codes do you support for monitoring server availability?

We support the following list of response codes which can be used individually or together to determine the state of a server. 100 – Continue 101 – Switching Protocols 200 – OK 201 – Created 202 – Accepted 203 – Authoritative Information 204 – No Content 205 – Reset Content 206 – Partial Content 300 […]

Finding Your Network’s Weakest Link

High availability is the nirvana of network engineers. When everything is humming, monitoring screens are green, and no notifications are in their inbox, network managers can spend time dreaming about how big their Christmas bonuses might be this year. But an unforeseen problem can interrupt their dreams and pop their bubbles at any given moment. […]

Network Availability is the Name of the Game

Your network is everything. At least it seems that way. You can offer the most wonderful services in the world, but if your customer can’t access them, you’re dead in the water. Let’s face it. Most businesses suffer when the internet goes down, or when critical network services are not available. You’ve probably experienced the […]

What Went Down in 2018

Despite whatever bad news you read in this article, we encourage you to remain positive. It’s just human nature to have a curious interest in the calamities of others. So if that’s what gives you your kicks, feel free to enjoy our 2nd annual dispatch on some of the most interesting outages of the past […]

Increase Uptime with the Right Code Deployment Strategy

Faster is not necessarily better. The push to launch new applications and services as quickly as possibly can cost you in the long run. A 2013 Gartner study predicted that ineffective software release management would cause 80% of production environment incidents in large organizations in the next few years. If keeping your network or applications […]

Global Internet Tracking Sites

As much as we like data, it’s very easy to become lost in it. But what if you could see the whole picture? That’s the idea behind internet tracking dashboards. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are used only to demonstrate the global reach of internet security services, while others can provide useful, […]

The Basics of DCIM

We have remarked several times in this space about the tremendous changes in the data center in such a short period of time. Not only are device footprints shrinking and functionalities converging, but the way that hardware and software are managed has become more comprehensive and streamlined. Now the same thing that has happening to […]