In the current competitive environment organisations rely heavily on information technology to automate business processes, streamline operations, manage resources, and even store yottabytes of data. If you’re an IT or an infrastructure manager or a small or medium size business owner looking to grow then researching about keeping your systems healthy in the long run can be a good starting point and something worthwhile consideration.
Well with performance comes cost, and if you’re concerned about burning a hole in your client’s or your own pocket, then let me break the good news to you. Performance monitoring of your infrastructure doesn’t have to break bank account, and it can be achieved by some really cool tools out there available for free.
In today’s blog, I will give you a brief outline on a similar tool that can mind your servers while you’re peacefully sleeping (isn’t that so relieving?) along with some tidbits on what will be covered in future blog posts to keep you tuned. So, let’s get going!
What is Nagios XI?
Nagios XI is a comprehensive IT infrastructure monitoring tool that constantly checks on all mission-critical infrastructure components – including applications, services, operating systems, network protocols, system metrics and network infrastructure; thus providing you with a complete view of your entire IT operation network and business processes.
And guess what?! Nagios XI isn’t rocket science. Its integrated web-based configuration interface allows users to easily manage monitoring configurations through configuration wizards.
The other cool thing I like about Nagios XI is its notification feature, in which a user can set up alerts in form of emails being sent out to IT staff providing them with outage details so that they can start resolving issues immediately. Moreover, it also provides performance graphs which can be referred to in case of advance infrastructure planning.
In this series of blog posts, I’ll be taking you through a small step-by-step tutorial on how you can set up a Nagios XI for your business, followed by some advance configuration settings. In the end, we will sum up with an automation task that uses ‘Bash-Shell’ scripting to rotate server logs, download them and format them into a performance report.
Well the fun has just began! I would like to hear from you about how you are planning to monitor your IT infrastructure performance? Drop in a line or two. Meanwhile, I’ll get back to writing the second blog.