Server Monitoring Process

December 22, 2017 by  Filed under: Computer 

Network monitoring is the most important part of the system administrator’s or IT manager’swork. The larger the company is, the more employees work there, the moreclients are served by this organi…

Network monitoring is the most important part of the system administrator’s or IT manager’swork. The larger the company is, the more employees work there, the moreclients are served by this organization, the more vital the server monitoring process is. It is worth to mention that nowadays there are a lot of companieswith rather small and simple networks where servers are also used and need tobe monitored.

The serverequipment is to operate round the clock 7 days in a week all the year.  It is not recommended to stop the server operationbecause this can lead to a company’s workflow interruption and the data loss. Butcomputers, servers, and other network devices cannot work for ever, they can evenfail sometimes. That is why the system administrator has to monitor servers’operation constantly. This process includes monitoring the state of services,processes, applications, databases, etc.

What is “monitoring”? First of all, let’s give the definition.

Monitoring is the regularobservation and recording of activities taking place in the object or the process,which gives an opportunity to evaluate effectively the influence of different externaland internal factors; watching them during their operation and developing. Themonitoring results allow improving the control of objects and processes.

What does the server monitoring process give us?

1. The system administratoror IT manager is able to detect the server failure just after the moment it hasoccurred.  In this case, employees willnot complain that important services on the server are unavailable, or that itis not possible to connect to the database, etc. The server monitoring process minimizesthe time of the system administrator’s reaction to the particular events, and thesystem downtime. All this increases the efficiency of the company’s operationon the whole.

2. The system administrator is able to evaluate thestate of IT infrastructure on the whole or its particular parts in details withone glance.

 3. If the failure has been detected, theserver monitoring program helps to define its cause, and what was just aconsequence. This also minimizes the failure recovering time. Besides, the servermonitoring process allows discovering the current server problems, and thusanticipating and preventing possible breakdowns.

The servermonitoring software, that isavailable on the market today, makes the servermonitoring process more automated and less expensive. A network monitoringprogram’s operation does not require any system administrator’s intervention. Hejust has to set up the particular checks, their periodicity, and notificationsthat will take place if failures are detected. He can also configure the program’sresponse on particular events. These may include: displaying a message, sendingan e-mail message, running external programs, writing a record to log, sendingSMS to a mobile phone, restarting/shutting down a service, a server, or aworkstation.  The server monitoringprocess will be performed round the clock 7 days a week, which human is notable to do physically. This means, that the organization’s information systemwill always be under constant observation and control.

Servers are kind of organization’s “brain”. They are thewarehouses of the important data; they provide the “intellectual” operation ofthe company and the connection between all its parts, uniting them in one “organism”.If the server stops working, all the company’s operation can stop as well. A servermonitor allows avoiding this, letting the system administrator detect andrepair failures as soon as possible. The server and the whole networkmonitoring program’s task is to make this process less expensive and moreefficient thanks to the great number of server monitoring checks and its continualoperation. 

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