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O'Reilly Network: Linux in the Enterprise -- Infrastructure Monitoring

Sep 23, 2000, 12:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David HM Spector)

"One of the most important areas that you will need to tackle if you are planning on deploying Linux systems in an enterprise environment is how to integrate the Linux systems into any existing infrastructure monitoring tools."

"At first blush, this might seem like an easy task -- after all, Linux suppports SNMP (the Simple Network Management Protocol) -- but SNMP alone is, for real-world applications, a way-point on a journey and not a destination unto itself. Even though Linux supports SNMP, tools are still needed to make that capability useful. The ability to look at SNMP variables or walk through SNMP MIB by hand isn't gonna cut it. What most people want in a network monitoring and management tool is something that lets them see a nice graphical representation of their network and other facilities and supports a lot of automated, scripted interfaces to manage the systems with a minumum of effort."

"Most large data centers use tools such as IBM's Tivoli, Computer Associates' UniCenter, or Hewlett-Packard's OpenView to monitor systems and give operations staff control over the systems and applications running on them. Fortunately, if you're inclined to buy such applications rather than build, all of these products are available for Linux systems. Unfortunately, Linux systems are supported as clients that can be monitored rather than as monitoring systems themselves, but half a loaf is better than none."

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