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Linux Magazine: Nagios 2.0

Oct 17, 2005, 13:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas Stocking)

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"Surprisingly often, system administrators first learn of problems when the help desk hotline starts ringing off the hook. It's Bob in Accounting calling to complain he can't print; it's Amanda in Sales frantically phoning, trying to find someone to reboot the file server. Problems turn into crises unnecessarily because network monitoring tools can readily detect many kinds of problems as soon as they occur or as they emerge.

"While most organizations have some sort of network monitoring in place--typically a collection of ad hoc scripts that check on individual services and resources connected to the network--these scripts tend to be an incomplete solution, and can become nightmarishly difficult to maintain as a network grows and knowledgeable staff leaves to join a startup in Maui. In many organizations, maintaining and monitoring the monitors is a chore..."

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