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Pokémon Go and The Importance of IT Monitoring

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With Pokémon Go sweeping the world by storm, Tarzan and Finding Dory in theaters, and Blink 182 topping the charts, it makes one question what decade we’ve woken up in! Just released on July 6th and more than 15 years since the first Pokémon episode was aired on television, the original 150 fictional creatures have quickly resurfaced to become a hot button topic. Currently, there are over 21 million active daily users in the United States and it is growing every day, making it the most popular mobile game in US history and surpassing the total number of daily Twitter users.

Pokémon Go has left our employees captivated as well. People are wandering around the office and the surrounding landscape fixated to their phones, trying to catch whatever unsuspecting Pokémon they can find. Luckily, it would appear that both our office locations are quite the Pokémon hotspots, with five being found trawling through our corridors (Rattata, Pidgey, Gastly, Spearow and Paras for those interested). We are even lucky enough to call our offices Pokémon Gyms, which are constantly changing hands between our interns as they duke it out to be the top team.

But with the craze and huge influx of users comes some unfortunate drawbacks; constant server crashes, app unavailability, and general slowness has Pokémon Go users everywhere collectively groaning at error messages and downtime. Niantic (the creators of Pokémon Go) have tried to handle the strain on their systems by doing a phased launch on a country by country basis. However, this has not stopped several outages being reported per day.

To help you avoid similar issues with your IT infrastructure, we have put together our top five tips on tuning your Opsview Monitor system:

IT Monitoring

1. Use the Business Service Module (BSM) to be able to see your systems at a service level and view/report on actual Service SLAs.

2. Use Host Templates to make rolling out checks to multiple similar systems an easy process. You can even move the templates between Opsview Monitor systems by exporting them as Opspacks.

3. Variables make configuring your Service Checks really easy. You can create multiple checks from a single Variable and they are secure, so no more exposed passwords.

4. Tune your alerts to cut down on noise. Opsview Monitor makes this easy with Hashtags and BSM.

5. Limit which users have access to which systems and configuration. In Opsview Monitor, you can use roles and tenancies to make sure people who have access to your system aren’t the biggest threat to your IT.

For those of you that are interested in Pokémon Go, we have also listed our 5 top tips to maximize your chances of being a Pokémon master! 

Pokémon

1. When choosing your first Pokémon ignore the initial choice of Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle and walk around for a bit (we've yet to work out just how far), Pikachu is then rumored to appear! 

2. Catch every Pokémon you see! No seriously do it, you earn XP for every Pokémon you catch.

3. Building on the point above, when you have multiples of the same Pokémon, you can trade them back to the Professor to earn candy which can help you level up and evolve your other Pokémon.

4. Take a portable phone charger with you when you play because Pokémon Go seriously drains your battery, we're talking 1% a minute at points on our iPhones.

5. When visiting Pokestops, if you are lucky enough to find an egg, make sure you put it in the incubator as soon as possible and then get walking. The further you walk, the quicker it will hatch. Try not to go faster than 15mph otherwise your distance won't be added to the tally.

Interested in finding out more about how Opsview can help you avoid a similar situation? Or want to visit our office to catch some Pokémon? Contact us here.