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Choosing The Right Remote Monitoring Device

Monitoring is a difficult thing to do from one place. Either you end up with a monitoring system that has a view of every device that it monitors from a networking prospective or you have a system that can’t accurately monitor everything in your environment. Both options are hard to deal with, but the worst option is having several monitoring systems spread out across your remote deployments. This creates the challenge of managing multiple monitoring systems and on top of that, you have several screens to monitor, alert profiles to maintain and systems to add users into. In order to avoid this nightmare, here is some advice that will help you choose the right remote monitoring device. 

Network device monitoring tools

Why not monitor locally at the remote sites?

The ‘running lots of monitoring systems’ approach is commonly used to try and solve the remote monitoring requirement. However, this can be a very hard way to solve a simple problem as each monitoring system you deploy comes with its own management overhead. Each monitoring system comes with its own configuration, users to manage and will need to be kept up to date, all of which is time consuming to be under control. Your next challenge is to find a system to handle the output from these many different systems and there are not many monitoring system tools out there that do the job well.

Make your life easier when it comes to remote monitoring devices 

Look for a monitoring system with the ability to collect data remotely. Many systems out there offer a series of distributed monitoring tools. For example, Opsview’s remote collectors are referred to as slaves. This is the first step in allowing you to enjoy a true single pane of glass in your monitoring. 

Remote device monitoring: the Opsview Monitor way

Our ‘Slave’ option provides a simple way to monitor your remote estate. These flexible appliances can be deployed in a remote configuration away from your master server and communicate back over SSH, thus simplifying any firewall rule changes you need. No more punching holes in said firewall to let you accurately monitor what’s behind it! Opsview Monitor includes slave functionality for all enterprise and MSP subscriptions. It is also available to our Pro customers with the scalability pack and a 60-day trial of this is available via our webstore.

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by Josh Kirkwood,
Pre-Sales Engineer
With a background in Datacentre Infrastructure and Operations for telcos and service providers, Josh is a self-described car nerd and lover of Asian cuisine.

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