How to Trial an IT Monitoring System

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I’m imagining that by reading this you are either in one of two situations: you want to replace your existing monitoring system entirely or get rid of a disorganized collection of tools that don’t allow you to see your environment in one unified view. Undergoing trials is a primary method of testing out new systems that will solve your monitoring needs.

Of course, we are hoping that Opsview Monitor is a candidate in this process! But I’ll write this in a generalized manner to help you make the right choice for your business. Here are four recommendations on how to effectively trial a prospective monitoring system. 

Define your monitoring requirements

Let’s start this off by proposing the most important initial question; what would you like from your monitoring platform? Take the time to establish your high-level requirements, ideally in a list format so you can properly prioritize your monitoring needs. Keep these things in mind during the first phase of the process: 

  • The scaling of the monitoring system and how it will keep up with the growth of your environment 
  • Notifications and how you expect to visualize data coming out of the monitoring system 
  • Ensure that the monitoring requirements fit within the business cases you frequently experience 

Prepare your test infrastructure

Take a close look at what is in your monitored estate. Collect insight from a representative sample of hosts you can either replicate or use in a testing capacity, and then document the details that are relevant to their monitoring capabilities and evaluate what data points are the most essential. 

You may need to install agents for some of the checks. Therefore, it may be best to make sure the hosts are fit to be used for this purpose if an install is needed. Windows hosts may require certain permissions to be enabled to allow remote agentless monitoring, so check that out before you start your trial. 

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Shortlist the monitoring systems you want to evaluate

Take the time to narrow down your choices to two or three systems when trialling IT monitoring products. Realistically, it will take up too much time and resources to accurately trial several tools with the attention to detail it requires for such an important decision. For the systems that make the final cut, get each one set up and monitor the environment you documented earlier to make the right choice. 

Keep score

Assuming you have your requirements in list form, the last step should be to compare each system and grade its performance on each of your points. Don’t forget to document your experience and make note of how comfortable you feel during the user journey. Sometimes the UI can be the feature that seals the deal. Ultimately, we can save you some time though…choose Opsview Monitor! 

Fully featured and free for 30 days, get started and configured quickly with our Trial Edition and monitor your environment within minutes. To learn more, see Opsview Monitor in action by watching the video below.