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The Importance Of Having A Flexible Monitoring Tool

The Importance Of Having A Flexible Monitoring Tool

The world is increasingly moving towards a web-based economy. Regardless of what industry you are in, it is almost impossible to be competitive and to maintain a brand presence without a strong online offering. It means that your company’s website is increasingly becoming the first interaction that users, clients, and customers will have with your business. As the old saying goes, first impressions are everything – so it’s vital that your IT Team (specifically devops and Operations teams) have all the necessary tools at their disposal to make sure everything is working as it should, looks great, and is live.

With this is mind, it is important to use the most flexible and all-encompassing tools available. Why split performance monitoring, web app monitoring, server monitoring, and app performance monitoring between different providers and different tools when there are offerings in the market that can provide an all-in-one solutions? If it’s possible to monitor both your internal network and your public/private cloud infrastructure with the same software, would that not be beneficial, cheaper, and more streamlined?

One of the better tools available at the moment is Site24x7’s SaaS product. Widely recognized as the most flexible monitoring tool for IT and DevOps, they’ve featured heavily in the media and have been subject of coverage for Gartner, 451 Research, EMA, and Virtualisation Practice, amongst others.

But what makes Site24x7 so flexible? As one of their clients said, “Site24x7 is outstanding in the way it provides a swiss-army knife of various network monitoring tools at an affordable price” (Sridhar P, Director of Engineering, Sastra Technologies).

Let’s look at a number of their free tools:

System Admin:

    • Website monitoring: Site 24×7 offer global website availability testing, with more than 50 locations around the world.
    • Traceroute Generator: Helps you troubleshoot problems and alerts you if something breaks
  • Server and Application Monitoring: Instant notifications and track performance of physical hosts

Validation Tools:

  • Server Header: Check headers and verify HTTP status codes
  • HTML Validator: Find errors using W3C standards

Content Tools:

  • Speed Report: Find out if you webpage’s loading time is optimised
  • Link Explorer: Explore links in a certain URL

Developer Tools:

  • JSON Formatter: A formatter and validator to help create coherent JSON data
  • XML Formatter: To make use your XML data is formatted correctly

They also offer SLA tools, on-premise and mobile network pollers, and end user experience monitoring, but you can check out their website for a full list of free tools.

  • Website Performance Monitoring
  • Web Application Monitoring
  • Web Page Analyzer
  • Service Monitoring
  • Real User Monitoring (RUM)
  • Application Performance Monitoring (APM)
  • Cloud Monitoring
  • VMWare Monitoring
  • Server Monitoring (Windows & Linux)
  • Internet Network Monitoring (On-Premise Poller)
    Exchange Server Monitoring
  • DNS Server Monitoring
  • SSL Certificate Monitoring
  • FTP RTT Monitoring
  • Mail Server Monitoring
  • Mobile Application Performance Monitoring (Mobile APM)

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The company offers five price plans for an incredibly affordable amount. Their basic plan – perfect for bloggers and freelancers – starts at $4.50 per month. Their two full-feature plans, which offer you the full power of all the software’s features, start at $35 per month. The lesser of the two is great for small IT teams and MSPs, while the more expensive plans ($89 and $449 per month) are aimed at SMEs and large-scale businesses.

If you’ve got any questions about their products, or you want to discuss signing up for a free 30-day trial, you can contact them via a web-form or at [email protected].

By Dan Price

Daniel Price

Daniel is a Manchester-born UK native who has abandoned cold and wet Northern Europe and currently lives on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. A former Financial Consultant, he now balances his time between writing articles for several industry-leading tech (CloudTweaks.com & MakeUseOf.com), sports, and travel sites and looking after his three dogs.
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