Persistent Monitoring Benefits
Many of today’s monitoring solutions depend on polling at predefined intervals, using agents that are only capable of responding when the operating system and network stack are functioning normally. Because polling many systems frequently can be resource intensive, polling intervals are commonly 10 to 20 minutes or even longer, which can result in delayed problem detection.
When an operating system fails, polling solutions depend on time-outs to alert the user that an application or device is down. It often takes more than one polling cycle to generate a problem notification, and warning events that occur between polls may be detected too late to prevent failures.
While decreasing the polling interval may help a little, the cost would be more network traffic and more CPU utilization on the monitored system.
The ConsoleWorks answer to this challenge is Persistent Monitoring. ConsoleWorks monitors the hardware management interfaces, such as serial console, iLO, Baseboard Management Controller, etc. constantly and in real time. Advanced warning error messages are received, immediately identifying the root cause and allowing administrators to address problems before they become failures.
Anticipating and addressing problems before they occur and identifying them instantly in real-time results in improved system oversight and a significant reduction in mean-time-to-repair.