What are common monitoring systems?
Server monitoring systems come in three basic varieties: on-premises/traditional software-based systems, cloud-based/SaaS systems and mobile systems. Additionally, a few hybrid systems combine both on-premises and cloud technologies into a unique, custom solution. Here are the pros and cons of each approach.
On-premises/traditional software-based systems are built around software that is installed on your own, in-house hardware. This is a traditional software model that is generally priced with a large up-front fee and a maintenance plan that enables ongoing support from the vendor. Because every installation environment differs, on-premises software installations can be complex, time-consuming and prone to difficulties. However, on-premises software can offer more customization options and may allow more control over where data is stored, which can be useful when reporting to regulatory agencies. In general, on-premises software is also more expensive than cloud-based options.
Cloud/SaaS systems are monitoring systems that are installed and managed entirely via the web. Because no software needs to be installed directly within the user’s infrastructure, systems can be rapidly launched and installed, sometimes in a matter of hours. While cloud services provide ample flexibility, they can often offer less direct control over customization and personalization. Cloud-based monitoring software is sold as a subscription, and many cloud monitoring providers do not require long-term contracts, facilitating easier entry and creating less risk than on-premises solutions.
Mobile systems are not a primary type of server monitoring system, but many on-premises and cloud providers also support a mobile implementation of their systems as an option. As the name implies, these systems run on a smartphone or tablet and provide on-the-go access to server monitoring data. Sometimes mobile functionality is limited in comparison to what can be performed via a traditional PC. Most cloud-based systems and a few on-premises systems offer a mobile monitoring option.