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, 19 Aug 2013
Top 5 reasons you want a server monitoring software solution

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About Article

This article will discuss the necessity of having a server monitoring solution in place, and talk specifically about PA Server Monitor and how it can provide a simple, yet powerful solution for IT departments of all sizes from SMBs, to government and educational institutions, to Fortune 500 companies.

Introduction

Like many System Administrators, are you struggling with large amounts of overtime and stress? Not enough free time or time with your family? A decreasing IT budget and increasing demands? Losing respect of your peers and managers because of persistent IT issues?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should seriously consider using a server monitoring solution. It will be worth the investment, in more ways than one. You will be creating an extra set of hands to help you watch for problems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Top 5 Benefits of Using Server Monitor Software

  1. Early Notifications of Problems: Becoming aware of problems before they happen can reduce downtime and protect revenue. Status reports and alerts help you stay on top of your IT infrastructure without manual monitoring.
  2. Automate Some Fixes: This can mean increased robustness which can lead to less busy work. This can also lead to improved network and systems stability, reduced support calls, and reduced IT costs.
  3. Collect Data to See Trends: Knowledge is power. Historical data will allow for research of past issues, and in turn, give you the ability to see trends for the future.
  4. Higher Value Projects Can Be Worked On: IT staff isn’t doing low value work to simply “keep the lights on.” Instead of only reacting to constant day to day problems, you can now act proactively. This will leave more time for high level projects that are more important to growth, and not just basic operational support.
  5. Increased Professional Reputation: Fewer problems mean the boss is happier. A more reliable work environment means co-workers are happier. Gain professional respect, and quite possibly professional advancements. This can mean a happier you.

Top Benefits of Using PA Server Monitor

“I’ve worked with several different monitoring systems in my lifetime and nothing holds a candle to PA [Server Monitor].”

-Adam A, Symantec, USA

Below are the top benefits of using PA Server Monitor Software. You won’t find many other open source or competing monitoring tools that have all of this jam-packed into one affordable solution.

  • Easy to learn with simple navigation: Download, install and configure PA Server Monitor for hundreds of Windows or Linux servers/devices with just a few clicks. Our customers consistently tell us PA Server Monitor is the easiest to use in its class.
  • Powerful: Monitor 1000+ servers/devices from a single installation via Satellite Monitoring Services.
  • Agentless Monitoring: Use Windows RPC, and monitor-specific protocols to centrally monitor servers without requiring an agent to be installed.
  • Remote Site Monitoring: Monitor computers and devices at remote sites without needing a VPN or agent on each device.
  • Application Monitoring: Monitor Exchange servers, Microsoft SQL servers, IIS servers, Oracle servers and more with unmatched customization.
  • Advanced Reporting: Create reports on any system resource seamlessly on an embedded management-free database or with MS SQL Server.
  • Save Time and Money: Status reports and alerts help you stay on top of your IT infrastructure without manual monitoring.  

PA Server Monitor’s user-friendly layout provides users a dashboard for managing server capacities using disk space monitors, ping response, CPU & memory usage monitors & more, all with a customizable reporting system. You can also give limited access levels to any number of specified users.

Avoid server failures by using the updated charting feature, giving server managers a way to quickly and easily recognize potential server failures. Set up alerts so you can automatically warn your team at the first sign of any potential failures. Predict full disks before they cause problems, weeks or even months ahead of time.

Free Android & iPhone applications help you keep track of your servers and networks while you are on the go. Notifications via SMS are also available for other mobile devices.

Top Features of PA Server Monitor

  • Monitor 1000+ Windows, Linux, servers/devices from a single installation and more via Satellite Monitoring Services. Set up many types of monitors including, but not limited to:
    • CPU, Memory & Network Usage
    • Event Logs
    • Disk Space
    • Ping Response
    • SNMP and Traps
    • Running Processes
    • Running Services
    • Changed files and/or directories
    • Log Files
    • Web page content and load times
    • Server & Room Temperatures
  • Rich Reporting: Status reports for servers/devices, group summaries, uptime, and historical statistics. Reports are viewable via HTTP, can be password protected, and can be delivered via email.
  • Agentless Monitoring: Nothing needs to be installed on monitored servers.
  • Satellite Monitoring Service: Supports full monitoring of remote offices or locations across firewalls, including across the Internet without a VPN or the need to open a remote firewall (available in Ultra edition).
  • Bulk Config: Speed configuration activities by making broad configuration changes at once to many servers/devices with just a few mouse clicks.
  • Smart Config: Quickly create and customize default monitors for a list of computers that you can paste into the Console, or discover via Ping Sweep.
  • Error Auditing: Make sure critical errors don’t get overlooked.

Above: One of our customers using PA Server Monitor in a Networks Operations Center for a Worldwide Headquarters. It is front and center on the main screen to the right.

Learn more

To see just how simple it is to get a monitoring solution in place, check out our 5 minute video below:

"From Download to Monitoring and Reporting in Less Than 8 Minutes!"

Our 30 Day Trial allows you to try our premiere product, PA Server Monitor Ultra. The Trial is loaded with full features and functionality. Try it for yourself, and see how simple it is.

"I must say I am very impressed. In my 16 years as an ICT pro I have come across many monitoring products; you are by far the best." --Ernst V, Global Collect

To learn more about PA Server Monitor, or any of our monitoring software products, visit our site at http://www.poweradmin.com

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