We use snmp a lot, and know it well. However, not everyone of our customers has spent years working with OIDs in ASN.1, MIBs, Access types, and so on – and nor should they. (As we like to say, “Your monitoring solution should make your life easier, not harder.”) So one question we often get is the difference between the different SNMP versions.
So here’s the quick rundown:
Note that while you may have to configure the snmp version on your devices that are being monitored, you do not have to configure the version to be used in LogicMonitor. LogicMonitor will automatically try version 3; if that does not succeed, it tries version 2, and only if that does not respond will it use version 1. We try to keep the work away from you when we can.
We recently had a customer come into trial looking around for a new monitoring solution. This is always good for us. We love the takeaway. (Customers defecting from other monitoring systems to us.) As in most takeaway situations this customer had specific needs. Now there are the obvious ones in which LogicMonitor easily fits the bill such as alerting, dashboards, performance monitoring, etc (and if you fall into that VMWare, Cisco, NetApp sweet spot, game over!). This guy however, had a very specific need we didn’t fulfill directly out of the gates. I think anyone who has ever worked with a monitoring solution knows that it’s hard to find one that does everything. Well in the case of LogicMonitor this is no different. We don’t do EVERYTHING. I know, you thought I was going to get all high and mighty and talk about how LogicMonitor is the one monitoring tool that CAN do everything. Well Read more »
It’s still surprising to me that hardware and software manufacturers do not seem to value any kind of consistency in their management interfaces. Or maybe it’s intentional, to complicate monitoring and management of their systems to encourage the purchase of the vendors own monitoring systems.
In any event, it makes the case for a monitoring service such as LogicMonitor, where we actually provide the templates of what you should be monitoring for a specific kind of device, all the more compelling.
A few examples of what I mean:
If your monitoring system cannot automatically apply different monitoring templates based on the version of software being run on devices, then if you run more then one of a device, and don’t upgrade all of them at the same moment, you will be left with a tedious job of associating the correct datasource templates to each device as you update it’s software. And that’s of course assuming that you know in advance what changes to apply to each upgrade of IOS, or OnTap, or MySQL, or Windows, or …..
It’s this kind of bundled knowledge and automation that helps LogicMonitor save our customers hours of time. Of course, in this case, they wouldn’t even be aware of it- it’s just a series of false alerts that they do not receive, as a result of the monitoring automatically adjusting to changes in their systems.
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