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Tale of two cloud-based management tools

Tom Henderson | Oct. 8, 2013
Halo focuses on configuration and compliance; Anturis homes in on uptime.

We could combine internal monitoring with agent monitoring for any given server we chose, and it's possible to link together components (ex: server inside, outside, and web characteristics depending on another server) to toggle dependency checks on services both inside servers, and on each other.

Perhaps the best sauce on the platter is a web server dynamic examination, optionally a logon under ssl/https. This monitor can examine certificates, then go through a series of get/posts, checking the results of posts and monitoring their response times. We could test this from our own server(s) or choose the response times from one of Anturis's hosts on the next click to check our logic. Once working, we could then poll our test site to see if transactions were completing within desired times.

If any monitor traps (fails), we could have Anturis email, SMS, or make an automated call. It's also possible to assign persons to groups, and divide turf into locations.

Anturis cuts through a myriad of sophisticated competitive products to deliver the basics, albeit with some sophisticated twists. It's a much different kind of beast than Cloud Passage, but oddly, they're two edges of the sword of day-to-day deployment and ops. For small organizations needing a handle on the question "are we up?" it does a very good job. Think of it as UptimeMonitoring-as-a-Service.


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