What is your favorite systems management and monitor tool set?

Bill Herde
Bill Herde used Ask the Experts™
Monitor and alert recommendations request.

As our company is moving services out to cloud based services, I am seeking some real world feedback on what systems monitors are being used.  My current platform is pretty much a VMware house running Microsoft everything.  Syslog and performance monitors were chosen based on ease of use and preference of the party responsible for operation. ie: VROPS and log insight for me, and RedGate for the SQL DB admins.  I have held a preference for systems that do not require agents just to avoid possible issues with compatibility when the monthly MSFT updates come out. (this may be wrong, feel free to express if you think so) I expect the cloud service of choice will be largely AWS as that is getting many in our dev team excited. Ease of use is of course a priority, because no one wants to do more work than they have to.  Budget comes into the picture somewhere, but I have never had a problem paying for good tools. Cost management of cloud services is expected to be a priority.

So what is working for you?  If you represent a product please say so.  I still want your input, but would appreciate acknowledgment of  bias.

Thanks in advance for your time.
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We use a mix of SNMP, Syslogs, Performance gathering tools...

So we use MUNIN, Observium, Syslogs, and we then injest and forward it to

Grafana and Sumo Logic (where we create real time dashboards) it has taken us many years of development with our Clients to build this....

Many monitoring and performance applications, take time to craft.

We also use Sysload.(https://www.ca.com/us/products/it-capacity-management.html)

We then use


to do the heavy lifting to do the email and text messaging alerting to various Service Desks. (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th line)
Phil PhillipsSenior Platform Engineer

AWS does have CloudWatch built-in, and that will give you some monitoring right off the bat. To supplement, I'm a fan of Datadog, as it allows you to easily collect and visualize the metrics. It's also fairly easy to set up log forwarding to Datadog. Though, for real-time metrics and log forwarding, you will need an agent, but they would release a new version ASAP if a Microsoft update were to cause compatibility issues.  If paging is needed with escalations, I second OpsGenie.
Ramasamy PanchavarnamSenior Technical Architect

As bhil said, initially you can use Cloudwatch which is inbuilt AWS Monitoring tool. in cloudwatch you can monitor CPU/Network/Disk IO's free of cost. To monitor memory, Filesystem, OS services (eg.NTP), application you can use Custom metrics at very nominal price.

If you are looking a one dashboard for on-prem and Cloud servers, then better go for a third party monitoring tool like CA or Nagios. Both have the API to collect data from AWS.
Bill HerdeOwner


Thanks for the feedback!  I will surely look to see what OpsGenie is all about.  I have already been looking into Nagios and have some instances of Datadog playing now.  Not too impressed with ease of use for datadog as the yaml file seems really touchy about context and formatting, but it could do the job.

Again, Thank you.

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