Using the HTTP/HTTPS monitor in Anturis Console, you can set up monitoring of HTTP reachability (availability), response time, response content, and certificate expiration for any hardware component (such as an Apache web server) in your infrastructure.
Ping monitoring verifies connectivity by sending packets to remote hosts and receiving responses. Requests are sent and received via ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) echo request packets and echo replies. Ping validates connectivity, verifies IP addresses, and can be used to measure response time. Anturis supports IPv6, the most recent Internet Protocol. Ping can be used to access IPv6 configurations.
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) enables communication between network devices. Many varied devices are supported: routers, printers, servers, workstations, switches, and more. SNMP facilitates the monitoring of devices for reachability and proper functioning using GET commands that return information from managed devices. SNMP standards are defined by the Internet Architecture Board. SNMP includes a network management database that contains device parameters.
Email availability is critical, and tracking mail server availability through POP3 server monitoring is one of the most effective ways of ensuring that incoming email issues can be addressed immediately. Monitoring can be configured to alert specified parties at the first sign of trouble. Monitoring can also verify that response times are within acceptable parameters.
Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), which allows email clients to access mail on other servers, is another critical piece in an efficient email environment. Testing IMAP ports at regular intervals and measuring response times help ensure email availability and acceptable execution. Email is one of the most visible services that companies provide, and good email performance is critical for customer satisfaction.
Outgoing email needs monitoring too. Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is the protocol a server uses to send mail to other email servers. Monitoring allows you to test SMTP requests at regular intervals to ensure availability. Measuring round-trip delay time, or the length of time it takes for a message to be sent and a reply to be received, ensures that your email servers are performing efficiently.
Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) allows the exchange of data between hosts. It numbers, disassembles, and reassembles information packets, employing Internet Protocol (IP) for the actual delivery. TCP utilizes ports, and availability and response times can be monitored by sending requests to a specific port. TCP tracking can evaluate the performance of a variety of critical services.
Secure Shell, or SSH, provides security on insecure networks. SSH facilitates the performance of tasks on remote servers. SSH availability and responsiveness can be evaluated by sending SSH requests, ensuring that management tasks can be economically and expeditiously performed remotely. SSH is available on many UNIX and Linux operating systems, some flavors of MAC OS X, and can be used on Windows systems with the addition of third-party software.
Proper FTP functioning is critical to most businesses today, and monitoring ensures that files are being uploaded and downloaded in a timely fashion and without data corruption. Correct file transfers are essential for everything from ecommerce to the proper display of web pages. Scheduling FTP requests and tracking performance verifies that FTP is providing the expected level of service.