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How to Plan Your Alarm Monitoring Upgrade

Part 1: The Basics of Network Alarm Monitoring
Part 2: What Do You Need to Monitor?
Part 3: How Do You Monitor It?
Part 4: How Do You Monitor It? (Continued..)
Part 5: How to Plan Your Alarm Monitoring Upgrade
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Relying on off-the-shelf SNMP systems for mission-critical telemetry is a major mistake. If you're switching from traditional telemetry or integrating non-SNMP monitoring with an SNMP-based system, an off-the-shelf SNMP manager will not provide the detailed alarm data you expect. Before you commit to an SNMP monitoring solution, you need to make sure it supports essential network alarm monitoring functions.

In the previous sections, you've seen what equipment you should monitor and what features a good alarm system should have. So you should have some sense of what would be the ideal alarm system that will give you the best possible visibility of your network.

The question is, how do you get from where you are to where you want to be? It's very rare for a company to be able to suddenly leap from their current alarm monitoring to their ideal system. Budget restrictions and the cost of installing equipment means you can't usually get everything you want in one budget year.

Here are some strategies that will help you find a smooth, gradual upgrade path that will let you transition to a new alarm system over several budget cycles:


About the Author

Mark Carberry

Mark Carberry is the Engineering Director and Senior Vice President of DPS Telecom, a leading developer of integrated alarm monitoring and control solutions. Mark's engineering skill and dedication to solving his client's real-world problems has helped grow DPS from a small consulting firm to an Inc. 500 company.

Click here for product details on the T/Mon network alarm monitoring system...


Alarm Monitoring Survival Guides

  1. Network Alarm Monitoring Fundamentals
  2. Battery Voltage Monitoring
  3. Weather-Proofing Your Network
  4. Power Monitoring: How Power Outages Affect You in Ways You Wouldn't Expect
  5. SNMP Tutorial: An Introduction to SNMP

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Part 1: The Basics of Network Alarm Monitoring
Part 2: What Do You Need to Monitor?
Part 3: How Do You Monitor It?
Part 4: How Do You Monitor It? (Continued..)
Part 5: How to Plan Your Alarm Monitoring Upgrade
[All 5 parts for easy printing]

Relying on off-the-shelf SNMP systems for mission-critical telemetry is a major mistake. If you're switching from traditional telemetry or integrating non-SNMP monitoring with an SNMP-based system, an off-the-shelf SNMP manager will not provide the detailed alarm data you expect. Before you commit to an SNMP monitoring solution, you need to make sure it supports essential network alarm monitoring functions.

In the previous sections, you've seen what equipment you should monitor and what features a good alarm system should have. So you should have some sense of what would be the ideal alarm system that will give you the best possible visibility of your network.

The question is, how do you get from where you are to where you want to be? It's very rare for a company to be able to suddenly leap from their current alarm monitoring to their ideal system. Budget restrictions and the cost of installing equipment means you can't usually get everything you want in one budget year.

Here are some strategies that will help you find a smooth, gradual upgrade path that will let you transition to a new alarm system over several budget cycles:


About the Author

Mark Carberry

Mark Carberry is the Engineering Director and Senior Vice President of DPS Telecom, a leading developer of integrated alarm monitoring and control solutions. Mark's engineering skill and dedication to solving his client's real-world problems has helped grow DPS from a small consulting firm to an Inc. 500 company.

Click here for product details on the T/Mon network alarm monitoring system...


Alarm Monitoring Survival Guides

  1. Network Alarm Monitoring Fundamentals
  2. Battery Voltage Monitoring
  3. Weather-Proofing Your Network
  4. Power Monitoring: How Power Outages Affect You in Ways You Wouldn't Expect
  5. SNMP Tutorial: An Introduction to SNMP

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