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How Do You Monitor It?

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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Now that you have an idea of what you should be monitoring, your next consideration is the nuts and bolts of how you are going to monitor it.

General Principles for Selecting What to Monitor

In the perfect alarm system of your dreams, you'll have an alarm for every single factor that can affect network operations, but you'll never spend extra money on alarm capacity you don't need. In the real world, time and budget constraints usually mean you have to set priorities and carefully select which alarms you're going to monitor.

When choosing network elements to monitor, keep these principles in mind:

There are three phases to alarm monitoring: acquisition, transport and presentation. Let's look at each phase in order.

Acquisition: Getting Alarms Out of Your Equipment

There are three kinds of alarm inputs: contact closures, analog inputs and protocol inputs.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5: Plan Your Alarm Monitoring Upgrade
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There is no other network on the planet that is exactly like yours. For that reason, you need to build a monitoring system that's the right fit for you.

"Buying more than you need" and "buying less than you need" are real risks. You also have to think about training, tech support, and upgrade availability.

Send me a quick online message about what you're trying to accomplish. I'll work with you to build a custom PDF application diagram that's a perfect fit for your network.


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Your network isn't off-the-shelf.

Your monitoring system shouldn't be, either.

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