T/Mon collects event-driven messages (including SNMP traps) in a manner similar to SNMP manager application software. However, simple SNMP software programs only list alarm and clear change-of-state (COS) events. T/Mon combines the alarms from this list into a comprehensive standing alarm window. Change-of-state events can be acknowledged and forgotten. The only way to get something off of a standing alarm list is to actually fix the problem.
When T/Mon sees a "clear" message, it will eliminate it from the standing list automatically. This allows operators to see exactly which alarms are standing at any given time. This is especially valuable during shift changes or when you return to your management console after being distracted. The standing alarm list is a great way to get your bearings.T/Mon Can Monitor Much More than Just SNMP.
While simple SNMP manager application software can be utilized to monitor a network, there are much more effective options for real-world network monitoring. If you just have a few devices in an office environment, any old SNMP manager software download will probably work. If you work for a telco, utility, railway, government, etc., it's time to get serious and deploy a dedicated monitoring appliance with a proven track record.
Choosing a comprehensive monitoring appliance, such as the T/Mon network management platform, can save you a great deal in purchasing and labor expenses. That's because T/Mon can interpret many different protocols - not only SNMP like typical SNMP management applications. You won't have to buy other software or hardware to handle your other protocols. It's built right into a single system. You'll be able to monitor everything on one screen.Convenient T/Mon Window View Displays All Standing Alarms On One Screen.
T/Mon's convenient window view also allows operators to clear alarms as they are being attended to, or silence alarms for any specified period. This includes the silencing of nuisance alarms thus eliminating repeat notifications of unimportant events that regularly trigger alarms. This T/Mon feature is useful when performing installations or repairs, as it will prevent needless notifications that can cause operators to ignore more critical alarm messages.
There's also the T/GFX map view, where your inbound alarms (both SNMP and other protocols) are shown on a geographic map of your network. You can zoom in. You can zoom out. You can drill down from region to city to building to rack. This is the kind of ultra-clear presentation that you just won't get with cheap software downloads. In SNMP applications, as with everything, you get what you pay for.
With T/Mon, alarm notifications can be sent automatically through SMS or email. This is great for in-the-field notifications. When you can get notifications on your phone without returning to the office, you dramatically boost your efficiency.
T/Mon provides for the escalation of alarms, allowing supervisors to be alerted when operators have missed or ignored an alarm for more than a few minutes. This also prevents busy supervisors from being bothered by quickly resolved alarms.