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The Industrial Internet of Things is Growing, and so is the Need to Monitor IIoT Performance

Monitoring IIoT Devices and Sensors

Many have referred to the Internet of Things (IoT) as the “third wave” of the internet evolution. Consumers can’t help but notice the increasing array of connected devices coming online, ranging from washing machines and refrigerators to personal fitness trackers and automobiles, and even intelligent machines imbedded into clothing, that are popping up everywhere. What many consumers may not realize is that industry is also getting on board with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in a big way. At FrameFlow, we’re acutely aware of how the growing IIoT is dramatically impacting our commercial world, and how important it is to monitor the performance of IIoT devices and sensors.

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FrameFlow Server Monitoring Throughput Test v2017.1
FrameFlow Server Monitoring Throughput Test v2017.1

Dramatic Increase in Monitoring Throughput for Multiple IT Systems Pending in v2017.1

Since the beginning we’ve focused on monitoring performance, tuning our monitoring engine and our data storage technology to eek out the best gains possible, allowing you to monitor more systems with fewer resources. It’s those efforts that have helped us to deploy massive installs monitoring thousands of systems from a single FrameFlow installation.

Today we’re happy to show you how, in v2017.1, we’ve achieved some pretty massive improvements. Let’s take a look.

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FrameFlow Server and IT Systems Monitoring Software
FrameFlow Server and IT Systems Monitoring Software

What Makes FrameFlow Server and IT Systems Monitoring Software Stand Out?

At FrameFlow, we fully understand the importance monitoring all the various IT systems that are critical to your business operations including: servers, routers, switches, HVAC systems, temperature sensors, back-up power supplies and virtually any type of device with an IP address, to ensure they are indeed performing as required. Our cutting edge, but easy to use and fully customizable monitoring software scales to continually scan 10s of 1000s of IT systems, with over 85 different monitoring types to cover all requirements.

Here’s the rundown on some of the special features that make FrameFlow standout.

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Top 5 Issues Detected by FrameFlow Server Monitoring Software
Top 5 Issues Detected by FrameFlow Server Monitoring Software

Top Five Issues Detected by FrameFlow Server Monitoring Software

Here at FrameFlow, as we continually strive to offer a robust and versatile server and IT systems monitoring solution for a variety of enterprise customers, we’ve noticed that there are several common issues, some of which are interrelated, detected by our software across the board. Here’s a rundown on the top five:

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Effective Database Server Performance Monitoring Tips

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Databases like SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle are the workhorses of IT operations. They are the reliable back-end for applications, services, web sites and many other kinds of systems so it’s no wonder they have to be up, running and available 24 x 7. But despite being workhorses they are still fragile. All it takes is an unexpected traffic spike or even worse, a runaway application, and suddenly response times start to lag, systems start to fail and end users start to complain.

Effective database monitoring means looking beyond system health metrics.

The key to effective database monitoring is to make sure that you are checking the right things and to look beyond simple system health metrics. Don’t get me wrong, system health metrics are great and a necessary part of core monitoring for any system, but even if CPU usage is low, drives have lots of space and memory is plentiful, it doesn’t mean that your databases and the systems that depend on them are healthy.

Two simple techniques can give you deeper visibility and better warning about potential issues with your database server:

First, create sample queries and run them on a regular basis. For effective database monitoring we recommend running actual queries against the database. The main thing you want to check is how long it took the query to complete. Ideally you’ll have a graph of that value over time so you can detect patterns and make an estimate of what normal conditions are. It’s usually a good idea to run separate queries against multiple tables and have different thresholds as some may exhibit different behavior under normal conditions. Set your monitoring software to alert you when the thresholds have been exceeded. Ideally your monitoring configuration will be set to only warn you after several failures in a row. After all, you don’t want to be alerted about momentary spikes, but you do want to be alerted about sustained abnormal conditions.

Second, run health check stored procedures. If your vendor (or internal development team) has not yet implemented health check procedures then it’s time to pressure them now. A health check is a stored procedure that runs internal tests reproducing common database operations that higher level components use. The health check should return a success/failure indicator and text strings indicating what passed and failed, if anything. Run the health check stored procedures on a regular basis and set your monitoring tool to warn you based on what they return.

Get a clear view of normal operations and advanced notice about potential issues.

By implementing the above techniques you’ll get a clear view of what normal operations look like. You’ll also get advanced notice about potential issues as they start to build up and that will give you a better ability to find and fix issues before they become big problems.

Our software, FrameFlow Server Monitor, can do all of the above of course. If you’re new to FrameFlow, take our 30-day trial edition for a spin. If you’ve already purchased a license, book a call with us and one of our reps will help you to implement everything we’ve described here.