Are you thinking about getting a Free Monitoring service? Well done! Monitoring is a very useful and important practice to keep your online business healthy. So let’s go deeper into the topic to explain everything you need to know about it.
What is a Monitoring service?
Monitoring service is the practice of checking in detail, the different aspects and elements (IT infrastructure) your online business involves. The objective is to ensure that everything works as expected and to notify you, through an effective means, when something demands attention or to be fixed. A monitoring service checks and alerts but also collects information about the operation and general behavior of the checked machines.
There are different monitoring services on the market, free and paid ones (with free trials).
Why should you get a Free Monitoring service?
To fast detect downtime. This is essential! If your server is down, users can’t access your domain. The faster you realize and fix this, the fewer losses.
To prevent issues. Some businesses are only reactive. Their IT experts only work on certain issues until a concrete error appears. The problem with this type of operation is that you can always be surprised by malfunctions and other events, like dangerous cyber attacks.
To reduce fixing costs. Waiting until there is a problem, instead of preventing it through a constant Free Monitoring service, can mean expensive and time-consuming processes.
To save time and get a clear infrastructure overview. Commonly, when network administrators don’t have a monitoring service, they check essential infrastructure elements through independent tools. It works, but it takes a lot of time, and this method doesn’t offer you the very useful overview a Free Monitoring service can provide you.
To collect information about the overall operation. Using a Free Monitoring service, you can check your complete network from a single machine and in close to real-time (the free services are not as good as paid ones). If an error, malfunction, disruption, or another event is detected, your IT team will be immediately notified to fix the problem.
Besides, you will have access to important information collected to analyze and understand the issue better and prevent it.
To save money. There are very decent choices of non-paid monitoring services with interesting features to keep your business’ health under surveillance. What you should keep in mind in the word “limits”. Yes, such free services can run checks very well, but advanced features won’t be available for free. They will have a cost.
What features can a Free Monitoring service include?
Features included in a Free Monitoring service will vary based on the provider you pick. Generally speaking, you could get:
- Server and network monitoring. From 1 to more monitors (10, 20, and more).
- From 5-minute to 30-minute uptime checks.
- Response time monitoring.
- HTTPS checks.
- Reports of issues like downtime.
- E-mail, Telegram, SMS, etc, alerts.
- 10 or more monitoring locations.
Free Monitoring services will save you time, money, and many headaches. It is the key to making prevention a reality.