OmniCenter can monitor an enormous range of activity in your network environment and display its status. It will also actively send you alert notifications about serious problems. Monitoring the status of the following resources are at the core of OmniCenter’s operation.
Each device managed by OmniCenter is continuously checked for network availability and will immediately report any host outages. Additionally, OmniCenter automatically understands your layer 3 network hierarchy and will only send you alert notifications about the loss of the highest-level downed host responsible for any unreachable child devices—rather than flood you with redundant alerts for every downed host in the hierarchy. If a parent is down, of course all of its children are down, as well.
OmniCenter can monitor any service or other application on any host to ensure that it’s available and properly responding to requests by using “service checks” (for example, a connectivity check for MSSQL). Checks are multistage to make sure that a service really is failing before sending you an alert.
OmniCenter continuously monitors and logs performance statistics for chosen resources on each host, and will alert you to any usage exceeding specified thresholds (high or low) through the use “threshold checks.” Many additional performance statistics can also be collected in OmniCenter through the use of device subtypes, including statistics for MSSQL, Oracle and Active Directory. You can even set threshold checks to look for anomalous activity during otherwise regularly expected spikes or dips in resource usage (such as weekends or holidays).
Device Configuration Files
The OmniCenter “Config Manager” will monitor device configurations for any devices it has authentication access to and log any changes being made through its “config checks.” It will also send you a notification alerting you to exactly what those changes were. You can then easily view all configuration changes in a timeline, calendar or list view. OmniCenter also automatically downloads and archives each changed configuration so previous ones can be restored, if necessary. Previously downloaded configurations from any date can even be compared to the current one in a special context-sensitive editor that visually highlights the differences between them.
Any website or other web-based application can be monitored for availability and responsiveness with a “WebART check.” Through the use synthetic monitoring, OmniCenter can replicate behavioral paths that typical users might take while using an application, and provide a breakdown of the responsiveness of each path segment (including DNS and TCP times). These checks can be performed from a variety of remote reflectors to evaluate an application’s performance from a variety of regions.
Similar to the web application check above, an OmniCenter “email check” monitors the availability and performance of an email server. This type of check also doubles as an Internet availability check, ensuring that your network is properly connected to the outside world.
Cloud and Virtual Environment Resources
OmniCenter gives you in-depth visibility into your virtual environments and supports a variety of virtualization management consoles. Additionally, you can monitor many cloud-based services such as Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure and Cisco Meraki. A variety of virtual performance metrics are available, including host I/O and resource usage.
See Device Polling Support in OmniCenter for a list of the brands and devices specifically supported by OmniCenter.