doi: 10.6017/ital.v29i1.3153

Monitoring Network and Service Availability with Open-Source Software

T. Michael Silver


Silver describes the implementation of a monitoring system using an open-source software package to improve the availability of services and reduce the response time when troubles occur. He provides a brief overview of the literature available on monitoring library systems, and then describes the implementation of Nagios, an open-source network monitoring system, to monitor a regional library system’s servers and wide area network. Particular attention is paid to using the plug-in architecture to monitor library services effectively. The author includes example displays and configuration files.


Editor’s note: This article is the winner of the LITA/Ex Libris Writing Award, 2009.

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