"Help!" the server SMS'ed

"Help!" the server SMS'ed

Summary: If you're managing an Internet Web site, wouldn't you like to be alerted by SMS if your Web site is having problems? Setting up a monitoring server with SMS in your data centre can be a hassle--why not consider subscribing to an external monitoring service that can monitor your Web site and send you SMS alerts?

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If you're managing an Internet Web site, wouldn't you like to be alerted by SMS if your Web site is having problems? Setting up a monitoring server with SMS in your data centre can be a hassle--why not consider subscribing to an external monitoring service that can monitor your Web site and send you SMS alerts?

There are service providers like WebSitePulse that can monitor your Web site every 5 minutes and send you an SMS alert if an error occurs or if your Web site is responding too slowly. All you need to do is register online for an account and give them the URL of your Web site to monitor.

If you wish to monitor multiple components of your Web site (e.g. Web, application and database servers), you may create separate Web site scripts (e.g. using JSP, ASP.NET, PHP) to test each component, and let the monitoring service monitor each script.

If you know of any similar mobile services that are helpful to your enterprise, please share them with our M Files readers!

Topic: Browser

Lee Lup Yuen

About Lee Lup Yuen

Lee Lup Yuen is passionate about mobile phones and PDAs, as he is constantly buying new gadgets and programming them in J2ME, .NET, Symbian and AppForge.
He has developed commercial applications with mobile technologies like SMS, MMS, WAP, 3G video streaming and location-based services.

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  • Hmm, sounds interesting. What will i need to set up a monitoring server myself? Can you share the pros and cons of DIY and subscribing to an external service?
    anonymous
  • Yes. Is it free? A list of apps would be helpful indeed. I'm running an open source Web server, for a personal MOODLE Web board using XAMP. The monitoring tools bundled in allows for e-mail alerts but not SMS.
    anonymous
  • Unfortunately, nothing is for free :-) Yes you need to pay the monitoring service provider for monitoring your servers, but at least you don't have to set up your own monitoring service. And how do you ensure that your monitoring service is actually running? So you need a monitoring service for your monitoring service, and a monitoring service for that, and another... I think it's worth the price to pay for an external monitoring service.
    anonymous