Monitoring the performance of business critical apps is a necessity, there is no denying that.  It’s equally important to have a hawk eye view on the performance of the hardware on which these critical apps run, as failure of any of the server’s internal components can negatively impact application availability. Servers can develop critical problems without prior warning and eventually results service downtime.  So, you’re not really monitoring your server if you can’t see into the hardware.


Your server hardware is the backbone of your critical business services. To avoid any server downtime, it’s really essential to have a system that monitors the health and performance of your critical server hardware components for optimal performance.


But, it’s complicated

The biggest complexity in effectively managing hardware is the diverse nature of the IT infrastructure which typically comprises of equipment from multiple manufacturers. Each manufacturer provides their own solution for monitoring and managing their hardware such as:

• Dell provides Dell OpenManage for its servers

• IBM System X provides the IBM Systems Director for managing its hardware

• HP provides HP Insight Manager managing their servers


If you have multiple hardware vendors, then you have multiple monitoring consoles.  Add to that additional consoles or scripts for monitoring operating system performance, virtual machine performance and application performance.  Monitoring all these components is quite important such that sysadmins can narrow down issues in the case of a service failure. Any delay in identifying hardware malfunctions can cause damage to your hardware, resulting in a halt to all the applications running on that specific server.


To effectively monitor your server environment, sysadmins require a single integrated console from where they can monitor the diverse hardware components, all from an interactive dashboard.

A server monitoring tool should keep tabs on the following key hardware monitoring metrics such as:

• Hard drive status

• Array status

• Array controller status

• Power supply status

• Fan status

• Chassis intrusion status

• Chassis temperature and/or status

• Chassis fan speed and/or status

• CPU temperature and/or status

• CPU fan speed and/or status

• Memory module status

• Voltage regulator status



Hardware health doctor

With so many various parameters to be monitored, it’s quite important for you to look for an easy-to-use and cost effective server monitoring for your multi-vendor environment, providing expert guidance on what to monitor, why to monitor it, including customizable dashboards & reports showing trends, capacity, & performance all in no time.


Want the complete server monitoring software that makes sure your Servers, Applications & Hardware are performing optimally? Check out SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor – it’s the only game in town that provides multi-vendor hardware monitoring that won’t cost more than the hardware you’re monitoring.