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In today’s competitive market, it is imperative to build software that is not only feature-rich and user-friendly but also secure, scalable with a higher degree of availability. To serve this, you need to monitor your application and the hosted infrastructure consistently. Continuous monitoring not only helps you minimize the downtime but also gives insights into the application behavior with varied loads by collecting data from the machines being monitored. A well-orchestrated monitoring solution provides powerful insights through which your performance test team not only can monitor the current system performance but also predict the application behavior in different operating conditions. Such actionable insights enable you to make sure that your application does not crash due to high user loads.

Continuous monitoring solutions also enable live monitoring of irrelevant http codes which could be a potential reason for application slowdown. Live monitoring sends notifications to the concerned users/teams in cases of an application malfunction, application failure, or hardware glitch. These notifications can be received over email, Slack, or any other channel.

Let’s discuss how to get the most out of your investment with open-source monitoring tools.

Identifying the right monitoring tool

The first step towards adopting an open-source monitoring tool is to identify the right tool for your business. There are plenty of options available to set up infrastructure monitoring solutions. Commercial tools such as PRTG, SolarWinds, and Nagios XI can be used to create an infrastructure monitoring solution. Performance testing tools like Dynatrace or New Relic etc. can be used for capturing performance data. Choose the tool that offers you great user experience, ease of use, customizability, scalability, and cost-effectiveness.

Customizing the solutions for better results

Today, open-source platforms are capable enough to serve the purpose. But still, you need to customize them as per your business requirements to get the best out of them. Tools like Prometheus and Grafana are gaining lots of attention nowadays in this segment. Many enterprises are leveraging these tools to meet their monitoring needs. Many consider integrating Nagios core along with Prometheus, which assures a highly available IT infrastructure and caters to application instrumentation needs. The usefulness of these tools can be acknowledged by the fact that commercial tools such as New Relic offer integration with Prometheus.

Making the right combination of tools

A combination of open-source tools shown below could fulfill almost all your monitoring and performance analysis requirements.

Why invest in open source monitoring tools?

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Support for containerized applications using Prometheus
  • Low overhead servers (Prometheus follows pull mechanism)
  • Prometheus offers HTTP-based monitoring (easy to implement)
  • High-speed time-series database
  • Option to create multiple instances for monitoring distributed environment
  • Support for cloud instances monitoring using AWS, Azure, etc.
  • Support for custom metric collection scripts creation
  • Effective network traffic monitoring
  • File discovery option makes it easy to write middleware for dynamically changing environment
  • Ability to set up KPI and triggering emails even during performance tests via Nagios core or Prometheus


IT infrastructure and applications form the backbone of your organization.  Monitoring their performance is key to reducing downtime and improving productivity. Monitor, troubleshoot, debug, and optimize performance across your entire infrastructure and application stack with ease through open-source monitoring tools. As a final note, it is important to consider your own requirements before choosing a tool as there is no one-size-fits-all. If you’re not sure where to start and which tool to choose, leave your worries on Pyramid Consulting’s experts. Our team will help you from strategy formulation to solution implementation. Contact Us Today!

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Anand Goel

Technical-Leader, QA & Testing

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