Linux Monitoring with Remote Management Software

Scott Calonico

penguin on snow How is a business supposed to manage computers both reliably and efficiently?

Well, there are several different ways to do that. Let's look at one of the more popular operating systems for computers, like Linux.

Since Linus Torvalds first created Linux, which is based on the old UNIX operating system developed by AT&T in the 1950s, Linux has become very popular with average users.

For at least a decade, there has been various versions of this open-source software floating around online and off. Now, Linux has become one of the more popular operating systems, especially among users more familiar with how a computer actually works, as opposed to the average "newbie."

For the last several years, small business has taken notice of Linux, and many IT professionals working for small business have installed Linux onto their servers, for several reasons.

Linux is Both Stable and Less Expensive

First is reliability. Linux is far more stable than most operating systems, and lets the user do more with it, thus making the job of an IT person easier than it would be with other operating systems that are on the market. It's easy to see why small business has much more to lose, than a bigger business does, if a server crashes. A catastrophic server crash can cost a small business thousands of dollars that they don't really have. So, it makes sense for them to go with an operating system that's much less likely to crash a server if something goes wrong. That's a huge loss of data if that happens, and today data is everything in business.

Secondly, the IT professional working for a small company can find various versions of Linux for free online. Or, they can buy inexpensive variations of Linux like Red Hat or Ubuntu. That means not having to spend hundreds of dollars on licenses for each operating system installed on the computers in a small business. Also, Linux is used as what's known as a "kiosk" operating system, meaning it can be put on top of the regular operating system on a computer or server, making it that much easier to use.

Remote Management Software for Business

That said, the average small business owner that wants to use Linux on their servers and workstations needs to look at how those servers and workstations are monitored. Remote management software is usually what is installed on servers after Linux is installed, mainly to keep an eye on computers in the office.

Basically, remote management software is installed to watch computers in several different locations. That can be the computers in one office or several different offices. This kind of software has the ability to alert management to problems in the system, like printer malfunctions, or to restart computers remotely, or to control exactly what web site employees can access.

Also, it's important to have remote management software to keep an eye on the computer itself, specifically the hard drive, CPU and power system. Remote management software monitors traffic, crash potential, whether there is a virus in the system, security problems and loss of data.

There are remote systems that will back up all the data generated and create a mirror of data for when there is a Denial of Service attack, which can be catastrophic, especially for a small business. Also, remote management software protects your computers against spam attacks. Never doubt the ability of hackers to get into a system.

That's why remote management software works for small business; it provides a way to protect data, save the business, and save money.