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Three Best Open Source Projects For Monitoring Your Infrastructure

Ajaykumar Manimala
K8s Expert @ TYNYBAY
Jan 24th, 2022
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Even though there are many ways to build and monitor a web app, having an application that won't work because of some obscure problem is a nightmare; even worse, not knowing if your application is down until users complain about it.
Hence, monitoring infrastructure is a crucial part of managing any environment. While the traditional monitoring systems have their own merits, open-source software has gained popularity due to its low cost and ease of use. In recent times, various open-source projects have emerged which offer a wide range of features for monitoring different aspects of your infrastructure.
We've been using these tools for a while, and they are an essential part of our infrastructure monitoring.


Prometheus is an open-source tool used for data gathering and analysis. It monitors data based on time series data, providing users with the ability to configure monitoring capabilities. They can even build their tools on top of it. Prometheus stands out as a simple yet hugely innovative design, with an intuitive system that provides high-level support for IT infrastructure monitoring. You can use this tool to gain access to various features, from data exploration, aggregation, and alerting.

The Prometheus Alertmanager is the perfect monitoring tool for containerized environments like Kubernetes. It allows you to create alerting rules for almost anything, which is highly configurable.

Prometheus is an excellent open-source monitoring tool for collecting system, application, and containerized app metrics. It's also easy to add different visualizations in Grafana to see how your company is doing.


Nagios is a legacy monitoring app first released in 1999. It offers a range of valuable features, such as third-party integration using an additional plugin. The software can monitor components like .net, web apps, Middleware's, webservers, etc. As it is the market leader, there's a vast knowledge resource about Nagios already available.
Nagios can monitor various types of components like servers, websites, Middleware, etc.

It runs on a Core 4 monitoring engine, making it scalable and high quality.
If you are into Middleware, you can leverage Nagios to monitor WebLogic, WebSphere, JBoss, Tomcat, Apache, URL, Nginx, etc.


Zabbix is a powerful enterprise-level software for monitoring your server, network equipment, web applications, and databases. It's already well-established in the business world, including DELL and Sony.

Zabbix is an agent-based monitoring system where the client needs to be present on servers you wish to monitor. You don't need an agent for services like FTP, SSH, or HTTP because they are already available natively.

Install it on Linux, AIX, Windows, Solaris, macOS X, or FreeBSD. It supports SNMP and provides better reporting.


It's always important to monitor what is going on with your computer, especially in the workplace. It allows you to actively manage your resources rather than only reacting when something goes wrong.

Open-source monitoring tools provide a warning system to alert changes or problems. Monitoring enables you to quickly handle potential issues before they snowball into bigger ones.

There are many ways to monitor the infrastructure components, including maintenance of your infrastructure providers. One example is the AWS cloud watch, but open-source monitoring tools provide many functionalities.

When choosing the right open-source monitoring solution for your business, you should carefully consider what will work best for your needs.

Numerous open-source monitoring tools offer a wide range of features. They let you monitor your framework's status and ensure it functions as required to ensure uninterrupted service delivery. The best part is they are free and easy to use. Contact us today to know more about these open-source monitoring tools.

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