1.2.2. Monitoring Philosophy: A Hierarchical Approach
an intrinsic hierarchy in that certain objects must exist in a certain
order. For example, in order to
monitor your server's C: drive, we must first monitor your server. However, sometimes the syntax and naming is very confusing, given that
it often differs from vendor to vendor. Some call the server a “host”
or a “monitor”, and some call the C: drive style checks “monitors”,
“service checks”, “counters”, etc. At Opsview we use "Host" to mean a physical or virtual server/device/network point and "Service Check" to mean an action seeking information on a specific aspect of a Host. This syntax
should become clearer as we step through each of the “three layers” - Foundation layer, Interpretation layer and Monitoring layer.