Which Is Better-Local Or Remote Monitoring?
That’s an easy one.
That’s the answer.
In other words, it depends on your needs.
Most Customers are just like you, their servers are on a bell curve: at the left side there are the Nice-To-Know machines, these are the ones where it’s nice to know if the server is offline – perhaps print servers, etc. For these servers, remote monitoring is fine, and a low rate of checking, say once every 30 minutes.
At the other end of the bell curve there are machines, perhaps 5% of the total, you require to have 99.999% uptime. For these machines, local agents are the way to go.
The best part is there is no difference in cost: your licensing is simple and it is the number of machines licensed, not how they are monitored.
You can mix and match local and remote; you can go from all remote to all local and then back to all remote and the same license key will work.
And the license is the number of machines licensed – you can replace machines in the Monitoring Group lists and still use the same license key.