The Argent Architecture handles from the smallest to the largest networks – from 10 servers to over 25,000 servers. Argent provides three different architectures – Customers can choose the architecture best suited for their precise needs. (See help.Argent.com for more information).
Local monitoring and remote monitoring both have advantages and drawbacks. Argent provides you with the choice. Most Argent Customers use both – some servers have local monitoring agents installed, while others are monitored remotely across the network.
With the real world in mind, Argent’s unique and patented Mother-Daughter architecture guarantees reliable data transfers over unreliable networks. The world’s largest companies and government agencies depend on Argent to reliably monitor in an unreliable world.
Argent is engineered with complete and integrated firewall support. No matter how sophisticated the environment, Argent monitors it. Of course, Argent comes standard with 128-bit encryption and you can add your own more powerful encryption snap-ins.
Some Customers decide they want to use local agents on thousands of servers. This is a simple chore with Argent’s mass-installation options – in a matter of hours you can push Argent out to thousands of servers.
With Argent, you can easily email reports and charts daily. Argent uses industry-standard Crystal Reports.
For example, SLA reports for the past day are automatically emailed to management each morning — Argent comes with over 200 predefined reports.
One interface is used by all Argent products and the interface comes in both GUI and web formats.
One interface for all Argent products: Argent has no learning curve – no expensive consultants, just solid, old-fashioned engineering excellence.
Rules are tests; a Rule is broken if the threshold is exceeded.
For example, a Performance Rule may be defined as “If CPU usage exceeds 80% three times in a row”; a Service Rule may be defined as “If any Exchange service stops”.
Argent’s Rules get into the heart of the actual operating systems – Argent uses API calls for Windows, the Unixes, and Linux. Argent gets down to the bare metal.
There are over 3,000 pre-defined Rules.
With these pre-defined Rules, Argent monitors your entire environment: Windows servers, Linux servers, Unix servers, WMI, SNMP devices, UPS power supplies, phone systems, air conditioning plants, security systems.
A Monitoring Group is a list of one or more servers or devices to be monitored. Monitoring Groups are shared by all Argent products – the same Monitoring Group can be used in any number of Argent products.
Argent has 18 different types of Alerts and they fall into two classes: Notification Alerts and Action Alerts. A Notification Alert, such as an Alphanumeric Pager Alert, sends the details of a broken Rule; an Action Alert takes corrective action, such as a SQL Alert executing a SQL statement.
For example, if a SQL Transaction Log becomes too large, an Alphanumeric Pager Alert and an Email Alert can be fired, and a SQL Alert can also be executed to run a SQL statement to truncate the SQL Transaction Log.
In this way, Argent first alerts you of a problem and then automatically corrects the problem for you.
Relators tie together – or relate – Rules, Alerts, and Monitoring Groups.