As with any other software, monitoring systems also come in the usual variations:
This monitoring solution is installed on a separate system in the IT infrastructure or connected to the network servers as a hardware appliance. Depending on the server monitoring tool and the devices to be monitored, the configuration effort can vary.
However, this customizability of the solution does not have to be a disadvantage.
In addition, with an on-premises solution, you retain control over your data, since it is also stored on-site.
In contrast to the on-premises option, some server monitoring tools can be obtained as a service from cloud providers. In this case, configuration and administration are usually managed via a web interface.
Since no software has to be installed on the company's server infrastructure, the installation is often relatively quick.
The advantage of the SaaS variant is that these are usually good for monitoring cloud and microservice infrastructures and are distributed via a subscription, which can also be flexibly canceled.
However, it becomes more difficult when a company needs to monitor IT assets in the cloud and on-premises. Transferring the monitoring data of these systems to the cloud often involves additional configuration effort. Data transfer to the cloud also results in higher costs.
Especially when monitoring SNMP devices, large amounts of data are generated that have to be transferred to the cloud.
At the same time, one should be aware that with a cloud solution, the monitoring data is located with a third-party provider, which may violate data protection guidelines.
In general, monitoring systems are not provided as mobile applications.
However, it is more common for manufacturers of monitoring tools to offer their users access to dashboards and monitoring data via a mobile application. These often have fewer functions than the user interface of the PC version, though.