In this blog series, I’ll cover why monitoring the Internet of Things (IoT) is important, along with how to go about doing it in a practical manner.
The IoT is an ecosystem where sensors, devices and equipment are connected to a network and can transmit and receive data for tracking, analysis and action.
It is the integration and extension of IT and OT technologies that have been around for decades.
Dell’s OEM Solutions Group takes a practical approach to the IoT.
A key component of Dell’s IoT reference architecture is the Dell Edge Gateway.
For those with a systems management background, the Dell Edge Gateway is “just another host” that either runs Linux or Windows 10 (IoT Edition). It also has snmp enabled for additional instrumentation.
Here are some reasons from a recent poll I took:
There are many components that Foglight can monitor in an IoT environment. These include monitoring the performance, availability and latencies of the Dell Edge Gateways (or other hosts), the networks linking them back to your datacenter or cloud provider, and the URL’s that are used to send data to the cloud for analysis. Of course, Foglight can also monitor your other applications, databases and infrastructure.
In the next post, I’ll dive into each of the components shown above. In the meantime, here is the end result – a dashboard showing important metrics and data from our Dell Edge Gateway, networks and URL's that were used for a customer trial in our Santa Clara IoT lab.