New Website Monitoring System Developed by Amity

17th February, 2014 in Hosting 2 Comments

We are very pleased to announce that we've improved our web hosting services yet again by developing our own bespoke, self hosted website monitoring system that monitors all of our hosted websites every few minutes and alerts us when a website is down so that we can investigate the issue right away.

The problem with third party monitoring systems is the escalating cost as more and more domains are monitored. Therefore many web developers will only choose a select few (if any!) websites to monitor which sometimes means that a website could be down for hours or days before someone notices.

We do, of course, already use third party website monitoring systems (Pingdom, CopperEgg, Nodeping), but as we have over 500 domains to monitor at Amity, the cost is significant and we can’t use it for every website. However, with our new in-house developed monitoring system, we can monitor ALL domains at no additional cost to customers. We then use third party monitoring systems to monitor our monitoring system!

Although website issues with Amity are rare, as with anyone else they can happen, and we would prefer to know about it immediately rather than hours later from someone else. So whether the domain has expired, the DNS incorrectly configured, DNS outages or there’s a problem on the website itself, we can be notified within a few minutes and investigate the issue and fix it straight away.

Combined with our other web hosting services it means our customers' websites’ uptime is even greater now if hosted with Amity.

All websites will be monitored every 15 minutes, premium hosted sites will be monitored every single minute of every day (along with all the other benefits of premium hosting) - if you host your website with Amity, we’ll know if there’s a problem before you do!


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barryherne 20th February, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Can the tool monitor anything else except sites? Are you plannning to introduce anything else for monitoring? The world needs universal monitoring tools - all in one monitoring software that is practical and mighty at the same time. I have spent certain time trying to fins such a tool - Anturis. Have a look!

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Laurence Cope 20th February, 2014 at 14:15 pm

Hi Barry. The tool is at the moment a basic website monitoring tool, monitoring that a website is up. So it would not compete with products such as your Anturis. That is fine though, because products such as Anturis would be far too expensive for small businesses with many websites to monitor to use. As stated we now monitor over 500 websites, and looking at the Anturis pricing it would be quite expensive. So what happens is small business do not monitor all their websites. The system we use means we can now monitor all our websites at an affordable price.

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