There was a time when pride dictated that a system administrator manage a Linux server with nothing more than a text-only terminal window and a cup of coffee. Times have changed, especially since even major enterprises need to manage their Linux servers quickly and effectively. The following are four useful server management options with varying degrees of functionality.
Splunk – A very business-oriented option, Splunk allows you to manage an entire data center in real time. With monitoring and alerting, reports and analyzing, and faster identification of problems, it is designed to make Unix and Linux more manageable.
openQRM – Engineered for complete data center and cloud automation, openQRM is an open source solution for managing physical and virtual servers. It supports all major virtualization systems and uses a web interface for easy interaction with systems for deployment, monitoring and more.
openNMS – Another open source option, openNMS is described as an enterprise-grade network management application. It includes event and notification management, automated and directed discovery, and performance measurement.
Zenoss – Designed for more than just a server, Zenoss aims to be a complete open source IT management solution for networks, dedicated servers, virtual servers, and applications. It supports discovery, management, monitoring, operations management, and more.
The aforementioned server management solutions are not necessarily independent of one another. In some cases, you might even want to use a combination of more than one. You should explore your options and find the tools that work best for your situation.