Monitoring Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches with MetricFire

Monitoring Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches with MetricFire for Better Visibility

To integrate Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches and MetricFire, please reach out to MetricFire. Book a demo with the MetricFire team to discuss integrating Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches and MetricFire, and see how that benefits your monitoring system.

What is MetricFire?

MetricFire is a full-scale platform that provides infrastructure, system, and application monitoring using a suite of open-source monitoring tools. We enable you to use Hosted Graphite and aesthetic custom dashboards to visualize your metrics so you can understand what is happening.



MetricFire offers users a complete ecosystem of end-to-end infrastructure monitoring, comprised of popular open-source monitoring software services: Graphite and popular dashboards. Plugins for many other open-source projects are preconfigured, such as StatsD, collectd, and Kubernetes. You get all these within a hosted environment as a single product. Not only does MetricFire fit well into the infrastructure monitoring use-case, such as network monitoring and server monitoring, but we also do application monitoring and business intelligence.


Through this hosted environment, MetricFire boosts the unique features of open-source projects to give you more functionality than the original products. Below are some of the MetricFire features at a glance: 

  • Cloud Monitoring

  • Hosted Graphite

  • Dashboards

The key thing to remember is that Hosted Graphite by MetricFire is more than just Graphite. Our Hosted Graphite product actually adds data dimensionality and better data storage.


The benefits of MetricFire are:

  • Simple, low-cost pricing
    A structured pricing model based on unique time series metrics allows you to work within your budget. The predictability and transparent pricing allow you to keep your costs in check and plan for the future. 1 metric is 1 metric.

  • Easy-to-use dashboards
    Easily share your dashboards with clients for free.

  • Responsive alerting
    Alert notification integrations PagerDuty, Slack, email, and webhooks.

  • Freedom of customization
    Custom metrics through your code.

  • Fantastic customer support
    Highly available support is provided by engineers for engineers to get you set up quickly.

  • Enterprise-ready
    Dedicated clusters for users that need their own environment. 

What is Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches?

MetricFire is a comprehensive cloud monitoring and observability platform that enables businesses to collect, analyze, and visualize their infrastructure and application metrics in real time. One of the many strengths of MetricFire is its ability to seamlessly integrate with various hardware and software systems, including Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches.


Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches are powerful networking devices that provide advanced features and high performance for enterprise-level networks. These switches offer flexibility, scalability, and robust security features, making them a popular choice for organizations with complex networking requirements.


When it comes to monitoring and managing Cisco 550X Series switches, MetricFire offers a straightforward integration that allows users to gain insights into the performance and health of their network infrastructure. Here's how MetricFire's integration with Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches works:


  1. Data Collection: MetricFire utilizes SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) to collect essential metrics and status information from Cisco 550X switches. SNMP is a widely adopted protocol for network device monitoring and allows MetricFire to query the switches for valuable data.

  3. Metric Gathering: MetricFire gathers a wide range of metrics from Cisco 550X Series switches, including but not limited to:

    • Port-level statistics: Utilization, errors, discards, and other performance indicators for individual switch ports.
    • VLAN statistics: Metrics related to VLAN utilization and traffic distribution.
    • Interface statistics: Bandwidth usage, errors, and discards for physical and logical interfaces.
    • CPU and memory utilization: Monitoring the switch's CPU and memory usage to ensure optimal performance.
  5. Alerting and Notifications: MetricFire provides a robust alerting system that allows users to set up custom alert rules based on specific thresholds and conditions. This ensures that any deviations or issues with the Cisco 550X switches are promptly identified and notifications are sent to the appropriate personnel via various communication channels like email, SMS, or integrations with third-party collaboration tools.

  7. Visualization and Dashboards: MetricFire offers a powerful visualization platform that allows users to create custom dashboards and charts to monitor the performance of their Cisco switches. These dashboards can be customized with a variety of metrics and visualizations to provide a real-time view of network health, utilization, and other key performance indicators.

  9. Data Retention and Analysis: MetricFire stores collected metrics from Cisco 550X switches in a secure and scalable data storage infrastructure. This allows for long-term retention and historical analysis of network performance trends, facilitating capacity planning, troubleshooting, and identifying patterns and anomalies.


By integrating MetricFire with Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches, organizations can gain valuable insights into their network infrastructure and ensure optimal performance, reliability, and security. The combination of MetricFire's monitoring capabilities and Cisco's powerful networking equipment empowers businesses to proactively manage their networks and respond swiftly to any issues or bottlenecks that may arise.

How to Integrate Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches and MetricFire to Improve Your Monitoring System

To integrate Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches and MetricFire with your monitoring system, sign up for a free trial with MetricFire. Talk with the MetricFire team about how to integrate Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches and MetricFire, and get Cisco 550X Series Stackable Managed Switches interacting with your MetricFire dashboards in minutes.

The author for this testimonial, Jim Davies, Head of DevOps, MoneySuperMarket.com.
“As MetricFire scales effortlessly, we can push and store more metrics than we really need today but might need tomorrow. This increases our depth of understanding of the systems that we run and heads off any future problems.”
Jim Davies, Head of DevOps, MoneySuperMarket.com.

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