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Monitoring Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches with MetricFire

Monitoring Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches with MetricFire for Better Visibility

To integrate Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches and MetricFire, please reach out to MetricFire. Book a demo with the MetricFire team to discuss integrating Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series 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.

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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: 

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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:

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    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.


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  • Enterprise-ready
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What is Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches?

In the modern landscape of industrial networking, the convergence of data from various sources is crucial for efficient operations and informed decision-making. Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches are designed to provide reliable and secure network connectivity in harsh and challenging environments. To enhance the monitoring and management capabilities of these switches, businesses can leverage MetricFire, a powerful monitoring and observability platform. This integration brings advanced analytics, visualization, and alerting to the forefront, enabling organizations to ensure optimal performance, minimize downtime, and proactively address issues.

 

The Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches are specifically engineered to cater to industrial networking needs. They offer robust connectivity and are built to withstand harsh conditions, making them ideal for deployment in manufacturing plants, transportation systems, oil and gas facilities, and more. These switches provide essential features such as high-speed Ethernet connectivity, advanced security mechanisms, and support for various industrial protocols. They form a critical component of the industrial network backbone, facilitating the exchange of data between devices, machines, and control systems.

 

MetricFire is a comprehensive monitoring and observability platform that empowers organizations to gain insights into the performance and health of their infrastructure components. By integrating MetricFire with Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches, industrial enterprises can achieve real-time visibility into network traffic, device status, and potential anomalies. This integration enhances the ability to manage and maintain network operations effectively.

 

Here are some of the benefits of using MetricFire:

  1. Real-time Monitoring: MetricFire provides real-time monitoring capabilities, allowing administrators to track network performance metrics, such as bandwidth utilization, packet loss, and latency. This visibility is crucial for identifying performance bottlenecks and ensuring efficient data transmission.

  2. Alerting and Notification: MetricFire enables the creation of custom alerts based on specific network conditions. When predefined thresholds are exceeded or anomalies are detected, MetricFire can send notifications via various channels, such as email, SMS, or third-party collaboration tools, enabling administrators to take immediate action.

  3. Historical Data Analysis: The integration allows historical data storage and analysis. This is invaluable for identifying trends, understanding long-term network behavior, and planning for future capacity requirements.

  4. Custom Dashboards and Visualization: MetricFire offers customizable dashboards and visualization tools, enabling administrators to create visual representations of network data. This aids in quickly assessing the network's health and identifying potential issues.

  5. Capacity Planning: With access to historical and real-time data, organizations can make informed decisions regarding capacity planning, upgrades, and expansions. This proactive approach helps prevent performance degradation and downtime.

  6. Compliance and Reporting: The ability to generate reports and compliance documentation based on the collected data simplifies regulatory compliance and internal audits.

Here are the steps to start using MetricFire:

  1. Data Collection Configuration: Configure the Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches to send relevant network metrics and data to the MetricFire platform. This may involve configuring SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) or other supported protocols.

  2. MetricFire Setup: Set up a MetricFire account, create data sources for the switches, and define the metrics to be monitored.

  3. Alerting Rules: Create alerting rules based on network metrics. Define thresholds for performance parameters and set up notification channels.

  4. Dashboard Creation: Design custom dashboards within MetricFire's visualization tool to display relevant network metrics in real time and over time.

  5. Integration Testing: Thoroughly test the integration to ensure that data is being accurately collected, alerts are triggered appropriately, and dashboards provide the desired insights.

 

Integrating MetricFire with Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches brings a new level of monitoring, analysis, and decision-making capabilities to industrial networking environments. This synergy enables organizations to optimize their network operations, enhance reliability, and mitigate potential issues, ultimately contributing to increased operational efficiency and reduced downtime. By leveraging the combined strengths of these technologies, businesses can stay ahead in the dynamic landscape of industrial networking.

How to Integrate Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches and MetricFire to Improve Your Monitoring System

To integrate Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series 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 Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches and MetricFire, and get Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches interacting with your MetricFire dashboards in minutes.

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