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Monitoring Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches with MetricFire

Gain Visibility into your Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches Environment

To integrate Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series Switches with MetricFire, please sign up for a free 14 day trial. We want to fully understand your requirements and monitoring goals, so we can advise you on how to obtain better visibility into your infrastructure. Please book a demo with us so we can show you how quick and easy it is to get meaningful data into your MetricFire account, and use that data to build custom dashboards and alerts.



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.

What is MetricFire?

MetricFire is a full-scale platform that provides infrastructure, system, and application monitoring using a suite of open-source tools. We will aggregate and store your data as time series metrics, which can be used to build custom dashboards and alerts. MetricFire takes away the burden of self-hosting your own monitoring solution, allowing you more time and freedom to work on your most important tasks.

 

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MetricFire offers a complete ecosystem of end-to-end infrastructure monitoring, comprised of open-source Graphite and Grafana. MetricFire handles the aggregation, storage, and backups of your data, and offers alerting, team features, and API's for easy management of your monitoring environment. You can send server metrics using one of our agents, custom metrics from within your application code, and integration metrics from a variety of popular 3rd party services that we integrate with like Heroku, AWS, Azure, GCP, and many more!

         

Our Hosted Graphite product has improved upon standard Graphite to add data dimensionality, optimized storage, and offers additional tools and features that provide customers with a robust and well-rounded monitoring solution.

       

Benefits of Using MetricFire:

  • Simple, low-cost pricing
    A structured pricing model based on total unique time series metrics allows you to work within your budget. The predictability and transparent pricing allows you to keep your costs in check and plan for the future. 1 metric is 1 metric regardless of the source, or requests sent to and from the metric namespace.
  • Easy-to-use dashboards
    Our Hosted Dashboards provide endless options for customizing your visualizations, and allow you to share dashboards with clients.
  • Responsive alerting
    Receive alert notifications quickly through Email, PagerDuty, Slack, Microsoft Teams, OpsGenie, and custom webhooks.
  • Freedom of customization
    Send custom application metrics through your code. Our Language Guide can help you update your codebase to send event metrics via socket connections.
  • Fantastic customer support
    Fast and friendly support is provided by engineers, for engineers, to get you set up quickly. Start a conversation with us through the chat bubble below!
  • Enterprise-ready
    Dedicated clusters for users that need their own environment with custom parameters. Please reach out to us for more information.
      
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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