Monitoring Cisco Rugged Series with MetricFire

Monitoring Cisco Rugged Series with MetricFire for Better Visibility

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

In today's rapidly evolving technological landscape, robust network monitoring and management are essential for businesses to ensure seamless operations, mitigate downtime, and enhance overall efficiency. The Cisco Rugged Series offers a range of ruggedized networking solutions designed to operate in challenging environments where traditional networking equipment may struggle. To complement the rugged networking capabilities of Cisco's devices, integrating them with a powerful monitoring and analytics platform like MetricFire can provide an unparalleled advantage in maintaining and optimizing network performance.


Cisco's Rugged Series is a lineup of networking equipment that is specifically designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, making them ideal for use in industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing, transportation, and more. These devices are engineered to operate reliably in extreme temperatures, humidity, and other challenging conditions that are often found in industrial settings. From ruggedized routers and switches to access points, the Cisco Rugged Series ensures that critical communication and connectivity are maintained even in the harshest environments.


MetricFire is a comprehensive monitoring and analytics platform that helps businesses gain insights into their infrastructure, applications, and services. It enables real-time monitoring, alerting, visualization, and reporting, allowing organizations to proactively address issues and make data-driven decisions. MetricFire supports a wide range of integrations, making it a versatile choice for monitoring various components of a network ecosystem.


Integrating MetricFire with the Cisco Rugged Series involves connecting the monitoring platform to the network infrastructure to collect and analyze critical data. Here's how the integration process typically unfolds:

  • Data Collection: MetricFire connects to Cisco Rugged Series devices using various protocols such as SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) and syslog. SNMP allows MetricFire to gather performance metrics and status information from the devices, providing insights into factors like bandwidth utilization, CPU usage, memory consumption, and more. Syslog, on the other hand, captures log data, including events, errors, and other significant occurrences.

  • Data Visualization and Analysis: Once the data is collected, MetricFire's dashboard and visualization tools come into play. These tools provide users with a graphical representation of the network's performance metrics and log data. Users can customize dashboards to display the most relevant information, helping them identify trends, anomalies, and potential issues.

  • Alerting and Notifications: MetricFire's alerting system ensures that IT teams are promptly informed when certain performance thresholds are breached or specific events occur. This proactive approach enables quick response and minimizes downtime. Alerts can be configured to reach IT staff through various communication channels, including email, SMS, and integrations with collaboration tools like Slack.

  • Reporting and Analytics: MetricFire's reporting capabilities allow for in-depth analysis of historical data. This is invaluable for assessing long-term trends, identifying patterns, and making informed decisions about capacity planning, network optimization, and resource allocation.

  • Capacity Planning and Optimization: By leveraging the insights gained from MetricFire's data analysis, organizations can optimize their network infrastructure for better performance and efficiency. This might involve adjusting settings, upgrading hardware, or reallocating resources based on usage patterns.


Integrating MetricFire with Cisco Rugged Series offers several advantages:

  • Proactive Issue Detection: Early detection of potential network issues enables timely intervention and prevents downtime.

  • Performance Optimization: Accurate monitoring and analysis help identify performance bottlenecks and areas for improvement.

  • Resource Allocation: Data-driven insights aid in optimizing resource allocation, leading to better utilization and cost savings.

  • Compliance and Auditing: Monitoring and logging capabilities support compliance requirements and auditing processes.

  • Efficient Troubleshooting: Access to historical data simplifies troubleshooting by providing context for incidents and issues.


The integration of MetricFire with the Cisco Rugged Series enhances network monitoring and management by providing real-time visibility into network performance and robust analytics capabilities. This synergy empowers businesses to ensure the reliability and efficiency of their networks, even in the most challenging environments. By leveraging the strengths of both platforms, organizations can achieve a higher level of operational excellence and maintain a competitive edge in their respective industries.

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

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

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