I need an uptime monitoring system which can monitor HTTP on my 1 server (and over time more servers). It has to run about every 15 to 30 mins and must be off the server so it sees what a visitor would see.
I need something fairly reliable and as cheap as possible as for now I only want 1 port on 1 server monitored. The 1 thing I do require is SMS notification (UK mobile) when the service is down.
Eg service is down, it checks every 15 mins so I get an SMS is less time than that, and can act upon the downtime quickly.
Ok thanks I've signed up for a free account at serviceuptime and bought 10 SMS credits. This will be a trial of the cheapest service. If it goes well I'll continue to use it and upgrade my account when I need to, otherwise I'll give Hyperspin a go.
We have been using Alertra for several years now, for all of our servers. It is extremely reliable and cost effective. You can configure how often to check and exactly what services to check. You can also have the alerts sent to whatever email or voice number you like. They also keep realtime stats, etc. What we really like about them is that they have several offices throughout the world. When they check your service, they do it from USA, Europe and Asia.
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To name a few. Most of them have free trials and you shoould try them all out to see if their products and customer service meet your needs. Also most of them have a sales staff. Which means you can play both ends against the middle, so tell them, "Yeah I am currently trialing so and so". You will get a more competative price. But while they all do similar things they differ on the quality of their reports, number of locations monitored from, and customer service.