I remember in days of yore when Big Brother monitored our servers. This wasn't Orwell's prophetic leader but a system monitoring tool that could be viewed in a browser. That was in the late 1990s; fast-forward to today and BB, as it was known, is no more. But it inspired XyMon which may still be a viable alternative to the more capable Nagios.
A potted history of BB:
- An early review from 1997.
- Originally marketed by BB4 Technologies
- Then Quest Software
- Then Dell (through acquisition of Quest, 2012). Dell's legacy product page indicates it is out of support
- Dell sold its software business which is now (November 2016) known as Quest Software (Wikipedia).
Open Source: Xymon
See the Xymon home page and download site.
XyMon was formerly called Hobbit and grew from something called BBGen Toolkit.
Or just use Nagios ?
Nagios Core is the open-source component of Nagios.
* days of yore