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Monitoring system - request for input

I'm working on a new monitoring system because I can't find one that solves enough of my problems. It's going to be free and have an unrestricted open source license.

I could use your help.

At this stage, the best way you can help is to make sure I get lots of data about various infrastructure architectures, monitoring needs, reporting needs, alerting needs.

If you can, please share with me the following:

  • A description (or diagram) of your infrastructure including network, servers, services, storage, etc.
  • What you are using now for monitoring (can be any number of tools)
    • Why you like them
    • Why you don't like them
    • What you'd rather have, if anything
  • What tools are missing that you wish existed?
  • Would more documentation on monitoring, in general, help?
  • Do you carry a pager? If not, why not? If so, what does it support? (email, sms, html email, mobile web, normal web)
  • Would more documentation help?
    • Better documentation on how to monitor the things you need to monitor, such as best practices, better tool docs, etc?
    • Best practices for monitoring various scenarios?
Any thoughts, please email me [email protected] - I'll be collecting this data into my design document, which you can view in unfinished form, here: Current Design Doc