Monitoring your fleet of Embedded Linux systems or Internet of Things (IoT) devices is undoubtedly critical for your business. Yet, there are almost no ready-to-use tools that continuously monitor Embedded Linux and IoT devices. As you probably thinking right now, the monitoring topic addressed with plenty of solutions when looking at the Cloud/Servers domains, but when speaking of the Embedded Linux and IoT worlds, nothing pops up.
IoT and smart devices are physical devices that are super valuable for their owner. That owner may be a random consumer, or it can be the manufacturer himself. In both cases, if that product stops working for some reason, the damage often is enormous. Continuous Monitoring of multiple parameters of the entire fleet of IoT devices is a life-saving matter and will eventually prevent a highly costed recall that can be up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
What to monitor?
Multiple parameters must be monitored remotely to make you feel calm when your Linux product is out there working in the field:
- Power state – Even if your product is not intended to work 24/7, knowing in real-time if a specific device is ON or OFF will save you much time debugging the issue.
- Resources – The possibility to view in real-time Linux device’s RAM/CPU/DISK usage will target you in the right direction when things stop working. For instance, if you know that your DISK usage is almost 100%, the issue is probably with some files that are growing in size and not being deleted. (unfortunately, this is one of the most popular recall situations when new software is deployed with a bug that results in never deleted log files that grow until the DISK is fully used).
- Processes – Monitoring your application process state will let you know if it is running or not at any time. This is a huge advantage when it comes to debugging problems with a remotely deployed product. As if the application is not running at all, there you found the issue.
- Sensors Data – Usually, Embedded Linux and IoT devices have sensors connected to them. Those sensors measure various things, which may be critical for the product to work as expected. Viewing in real-time the measured metrics from those sensors will help you understand if they are functioning correctly or not.
- Application Logs – Your application should write indicative logs for helping you debug issues when needed. The option to monitor and view those logs remotely is critical when the unwanted situation of a problem occurs.
How to monitor?
Remotely Monitoring all those parameters of an Embedded Linux or IoT product is not an easy matter. As easy as it sounds at the Cloud/Servers domains, things are getting difficult when speaking of IoT devices which are placed far away from you, connected to different networks, and may be deployed under tough environments. At JFrog Connect, we’ve developed a Management Platform for Embedded Linux and IoT fleets of devices that has all those monitoring tools built-in and ready to use. Using JFrog Connect platform, you can connect any Linux device in under 60 seconds, and right away, begin Monitoring dozens of parameters that will help you debug issues remotely and save your product from huge problems when it is deployed in the field. JFrog Connect is free of charge for makers and offers an unlimited time trial to test the management platform for business needs.