Server monitoring at its core helps keep you up to date by reviewing, analyzing and reporting on processes that impact overall operations including security, availability and general health. However, system monitoring tools are important for more than just ensuring that they are adequately serving their applications and users. In addition to monitoring applications’ availability and responsiveness, storage is closely monitored to provide you with warnings when data is nearing storage thresholds or underperforming. In addition, IT monitoring software can help you understand additional items that could affect overall performance. These items include CPU and memory usage, general storage availability and overall responsiveness of systems that support applications relied on by your business. Just like with proactive alerting, server monitoring also helps with backups by keeping you up to date with information on which systems could impact or reduce your server’s health and ability to meet the goals of your modern data protection strategy.