FTP Monitoring Tools for Servers & Files

Monitor uptime and availability of an FTP server and verify the availability of a specific directory or files.

Supports SSL and SSH encryption. Monitor availability of an FTP server and verify the availability of a specific directory or files.

Monitoring FTP, SFTP, and FTPS Protocols

Ensure availability to server directories, content, and files. Track key file system metrics and monitor performance in real time with instant alerting.
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FTP

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is the standard network protocol used to transfer files between a client and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is the standard network protocol used to transfer files between a client and server. Monitoring your FTP servers ensures they are always online and available to your users.

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SFTP

SSH File Transfer Protocol, or SFTP, is network protocol that shares some similarities to FTP, but utilizes SSH (Secure Shell protocol) to encrypt both commands and data, which FTP doesn’t use. This ensures that sensitive information cannot be transmitted openly over the network.

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FTPS

FTP/SSL, also referred to as FTPS, or FTP Secure, is an extension of FTP that adds support for the Transport Layer Security, TLS, and the Secure Sockets layer, SSL, protocols. Monitoring for this protocol requires a valid SSL/TLS certificate.

Monitor FTP Over SSH

FTP over SSH performs the FTP operations over a secure shell, as long as your server supports SFTP. With FTP over SSH, the task tunnels an FTP session between the client and server.
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Verify Server Availability

Manage your organization’s usage through one single master account by splitting resources across different departments.

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Test Logins Using a Username and Password

Manage your organization’s usage through one single master account by splitting resources across different departments.

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Execute a Directory-Listing Command

Manage access to the Dotcom-Monitor platform using your internal Active Directory structure.

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Check for Specific Files Within a Directory

Allow account access to other users or departments from across your organization, with varying permission levels.

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Monitor FTP Traffic

Monitor traffic SFTP traffic using performance parameters like file transfer rate, upload, and download speed transaction rates.

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Get FTP Downtime Alerts

FTP downtime alerts are a critical part of managing an FTP system. Get notified about alerts and slowdowns across your entire server via phone call, SMS, or email notifications.

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Gain Visibility into FTP-Related KPIs in an Instant

Get instant insight into various FTP performance-related KPIs and service protocols in easy-to-read graphs and charts, allowing you to instantly troubleshoot the root cause of FTP problems.

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FTP Monitoring FAQ – Common Questions about FTP Monitoring Tools and Processes

It’s not uncommon for users to have questions about FTP monitoring tools and the benefits they provide. Below, we answer the most common FTP monitoring questions about how these services can benefit your business.

What is FTP Monitoring?

FTP monitoring is a type of file transfer protocol monitoring that is performed to verify constant and continuous availability and responsiveness of FTP servers and systems. The main purpose of an FTP monitoring tool is to track file changes in real-time, along with various connection time metrics and statistics.

Why is FTP Monitoring Important?

FTP monitoring is a critical part of ensuring that various servers and files that businesses depend on are performing correctly. By proactively monitoring the number of issues and server anomalies, businesses can reduce the number of errors in their file systems and improve key metrics that influence web and server performance. FTP monitoring also reduces downtime and helps troubleshoot related issues using Dotcom-Monitor’s patented alerting system.

How is FTP Monitoring Performed

Dotcom-Monitor’s proprietary applications test the availability of various FTP services in your system by moving files across servers and using metrics like file transfer rate, response time, transaction rate, TCP handshake time, and other data to paint a picture of your system’s overall performance. With Dotcom-Monitor, you don’t have to worry about the small details—simply configure your tests and let the data pour in. From there, you can analyze the data and optimize your system. And of course, Dotcom-Monitor support is here to help if you need any assistance with your FTP monitoring task configuration or have other questions.

How Does FTP Server Monitoring Work?

FTP server monitoring is a complex process that works by downloading and uploading files across your network/server and tracking the metrics mentioned above associated with these uploads and downloads. If your FTP server is unavailable, Dotcom-Monitor’s system records this data and notifies you so that you can take action and remedy the root cause.

Should You Be Monitoring FTP Traffic?

Most FTP Monitoring solutions (Dotcom-Monitor’s included) monitor FTP traffic—and without the ability to monitoring traffic, you can’t gather the data necessary to understand the health of an FTP system. So, yes, you should be monitoring FTP traffic. You should also be using an FTP monitoring tool that provides you with alerts so you know when there’s an issue with your FTP server or file system. Dotcom-Monitor’s FTP alerting system provides you with real-time SMS, phone, and email alerting so you can know instantly when issues occur.

Are Free FTP Monitoring Tools Worth Using?

While there are a variety of free FTP monitoring tools available for the public to use (most of which are open source), generally speaking, they are far inferior to paid solutions like Dotcom-Monitor. Free tools only allow one-off testing, and don’t provide the same type of robust, real-time alerting needed to manage FTP issues at the enterprise level. If you’re a small to large company looking for the best, most proactive and vigilant FTP monitoring tool, look no further than Dotcom-Monitor. Also—Dotcom-Monitor offers a free trial with all new accounts, so you have the opportunity to try our FTP monitoring service before committing to any type of purchase.

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