See Gateway Deployment Requirements for gateway appliance and Windows gateway sizing guidelines.

Discovery

Instrumentation for discovery
Resource typeEnvironmentRequired instrumentation
Linux serverData centerGateway appliance
Linux serverCloudPublic cloud collector
Windows serverData centerWindows gateway. See guidelines for the Windows gateway below.
Windows serverCloudPublic cloud collector
VMware ESXi serverData centerGateway appliance
SNMP enabled network resources (switches, routers, ...)Data centerGateway appliance
Storage arrays (NAS and SAN)Data centerGateway appliance
Other IaaS, PaaS resourcesCloudPublic cloud collector

Monitoring

Instrumentation for monitoring
Resource typeEnvironmentInstrumentation optionsRecommended options
Linux serverData centerLinux agent, gateway applianceLinux agent
Linux serverCloudLinux agent, gateway appliance, public cloud collectorLinux agent
Windows serverData centerWindows agent, Windows gatewayWindows agent
Windows serverCloudWindows agent, Windows gateway, public cloud collectorWindows agent
VMware ESXi serverData centerGateway applianceGateway appliance
Other IaaS, PaaS resourcesCloudPublic cloud collectorPublic cloud collector
SNMP enabled network resources (switches, routers, ...)Data centerGateway applianceGateway appliance

Gateway options

The following gateway options are available:

  • Gateway appliance

    A gateway appliance is a virtual appliance and is intended to be the default form factor for most deployment scenarios.

  • Windows gateway

    A Windows gateway is a Windows application and is intended for a limited set of scenarios where the gateway appliance cannot be deployed.

Windows gateway application scenarios

The Windows gateway supports limited functionality compared to the gateway appliance. The Windows gateway should be used only in the following scenarios.

Monitor network devices in small office environments

In small-office IT environments that do not have a hypervisor to run the gateway appliance, the Windows gateway can be used to discover and monitor network resources, such as switches, routers, and firewalls.

Discover Windows servers running on bare metal

In IT environments with Windows servers running on bare metal, the Windows gateway can be used to discover servers, individually, because there is no hypervisor to discover servers in bulk.