When I was five years old, I loved tales about soldiers.

So, settle down and let me tell you a story about some soldiers.

In the late 16th century or thereabouts, while journeying through Mont Blanc, an Italian infantryman saw a band of invading French men and shouted to his comrades “All’erta.” The Italian soldier’s comrades swiftly responded by moving to a high lookout point, where they could stand watch over the French troops without losing their strategic position.

The French, upon hearing this word often from the Italian infantry, learned what it meant, and they adopted the word.

Consequently, All’erta became à l’erte, which meant “watchful” or “vigilant.”

Throughout history, there have been methods of alarms and alerts to tell us when danger presents itself. A call to arms. A trigger for action. Remain vigilant, be responsive, and act accordingly.

 

Our First Alerts

Humans respond to sensory warnings, alerting us about impending danger or leading us to rewards. The way we deal with alerts in our daily life defines who we are and possibly how successful we become.

Technology has improved our alert handling and has allowed us to efficiently manage our days and our lives, but if handled inefficiently, we risk “alert overload.”

We use a whole range of methodologies and ideologies to handle events and alerts.

In my experience, there are many different types of alert receivers all handling alerts in their own way.

Carl Jung defined the Jungian archetypes, so I decided, like Carl did, to define some monitoring archetypes.

Starting from tomorrow I shall write a brief description about each monitoring engineer archetype and will post it to the infrastructure desk section of www.acmtix.com.

(This post has been posted on 13/12/2019 on the Solarwinds THWACK forum as part of the 2019 Writing Challenge.) I have added a few more archetypes since then based upon suggestions of other THWACK members, so thanks to them…