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System uptime monitoring is crucial for those users, whose income directly depends on the availability of their content. Using hosted services (websites, email, and cloud based apps, for example) normally presumes storing content located on a remote server that is available online 24x7x365, which means that such a hosting server is powered and connected to the Internet constantly. A very important notion in web hosting technology is uptime.
When considering uptime, you should keep in mind that server downtime can be either full or partial. It is normal for a hosting company to guarantee a 99,9% uptime figures, as the underlying value normally assumes percentage of time a web server is not spending in full downtime state. As any other devices, servers can and do get broken for various reasons. Monitoring availability of your own hosting account or server is quite important. Timely detection and reaction to the downtimes may help you save money and reputation.