Best way to store monitored devices status for further reference

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Hi all,

I am monitoring some network devices using PHP ping.
I want to
- Initiate email DOWN alarms if the ping failed for 2 consequent
- Initiate another UP alarm if the device comes back to life after
- Don't repreat DOWN alarms "every monitoring cycle" if the first DOWN
alarm was sent.

This requires the devices status monitoring and alarming status to be
saved somehow for future reference.

Could someone help me with an idea how to store such data flixably
making sure the new hosts introduced in the config file are smoothly
getting their place in the above status data storage.



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