Every Monitored Object is assumed to represent an instance of a class of similar objects: a Monitored Object Type. It is used to describe a particular kind of monitored object, such as Computer Cabinet, ATS switch or Machine. Monitored object types allow objects to be categorized and standardized, defining a common set of attributes and metrics expected to be available for all objects of a given type.
A Monitoring Object Type definition includes:
Name (used in user interfaces to denote the type)
Icon (used in user interfaces to graphically represent objects of that type)
Attributes (a set of attributes an object is expected to have and expose in user interfaces)
Metrics (a set monitored parameters an object is expected to have)