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An agent is software that provides a communication channel between the Orion server and a Windows or Linux computer. Products install plugins on agents to collect the data that the agents send back. This can be beneficial in situations such as:
You can monitor servers hosted by cloud-based services such as Amazon EC2, Rackspace, Microsoft Azure, and other Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
After deployment, all communication between the Orion server and the agent occur over a single fixed port. This communication is fully encrypted using 2048-bit TLS encryption. The agent protocol supports NAT traversal and passing through proxy servers that require authentication.