Sounds like someone in Cannonical decided to re-invent Nagios.
in reply to Canonical Landscape alternative
Nagios allows probes ('plugins' in Nagios) sitting on the leaf-systems to report back to an aggregation server (your Mother Ship). You can configure probes to do anything; literally anything -- report status, execute commands; impose resource limits, anything your heart desires (and you can code). There is a robust User Community around Nagios and a lot of pre-built plugins available.
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