What Is Unified Monitoring?
Unified Monitoring—or using an integrated platform that monitors your entire IT infrastructure, including physical, virtual, and cloud—is a proven strategy for reducing service outages, increasing end user and IT productivity, optimizing capital investment, and maintaining industry compliance. The business community has long recognized that productivity and profitability depend upon the smooth functioning of their entire IT environment. As IT infrastructures become more complex, the importance of integrating monitoring tools has as well.
Unified Monitoring Defined
At its core, unified monitoring means that all aspects of IT infrastructure are monitored for availability and performance, including: applications, databases, networks, virtual infrastructures, security systems, and special purpose devices. This universal coverage is unified by combining monitoring data from multiple tools for a complete picture of the performance and availability of the infrastructure. With a unified monitoring approach, you get visibility into metrics of interest from each of these discrete areas, while allowing the individual tools to perform their specialized functions, often with their own managers or teams of managers.
The overall goal of unified monitoring is to centralize the state of the entire IT infrastructure into a single pane of glass. A flexible and vendor neutral tool is important for this task, particularly one that is scalable and robust, yet simple to integrate.
As organizations evolve, many are moving to virtual and cloud-based servers yet still have a need to support their legacy systems. A good unified monitoring solution will provide coverage for both cloud-based and legacy infrastructures.
For more information about unified monitoring, check out our Unified Monitoring 101 guide.
Who Can Benefit From Unified Monitoring
Unified monitoring is for any organization that uses IT operations extensively in their business. Many times, the organizations who need unified monitoring have experienced outage and availability issues, have in-house solutions that struggle to scale or don’t meet regulatory requirements, lack of visibility into their infrastructure, or don’t have the ability to do reporting (for example: SLA compliance reports).
Unified monitoring is prevalent in a variety of industries, including: financial, government, telecommunications, healthcare, education, manufacturing, technology and more. Wherever there is IT infrastructure, there is a need for unified monitoring.
- System and IT Ops Administrators need complete visibility into the IT infrastructure and an automated solution that lets them focus on their priority work.
- IT Managers need customizable metrics and performance indicators for reporting to executives.
- Capacity planners need accurate information to make budgeting decisions
- Executives need accurate information to make pertinent business decisions as organizations evolve.
Should you use a SAAS or On-Premise Solution?
Some monitoring solutions are SaaS-based while others are on-premise. SaaS-based solutions are
hosted on the cloud. With an on-premise solution, you control the data on your own network. This is
typically beneficial for organizations that need to protect their data. Knowing what is best for your
organization is a key consideration.
For more information about unified monitoring, check out our Unified Monitoring 101 guide.
4 Tips To Monitor Modern Cloud-based Applications & Infrastructure
Modern cloud-based application and infrastructure monitoring is a moving target. And it is one that very much depends on how “native” your cloud application is.
Here is a list of monitoring metrics capabilities you should look for that pertain to time series and events:
1. Some way to track throughput
It can be as simple as counts of requests or transactions processed. This will vary a lot depending upon your use case—do you log requests, transactions, use queues, etc? At a minimum, you should be able to get that data on a fairly frequent basis and then graph it for context.
Why Open Source Is Mainstream
This is a short piece highlighting how open source and enhanced open source software like GroundWork and others (we can use big examples like Atlassian and Cloudera) are now taken as mainstream components for many company toolsets.
There is a concept in selling products that are “sticky,” or that are not easily or cost-effectively changed out. Product categories like monitoring tend to be sticky, in that there is a significant investment in planning and implementation, in technology such as client-side agents to deploy, and significant license cost. All of these make switching to a competing product less likely.
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How To Set Up Trend Graphs & Personalize Your Login
Thank you to our customers for making 2016 another great year. As our holiday gift to you, GroundWork Monitor 7.1.1 is now available for download. We’ll be kicking off 2017 with an in-depth webinar to introduce its features and enhancements. Plus, check out two nifty tech tips on how to personalize your GroundWork login screen and how to set up trend graphs.
How To Build SNMP Traps in GroundWork
This month, we have a tech tip that will show you how to perform SNMP traps with GroundWork. We’re also gearing up for GroundWork Monitor 7.1.1 release. There’s still time to register for our 7.1.1 demonstration on Thursday, October 27th, to learn more about its features. And if you’re looking to improve your monitoring expertise, there’s still one more Sys Admin Training this year.
GroundWork Monitor 7.1.1 Preview + Upcoming Training
Autumn is here. For many of us, this is the busiest time of year as we aim to complete projects by end-of-year. At GroundWork, we’re preparing for the release of GroundWork Monitor 7.1.1 and invite you to a demonstration to learn more about its features. And if you’re looking to improve your monitoring expertise, it’s not too late to sign up for GroundWork’s October training sessions.
Change Control in Root Cause Analysis
It’s hard to believe August—and summer—is coming to an end. It’s time to start gearing up for fall, which tends to be a busier time of year for most of us. With that in mind, maybe it’s time to take advantage of GroundWork’s training opportunities to enhance your skill set and get the most out of GroundWork Monitor. This month, we also have a write up about our recent webinar on root cause analysis.
Network Monitoring With Netflow
We’re back with another edition of our monthly newsletter for customers, partners, and anyone interested in GroundWork’s monitoring technologies. May has been a busy month for us following up interest in our monitoring solution after OpenStack Summit. We learned a lot, and we’re preparing some new treats for our customers who use OpenStack and need to improve their monitoring. Look for updates this summer! We also wanted to let you know what events we will be at this summer (is it almost June already?), and to talk a little bit about the kinds of monitoring technology we are integrating.
GroundWork Demonstrates at OpenStack Summit
Welcome to the April Groundbreaker, GroundWork’s monthly newsletter for customer, partners, and anyone interested in GroundWork’s monitoring technologies. This month, we are coming to you direct from Austin, Texas, where the OpenStack Summit is in full swing!
Making A Solid Backup of Your Monitoring Server
Welcome back to another issue of the GroundBreaker, GroundWork’s newsletter for customers and partners. This month, we’re rolling out the next version of GroundWork, 7.1! In our tech tip section, we are looking at you. Specifically at how, with the help a short shell script, you can look like a genius. We’re also looking forward to OpenStack Summit this April in Austin, and Red Hat Summit this June in San Francisco. We hope you can join us!
Testing the End-User Experience
Monitoring NetApp Devices in GroundWork
NetApp devices are a great way to add network attached storage in a flexible, dynamic way to IT infrastructures. Getting storage handled in a reliable and repeatable way is especially important when dealing with virtualized systems like Openstack and VMware, and in fact NFS mounts from NetApps are often used in OpenStack deployments.
Running GroundWork In A Linux Container
Thanks for opening the GroundBreaker, GroundWork’s newsletter for customers and partners. This month we are kicking off 2016 with some commentary on industry trends like how to justify an enterprise monitoring solution. We will finish with a short and useful tech tip on how to run GroundWork on a Linux Container, and how you can use them to run GroundWork servers for testing and even some production monitoring.
How To Economically Justify Enterprise Monitoring Tools
Real time monitoring of events, availability, and performance for IT infrastructure is as fundamental as backups, air conditioning and physical security. Many organizations make sizable investments in the unified monitoring and log analysis tools without requiring formal investment analysis. In other cases, ROI calculations are required. The good news is that ROI for monitoring is pretty easy to quantify.