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What are the benefits of becoming a GroundWork Partner?

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Collaborate with GroundWork to reach new customers and benefit from GroundWork Open Source marketing, selling, and technical resources.

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GroundWork Partners are in a unique position to offer their customers a single solution for all their IT monitoring needs. Competitive pricing means our software is the perfect tool for a range of customers, from SMB to the Fortune 500. Our short, predictable sales process makes it easy to grow your revenue with GroundWork Monitor.

Partners are critical to our success at GroundWork; our ecosystem spans the globe. GroundWork Partners are consistently building, integrating, reselling, and implementing our leading unified monitoring platform. Grow your business with GroundWork; we make IT Easier.

Eliminate downtime with deeper insights into the health and performance of your cloud and on-prem infrastructure within a single platform. Make hybrid monitoring a breeze with support for servers, databases, cloud, containers, networks, applications, and more. Read More

Announcing GroundWork Monitor 8

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GroundWork Monitor 8 is a new version of a mature product, GroundWork Monitor Enterprise. As such, a lot of what is inside of this version will be familiar to users of prior versions. For example, we are still using the same bundled GPL Nagios™ and GroundWork Distributed Monitoring Agent (GDMA), and we are still including NeDi and Cloud Hub as data feeds.

Then again, much is very new. We have completely re-worked the status screens and made them much more responsive. There are lots of new ways to view the state of your monitored resources, and to drill into the history and performance of the metrics you collect. Read More

Capacity Planning in a Multi-Cloud Environment

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How to monitor resource consumption and availability to optimize capacity

Capacity planning in a multi-cloud environment is a complex challenge affecting most (if not all) organizations. Cloud based infrastructure has added to the complexity, both in cost and optimization. Organizations must optimize the performance of their hosted applications, but also plan for future growth while justifying cost. This paper focuses on the variables to consider for an effective capacity plan, and explains how monitoring removes the guesswork by providing quantitative data organizations can use to make better decisions about their infrastructure.

For more information see Capacity Planning: Monitoring for Success

Welcome LLD Internacional, S.A.

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New GroundWork Partner

GroundWork welcomes LLD Internacional as a new South American partner!

LLD Internacional, S.A.
2 Calle 2-48 C7 Villas de Picasso
Fraijanes, Guatemala
www.lldsa.com
info@lldsa.com
(502) 5715 5045

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What are the benefits of becoming a GroundWork Partner? 

What Is Unified Monitoring?

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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. For more information about unified monitoring, check out Unified Monitoring 101 — A guide to monitoring the entire IT infrastructure.

Who Can Benefit From Unified Monitoring

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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

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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. 

2. Storage monitoring
Storage is elastic, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch how much is getting stored. Simple errors like forgetting to reset a debug flag on a log can quickly consume many gigabytes. RDS in EC2, for example, can tell you how much data is committed—you should watch for it to peak when you don’t expect it. 

3. Health checks on micro-services
Most frameworks for micro-services are capable of telling you with a simple query whether they are healthy. In the cloud, that’s often available in the API of the cloud services manager. Your micro-services (or meshed services) should be able to check in or be checked, and your monitoring tool should have a way to do that. 

4. A threshold on backlog of transactions
Referring back to #1, it’s not only important to track throughput, but you should also track backlog. It will tell you when you need more resources faster than any detailed measurement from deeper in the apps. 

There are many other monitoring metrics to consider, but these four are the ones that we’ve seen most commonly bite customers as they’ve moved to cloud-based monitoring.

Why Open Source Is Mainstream

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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. Read More