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03.13.19

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.

03.07.19

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.

08.31.18

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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08.30.16

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.

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02.10.16

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.

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01.10.16

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.

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