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Announcing GroundWork Monitor 8

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GroundWork Monitor 8.0.0 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.

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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.



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.
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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).
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Berne Analytic & Monitoring Conference 2019

EVENTS

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 8 AM to 5 PM

Zwöiti Bärner Analytic & Monitoring Konferänz
2. Berner Analytic & Monitoring Konferenz
2nd Berne Analytic & Monitoring Conference

at Kongress-Zentrum Kreuz in Bern Switzerland – Register

Hosted by: RealStuff Informatik AG  Sponsored by: Elastic, GroundWork Open Source, and NeDi.

Elastic   GroundWork Open Source, Inc.   NeDi - GroundWork Partner


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. 

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GroundWork System Administrator Training

EVENTS

2019, 8 AM - 2 PM PST

TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

The GroundWork System Administrator Training course includes:

  • Part I: Getting Started with GroundWork Monitor
  • Part II: Employing Monitoring Methods
  • Part III: Visualizing & Managing Monitoring Data
  • And, the opportunity to become GroundWork certified (GWCSA)

  

2019 TRAINING SCHEDULE

This course is 6 days inclusive delivered over a 3 week period.
All dates are Tuesdays and Wednesdays and run from 8AM to 2PM PST.

  • January — 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
  • March — 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20
  • May — 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
  • July — 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
  • September — 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
  • November — 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

For more information or to register for GroundWork training or GWCSA certification please contact us at 1-415-992-4500 or training@gwos.com.


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.

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Thomas Stocking, co-founder and vice president of product strategy,  recently wrote an article titled How to Efficiently Discover Network Resources, featured in The Data Center Journal. The article talks about network discovery tools and processes, and why it’s important to automate and standardize. Many business processes (security management, service delivery and service support) depend on the administrator’s knowledge of the network details.

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