How has Server and Application Monitoring Evolved?
While data centers have evolved (i.e. physical, to virtual, to cloud) over the years, so has server and application monitoring. Let’s face it, there is a lot of IT monitoring technology out there, in what is by all accounts a relatively mature marketplace. What factors will enter into your equation to help you find the right balance of functionality and cost?
Server and Application Monitoring products have become big and more complex because of the need for vendors to capture as much market share as possible. But as what cost?
Bigger and complex does not necessarily translate to better or more effective. In fact, the portlier technologies often require an inordinate amount of resources to deploy and then maintain.
Technologies that try to be everything to everyone are often implemented ineffectively, with only a subset of capabilities being truly utilized.
The problem worsens when IT is struggling with an IT monitoring deployment and is faced with either determining whether to throw good money into bad or to toss it all and start all over with a different monitoring package.
Shelfware, where technology is purchased and then never effectively used is also an expensive and wasteful proposition.
What Server and Application Monitoring technology is right for you?
Ultimately it is all about striking a balance between functionality, cost, and time. We can readily represent this with an Impossible Triangle. As an IT professional how do you strike that balance? It is a challenge because every organizations needs and resources vary.
Isn't simply about what is actually being monitored, but also the capabilities that surround the monitoring. Technologies may include features that are not needed in your environment and that can add layers of unnecessary complexity.
How much do you need and how much are you actually going to use? Too much functionality and things become cumbersome and reliability can suffer. Too little and you’re paying for ineffective technology.
It is about balancing the functionality you need with the resources you have available.
IT organizations typically run lean and mean. You can purchase a product that has all the functionality in the world, but if you don’t have the time to effectively deploy and maintain the technology, you’ll either end up with expensive shelfware or replacing a bad solution with one that is more in keeping with your requirements.
How does Longitude balance function, cost, and time?
The software agentlessly monitors common server, network, and applications that are most often problematic. The technology comes with built-in knowledge base that automatically detects and alerts IT of problem areas, as well as broad set of out-of-box reports that show performance, availability, capacity, and service level compliance.
Longitude is a lightweight and targeted IT monitoring technology that implements with a minimal amount of IT resources (both in terms of IT personnel as well as hardware and software).
Longitude keeps costs low not only with simple all-inclusive pricing, but also with technology that installs with practical hardware and software prerequisites.
Wherever possible Longitude minimizes the steps required to implement all aspects of IT monitoring.
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