Is your unified IT monitoring platform actually UNIFIED? – Part I

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Today everybody is talking about unified platform and everyone wants to implement unified monitoring platform for their enterprise network. Monitoring across different layers of infrastructure, multiple environments and physical as well as cloud infrastructures can be a time consuming and cumbersome process. Organizations need complete visibility across IT infrastructure, but they either end up purchasing multiple products which eventually creates silos or spend huge amounts for monitoring product.

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Which league you belong to; Smart Purchaser or slowly eating up IT budgets?

Wait! Bring the value on board with smart analysis. Evaluate your vendor on below criteria;

  1. Understand your monitoring requirements first.

You need unified platform, but what are your actual requirements. You want to monitor network devices, servers, applications and VMs. You have heterogeneous environment with physical network deployment as well as cloud environments.

Now, list down the attributes each platform is monitoring at each layer. Though, this is not enough. Move on to next one.

  1. Evaluate how each layer is correlated to each other.

As I said, the monitoring maximum attributes at each layer is not enough. Is your platform actually correlating the data and giving you minute by minute update with single installation? If not, then platform in question is actually a patchwork. Patchworks will actually lead you to keep on installing new plug-in and you may actually lose out on crucial information on the dependencies across infrastructure.

  1. Evaluate how much the platform is aligning you to business.

So the platform has passed quite many checklists and you are ready to ask for big IT budget. Hey! Have you checked the platform is aligning IT to business or not? Is it giving you bird eye view on your complete infrastructure at the same time give you business impact of the performance of your IT? Your platform should be able to not only monitor the infrastructure, but should align business and the same time measure SLAs on top of it.

Take few Acid Tests and identify whether this is the solution you actually want to buy. In next series, we will explore platform which will answer every point in detail.

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Author: Mudra Shah
Mindarray Systems

Mudra is senior support engineer, who loves to explore new technologies, new ways to solve redundant issues and how best IT infrastructure monitoring can be done.