November 19, 2014

Why seeing is believing in the world of Cloud

By CloudTweaks

Why seeing is believing in the world of Cloud

Understanding how your server workloads are performing is crucial for a sound systems management.  If you are able to look into your systems, you can deal proactively with future issues.  By monitoring your systems and servers it will tell you that you are running out of disk space on one of your volumes. With this information you can make an informed choice to order extra drives and install them before a catastrophic event would happen.

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Monitoring also alerts you of future outages due to hardware failure.  The cases are multiple were downtime was avoided by catching through monitoring that a disk drive or disk controller was having problems.  Each SysAdmin can recall a situation where monitoring and alerting disrupted his sleep but saved his business.

Without monitoring you would not find out about these things until they fail completely and the service is brought down hard. You´ll agree that is pure horror in an online business environment. Each minute of downtime is hard money you or your client loses.

In a virtualization scenario these risks multiply even further.

Though virtualization technology and Cloud in particular has changed our world for the better, it came with some significant challenges.  The biggest being that SysAdmins now need to use tools to understand their infrastructure.  “Seeing” or “Touching” servers has become virtually impossible. Cloud has moved workloads from data centers to, well, the Cloud.

So how should a SysAdmin deal with that new reality? The tech world always wants to learn and improve. Solving this problem is key to continue with an ever more virtualized reality. Cloud management and monitoring tools like ECmanaged are such innovative solutions.

As Cloud management tools are often SaaS-based, they are cheap and easy in usage. A good Cloud management tool will give insight into all of your on-premise machines and of your VMs and Cloud infrastructure. Regardless of the virtualization technology they use. ECmanaged is an example of such a tool. It provides this unified and technology neutral monitoring. It informs you how your servers and VMs are doing and it anticipates failures. Combine the monitoring data with an autosolver or automated management actions and SysAdmins will enjoy a better nights´rest.

Monitoring goes further than pure infrastructure monitoring. Performance, application and process checks are crucial data in an online business environment. You want to avoid scenarios where your infrastructure is up but people can´t access your webshop due to a front end failure for example. ECmanaged has combined all this monitoring data in a single tool and added the option to include customized monitor plugins. Because seeing is believing in Cloud. You can subscribe to a Free Trial to ECmanaged here.

About ECmanaged: Founded in 2012, ECmanaged is a pioneering multi-Cloud and IT management tool enabling users to take full control of their Cloud platforms and physical servers. Its intuitive design and interface allow users to develop Cloud platforms avoiding provider imposed restrictions. ECmanaged enables users to be in control of all their platforms and applications both at the implementation phase and afterwards. www.ecmanaged.com

By Joeri Hamvas

Sponsored By ECmanaged

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