Welcome!

Related Topics: @DevOpsSummit, Containers Expo Blog, @CloudExpo

@DevOpsSummit: Article

ROI with #Monitoring | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Docker #Monitoring

Does a network monitoring tool deserve to be installed?

By Steve Kliff, Editor

There are several ways monitoring can save your business money, depending on the kind of business you run. While it's almost impossible to give solid numbers, think of monitoring as an insurance policy for your company, or a health plan for your system. In the best case, it can diagnose issues before they turn into problems, or in the worst case, it can get your system back on its feet in case of a service outage.

How a monitoring system can save my business money

First of all you might want to consider your operating costs. Take a look at your IT department; how did they deal with the last outage you experienced? Was your business offline? Could your suppliers get you on the phone? Did your order go through? A monitoring system can warn you if your server memory is reaching overload, or if your bandwidth is about to become saturated, and alert your system administrator to take preventative measures. Of course, in these situations it's impossible to predict what your losses might have been but, if you weigh up your potential losses against the cost of an Enterprise monitoring system, monitoring should work out cheaper in the long run.

If your business grows faster than you expected you might find your original bandwidth requirements growing faster than you can keep up with. A monitoring system can help you with tracking trends, and help you to predict when you need to increase your bandwidth. In this case, you're avoiding not only financial losses in lost orders, but also damage to your reputation, something which online businesses are particularly susceptible to.

Network monitoring can also help with bad configurations. As a system goes through inevitable upgrades it's important to make sure that the new elements are correctly integrated. You don't want your customers to be the first to find the issues. A monitoring system can run business transactions and discover any points in the system where new software is misbehaving, ensuring that any new configuration is operational.

Which monitoring tool is right for my business?

As more and more businesses move online (about a quarter of global manufacturing trade is now done online), potential downtime costs are staggering, and consequently the network monitoring sector is growing in tandem. So, the question is, what kind of system is right for my business or organization? There are many free platforms out there, some of them even monitoring the systems of blue chip companies who could easily pay for an Enterprise version (well, no-one gets rich spending their own money). An open source version may, however, be a false economy. Although the software is free, its installation and configuration isn't; and you'll need a dedicated team to keep an eye on it. They also lack a service level agreement, so if your in-house team can't fix an issue (even with the help of the plentiful online forums), there's no backup waiting at the other end of the phone.

For an inexpensive licensing fee, your company can invest in an Enterprise monitoring system. If you're installing a system for the first time, there will be an initial consultation to find out what your business's needs are, followed by help with the installation, training in the use of the tool, and backup in the form of a support team and an SLA. You're also acquiring a roadmap for the future of your business. Whether your IT team leave, your business grows, or you have to update your OS, your business won't be affected as the monitoring system doesn't require a sophisticated level of user knowledge, they can scale to adapt to your business and they can run on any OS.

This article only covers a small area of what a monitoring system can do for your business, i.e., saving costs in terms of lost productivity, but there are many features of monitoring which add value to your company, such as automatic report generating, trend analysis or stocktaking. Basically, if you can assign a number to it, you can monitor it.

More Stories By Javier Eduardo

Javier Eduardo is a product developer working in Madrid, Spain. He has been involved for more than 14 years in different IT projects in several industries such as Telecommunications, Banking and Tourism. He has developed different tools closely related to network communications (DNS, Radius and other protocols. He is currently working for Pandora FMS, a monitoring software developed in Spain.

Latest Stories
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
"Loom is applying artificial intelligence and machine learning into the entire log analysis process, from start to finish and at the end you will get a human touch,” explained Sabo Taylor Diab, Vice President, Marketing at Loom Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Datanami has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Datanami is a communication channel dedicated to providing insight, analysis and up-to-the-minute information about emerging trends and solutions in Big Data. The publication sheds light on all cutting-edge technologies including networking, storage and applications, and the...
After more than five years of DevOps, definitions are evolving, boundaries are expanding, ‘unicorns’ are no longer rare, enterprises are on board, and pundits are moving on. Can we now look at an evolution of DevOps? Should we? Is the foundation of DevOps ‘done’, or is there still too much left to do? What is mature, and what is still missing? What does the next 5 years of DevOps look like? In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by DevOps Summit Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists loo...
SYS-CON Events announced today that EnterpriseTech has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. EnterpriseTech is a professional resource for news and intelligence covering the migration of high-end technologies into the enterprise and business-IT industry, with a special focus on high-tech solutions in new product development, workload management, increased effi...
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
Cloud promises the agility required by today’s digital businesses. As organizations adopt cloud based infrastructures and services, their IT resources become increasingly dynamic and hybrid in nature. Managing these require modern IT operations and tools. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Raj Sundaram, Senior Principal Product Manager at CA Technologies, will discuss how to modernize your IT operations in order to proactively manage your hybrid cloud and IT environments. He will be sharing bes...
A look across the tech landscape at the disruptive technologies that are increasing in prominence and speculate as to which will be most impactful for communications – namely, AI and Cloud Computing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Curtis Peterson, VP of Operations at RingCentral, highlighted the current challenges of these transformative technologies and shared strategies for preparing your organization for these changes. This “view from the top” outlined the latest trends and developments i...
Automation is enabling enterprises to design, deploy, and manage more complex, hybrid cloud environments. Yet the people who manage these environments must be trained in and understanding these environments better than ever before. A new era of analytics and cognitive computing is adding intelligence, but also more complexity, to these cloud environments. How smart is your cloud? How smart should it be? In this power panel at 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, paneli...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a client-oriented software development company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex software systems for startups and enterprises. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business...
Hardware virtualization and cloud computing allowed us to increase resource utilization and increase our flexibility to respond to business demand. Docker Containers are the next quantum leap - Are they?! Databases always represented an additional set of challenges unique to running workloads requiring a maximum of I/O, network, CPU resources combined with data locality.
SYS-CON Events announced today that GrapeUp, the leading provider of rapid product development at the speed of business, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company, specialized in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market acr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ayehu will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on October 31 - November 2, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara California. Ayehu provides IT Process Automation & Orchestration solutions for IT and Security professionals to identify and resolve critical incidents and enable rapid containment, eradication, and recovery from cyber security breaches. Ayehu provides customers greater control over IT infras...
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks. We’re in the midst of a wave of excitement around AI such as hasn’t been seen for a few decades. But those previous periods of inflated expectations led to troughs of disappointment. Will this time be different? Most likely. Applications of AI such as predictive analytics are already decreasing costs and improving reliability of industrial machinery. Furthermore, the funding and research going into AI now comes from a wide range of com...