IT Infrastructure Visibility with Monitoring Systems

Hype around automation, software-defined data center and lean thinking led business to embrace state-of-the-art technologies in IT infrastructure. With this move, business sees ample benefits ranging from increased productivity, agility to faster product release. However, these outcomes are possible with a good visibility into what happens inside the infrastructure. For that, operations need to deploy infrastructure monitoring systems which provide an extended insight into the entire infrastructure. Let’s further delve in deep about the role of monitoring in IT infrastructure.

What is Infrastructure Monitoring?

Monitoring is a subset of infrastructure management. It is a software or software-hardware combination of tool that monitors and manages the components such as servers, storage, routers, switches, VoIP, firewalls, traffic and more in a unified view. If there is anomaly in the device behaviour, the tool should interpret it as a critical issue and notify to system administrators via alerts.

Why Monitoring System is Needed?

In today’s complex network world, IT lacks granular visibility. administrators are caught unaware until users start to complain. However, administrators are not robots to monitor every resources 24×7. There comes the need for a monitoring system. By implementing proper monitoring tools, the entire infrastructure is monitored 24×7 thus allow administrators to take corrective actions instantly and help them to minimize potential downtime.
Best of the breed monitoring system should provide the following features.

Monitor Every Layer

Monitoring solution should cover all the layers and different types of devices. Any issue arises, say an application delivery fails, the monitoring system should enable administrators to get a clear picture whether the issue is from a server or router or due to a hardware malfunction or it’s a bandwidth problem.

Simplify Visibility

From edge to the cloud, administrators should be able to easily watch live performance data in an easy-to-read interface on the real-time dashboard and help them to visually spot the issues in its initial stage.

Provide Application Awareness

As the icing on the cake, monitoring tool should have application-awareness feature. With this, administrators can understand whether the problem stems from the holistic infrastructure or from the application.

Facilitate Capacity Planning

Monitoring should also facilitate optimization and capacity planning by monitoring the available memory, bandwidth or network capacity and set independent alarm thresholds for each device.

By realizing the above benefits, businesses of the new age deploy infrastructure monitoring systems that allow administrators to quickly address issues before it travels extra miles.