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The Definitive Guide to Monitoring Virtual Environments
The virtualization of physical computers has become the backbone of public and private cloud computing from desktops to data centers, enabling organizations to optimize hardware utilization, enhance security, support multi-tenancy and more. These environments are complex and ephemeral, creating requirements and challenges beyond the capability of traditional monitoring tools that were originally designed for static physical environments. But modern solutions exist, and can bring your virtual env

OVERVIEW

The virtualization of physical computers has become the backbone of public and private cloud computing from desktops to data centers, enabling organizations to optimize hardware utilization, enhance security, support multi-tenancy and more. These environments are complex and ephemeral, creating requirements and challenges beyond the capability of traditional monitoring tools that were originally designed for static physical environments. But modern solutions exist, and can bring your virtual environment to new levels of efficiency, performance and scale.

This guide explains the pervasiveness of virtualized environments in modern data centers, the demand these environments create for more robust monitoring and analytics solutions, and the keys to getting the most out of virtualization deployments.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

·        History and Expansion of Virtualized Environments

·        Monitoring Virtual Environments

·        Approaches to Monitoring

·        Why Effective Virtualization Monitoring Matters

·        A Unified Approach to Monitoring Virtualized Environments

·        5 Key Capabilities for Virtualization Monitoring

o   Real-Time Awareness

o   Rapid Root-Cause Analytics

o   End-to-End Visibility

o   Complete Flexibility

o   Hypervisor Agnosticism

·        Evaluating a Monitoring Solution

o   Unified View

o   Scalability

o   CMDB Support

o   Converged Infrastructure

o   Licensing

·        Zenoss for Virtualization Monitoring

Monitoring 201: Moving Beyond Simplistic Monitoring and Alerts to Monitoring Glory
Are you ready to achieve #monitoringglory?

Are you ready to achieve #monitoringglory?

After reading this e-book, "Monitoring 201", you will:

  • Be able to imagine and create meaningful and actionable monitors and alerts
  • Understand how to explain the value of monitoring to non-technical coworkers
  • Focus on productive work because you will not be interrupted by spurious alerts
It's Automation, Not Art
It’s Automation, Not Art Learn how to simplify application monitoring with this free eBook.
We recently reached out to IT professionals to find out what they thought about monitoring and managing their environment.  From the survey, we learned that automation was at the top of everyone's wish list.
 
This guide was written to provide an overview on automation as it relates to monitoring.  It was designed specifically for those familiar with computers and IT, who know what monitoring is capable of, and who may or may not have hands-on experience with monitoring software.
Data Protection and File Sharing for the Mobile Workforce
Critical data is increasingly created, stored and shared outside the data center. It lives on laptops, tablets, mobile devices and cloud services. This data is subject to many threats: malware, ransomware, hacking, device failure, loss or theft, and human error. Catalogic KODO provides a unified solution to these challenges with easy, automated protection of endpoints (laptops, mobile devices) and cloud services (Office 365, Box), along with organizational file sharing and synchronization.
Critical data is increasingly created, stored and shared outside the data center. It lives on laptops, tablets, mobile devices and cloud services. This data is subject to many threats: malware, ransomware, hacking, device failure, loss or theft, and human error.

Catalogic KODO provides a unified solution to these challenges with easy, automated protection of endpoints (laptops, mobile devices) and cloud services (Office 365, Box), along with organizational file sharing and synchronization.
Gartner Market Guide for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools
With the onset of more modular and cloud-centric architectures, many organizations with disparate monitoring tools are reassessing their monitoring landscape. According to Gartner, hybrid IT (especially with IaaS subscription) enterprises must adopt more holistic IT infrastructure monitoring tools (ITIM) to gain visibility into their IT landscapes.

With the onset of more modular and cloud-centric architectures, many organizations with disparate monitoring tools are reassessing their monitoring landscape. According to Gartner, hybrid IT (especially with IaaS subscription) enterprises must adopt more holistic IT infrastructure monitoring tools (ITIM) to gain visibility into their IT landscapes.

The guide provides insight into the IT infrastructure monitoring tool market and providers as well as key findings and recommendations.

Get the 2018 Gartner Market Guide for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools to see:

  • The ITIM market definition, direction and analysis
  • A list of representative ITIM vendors
  • Recommendations for adoption of ITIM platforms

Key Findings Include:

  • ITIM tools are helping organizations simplify and unify monitoring across domains within a single tool, eliminating the problems of multitool integration.
  • ITIM tools are allowing infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to scale across hybrid infrastructures and emerging architectures (such as containers and microservices).
  • Metrics and data acquired by ITIM tools are being used to derive context enabling visibility for non-IT teams (for example, line of business [LOB] and app owners) to help achieve optimization targets.
Mastering vSphere – Best Practices, Optimizing Configurations & More
Do you regularly work with vSphere? If so, this free eBook is for you. Learn how to leverage best practices for the most popular features contained within the vSphere platform and boost your productivity using tips and tricks learnt direct from an experienced VMware trainer and highly qualified professional. In this eBook, vExpert Ryan Birk shows you how to master: Advanced Deployment Scenarios using Auto-Deploy Shared Storage Performance Monitoring and Troubleshooting Host Network configurati

If you’re here to gather some of the best practices surrounding vSphere, you’ve come to the right place! Mastering vSphere: Best Practices, Optimizing Configurations & More, the free eBook authored by me, Ryan Birk, is the product of many years working with vSphere as well as teaching others in a professional capacity. In my extensive career as a VMware consultant and teacher (I’m a VMware Certified Instructor) I have worked with people of all competence levels and been asked hundreds - if not thousands - of questions on vSphere. I was approached to write this eBook to put that experience to use to help people currently working with vSphere step up their game and reach that next level. As such, this eBook assumes readers already have a basic understanding of vSphere and will cover the best practices for four key aspects of any vSphere environment.

The best practices covered here will focus largely on management and configuration solutions so should remain relevant for quite some time. However, with that said, things are constantly changing in IT, so I would always recommend obtaining the most up-to-date information from VMware KBs and official documentation especially regarding specific versions of tools and software updates. This eBook is divided into several sections, and although I would advise reading the whole eBook as most elements relate to others, you might want to just focus on a certain area you’re having trouble with. If so, jump to the section you want read about.

Before we begin, I want to note that in a VMware environment, it’s always best to try to keep things simple. Far too often I have seen environments be thrown off the tracks by trying to do too much at once. I try to live by the mentality of “keeping your environment boring” – in other words, keeping your host configurations the same, storage configurations the same and network configurations the same. I don’t mean duplicate IP addresses, but the hosts need identical port groups, access to the same storage networks, etc. Consistency is the name of the game and is key to solving unexpected problems down the line. Furthermore, it enables smooth scalability - when you move from a single host configuration to a cluster configuration, having the same configurations will make live migrations and high availability far easier to configure without having to significantly re-work the entire infrastructure. Now the scene has been set, let’s get started!

Forrester: Monitoring Containerized Microservices - Elevate Your Metrics
As enterprises continue to rapidly adopt containerized microservices, infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams need to address the growing complexities of monitoring these highly dynamic and distributed applications. The scale of these environments can pose tremendous monitoring challenges. This report will guide I&O leaders in what to consider when developing their technology and metric strategies for monitoring microservices and container-based applications.
As enterprises continue to rapidly adopt containerized microservices, infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams need to address the growing complexities of monitoring these highly dynamic and distributed applications. The scale of these environments can pose tremendous monitoring challenges. This report will guide I&O leaders in what to consider when developing their technology and metric strategies for monitoring microservices and container-based applications.
The Forrester Wave: Intelligent Application and Service Monitoring, Q2 2019
Thirteen of the most significant IASM providers identified, researched, analyzed and scored in criteria in the three categories of current offering, market presence, and strategy by Forrester Research. Leaders, strong performers and contenders emerge — and you may be surprised where each provider lands in this Forrester Wave.

In The Forrester Wave: Intelligent Application and Service Monitoring, Q2 2019, Forrester identified the 13 most significant IASM providers in the market today, with Zenoss ranked amongst them as a Leader.

“As complexity grows, I&O teams struggle to obtain full visibility into their environments and do troubleshooting. To meet rising customer expectations, operations leaders need new monitoring technologies that can provide a unified view of all components of a service, from application code to infrastructure.”

Who Should Read This

Enterprise organizations looking for a solution to provide:

  • Strong root-cause analysis and remediation
  • Digital customer experience measurement capabilities
  • Ease of deployment across the customer’s whole environment, positioning themselves to successfully deliver intelligent application and service monitoring

Our Takeaways

Trends impacting the infrastructure and operations (I&O) team include:

  • Operations leaders favor a unified view
  • AI/machine learning adoption reaches 72% within the next 12 months
  • Intelligent root-cause analysis soon to become table stakes
  • Monitoring the digital customer experience becomes a priority
  • Ease and speed of deployment are differentiators

Why Network Verification Requires a Mathematical Model
Learn how verification can be used in key IT processes and workflows, why a mathematical model is required and how it works; as well as example use cases from the Forward Enterprise platform.
Network verification is a rapidly emerging technology that is a key part of Intent Based Networking (IBN). Verification can help avoid outages, facilitate compliance processes and accelerate change windows. Full-feature verification solutions require an underlying mathematical model of network behavior to analyze and reason about policy objectives and network designs. A mathematical model, as opposed to monitoring or testing live traffic, can perform exhaustive and definitive analysis of network implementations and behavior, including proving network isolation or security rules.

In this paper, we will describe how verification can be used in key IT processes and workflows, why a mathematical model is required and how it works, as well as example use cases from the Forward Enterprise platform. This will also clarify what requirements a mathematical model must meet and how to evaluate alternative products.
How to Develop a Multi-cloud Management Strategy
Increasingly, organizations are looking to move workloads into the cloud. The goal may be to leverage cloud resources for Dev/Test, or they may want to “lift and shift” an application to the cloud and run it natively. In order to enable these various cloud options, it is critical that organizations develop a multi-cloud data management strategy.

The primary goal of a multi-cloud data management strategy is to supply data, either via copying or moving data to the various multi-cloud use cases. A key enabler of this movement is the data management software applications. In theory, data protection applications can perform both of the copy and move functions. A key consideration is how the multi-cloud data management experience is unified. In most cases, data protection applications ignore the user experience of each cloud and use their proprietary interface as the unifying entity, which increases complexity.

There are a variety of reasons organizations may want to leverage multiple clouds. The first use case is to use public cloud storage as a backup mirror to an on-premises data protection process. Using public cloud storage as a backup mirror enables the organization to automatically off-site data. It also sets up many of the more advanced use cases.

Another use case is using the cloud for disaster recovery.

Another use case is “Lift and Shift,” which means the organization wants to run the application in the cloud natively. Initial steps in the “lift and shift” use case are similar to Dev/Test, but now the workload is storing unique data in the cloud.

Multi-cloud is a reality now for most organizations and managing the movement of data between these clouds is critical.

The Monitoring ELI5 Guide
The goal of this book is to describe complex IT ideas simply. Very simply. So simply, in fact, a five-year-old could understand it. This book is also written in a way we hope is funny, and maybe a little irreverent—just the right mix of snark and humor and insubordination.

Not too long ago, a copy of Randall Munroe’s “Thing Explainer” made its way around the SolarWinds office—passing from engineering to marketing to development to the Head Geeks™ (yes, that’s actually a job at SolarWinds. It’s pretty cool.), and even to management.

Amid chuckles of appreciation, we recognized Munroe had struck upon a deeper truth: as IT practitioners, we’re often asked to describe complex technical ideas or solutions. However, often it’s for folks who need a simplified version. These may be people who consider themselves non-technical, but just as easily it could be for people who are technical in a different discipline. Amid frustrated eye-rolling we’re asked to “explain it to me like I’m five years old” (a phrase shortened to just “Explain Like I’m Five,” or ELI5, in forums across the internet).

There, amid the blueprints and stick figures, were explanations of the most complex concepts in hyper-simplified language that had achieved the impossible alchemy of being amusing, engaging, and accurate.

We were inspired. What you hold in your hands (or read on your screen) is the result of this inspiration.

In this book, we hope to do for IT what Randall Munroe did for rockets, microwaves, and cell phones: explain what they are, what they do, and how they work in terms anyone can understand, and in a way that may even inspire a laugh or two.

ESG Showcase - DataCore vFilO: NAS Consolidation Means Freedom from Data Silos
File and object data are valuable tools that help organizations gain market insights, improve operations, and fuel revenue growth. However, success in utilizing all of that data depends on consolidating data silos. Replacing an existing infrastructure is often expensive and impractical, but DataCore vFilO software offers an intelligent, powerful option—an alternative, economically appealing way to consolidate and abstract existing storage into a single, efficient, capable ecosystem of readily-se

Companies have NAS systems all over the place—hardware-centric devices that make data difficult to migrate and leverage to support the business. It’s natural that companies would desire to consolidate those systems, and vFilO is a technology that could prove to be quite useful as an assimilation tool. Best of all, there’s no need to replace everything. A business can modernize its IT environment and finally achieve a unified view, plus gain more control and efficiency via the new “data layer” sitting on top of the hardware. When those old silos finally disappear, employees will discover they can find whatever information they need by examining and searching what appears to be one big catalog for a large pool of resources.

And for IT, the capacity-balancing capability should have especially strong appeal. With it, file and object data can shuffle around and be balanced for efficiency without IT or anyone needing to deal with silos. Today, too many organizations still perform capacity balancing work manually—putting some files on a different NAS system because the first one started running out of room. It’s time for those days to end. DataCore, with its 20-year history offering SANsymphony, is a vendor in a great position to deliver this new type of solution, one that essentially virtualizes NAS and object systems and even includes keyword search capabilities to help companies use their data to become stronger, more competitive, and more profitable.

ESG Showcase - Time to Better Leverage Your File and Object Data
The need to handle unstructured data according to business relevance is becoming urgent. Modern datarelated demands have begun surpassing what traditional file and object storage architectures can achieve. Businesses today need an unstructured data storage environment that lets end-users easily and flexibly access the benefits of the file- and object-based information they need to do their jobs.
It’s time for a “Nirvana” between file and object: The marketplace has long been debating which of the two unstructured data type models is the “right one.” But data is data. If you remove the traditional constraints and challenges associated with those two particular technologies, it becomes possible to imagine a type of data service that supports both. That kind of solution would give an organization the benefits of a global multi-site namespace (i.e., object style), including the ability to address a piece of data regardless of where it is in a folder hierarchy, or what device it’s stored on. And it would offer the rich metadata that object storage is known for. This new kind of solution would also deliver the performance and ease of use that file systems are known for. DataCore says it is providing such a solution, called vFilO. To vFilO, data is just data, where metadata is decoupled but tightly aligned with the data, and data’s location is independent of data access needs or metadata location. It bridges both worlds by providing a system that has all the benefits of file and object—without any of the limitations. It is a next-generation system built on a different paradigm, promising to bridge the world of file and object. It just might be the answer IT departments need. No longer required to pick between two separate systems, IT organizations can find great value in a consolidated, global, unified storage system that can deliver on the business’s needs for unstructured data.
IDC: DataCore SDS: Enabling Speed of Business and Innovation with Next-Gen Building Blocks
DataCore solutions include and combine block, file, object, and HCI software offerings that enable the creation of a unified storage system which integrates more functionalities such as data protection, replication, and storage/device management to eliminate complexity. They also converge primary and secondary storage environments to give a unified view, predictive analytics and actionable insights. DataCore’s newly engineered SDS architecture make it a key player in the modern SDS solutions spa
The enterprise IT infrastructure market is undergoing a once-in-a-generation change due to ongoing digital transformation initiatives and the onslaught of applications and data. The need for speed, agility, and efficiency is pushing demand for modern datacenter technologies that can lower costs while providing new levels of scale, quality, and operational efficiency. This has driven strong demand for next-generation solutions such as software-defined storage/networking/compute, public cloud infrastructure as a service, flash-based storage systems, and hyperconverged infrastructure. Each of these solutions offers enterprise IT departments a way to rethink how they deploy, manage, consume, and refresh IT infrastructure. These solutions represent modern infrastructure that can deliver the performance and agility required for both existing virtualized workloads and next-generation applications — applications that are cloud-native, highly dynamic, and built using containers and microservices architectures. As we enter the next phase of datacenter modernization, businesses need to leverage newer capabilities enabled by software-defined storage that help them eliminate management complexities, overcome data fragmentation and growth challenges, and become a data-driven organization to propel innovation. As enterprises embark on their core datacenter modernization initiatives with compelling technologies, they should evaluate enterprise-grade solutions that redefine storage and data architectures designed for the demands of the digital-native economy. Digital transformation is a technology-based business strategy that is becoming increasingly imperative for success. However, unless infrastructure provisioning evolves to suit new application requirements, IT will not be viewed as a business enabler. IDC believes that those organizations that do not leverage proven technologies such as SDS to evolve their datacenters truly risk losing their competitive edge.
Systems Monitoring for Dummies
To build an effective systems monitoring solution, the true starting point is understanding the fundamental concepts. You must know what monitoring is before you can set up what monitoring does. For that reason, this book introduces you to the underpinnings of monitoring techniques, theory, and philosophy, as well as the ways in which systems monitoring is accomplished.
Systems crash unexpectedly, users make bizarre claims about how the Internet is slow, and managers request statistics that leave you scratching your head wondering how to collect them in a way that’s meaningful and doesn’t consign you to the headache of hitting Refresh and spending half the day writing down numbers on a piece of scratch paper just to get a baseline for a report. The answer to all these challenges (and many, many more) lies in systems monitoring — effectively monitoring the servers and applications in your environment by collecting sta-tistics and/or checking for error conditions so you can act or report effectively when needed.
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