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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.
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.
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.

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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