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Server monitoring is an IT department work assignment as well as a set of technologies. Whether an organization is running servers for its own use or providing them for external customers, IT managers need to know how servers are functioning. Server monitoring software checks for issues related to overloaded servers, crashes or network connection problems. Monitoring tools track server availability, response times, memory and CPU usage, disk space and uptime. There are many different server monitoring solutions on the market, with a wide array of available features.
IT Central Station members who have purchased server monitoring software emphasize administrative efficiency as a key selection criterion. Members want server monitoring packages to be easy to use and configure out of the box. Once implemented, the solution should not require excessive administrative time. User express an interest in having a single pane of glass for the whole stack that gives the admin a view from storage up to the application tier. An SDK is cited as a helpful feature in this regard.
Specific features that affect selection include event management capabilities and the proactive ability to head off failures. Being able to create custom events enables admins to tune monitoring and customize the process for specific devices – it keeps the admin on top of top of issues that affect the stability of the environment. Monitoring should ideally not be passive. Users want to be alerted of potential problems before they happen and be able to quantify and report on what is happening with servers.
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Most of the features are helpful. The name of the module itself says "Server and Application Monitor". We use this module extensively for base monitoring and application monitoring. This keeps our infrastructure/service availability intact.... more»
I work in a space where we manage enterprise monitoring for server infrastructure. Hence, SAM is one the best modules that's capable of doing it. As a part of base monitoring of server infrastructure, we look at server down, CPU threshold,... more»
I always thought we should be able to perform all admin activities using the web portal. Over a period of time, SolarWinds has achieved this. Most of the admin activities can be performed using SolarWinds web portal (such as advanced... more»
* Ease of installation and administration * Extremely user friendly: Any IT professional can learn how to admin NPM in a short time. * Powerful data collection from a wide range of different network devices. * Devices not supported can be... more»
* Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. I was awarded Q3 employee of the quarter. I am the first NOC member to receive this award at Kforc). * By replacing SCOM and several other monitoring tools and merging them into the Orion... more»
* MS Azure Service and user experience monitoring. This is an area in which the SolarWinds tools are lacking. * Most focus seems to be on AWS cloud services. But some press has been released stating more Azure Cloud Service monitoring options... more»
Monitoring: Time to Threshold in a single pane-of-glass approach. * Dynamic groups allow for sets of infrastructure to have monitoring applied automatically in a type of ‘policy-based monitoring’. * Dynamic groups allow for configuring sets... more»
We are currently migrating from an IBM Tivoli solution. CA UIM will improve effectiveness of monitoring, increase visibility of IT infrastructure, reduce time to fix (MTR) and lower solution maintenance. In a large organization, CA UIM has... more»
Parts of the Unified Management Portal are not written in HTML5. I would like all components (Portlets) to be HTML5. This would increase the speed and responsiveness of the site, and possibly improve the appearance. Improved network... more»
* Flexible architecture: You can extend the system and its capacity by attaching another cluster pair. * Very intuitive management interface: Adding and discovering new devices is a very simple process. * Very useful and flexible end-user GUI... more»
We provide customer internet access services and the 95th percentile is our target. Every month, we prepare a detailed report per customer that shows the current percentile value (does it exceed 95 or not), and we have to prepare detailed... more»
Our version is quite old. In version 126.96.36.199, we see a lot of room for possible improvement. However, from SevOne support, we received confirmation that most of those expectations are met in version 5.4.x or higher. Therefore, we have to... more»
The most valuable feature is the performance monitoring. This is one single-point dashboard, which presents the health of the database, at a particular point in real time. It helps you see which queries are running, and the top file sessions... more»
The main benefit is the quickness; the speed at which you identify, diagnose and resolve problems. The old-fashioned way depends on the DBA’s manual skills. It would take him forever, if we were to go the legacy route. This is nice, like a... more»
As it is, this product has so many features. We have yet to explore its full potential. There is one feature that tells you how long the query has been running. It would be nice if they could introduce a GUI feature in the performance... more»
It really depends on where you're coming from. In 2009, we were working with Nagios -- before it was UIM and called Nimbus -- and weren't particularly unhappy, but there was an executive decision to go in a different direction. We were... more»
Although this may not work based on our environment, but topology discovery and root cause analysis would be nice to have. Right now, we don't have the RCA and rootcon topology awareness. It may be in the new version, but based on our... more»
The 13cR2 updates to the OEM family, strongly integrate Cloud support for both monitoring, and lifecycle management. This allows individual components, or entire systems to be resident either in-house on conventional hardware/VM's, or ported... more»
With over 2,700 different target components deployed and in-use, it would be impossible for 4 DBA's to otherwise monitor and assess the condition of this number of separate application and database systems by individually logging into... more»
Reporting and statistical charting is largely still left up the end-user to develop custom solutions. Having more pre-built standard industry-generic reports using Business Intelligence Publisher provides out-of-the box basic analysis would... more»
The convenience of both the web portal as well as the thick client. We are able to go in and actually leverage the thick client for a nice, easy drag and drop solution. It works out really nicely, especially for our front-end team. The team... more»
It's the outcome of our being able to perform our job and gather the information we need in order to provide value to our customers. The real value is our being able to pull all the historic data that we need in order to gather every little... more»
Usually it's reliability issues. Some of the components don't always function as intended, or don't function as you would think they should. To give a specific example, within this product there are individual probes, and each of these probes... more»
The product has a small footprint on our system. We don't use a lot of clients. They're very knowledgeable of MQ, which we use. It's what we use for monitoring our MQ system, so the features that they provide are just really, really good.
The product itself is very sound and Avada has done a great job of anticipating customer needs and keeping up with new MQ functionality. However, one area where they could improve is with their documentation. Some sections are not up to date... more»
The multi-tenancy that's available through this is one of the most valuable things. We have a whole lot of people who want to do their own monitoring and we are able to offer it up as a service to them, manage the infrastructure side of... more»
We now have the ability to offer that out as a service. People come to us and say we need to monitor this test bed. We're able to give that to them ,which in the past would have required me or my colleague to work with them and implement that... more»
There is one feature that I've been requesting for a while now. Going back to this multi-tenancy thing, right now the tenants can't create their own service checks, so that's still a process they have to get with us. Once we get a check in... more»
Scalability and flexibility. The product can grow with your infrastructure so you don't have to install other products. Just add components. It's very simple. The second major feature is the user-friendly interface. It's the best feature for our customers, because we are the implementers of the software. It's easy for us to install and configure the product, but... more»
This is a very complex question, because it depends on the customer's needs. Some customers need more network capabilities, but UIM is all about IT monitoring. It's an all-inclusive software. It's difficult to become the best in monitoring all of the parameters in technology. Some customers want extended capability in the network, or the system overall. But it's... more»
The features like trends, capacity planning, recommendations, and diagnostics are the main items I focus on for added value. The trends help me when I am looking at how my VMs are performing. There are times when we need more performance out... more»
VMAN recommendations have helped us manage the VMs to perform more efficiently. They note everything from storage to processor utilizations. This helps us, in the organization, to make informed decisions about whether or not we need to expand... more»
I would like it to be fully integrated into Orion. Although there are many pieces that are integrated and make it a very good application for managing and monitoring your VM environment, I would like to see more of it in Orion. I would like... more»
There are a large number of very valuable features within ScienceLogic, the most impressive feature is the event management capabilities. With the ability to create custom events administrators can dial in monitoring and really customize... more»
ScienceLogic has helped our organization in numerous ways, these include capacity planning in our network, virtual environments and applications. Along with the ability to view the health of applications which have instances located around... more»
In many different areas of the product there are terminology inconsistencies, these inconsistencies are within the product and also within the IT world, these are definite area’s that need improvement; however with a little use they become... more»
I believe that the fundamentals and the logic of how UIM is set up is very stable. We like that the fundamentals support providing metrics and alarms. I feel it provides the essentials. That is, to extract data from an environment and present... more»
I haven’t been in my current position for too long. I definitely noticed that UIM provides a level of reliability in our operating center for the people who actually implement the alarms. When an alarm comes in, they're responsible for making... more»
We're just hoping to see the growth in different functional areas so that it's a little bit more dynamic. The other enterprise suites that they're trying to bundle up are great. I think that the core functions of the product itself are great.... more»
One way it's helped the business is how you're able to empower MQ users, without your administrators, to be able to do different types of processes in the environment. It has user group privileges that allow you to set up security roles in... more»
Some of the graphics in the interface could be improved. It's pretty basic. Some interfaces are not up to what you're used to seeing on other, more Windows-like tools. I don't think it's a bad thing, but that might be an area where I would... more»
ServiceNow API integration - Allows us to automate monitoring alerts for our internal infrastructure as well as our client environments. Highly Customizable - The platform is capable of almost anything in terms of... more»
I work for a Managed Service Provider and we rely heavily on our monitoring/alerting platform. One of the primary functions of our Support Team is the acknowledgement of alerts and communication with our clients on the health of their... more»
Simplified Interface - ScienceLogic can be a bit overwhelming when you begin working with it. The amount of customization is sometimes too much. A simplified user interface would help to alleviate this. NetFlow Support - I would like to see... more»
In the UMP, certain devices will show up multiple times and they don't correlate correctly. That's one of the issues. Sometimes the probe, on its first release, we will find some bugs with it and notify support and then they escalate it to... more»
* The ease of deployment * The ease in configuration, like alarm notifications * Administration is easy, so the learning curve is not huge. It's something you could get comfortable with in a couple of months.
It's making the environment more visible. It's helping our management have really good visibility into what is happening in the environment. Things that were hidden are now visible. We're able to do this deployment on a mainframe environment,... more»
We've talked to our vendor about the specific parts of UIM, specific probes, that we'd like to see improvements in. This would give us greater functionality. An example is logmon. We'd like to see some more functionality there. Maybe... more»
One of the most valuable features would be the out-of-the-box capability. It's extremely capable from day one. Not a lot of customization is required in order to implement it within your environment. I think that's just a huge resource win,... more»
It's provided us an opportunity to have visualization and insight into some applications that we haven't had before. A lot of the applications in the past did not have Citrix monitoring capability, which this has, or VDI monitoring... more»
One of the biggest areas to improve would be the training aspect. There's a little bit of training out there available right now. I know it's a newer CA product. I think the training is a little rudimentary at this point. I think there needs... more»
From what I've seen so far, and what we're using, it's * the data it collects and * the reporting capabilities. For me, it keeps the service level managers off my back. It gives the service level managers, because they work directly with the... more»
Because we have a lot of critical applications and we need to make sure that they're always available, I do scripting and make sure that the Synthetics stay up and are running all the time. It gives the business owners the knowledge that,... more»
Without deep diving into the infrastructure side, I really can't say because I only work with the Synthetics, end-to-end side of it. Right now there are just minor, little glitches, things that I see, but it's things I'm working with support... more»
With over 17 years of professional IT experience, Chris is a certified expert in managing and implementing technology solutions resulting in optimized and scalable operational environments.
In one role, he provided direction of daily operations while managing special projects to include: data... more>>
Oracle Database Administrator and IT Generalist. Over ten years of Oracle Database and Linux administration.
Emphasis on troubleshooting, design and architecture of IT systems and task management.
Closely involved with the technology community through blogging, podcasts, forums, events and... more>>
I have over 15 years working with ITSM solutions, specially related to improving service quality but without direct impact on budget limitations.
WIth knowledge, experience, technology and the right team it is possible to deliver a better IT service within the organizations.
Drive superior IT & OSS Infrastructure Architectural – (Unix/Linux platform) on key projects & programs.
Look after most significant infrastructures such as Event Management, Monitoring system, Mail System, Trouble Ticketing System, Notification System, Branch Circuit Monitoring and... more>>
Networks (ISP-sized to small networks).
Good working knowledge of Linux and Unix systems (mainly Debian/Ubuntu and Solaris).
Application, system and network monitoring.
Actively working on the Open Source monitoring system Opsview.
Specialties: Monitoring Solutions for complex systems and... more>>
Over 13 years experience as an Oracle DBA, Oracle Application Server Administrator, Oracle Golden Gate Specialist, Red Hat Certified Engineer and Network Administrator.
Specialties: Architecture definitions, installations, disaster recovery, clustering, performance tuning, replications.
● IT Management Systems Architect, Consultant, Presales and Training
● Analytically minded individual, logical in approach and adept at engineering bespoke IT solutions
● Proactive in nature and able to organise time effectively by balancing, prioritising and... more>>
Senior Systems Architect, Developer, Consultant for the following companies:
• American Express
• Commercial Union Insurance
• ConEdison of New York
• General Motors
• JP Morgan
• Lockheed Martin
• Manufacturers Hanover Trust / Chemical Bank
• Mars Inc.
• Merrill... more>>
Johan Louwers has been working as an developer, administrator, manager, project manager, senior consultant and senior architect within several IT companies and IT departments. Specialised around Oracle technology and infrastructure technology and strategy he has been advising and actively been... more>>
Visionary and forward-thinking IT professional successful in strategically engineering and leveraging software assets to build future corporate and market value based on calculated opportunities. Combine strong technical and business skill sets with the ability to lead technical development teams... more>>
- 5 years professional experience, dedicated to performance engineering, web application security audits and IT technical testing.
- Performance engineering, with extensive experience on Enterprise Java platforms (Load Testing, monitoring, tuning and optimizing enterprise... more>>