The Problem with Legacy IT Monitoring Solutions

By Gary Read  |  Posted 2010-06-15 Print this article Print

The problem with legacy IT monitoring solutions

Legacy IT monitoring solutions have traditionally been comprised of pieced-together technologies designed to gain an overview of how well services and applications are living up to their service-level agreements (SLAs), when they are causing interruptions to business process, and overall availability and performance.

This legacy model is riddled with problems. The need to make constant investments in additional technologies every time the infrastructure expands, plus a high learning curve and disparate reporting capabilities, are just a few of the problems. Trying to configure a legacy solution to extend monitoring beyond the data center presents an entirely new set of cost, learning and reporting challenges.

Single-platform, scalable architecture advantages

Today, there exists at least a small variety of vendors providing solutions that can extend monitoring beyond the data center to leading cloud platforms. These enterprise-ready platforms' scalable architectures eliminate the need to invest in and piece together disparate technologies every time a data center expands or a new external resource is added.

These solutions are so versatile that they can unify monitoring of the largest cloud infrastructures from leading providers such as Google and Amazon, the most popular software as a service (SAAS) applications including and Gmail, the most widely used data center resources such as MS Hosted Exchange, and leading virtualization technologies from Citrix and VMware.

Gary Read is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Nimsoft business unit at CA. Gary took on these roles following the March 2010 acquisition of Nimsoft. Previously, Gary was president and CEO at Nimsoft. A high-tech industry veteran for over 20 years, Gary has a track record of building organizations that have achieved and sustained long-term growth and profitability. Under his leadership, Nimsoft realized sustained growth, both in prosperous economic times and during the global recession of recent years. He navigated the cultural challenges of managing a distributed team with offices in the United States, the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and Australia. Prior to Nimsoft, Gary was VP of sales and marketing at RiverSoft. While there, he was a key member of the executive team that led the company to a successful IPO and its eventual acquisition by Micromuse. With a long tenure in monitoring and systems management, Gary served as VP of marketing at BMC Software. While there, he oversaw product strategy, definition and execution, as well as go-to-market plans for all distributed systems management products. Gary has also held sales and marketing leadership roles at Boole & Babbage and MAXM Systems. He can be reached at

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