Look for These Seven Features and Benefits
Look for these seven features and benefits
Although the provider field is still relatively small, marketing fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) disseminated by legacy vendors still attempting to hawk antiquated, resource-intensive and expensive solutions can muddy the waters. When choosing a single-platform solution that can provide monitoring for your data center and cloud resources, look for these seven distinct features and benefits:
1. A highly scalable architecture, delivering monitoring that keeps pace with your organization's growth
2. Integrated functionality, delivering a unified view of all of your internal and external IT resources
3. High availability, delivering always-available and on-demand monitoring
4. Business service correlation, demonstrating how applications and systems are affecting overall IT performance
5. Customizable dashboards, delivering the level of visibility you require
6. Rapid deployment, delivering quick and easy monitoring capabilities across your entire enterprise
7. Flexible purchasing options, enabling you to implement a level of monitoring your organization needs and budget allows
It remains to be seen if enterprises will ever make a leap to 100 percent cloud infrastructures. Internal data centers and clouds each provide distinct advantages. There is, however, no doubt that cloud computing platforms are becoming an essential component of the enterprise IT makeup and many organizations are beginning to use them to reduce costs and grow with minimal investments.
Your organization may have already leapt into the cloud or maybe it's just beginning to test the waters. But remember, regardless of which phase you are in, you will need to make monitoring an integral component of your infrastructure strategy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.