Traditional vs. Holistic Performance Monitoring

By Vikas Aggarwal  |  Posted 2010-09-14 Print this article Print

Traditional versus holistic performance monitoring

Traditional approaches to IT performance monitoring are focused on measuring and observing the technical metrics and trends of individual nodes and components in the infrastructure. Decisions on where to direct repair or remediation effort are driven by isolated performance indicators that are gathered and analyzed in a piecemeal manner-rather than holistically viewing and understanding the impact of the given IT infrastructure on the overall business.

These legacy methods are rapidly breaking down and becoming obsolete in the new era of distributed, virtual and cloud computing where many more "moving parts"-both inside and outside the enterprise network-are involved in supporting critical business services and processes.

To ensure the smooth running of business operations in virtualized and cloud environments, organizations have to first focus on monitoring business service availability and performance, instead of just relying on point monitoring of individual IT components. Now, network management has to go beyond just looking at the performance of individual resource elements and include a holistic, service-oriented view. Well, how can this be achieved?

Vikas Aggarwal is founder and CEO of Zyrion. Vikas has been an entrepreneur and senior executive at multiple technology startups over the past 20 years. He was the founder and CEO of Fidelia, a venture-backed IT infrastructure management software company. At Fidelia, he led the company's growth to over 100 customers before their acquisition by Network General. At Network General, Vikas was the vice president of product management and oversaw product strategy through their acquisition by NetScout in late 2007. He can be reached at

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