Saving Time with Cloud-based Monitoring

Time. It flies. Don’t waste it. It’s money.

We all know these platitudes about the value of time and that we should be good stewards of our minutes and hours, but in the IT world, it’s pretty difficult to keep ahead of the clock.

And when it comes to the monitoring of networks, systems and websites, IT pros must often remain stuck on-site monitoring mundane and semi-automated processes that seem to take forever. Because most monitoring solutions are software-based, they require IT staff to be present – sometimes even when it’s time to go to bed.

I know this first-hand; I used to be one of them when I worked for Lycos/Europe. Missed many a dance recital for my kids, and got lots of complaints from my wife.

Now, Monitis has published a new whitepaper that outlines how cloud-based monitoring can free IT staff from both the mundane and wasteful. The paper, “Liberating Time, How Cloud-based Monitoring is Transforming IT Manager Productivity,” shows how Monitis “transformed the market by being the first monitoring company to fully integrate systems, network, and website monitoring into an all-in-one, comprehensive suite of tools that is available entirely from the Cloud.” As a result, IT managers are now free to monitor anything from anywhere, and are no longer stuck in the office.

Unlike other monitoring systems, which requiring IT managers to purchase and stitch together a variety of software-based tools that can take weeks or months to install and require regular updates (ugh!), the Monitis solution is an all-in-one, integrated suite of tools. What that means is that you don’t need to worry about how your tools play with others, because the solution is built to house as much or as little as you need.

The advantages of an all-in-one, customizable suite of tools include:

External Services Monitoring Tools – for monitoring websites, fileservers, mail servers, VoIP, and databases from the end-user’s point of view.

Server Monitoring Tools – which monitors all aspects of your CPU, memory, processes, and storage, and can be done on Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, and Solaris.

Network Monitoring Tools– a comprehensive suite of SNMP, ping, http, ssh, and network discovery tools.

Transaction Monitoring Tools – a scenario-based suite of tools able to track multi-step applications through real web browsers (e.g IE or Firefox). Behavioral scripts (or paths) are created to simulate an action or path that a customer or end-user would take on a site and ensure that e-commerce sites do what they are meant to do – make you money.

Cloud Monitoring Tools – which monitor instances, automation, usages and give you third-party verification of your SLA with Amazon (EC2, S3), Rackspace, GoGrid, or any other Cloud provider.

Web-Traffic Monitoring Tools – which offer in-depth insight into where your visitors are coming from, where they are going to, and how they got there.

Application Monitoring Tools – which enables monitoring of any Java-based service with JMX hooks – and from the Cloud. This means that users, in addition to monitoring, troubleshooting, diagnosing root causes, and pro-actively planning inside a production Java (also JRuby) application that’s deployed in a cloud or in a datacenter, can monitor these processes from anywhere at any time.

The best thing about all these features is that their automated and they free up IT managers from their endless list of manual tasks. No more sleepless nights and complaining spouses. Look for more about the advantages of cloud monitoring in my next post. I’ll run through how it can specifically save IT staff time and your company money. Need more facts? Please read a recent Monitis review at Google Apps Marketplace by Danny O.:

“Before finding Monitis I was using a couple open source tools including Nagios and grew frustrated with two things: 1. It wasn’t scalable enough to monitor our 300+websites, and 2. Required hours of configuration.
With Monitis, within a half hour of signing up we were able to monitor all our websites as well as 15 servers and a web-based application. It’s a one of a kind service and I highly recommend it to anyone. ”