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4 Tips To Map Your Way to Cloud Monitoring Success

How can you effectively monitor your cloud applications?

With so many systems and so little time, a lot of IT managers, System Administrators, and MSPs have a hard time keeping up. But, these challenges also offer a unique opportunity for organizations to reconsider their approach towards development, maintenance, and monitoring of their IT environments.

Recently, Gartner revealed that around, “80% of organizations still have no idea about connecting cloud networks or have substantial gaps in the monitoring process of their latest cloud services.”

That’s a pretty significant number. Making it essential to stress the importance of effectively monitoring cloud services. By doing so, organizations stand a better chance to maximize the advantages of cloud adoption.

Which is why we developed some helpful tips point you in the right direction.

4 Tips To Map Your Way to Cloud Monitoring Success

1. Stay Prepared Deep Dives and Horizontal Debugging

In the cloudy networks, particularly in cloud-first designs, the application usually transforms from being vertically scaled monoliths to extensively dispersed micro-services attached through platform modules throughput several hosts and even different cloud services providers. To manage such complicated structures, there is a need for enabling visibility across tiers via an efficient monitoring system. Several systems only focus on targeted deep dives; however, cloud networks demand knowing where one must start looking first.

2. Do Not Wait For an Issue to Arise

Several organizations feel reluctant to add monitoring solutions unless there is a substantial downtime. However, there is a need to start working to obtain the overall visibility of the system. The upfront investment in the tool will soon be recovered through the cost savings and increased productivity because of immediate resolution of the problems and efficient identification and alertness regarding the occurrence of bottlenecks, which may get overlooked otherwise.

3. Keep a Close Watch for Platform Components

In cloud networks, there is a need to acknowledge that the application is not merely a procedure operating through a host. Platform components in cloud networks are essential because they can be equally crucial for the performance and success of your application as the virtual machine it has been installed at. Whether you are using a stress manager, cache, queue, data store, NoSQL or any other platform component, you need to consider it just like any other internal service you have developed. To allow them to show their true worth, make sure to link them back to the applications they support.

4. Monitor Your Business

Monitoring is not simply a limited view but a highly technical need. The cloud adoption saves the effort of monitoring components of backend infrastructure, allowing you to focus on the metrics crucial for your business.

Need help monitoring your cloud systems and applications? No problem. Check out our Managed Services. We offer an array of useful and flexible programs that can help you stay on track without breaking your budget.


Tips for Supporting Your Clients Network

Does supporting your client networks wreak havoc on your day-to-day productivity? If so, then this is the article for you. Managing client networks can be tricky. A picture-perfect set-up would be if each network device you managed came from the same manufacturer. But an experienced MSP knows better.

Did you know that 75% of MSPs manage at least four or more network devices from various manufacturers?

Well, now you do. Some MSPs have even reported up to twenty vendors for one client’s network.  How crazy is that?

To reiterate, managing various networks is a standard process for most MSPs, but just because it’s standard doesn’t mean it’s less complicated.

Managing client networks requires the understanding of managing diverse OS systems, various languages, and a whole LOT more. Even though standardization is preferred, it is not practicable for all scenarios.

Because we’re in the network business, we decided to offer a few tips for supporting your clients’ network. Hopefully, you find them helpful!

Tips for Supporting Your Clients Network

Out-Of-Band Management

Establishing a connection to a device via a substitute connection similar to a serial interface without utilizing the production network is out-of-band management. It can be used to access network devices when your product network is inaccessible. Switches, routers, firewalls, and other network elements can usually be configured via serial connections to the device. It offers command line control on the device in the absence of network interfaces.

IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interfaces)

When the primary metal server is not accessible, and the server’s OS gets corrupted and stops booting, remote connection to the machine cannot be established through SSH or RDP, which means inability to restore the backup or reinstalled OS remotely. The server can be managed out-of-band through IPMI. It serves as an IP switch and remotely creates a mouse, keyboard and video access to the server over the network. IPMI allows rebooting the server or repairing or reinstalling OS in situations where OS is corrupted and serve is inaccessible.

Console Servers

Console servers offer several serial ports, which can be linked to the serial console ports of different network elements. When the internet connection is down, they allow administering network devices over its 3G or LTE networks remotely. Even though the client would not have internet access until the repair has been done at the ISP end, you will be capable of making local infrastructure accessible. Because IPMI makes use of network interface controllers (NICs) for access, IPMI devices would also be inaccessible when the network is not available. The good news is that console servers are equipped with several NICs that allows server IPMIs to link directly to the console server. This further allows remote access to IPMI equipped server through the console server even when there is no internet connectivity.

Need help with managing your client’s networks? No problem.

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