6 Things to Look for in Storage and Server Performance Monitoring Tools

Chris Churchey
6 Things to Look for in Storage and Server Performance Monitoring Tools

Your IT infrastructure is your organization’s central nervous system. It exists to help employees be as productive as possible and to deliver optimal service to customers. So you cannot afford a glitch that causes a slowdown or outages. As employees lay idle and customer dissatisfaction mounts, it could throw you into a race against the clock to find and fix the problem.

There are ways to avoid such breakdowns. The right server and storage monitoring and management tools can act as a crystal ball into the future, forewarning you of issues before they erupt. A dizzying array of storage and server monitoring options, however, makes it challenging to sort through them to find those that can help ensure your IT infrastructure’s performance.
This article provides some guiding principles that may help you with your selection. Read more »

6 Signs Your Homegrown Server and Storage Monitoring Scripts Are Not Working

Tim Conley

Every once in a while, it’s worth pausing to evaluate the monitoring scripts you’ve created. Are they doing the job? Or are they costing you more than you anticipated? The real costs escalate when solutions fail to prevent business disruptions or help you solve problems rapidly, demand excessive time for management, have a steep (or impossible) learning curve for those who did not create them, and consume storage space like a houseful of hoarders. This article takes a look at each of these issues and discusses alternative solutions. Read more »

How to Improve Your Forecasts for Servers and Storage

Chris Churchey

An IT leader had to forecast a business’s infrastructure needs for the following year. He said to himself, “The business managers tell me that sales growth will be about 20% next year. Therefore, IT infrastructure will need to grow by the same amount.” It’s an easy approach, and there is some degree of logic to it. There is, however, a problem…it’s likely to be wrong.

There is often not a one-on-one relationship between IT infrastructure needs and sales or employee growth. If the IT environment does not need to grow as fast as sales, the company will overinvest in servers, storage and more, unnecessarily squandering hard earned profits. Read this article to find a better approach to forecasting that maximizes performance and return on technology investments. Read more »

Server Consolidation: The Assumption that Could Cost You Dearly

Chris Churchey

The computer room of a power grid company (called PGC for this article) was bursting at the seams. With around 1,200 virtual environments running on 262 physical servers, the space teemed with boxes, racks, and cables. And each item that squeezed into the room took time and money to maintain. Before consolidating their server to an updated technology, they needed to determine how many servers they needed. Find out how they did their analysis and saved more than 50% on upfront and ongoing costs. Read more »