Server Monitoring: Centralize and Win
The daily care and feeding of desktop and server systems can be a tedious and time consuming process. Native tools onboard OSs like Microsoft Windows have the capability of logging dozens or hundreds of events everyday. Adding security, auditing, and performance information to these logs adds an additional order of magnitude to the volume of captured data. All of this must be managed and reviewed on a regular basis to look for anomalies and trend performance and health on each managed system. One of the main limitations of native tools is that it stores all of the event & performance logs and resource utilization information locally in each individual system. For an environment with multiple systems, this requires data manipulation and monitoring in multiple places. This makes problem analysis with native tools alone even more challenging. This paper will discuss how not incorporating effective centralized management and monitoring tools are a liability for your computing environment as well as your business as a whole.