Top Five Server Monitoring Battles — and How You Can Win Them

Learn how to meet the most pressing challenges administrators face in ensuring optimal server performance.

By Arthur Cole | Posted Jul 20, 2011
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Your Battle

As your organization grows, so too do the demands. If only your headcount and resources kept pace. Ultimately, administrators need to do a lot more, with a lot less. For example, analysts estimate that, through manual administration, one full-time employee can manage 11 UNIX servers or 30 Windows-based servers. For a 1000 server environment, this could translate to approximately 30 to 100 full-time server administrators. This is headcount that most businesses simply cannot afford to hire and retain.

What You Need to Win

Automating the monitoring of servers is one approach that can pay huge dividends in increasing the number of servers one administrator can manage. This needs to include routine automated monitoring of performance and availability metrics, as well as automated alerts and reporting. Look for server monitoring products that offer an efficient code base and robust functionality that enable you to manage more systems, more users, and more data.

The role of servers in your organization has changed substantially — with their uses, requirements, and complexity all increasing dramatically in recent years. Many of the traditional tools and techniques that worked in the past don't suffice any more. Consequently, server monitoring presents several critical battles in today's demanding environments. Nimsoft has identified some of the most pressing challenges administrators face in ensuring optimal server performance, and offers insights into the tools and strategies required to address these demands.

 

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