Monitoring: How Much Can You Do with What You Know?

A few weeks ago, Tom Howarth asked me one of those simple questions that leads to a very long answer. Like all good questions, it made me think. He asked, “In an ideal world, what would you monitor?” Of course, the analyst in me immediately turned that around. Context is key, and such a broad question needs a much narrower definition before it can be any use. Monitoring a VDI environment will mean measuring different indexes than monitoring a web farm, or a database cluster, or a WAN. The things that concern the end user are different than those that concern a lowly sysadmin like myself, and very, very much different than those that matter to a CxO. There is one thing, though, that is true across all of these metrics: there’s no point measuring something you can do nothing about.

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Author: Anthony Metcalf

Infrastructure Geek, Runner, Father of three... I love Photos and Food, making and experiencing both.. I play Warhammer (FB,40K,Necromunda,Epic,Heroquest) and Pathfinder and love reading new little Indie RPGs... I work with Windows, Linux, VMware, Cisco, and the lower down the application stack, the happier I am. I play with Ruby, and Rails, and BDD with Cucumber. Chef, and Knife and Devops. I also deliver cakes for my Wife's business All in all, I need more time....