Jonah Kowall

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Jonah Kowall
Research Vice President
3.5 years with Gartner
20 years IT industry

Jonah Kowall is a research Vice President in Gartner's IT Operations Research group. He focuses on application performance monitoring (APM), Unified Monitoring, Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD), Infrastructure Performance Monitoring (IPM), IT Operations Analytics (ITOA), and general application and infrastructure availability and performance monitoring technologies. Read Full Bio

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Explosion of Monitoring Mashups

by Jonah Kowall  |  June 22, 2012  |  3 Comments

There has been an explosion of these new style monitoring systems which to this point have combined system monitoring, 3rd party monitoring services, and other management technologies into a single stream of events. The products are all SaaS, and leverage other SaaS products into a new hybrid type of management “framework” geared towards agile, cloud based business models.

Vendor solutions have interesting reporting (or what is normally mislabeled “Analytics”) while others are doing correlation of events. Interestingly the unique aspect is a “timeline” with social aspects including the things which were once typically associated with traditional event correlation and analysis tools (ECA). Until this point there hasn’t been any application context plugged into these systems, but that will happen over time. Many of them will be fed by the APMaaS players.

Sample products to give you a better idea of the new breed of systems : DataDog, MOOG, Nodable, ScaleXtreme

There are others of course who are doing similar things in SaaS with open APIs, but don’t have the social aspects yet: Apica, Alertsite, Boundary, Circonus, Librato, Server Density. Commonly interfaced products include Loggly, PagerDuty and other 3rd party services.

Look for more research on these types of systems, with a refreshed vendor landscape for MaaS (Monitoring as a Service) soon after I’m done working on my technology provider 3rd party ecosystem notes focusing on Microsoft, VMware, and Oracle.



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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graham Gillen   June 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Interesting Jonah. I’d be curious if these solutions are most appealing to SMBs or if enterprises are dipping their toe in as well. Also curious how these systems handle data feed reliability and security issues.

  • 2 Jonah Kowall   June 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Haven’t seen a lot of enterprise adoption yet, but they are playing with the products. Most of these solutions are pretty new (6 months or less) and still in a high speed of feature development.

  • 3 Frank Days   June 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I wonder if we will see these products \fly under the radar\ in the enterprise.(ie at the workgroup level where someone buys with a personal credit card and expenses it.)

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