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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Unified Monitoring – Note / Presentation and Client Interest

by Jonah Kowall  |  November 12, 2013  |  3 Comments

Colin Fletcher and myself have been seeing the trend of simplification across the monitoring estate. Investments in complex suites of tools have yielded higher operational costs and complexity in management of the tools themselves. Alternate approaches exist when looking at unified monitoring.

A new approach that enables the unified monitoring of the infrastructure inclusive of the virtualization layers has emerged. A particular, yet evolving, set of technologies is available in single or focused combinations of tools, including free-of-charge and/or low-cost options (see “Leverage Free and Low-Cost Server, Network and Storage Monitoring” ). These solutions commonly feature the following traits:

  • Ability to consistently monitor servers, networks, storage and virtualization layers
  • Acquisition of the topology of physical, virtual and logical elements, and the relationships between them
  • Agentless data collection methods
  • Discovery of assets to be monitored, including the collection of basic asset information
  • Support for monitoring common application instances on OSs
  • Synthetic transactions for checking Web application availability
  • Service and infrastructure grouping
  • Multitenancy support
  • Use of APIs
  • Integration layers (e.g., IT service desk tools, IT process automation, alert management, capacity planning and configuration management)

When these tools are paired with log analytics capabilities the need for agents is reduced as well as providing additional benefits of centralized log analysis and monitoring.

Clients can find the note here -> Modernize Your Monitoring Strategy by Combining Unified Monitoring and Log Analytics Tools

The client interest in these tools has been increasing and hence we’ve written an initial note in this arena, we will also be presenting content at the Gartner Data Center Conference in early December. It’s a great show to attend if you are interested in hardware, or the associated management software.

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