Jonah Kowall

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Contribution : Cool Vendors in IT Operations Management

by Jonah Kowall  |  April 15, 2014  |  2 Comments

In addition to the Unified Communications coverage I also participated in research around IT Operations management software. I contributed a write-up of a small innovative Boston area company Centerity, who provides unified monitoring technology. The simplicity and focus of organizations to simplify and reduce the cost of availability monitoring is core to the offering, with [...]


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Cool Vendors in Unified Communications – Monitoring Angle

by Jonah Kowall  |  April 13, 2014  |  3 Comments

This year I was privileged to include one of the cool vendors in unified communications research this year. Written with my colleagues Jay Lassman, Bern Elliot, Steve Blood, and Sorell Slaymaker. Who cover unified communications technologies, the fun part about my coverage is everything needs to be monitored, so I was able to contribute to [...]


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Monitoring Technology Pick: Week of April 7th – Elasticsearch

by Jonah Kowall  |  April 13, 2014  |  4 Comments

Continuing the blogs topics from last week we are profiling yet another log search and index technology which has begun to emerge as yet another alternative for this necessary technology when troubleshooting today’s complex environments. As the vendor we profiles last week, which utilizes several open source technologies and brings a unique user interface and [...]


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Monitoring Technology Pick: Week of March 31st – Torch (GrayLog2)

by Jonah Kowall  |  April 4, 2014  |  4 Comments

I’m trying out something new for the blog this week, we have our yearly “Cool Vendor” awards, which are essentially analyst picks of interesting new technologies. I’m trying to build a micro format of this where I pick an interesting technology which I discovered during a specific week and write up a vendor or interesting [...]


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The State of APM in 2014 – Prepare for a Changing and Volatile Market

by Jonah Kowall  |  March 18, 2014  |  3 Comments

Due to the delays in our APM Magic Quadrant in 2013, we ended up publishing the research roughly 4 months late, hence we felt it was critical to get an additional note out which catches up with trends and movement we will see through 2014. The note goes into details around the market fragmentation, SMB [...]


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Use Performance Monitoring to Improve Microsoft Lync Quality

by Jonah Kowall  |  March 18, 2014  |  Submit a Comment

Bern Elliot and I published a research note focused on Lync availability and performance monitoring. The growth and popularity of this unified communications technology has been swift. Upon hearing a constant voice on client inquiry, clients are often dealing with expanding scope and prominence of Lync within their enterprises. This prompted us to address client [...]

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New Magic Quadrant : Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics

by Jonah Kowall  |  March 9, 2014  |  9 Comments

After a very long process going back over a year as we began to formulate this new market segment and research around the network performance space. Colin Fletcher, Vivek Bhalla, and myself have published two notes around this new market, leading up to this  Magic Quadrant. This is the first release of the research, we felt [...]


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The Three Topologies in Applications and Infrastructure

by Jonah Kowall  |  March 9, 2014  |  7 Comments

We recently published some new research explaining how various topologies are used among different parts of IT organizations. Separate tooling and use cases provide this visibility today. Here are summaries of these three viewpoints: Application Performance Monitoring (APM) tooling allows for the view from within the application since these tools reside within the application itself. [...]


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Application Monitoring is not Application Performance Monitoring (APM)

by Jonah Kowall  |  February 14, 2014  |  12 Comments

There is a common issue I deal with when speaking to end users trying to monitor applications. This confusion is partially created by vendors who would like to position themselves in the hot APM market, yet they clearly don’t enable performance monitoring. These vendors are slowly starting to correct the messaging, but many have poor [...]


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Monitoring software sucks so I use Nagios, what’s a better approach?

by Jonah Kowall  |  February 6, 2014  |  36 Comments

Speaking to our clients, and other people at conferences and industry events I attend, Nagios is always top of mind. This is a battle covered many times, many people want to use or reduce the usage of Nagios. The question always comes up, what else is good for free? The answer to this question depends [...]


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