APMdigest Feature Article: Monitoring Tool Sprawl

APMdigest: Monitoring Tool SprawlIn a recent APMdigest article, eG Innovations Senior Product Marketing Manager Vinod Mohan examined the problem of too many monitoring tools: How it happens, resulting effects on the business, and ideas for consolidating monitoring tool “sprawl.” Here’s a brief excerpt:

As businesses have become increasingly reliant on technology, monitoring applications and infrastructure is a necessity. Monitoring is a key component of IT management, helping detect anomalies, triage issues, and ensure that the entire infrastructure is healthy.

However, despite their importance, monitoring tools are often an afterthought, deployed after an IT infrastructure is in place and functioning. Without a planned and well-defined monitoring strategy in place, most IT organizations – large and small – find themselves caught in the trap of “too many monitoring tools” – custom in-house tools, open source tools, packaged tools, and more, that add up over time for a variety of reasons.

A recent survey by EMA indicated that 65% of enterprise organizations have more than 10 monitoring tools. These monitoring tools are, of course, not all unnecessary, but the real question is: Does your team need to manage so many monitoring tools? Does every nail require a different hammer? What are the potential consequences?

There are many reasons why enterprises end up having too many monitoring tools. This article will examine why this occurs, how the situation gets out of hand, and some best practices to consolidate monitoring in a way that benefits all functions and efficiencies across an IT organization.

An informative read on APMdigest.com, in two parts:

Monitoring Tool Sprawl – Part 1: Hidden Management Complexity and Cost Overruns »

Monitoring Tool Sprawl – Part 2: How to Achieve Unified IT Monitoring »