Top Server Monitoring Trends 2020

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be a watershed moment for IT setups across a wide range of organisations.

The current crisis has accelerated underlying trends that had been steadily evolving over the past years, in the IT space mainly about a drastic increase in flexibility and reliability requirements. Server monitoring is one of the key pillars of IT reliability – both for the business,as well as the sanity of the IT teams – and has seen its own trends accelerated during the past months.

1. Efficiency and ease-of-use

The sudden need for remote work in all areas of the organization, including the need to manage the entire IT setup remotely to a highest possible extend, extended the already long to-do lists ofSysAdmins and their teams beyond previously thought possible levels.

While server monitoring is an essential function to keep track of network health, IT teams can no longer afford lengthy installations which keep them away from other urgent tasks. For new installations as well as migrations to a new tool, they need flexible, easy-to-use solutions which efficiently perform the core-monitoring functions. Getting the monitoring set up reliably and quickly is becoming the key objective.

Businesses, especially mid-sized SMEs with their limited IT resources, are increasingly seeking out products that require minimal setup and can be easily managed, not only by those who set them up but across their entire teams. Older, mainly on-premises monitoring tools often fail in this regard due to their notoriously complex setups and training requirements.


2. Cloud viability

The battle between on-premise tools and cloud-based solutions has been going on for years, with traditional on-premise tools like Nagios, Zabbix, and many others still dominating the space.

However, as hybrid networks and cloud assets gain increasing acceptance across businesses globally, the significant advantages of modern cloud-based solutions is being recognised: SaaS monitoring solutions come with instant setup, without the need for local software installation and setup, and are typically ready to use within minutes or hours, rather than weeks, of software installation and configuration.

Well know players are New Relic and DataDog in the premium spectrum of the field – providing in-depth analysis of applications performance alongside infrastructure monitoring, and CloudRadar on the more pragmatic spectrum, providing full coverage for almost all environment while driving ease-of-use to a next level. Combining the instant SaaS setup with extensive pre-configuration, the solution can be reliably deployed in less than 30 min for most mid-sized networks.


3. Budget friendly

Fueled by the current crisis, businesses are forced to look for additional ways to streamline expenses – often scrutinizing every single line item of the IT budget. Budgets get allocated to urgent projects, like work-from-home enablers and server virtualization. Less urgent but important topics tend to fall to the wayside. Infrastructure monitoring can fall into this trap. It is virtually impossible to run a network reliably, even less so remotely, without it. However, both the time and the cost implications of complex setups are infeasible to pull through at this moment. Leaving businesses vulnerable and IT teams stressed from firefighting.

Cloud-based monitoring solutions bridge this dilemma. In addition to the aforementioned fast setup, they make monitoring for mid-sized networks of up to a few hundred servers and devices significantly more affordable. While on-premise tools come with considerable upfront costs in the range of $ 1,000-10,000 USD for licenses and potentially required external consulting, SaaS tools are typically charged by host/device without those upfront cash-outs. Premium solutions like Data Dog and New Relic range from $ 10-15 USD per host/month and pragmatic solutions such asCloudRadar run at $ 1.70 USD per host/month. Both types come with complete OS coverage, alerting and all required features included. For mid-sized networks of 20-50 servers/devices, CloudRadar results in monthly costs of $34-85 USD, often even outside a dedicated budget requirement.

As organisations continue to recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic, we expect to see a growing number of businesses searching for fully equipped server monitoring solutions that won’t break the bank.

CloudRadar aims at getting you monitored without making monitoring a job in itself. Simplified to the core, saving time and hassle.Allowing teams to enjoy it - which actually makes them use it.

"Millions of businesses have unsecured, unmonitored servers. We build a tool so simple and so effective that the businesses across the world can run reliable networks, without the hassle."- Nicholas Thiede, Co-Founder, CloudRadar

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