SQL Server Virtualization Best Practices

Understanding the fundamentals of how CPU, memory, disk, and network interact in a virtual infrastructure will go a long way towards helping IT properly allocate virtual resources and make the most effective use of SQL licensing.

Posted on: 12 December 2017 | 10:21 am

Cloud Capacity Planning

Cloud Capacity Planning and performance reporting are absolute musts if an organization is to ensure that it is making the most efficient use of its cloud service providers and their corresponding costs.

Posted on: 29 November 2017 | 11:33 am

Windows Network Metric Guide

Today’s post will look at network monitoring from the perspective of a Windows endpoint in a local area network (LAN), and outline performance metrics specific to optimizing processing incoming and outgoing traffic.

Posted on: 15 November 2017 | 10:15 am

Making IT proactive – automated server monitoring and alerts

IT must adapt it's approach to managing servers as technology continues to advance with virtualization, hyper-converged infrastructures, cloud computing, and other technologies.

Posted on: 7 November 2017 | 10:30 am

Windows Memory Metric Guide

CPU and memory are essential performance metrics, but their fundamentally different natures require metrics that exhibit a different set of attributes. As we discussed a few posts back, CPU is scheduled so it is monitored by looking at wait times and queue lengths, while memory is a fixed quantity and it is measured by looking for resource shortages and memory allocation problems for processes.

Posted on: 1 November 2017 | 10:30 am

IaaS with AWS and Azure

The most fundamental element of any public cloud offering is Infrastructure as a Service, known by the acronym IaaS. The definition of IaaS is standardized compute, storage and networking capabilities hosted by a service provider and offered to customers on-demand.  Distinguishing which IaaS subscription (Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure) is best for your organization is a challenging proposition, especially if you consider only basic functionality. However, if you dig a bit deeper there are some attributes that may sway your decision.

Posted on: 24 October 2017 | 10:12 am

Windows CPU Metric Guide

Windows CPU usage is often focused on a headline “CPU % used” as an overall measure of CPU performance, but there are other CPU metrics that can provide a more detailed picture of the overall system state. Today’s blog will take a look at those additional metrics.

Posted on: 18 October 2017 | 10:30 am

How AWS and Azure differ

Differentiating between AWS and Azure used to be a straightforward exercise. However, both technologies continue to mature and the technological gap between them is shrinking. With that said, there are some differences you will want to be aware of. 

Posted on: 10 October 2017 | 12:15 pm

Ensuring Virtual Machine Availability

Whether due to a hardware failure on a host server or a software failure on a virtual machine (VM), VMs can and will crash. There are ways to automate dealing with crashes so that VMs are back online with minimal delays and the services they provide remain available. Today’s post will outline methods you can use to keep VMs and their services available while using VMware or Hyper-V.

Posted on: 4 October 2017 | 10:15 am

Application SLA Monitoring with Longitude

Determining which metrics to measure for a Service Level Agreement is perhaps the least difficult part of implementing SLA compliance standards. The bigger challenge is how to best go about aggregating, measuring, and visualizing SLA compliance. 

Posted on: 26 September 2017 | 10:10 am