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

Creating a Service Level Agreement Template

As the name may suggest, Service Level Agreements (SLAs) define the level of service that IT is delivering to its customers. More specifically, an SLA definition can incorporate items such as application availability, application response time, the number of users that can be served, help desk response time, network availability, usage statistics and more.

Posted on: 19 September 2017 | 9:53 am

Why You Need Longitude To Monitor Hyper-V

Monitoring a Hyper-V based infrastructure can be accomplished quickly and with minimal fuss if you have the right tool in place. 

Posted on: 12 September 2017 | 9:05 am

Using Longitude to Monitor Hybrid Cloud

The first thing you may wonder is what exactly is the Hybrid Cloud? The Hybrid Cloud is when an organization runs a combination of on-premises IT infrastructure in conjunction with one or more public cloud services (i.e. Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform). Hybrid Cloud is a desirable because it allows IT to:

Posted on: 6 September 2017 | 10:12 am

A Closer Look at CloudWatch, Azure Monitor, and Stackdriver

As cloud adoption continues to ramp up, IT needs to not only give careful consideration to the core capabilities provided by the cloud providers, but also to the technology that natively monitors the health and performance of the cloud infrastructure.

Posted on: 29 August 2017 | 10:15 am

Deciding between Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Compute

As the cloud computing industry continues to mature, the big players -  Amazon, Microsoft, and Google - are all fighting for your business.

Posted on: 22 August 2017 | 10:28 am

What Kind of Disks Should You Use with Microsoft SQL Server 2016? (Part 2)

In our previous post we looked at disk requirements for Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and outlined available disk technologies, including hardware, RAID configurations, and storage devices. In this post we’ll look at: Manufacturer’s disk performance specifications RAID performance specifications Disk Connection Protocols: SATA, SAS and NVMe Estimating Disk Performance Disk key performance indicators (KPIs)

Posted on: 16 August 2017 | 10:30 am

What Kind of Disks Should You Use with Microsoft SQL Server 2016? (Part 1)

In addition to CPU and memory, Microsoft SQL Server 2016 also requires disks that are fast enough to keep up with the IO requests made by the database. Running SQL on disks that cannot keep up with the requisite level of IO results in latency that affects all subsequent operations. In this post, we’ll look at: SQL Server disk requirements Disk Hardware RAID configurations Disk Management: DAS, NAS and SAN

Posted on: 8 August 2017 | 11:36 am