Configuring Longitude to Monitor Servers and IT Infrastructure

The monitoring of servers and the network infrastructure need not be a daunting task.As the number of servers and network devices continue proliferate a common theme from many IT professionals is  “How do I best monitor for performance and availability issues and do it in a way that isn’t time consuming?” 

Posted on: 25 April 2017 | 7:46 am

Microsoft Exchange Server Tuning & Monitoring:  3 Keys to Better Results

If your company has standardized on Microsoft® Exchange Server, you know how much everyone in your organization depends on its collaborative messaging services. Exchange Server configurations also have a habit of becoming large and complex as a company’s needs scale up. For the IT professionals that administer Exchange, this leads to a major responsibility that requires both skill and resources.

Posted on: 18 April 2017 | 7:45 am

7 built-in SQL Monitoring Tools

Microsoft SQL Server has been available on Windows for almost as long as Windows has existed, and the tools to monitor both SQL and Windows have become increasingly complex and varied in the three decades since their initial release.  In some respects, monitoring SQL Server can be a more daunting task than monitoring Windows, not necessarily because it is more difficult, but because there are so many different ways to do it. 

Posted on: 11 April 2017 | 11:57 am

5 Methods for Collecting Windows IT Metrics for Operations


Posted on: 4 April 2017 | 8:18 am

5 Tips for Successful Server Monitoring and Alerting

As an IT Infrastructure grows in size and complexity implementing server monitoring and alerting becomes increasingly difficult.  Mixes of different operating systems, network equipment, software versions, along with virtualization and cloud computing make it even more complicated.

Posted on: 3 April 2017 | 1:01 pm

Maximizing VMware Performance and CPU Utilization

In a previous post we discussed overcommitting VMware host memory – the same can be done with host CPU. As per the Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 6.0:

Posted on: 22 February 2017 | 2:19 pm

VMware Memory Management and Capacity Planning

VMware provides the ability to create virtual machines (VMs) that are provisioned with more memory than physically exists on their host servers. This is possible because VMware memory management is able to recover memory that is no longer in use by the VM’s guest operating system (OS). However, you can push memory overcommitment to the point where the hypervisor is unable to keep up, leading to potentially severe performance degradation on the VMs. With proper capacity planning you can estimate how much overcommitment is possible before risking performance problems.

Posted on: 6 February 2017 | 2:20 pm

Server Monitoring Best Practices

IT is a pervasive presence in businesses, running everything from enterprise level scheduling applications to web based stores. Monitoring the health of the infrastructure that underlies a critical application helps to ensure that it is available when needed, and that it functions as designed. Missing a form submission in a scheduling application due to an overloaded database server results in missed deliveries. Missing a swipe in a smartphone application due to network congestion results in a lost sale. IT applications are the lifeblood of organizations and when the delivery of the information they produce is compromised the consequences can include losses in productivity, revenue, and business intelligence. Effective server monitoring is the key to keeping your IT applications available.

Posted on: 17 January 2017 | 10:59 am

5 Steps for Effective Business Service Monitoring

The management of information technology resources needs to align with business activities.  The monitoring and management of IT-supported business services can’t focus too strictly on technology without considering user priorities.  Obstacles occur that prevent business service monitoring from succeeding as planned.

Posted on: 29 November 2016 | 3:00 am

3 Reasons to Monitor Your Network

When a business- critical application stops functioning properly, organizations turn to the information technology (IT) department for a solution. Detecting, diagnosing and resolving network performance issues along with identifying bandwidth hogs in order to see where the most bandwidth is being utilized are all just part of the job for IT professionals these days. It is safe to assume therefore, anything which can be connected to the network most likely will be.

Posted on: 19 September 2016 | 5:02 am