13 April 2015 blogs MVP Alessandro Cardoso 4 min read
Several key IT trends have been reshaping the industry, notably Cloud and Big Data. As business innovations drive the need for enhanced systems, the data that IT must track grows exponentially and creates significant challenges. Without the right tools for visualizing data, significant and valuable insights remain unknown. In fact, the utter volume of data prevents organizations from capturing, analysing and presenting information that is significant.
We all know how essential it is to monitor our systems with a management solution that can provide deep insight and diagnostics while ensuring infrastructure health and availability, be it on premises or in the Cloud. And, in today’s “always on” world, it is important that monitoring information is accessible on all devices and from anywhere. Having access to rich application health metrics and dashboards is necessary so that IT can trigger the correct remediation actions and ensure that infrastructure and workloads meet their SLAs.
I have had a chance to design and implement many Microsoft System Center Operations Manager deployments and it definitely requires add-ons to complement its functionality. Many times we are bombarded by alerts with no real meaning and information that would lead to a problem resolution. It’s counterproductive to have the application and IT operations teams spending time trying to identify the source of downtime without any good sources of operational data and for that reason I recommend Dashboards by Savision. The newly released product provides access to relevant information on the device of your choice and greatly accelerates troubleshooting.
What I like best about Dashboards by Savision is their Exchange view. I found it very impressive how the Savision team combined the most relevant Exchange metrics and information into one place making it simple to identify the bottlenecks and related services. Understanding that Operations Manager always contained this data but never surfaced it in such an intuitive way, I can only praise the Savision team for such a solution.
And, there is much more in the product including dashboards for Active Directory, SQL Server, SharePoint, and Virtualization. While at an event last week, the feedback was positive about the Computer Health dashboard that shows all servers on one screen. When you want a quick view of what’s happening in the infrastructure, it is just perfect. One suggestion I have for Savision is to include the possibility to group the servers such as we have in VMM. When you have 20+ hosts and especially when they are related to a particular “bundle” (i.e. location, functionality, features), having this feature certainly wouldn’t hurt. Of course, you can still filter the dashboard using Operations Manager groups.
If you are after a tool that enhances the familiar System Center Operations Manager monitoring tool, I recommend that you check out Dashboards by Savision.
About Alessandro Cardoso
Alessandro Cardoso is a passionate technology evangelist and a subject matter expert in cloud, virtualization and management. Author and speaker at key technical events in Australia and New Zealand. He has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in virtualization since 2009. He is a well-known speaker at IT-related events such as TechEd, CNASI, Windows Road Shows and User Groups. He has consistently been a presenter for more than 10 years.
His product skill sets include Microsoft infrastructure technologies such as Hyper-V, System Center, Windows Server, SQL Server, Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, IIS and Forefront, and he also has strong knowledge in Quest Migration Manager, Linux Infrastructure, Networking, Security Solutions (such as VPN, Firewall) and VMware in complex and large scenarios; He has strong grasp of infrastructure and architecture solutions, IT management and industry-related datacenter processes, strategies, industry regulations and requirements.
He works for RXP Services Limited as a Technology Strategist and National Lead Cloud, Identity and Security.