There used to be a day when server administrators monitored servers, network administrators monitored networks and storage administrators kept storage in check. Although those roles still exist, today's virtual mashups have made the task of monitoring these environments significantly more challenging. No longer can a server administrator get too concerned over a host CPU spike - higher resource utilization is the point of virtualization, after all. No longer can a storage person point to a network person as pushing too much data to an array. Everything has become so intertwined that, unless an environment is monitored in a cohesive way, critical performance metrics will be overlooked.
There are a lot of companies out there that sell expensive nuts-to-bolts virtual monitoring solutions, but how do smaller organizations without a lot of resources go it alone? How do these entities understand how to monitor their environments to get the most bang for the buck?
Enter Vkernel. The company recently released a derailed white paper outlining the top 20 CPU, network, storage and memory metrics that need to be monitored in order to keep a virtual environment operating in peak condition.
Please note that registration is required in order to obtain the download, but the white paper itself is freely available for download from Vkernel.