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Our New IT Monitoring Buyer’s Guide Helps You Make a Choice

Take your pick: chocolate or vanilla? Coke or Pepsi? Star Wars or Star Trek? 

It’s no different in IT. System administrators also have choices to make, and that involves picking from a crowded selection of software, hardware, and gadgets to find the tools that will help them do their job effectively. 

It can be a hard decision to make, especially if you’re shopping for an IT monitoring solution. There are dozens of solutions on the market – Wikipedia lists more than 50 on its comparison article – but that’s really only a snapshot of what you’ll find if you take just a minute to Google around.

In our new eBook, “Buyer's Guide: How to Choose the Right IT Monitoring Platform” we strive to make this decision process easier. Developed with insight from our own expert sysadmins, and pulling together the tips we laid out in our recent blog post series, our guide describes the pros and cons of proprietary and open source software, explains what to look for in terms of software design and usability, and covers factors like security, IT architecture and device count. 

The idea is to help you make sense of a crowded market by offering an unbiased look at your options – without selling you on any one solution over another. We also want to help you sort out the dozens of considerations that are often relevant to new monitoring software purchases. That includes:

•    Types of devices you need to monitor
•    Number of devices you need to monitor
•    Level of reporting and visibility 
•    On-staff technology expertise
•    Considerations for upper management
•    Basic and advanced features 
•    Level of integration needed
•    Level of security needed

And plenty more. At the same time, we also go beyond nuts-and-bolts to talk about figuring out exactly what you’re looking to get out of your monitoring solution. Whether it’s monitoring servers and availability, or freezer temperature in grocery warehouse, every monitoring project has a different end goal, and we’ll help you get to the bottom of yours. Some sysadmins need monitoring to check a box, but others may be thinking about a more strategic investment.  

Do you want a high level of monitoring automation so you can spend less time putting out fires and more time working on bigger-picture issues? Do you plan to re-vamp parts of your company’s IT infrastructure and therefore need monitoring that can look after a new collection of devices? Are you working to bring the goals for the IT department in-line with those of the rest of the business?

These are a few of the considerations you’ll have to make. Our guide aims to help by breaking everything down so you can determine what you want to get out of your monitoring solution. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, you’ll have everything you need to make a smarter decision, without having to worry about getting sold to.

Download our eBook for free and learn:

  • Where exactly to begin when looking at an IT Monitoring Solution
  • Who the players are in the IT Monitoring space and where they specialize
  • Ways to determine how to get your end goal of your IT Monitoring project
  • How to evaluate your own environment to match up with a perfect solution

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