As pure play digital businesses, SaaS vendors live and die by their uptime and availability; fortunately, a plethora of tools are available these days for monitoring and troubleshooting the entire stack. AppDynamics and New Relic are two leading application performance management (APM) tools for tuning and diagnosing modern software applications—let's see how they hold up in this head-to-head comparison.
We've covered more than a handful of IT monitoring solutions, but few dominate their categories like SolarWinds and Microsoft SCOM, the two contenders in this match-up. From the network to the servers and applications, SolarWinds' suite of solutions ensure that the whole stack is performing optimally; similarly, SCOM/Systems Center 2016 provides monitoring across applications, workloads, and infrastructures. Let's see how they stack up in this head-to-head comparison.
The enterprise's infrastructure monitoring needs have evolved drastically over the years; more often, firms need operational intelligence regarding the health and performance of a myriad of IT assets: physical/virtual servers, applications/services, security devices, and more. System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and Splunk are two leading solutions on the market for monitoring datacenter health and performance; let's see how they compare for keeping the enterprise IT ship afloat.
As the dominant cloud vendor by market share, AWS—in efforts to rein back control of its public cloud ecosystem—has expanded its plethora of built-in console offerings to go head-to-head with leading 3rd party-developed tools. For example, Amazon Inspector now enables native automated security assessments while AWS CodePipeline offers continuous delivery and release automation services, all from within AWS. And for keeping a keen eye on EC2 instances and application, there's Amazon CloudWatch for native monitoring of AWS cloud resources. Let's see how it stacks up against Nagios, the leading open source infrastructure monitoring platform.
Continuous monitoring is critical for ensuring that IT assets and controls meet business requirements and expectations—constantly assessing and validating them for quality, integrity, and security. This involves not only identifying infrastructure bugs and issues, but also issues with applications and their components. Deteriorating software performance and downtime can be just as devastating to the business as a data breach or security compromise, and is quite often a red flag for cyber attacks in progress. Two leading solutions, Datadog and SignalFx, can help you spot and decipher the smoke signals before your business goes up in flames.
Most of us take SaaS availability and uptime for granted: we assume that our favorite cloud-based tools will always be available when we need them. For cloud service providers, however, meeting these expectations is a magnanimous effort, usually involving elaborate CI/CD toolchains and sophisticated frameworks for failover and continuity. Application performance monitoring (APM) solutions form part of these frameworks—in this comparison, we'll take a look at two such popular offerings, AppDynamics and Dynatrace.
Monitoring tools have come a long way since the early days of Big Brother. Today's solutions have evolved into powerful software troubleshooting and performance analytics platforms capable of deconstructing and analyzing the entire application stack—infrastructure up—for bugs and issues. Datadog and New Relic are leading vendors in this category; let's take a look at the two and see how they stack up.
As perimeter-based cyber protection falls to the wayside, a new breed of continuous security solutions are emerging that combine traditional endpoint protection with newer technologies like security information and event management (SIEM) and crowdsourced threat intelligence. These next generation security platforms attempt to address the needs of both traditional on-premise data centers as well as organizations with entire IT infrastructures in the cloud. Two vendors—AlienVault and Tenable—have products on the market that fall in this category. Let's see how they stack up in this comparison.
It's been said many times before, but is always worth repeating: enterprises need a layered approach to security for combating today's cyber threats. Illumio ASP and AlienVault USM provide just that: working in conjunction with traditional security solutions like firewalls and IDS/IDPS solutions (or in USM's case, providing its own), the two platforms further smooth the attack surface area with features such as policy-based controls, security analytics, and crowd-sourced threat intelligence, among others. Let's see how they stack up in this comparison.
For today’s busy sysadmin, systems health and performance monitoring tools like Microsoft’s SCOM (Systems Center Operations Manager) and the open-source Nagios are invaluable. They enable at-a-glance monitoring of large numbers of servers throughout a network, which is doubly critical in case of a widely geographically dispersed network setup such as in a WAN or MAN. Though they broadly achieve the same goals, SCOM and Nagios come at it from quite different directions.
Cyber resilience is a fundamental change in understanding and accepting the true relationship between technology and risk. IT risk (or cyber risk, if you prefer) is actually business risk, and always has been. And the cybersecurity industry, for what it's worth, has generally avoided this concept because it goes against the narrative that their respective offerings—whether it's a firewall, IDS, monitoring tool, or otherwise—would be the one-size-fits-all silver bullet that can keep businesses safe. But reality tells a different story.