Keeping one eye open: Monitoring on IBM SmartCloud

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IBM SmartCloud Monitoring provides event management and analytics for private cloud environments.  It includes information about both physical and virtual infrastructure components that cloud administrators can use to optimize their private cloud hardware.

IBM SmartCloud Monitoring provides visibility by tracking cloud service levels and performance; it can predict cloud problems before clients are affected.  In addition, IBM SmartCloud Monitoring provides control of cloud environments by optimizing workload placement to ensure a balanced workload across resources; it ensures licensing compliance through built-cloud policy.  Finally, IBM SmartCloud Monitoring provides remediation of cloud policy through automated actions.

Dashboards allow an administrator to quickly answer questions such as:

  • What is the overall resource utilization of my server?
  • How are resources allocated per virtual machine?
  • What is the resource utilization per virtual machine, and how can I optimize it?

One place that IBM SmartCloud Monitoring drives total cost of ownership advantages is in software licensing.  Although hardware consolidation and virtualization is going to help customers save money on hardware costs, virtualization technology software license costs have now become a new challenge for many IT budgets.  Understanding these costs and optimizing the usage of virtualization software licenses in a cloud environment with IBM SmartCloud Monitoring drives huge business value for customers.

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