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A guide to monitoring your IBM SoftLayer environment

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When you plan on moving any of your workloads to a cloud environment, there are several IT items that are necessary to deeply understand while building the solution design. First, you need to understand what server options are available from the cloud vendor you choose. Next, you may plan for storage, networking, load balancing, security, message services and monitoring services.

In the information technology (IT) business world, many organizations need their most critical applications available all the time. This is hard to manage when you do not monitor your cloud environment. In this blog post, I will go over how to take advantage of IBM SoftLayer monitoring services.

SoftLayer does not automatically monitor virtual or bare metal dedicated servers. Customers should order and configure SoftLayer standard, basic, advanced or premium monitoring services as desired, since SoftLayer monitors all the shared environments such as internal systems, points of delivery (PoD), switches, routers, shared firewalls, shared load balancers, links and more.

As you can see in the diagram, each type of monitoring has the following specific options:

• Standard: Standard monitors provide basic host ping monitoring and you may set up notifications upon failure. This package is available for both physical and virtual servers at no extra charge.

• Basic: The basic package monitors your typical operating system (OS) metrics, such as CPU, memory, disk and processes for several OS flavors. This component comes at no cost to the customer.

• Advanced: The advanced monitoring package includes the basic package in addition to components like file system, DHCP, LDAP, network and so on.

• Premium: This package includes both the basic and advanced packages in addition to components like DNS, email, IIS, MS SQL, MYSQL, Tomcat and URL responses.

Below you can find detailed information regarding the different options for monitoring services:

SoftLayer monitoring services

In addition, SoftLayer offers additional monitoring services you may request to your environment:

• Automatic server reboot when system failure is detected

• NOC Monitoring: Network engineers actively monitor servers and provide immediate response and personalized notification of alert or failure.

Ready to monitor your cloud environment? Comment below or connect with me on Twitter @ReynaldoMincov to let me know what you think.

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