Need better visibility into the health of the applications running in your data center? Before you choose an application performance monitoring (APM) tool, think about this: a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution is your best choice for monitoring all of your applications, both in the cloud and on premise. Here are seven reasons why:
Reason #1: Seamless updates and 1/10th the maintenance
On-premise solutions come with operational burdens that eat up additional resources. You need to install, update, patch, and scale an on-premise monitoring solution as the monitoring data and the number and types of applications you monitor grow.
With a SaaS solution, updates to your APM tool are seamless, there’s no system to maintain, and no hardware to worry about. Your team stays focused on your applications and business goals, and isn’t distracted by maintaining a monitoring tool. The only burdens remaining are agent updates and alert policies common to any monitoring system.
Reason #2: Coverage no matter where your applications are running
Let’s say you started moving some of your applications to the cloud. You’d have a hybrid cloud environment, but your on-premise solution couldn’t monitor both so you’d have to add a cloud-capable tool to the mix. Now you have two tools that don’t talk to each other. This means your team would have to exert twice the effort, monitor twice the dashboards, analyze twice the metrics … you get the picture.
But with a SaaS solution, you can use one tool for all your environments. That’s one interface and one clear picture of your applications and infrastructure, whether they are in the cloud or on-premise or some combination thereof. Think of it as future-proofing your monitoring solution. Even if you don’t move to the cloud anytime soon, it’s easy to proxy monitoring traffic from behind your firewall to a SaaS monitoring service.
Reason #3: Scalability and speed for analyzing the big data that good monitoring generates
Imagine you find the perfect APM tool, but then you have to limit the applications and servers you monitor because you don’t have the storage capacity or budget to store all the data that is generated. That can happen with an on-premise monitoring solution if you’re not prepared to create a highly scalable environment and continually make further architecture investments as data volume grows.
A SaaS APM solution can scale dynamically as your needs grow. There’s no infrastructure investment or ongoing support to worry about. Plus, it’s easier to try a new analytics tool if you don’t need to make a massive investment to use it.