Monitor all your virtual machines and their hypervisors regardless of your virtualization solution.
Server virtualization has already become part of everyday life in most companies to allocate hardware resources better.
IT admins find it much easier to manage IT environments if they can virtualize servers at least partially.
What is a virtual server, and how does it work? A virtual server is a virtual machine (VM) that is deployed on a physical server via a dedicated software. Like a hardware server, the virtual server can also provide hardware resources such as CPU, interfaces, storage or RAM. A major advantage of VMs is that they can be configured to run multiple operating systems and applications.
Because a virtual server is configured to run multiple operating systems and applications, it is a cost-efficient way for organizations to utilize processing power and distribute resources.
However, virtualizing servers increases the requirements for monitoring. The virtualization platform, underlying infrastructure, and virtual machines (VMs) provide different information bases, which the IT team must collect and put in the correct context.
In addition to classic virtualization via hypervisors, more and more companies use containers and platforms such as Kubernetes.
When monitoring containers, there are some similarities to the monitoring of virtual servers, but there are also additional aspects that you should consider.
In any case, as with any server monitoring, all-around visibility is essential for accurate monitoring.
Monitoring the individual containers or the hypervisor and the VMs alone is insufficient. In addition to the virtual infrastructure, companies must also consider network components, storage, and other related elements in their monitoring.
At the same time, monitoring must not lead to overloading IT admins and developers with manual processes. To encompass all those requirements, it is essential to find the right server monitoring software.
Whether you choose VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, or another platform, IT managers will likely no longer want to create hosts manually. Instead, hosts will be created and decay automatically.
Automation is essential and plays a vital role in monitoring containers and orchestration platforms. With Checkmk, you can easily monitor Docker, Kubernetes, and OpenShift.
Checkmk offers features like Dynamic Configuration Daemon (DCD), making manual maintenance of hosts unnecessary in your monitoring. This makes especially the cloud server monitoring a breeze.
As an all-in-one platform, Checkmk also offers precise insights into all relevant areas: Starting with the basic hardware and cloud infrastructure, it not only monitors the deployed virtualization platform and the VMs provided by it, but also the connected storage and network devices.
You gain relevant insights in each area and can pinpoint errors precisely.