Checkmk aids Zynstra in providing a superior retail user experience
Empowering the edge for retailers
Retailers today are under relentless pressure. To be able to keep up with online competitors and e-commerce platforms, they are facing an urgent need to digitize their physical stores to provide the modern experiences customers expect while also operating more efficiently. Zynstra is helping retailers to transform their businesses and overcome the limitations of legacy IT infrastructures without having to replace existing hardware. The virtualization solutions from Zynstra enable retailers to turn hardware-bound applications or even their entire store into software-defined edge infrastructures for the hosting of modern retail applications. Zynstra was looking for monitoring software that could be deployed within minutes on a customer’s infrastructure to ensure that its applications hosted at the edge are performing smoothly.
Most retail infrastructures do not support the deployment of modern enterprise IT hardware, but the monitoring has to be deployed locally to ensure the optimal performance of the edge solutions. Since Checkmk can work with minimal resources, Zynstra only needs two small hardware servers to host its software and Checkmk. Besides that, there is no need for changing the network infrastructure.
Automated deployment in retail infrastructure
In each customer environment, Zynstra deploys two Checkmk remote sites to ensure high availability. The deployment and configuration of the monitoring runs fully-automated over a deployment tool that also installs other applications. Zynstra monitors his software and the hardware of the host servers, but also checks the health of the local network. This proactive monitoring helps to find and solve issues in the network environment. If necessary, Zynstra can share the relevant monitoring data with the customer.
The Checkmk central site to control all remote sites is hosted in Zynstra’s private cloud. Thanks to this architecture Zynstra can be compliant with various industry standards such as PCI-DSS. The monitoring is also resilient to interruptions. If the connection to the central monitoring site is interrupted, for example, the local monitoring at the customer site will still continue to function.
The Checkmk architecture allows full scalability in various dimensions. On remote sites, Checkmk monitors large edge environments and processes the monitoring data on the customer’s premises, using only very few resources. Additional sites can be easily added, for example to onboard new customers. At the same time, the monitoring team can manage the entire, globally-distributed monitoring from a single central Checkmk site.