SaaS vs. On-Premise Monitoring: Know the Difference

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The cloud model continues to evolve as more organizations place their infrastructure into a cloud-based solution. Through all of this – there is still the very real need to monitor and proactively maintain a data center and cloud infrastructure. Because more business are directly leveraging cloud resources, it’s more important than ever to truly understand what is happening in your cloud environment.

With that in mind – how do you know what the right option would be? There are on-premises monitoring solutions and ones totally based in the cloud. Still, the “SaaS vs. on-premises” equation is different for every technology. There are some solution types where a SaaS approach has special benefits that are not obvious at first. In this whitepaper from LogicMonitor, we take a look at why network and server monitoring can be particularly suited to a cloud-based model. Furthermore, this paper examines 9 key points around why a cloud-based monitoring solution can be the right fit. This includes:

  • No Single Point of Failure
  • Easier Monitoring of Hybrid Environments
  • Fast Deployment
  • More Efficient, Effective Support
  • Lower Capital Expense and TCO
  • No Vendor Lock-In
  • Higher Reliability
  • Scalability and Predictable Budgeting
  • Elevated Security

As your organization continues to grow, you’ll have to look at and evaluate new types of monitoring and management solutions. The data center continues to evolve as more cloud connections influence how resources are utilized. Controlling resources allocation and overall infrastructure performance heavily revolves around the proactive nature of a good monitoring solution.

Remember, this also means having optimal security. One of the great things about a SaaS monitoring solution is that all data collection happens from a lightweight collector which resides behind your firewall. The collector makes outgoing connections only over SSL, and accepts no connections from the network. Monitoring servers reside in locked cabinets inside of SSAE 16 SOC1 Type 2 data centers, manned 24x7x365, with ingress and egress secured with electronic keycards and biometric hand scans, high resolution motion-sensitive video surveillance, fully redundant power and HVAC, VESDA Fire-threat detection and suppression. Strong internal application controls protect data even from “root” users.

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Download this white paper today to learn how a SaaS monitoring solution can create true security, great resiliency, and complete vision into your environment. With all of this in mind – In many cases, utilizing a cloud-based SaaS monitoring environment can truly create a robust data center which will better support business operations.

About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the National Director of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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  1. It depends on a company and what they want to monitor and how much money they have at their disposal. Some choose only on premise monitoring, the others choose SaaS. They all have both faults and benefits. At the moment I work with the cloud-based montoring tool Anturis, that proves to be an effective and proactive tool for monitoring the whole IT infrastructure of the company. But it was hard for us to move to the clouds.