Purdue University had a problem with monitoring but, unlike many organizations, had the foresight to consider, evaluate and re-think their strategy.
Against a backdrop of numerous failed or languishing attempts at delivering successful application monitoring, it quickly became clear that the IT organization was struggling to overcome internal silos and get everyone engaged with the same data.
Struggling to answer the question, "So, what is the health of our applications?", it came to light that accurately surfacing application availability to the institute was an ongoing challenge.
Driven by his enlightened CIO, Shawn Williams was tasked with taking a step-back, assessing the landscape and devising a strategy for delivering end-to-end application monitoring for Purdue University, and to do so predominantly using existing tools and investments.
Together with SCOM, Squared Up is a key component in our strategy to deliver end-to-end monitoring for our entire set of enterprise applications.
The result for Purdue was an effective monitoring strategy including rigorous outside-in monitoring, in order to show real end user availability, as well as deep infrastructure monitoring right across the application stack; from F5 Application Delivery Controllers to Linux Severs to Tomcat Databases all the way through to VMWare Virtualization.
In addition to their rich SCOM data, Squared Up enables Purdue to dynamically pull data from additional tools like Azure Log Analytics and Xymon into a single-pane-of-glass UI, all within the context of a specific application. What’s more, thanks to Squared Up’s unique Visual Discovery & Analysis feature, Purdue are able to automatically map applications and then view health and performance data right across a complex application topologies, providing users with comprehensive visibility of application and infrastructure health and performance, all within a single portal.
Overall, the results for Purdue included:
- A single-pane-of-glass providing multiple perspectives on application performance, from end-user availability, to infrastructure health, through to managerial-level reporting
- Application topologies, including live health and performance data, delivered via Visual Application Discovery & Analysis (VADA)
- Monitoring data for many different components – Windows, Linux, Tomcat, F5, VMware, MySQL DBs, Network devices and more – delivered through a single console
- OMS Security & Audit and Change Tracking data, plus data from external systems like Cisco Prime and LibreNMS Libre seamlessly integrated with SCOM data.
VADA is a tremendously powerful feature, allowing us to get a definitive handle on the exact topology and dependencies of all of our applications.
Seeing really is believing, so we're delighted to share with you a live tour inside Purdue's production environment.
Purdue have made SCOM fly despite having a vast Linux estate and monitoring requirements for a large number of different component. This video showcases the stunning performance and in-depth insights delivered by Squared Up and is a rare opportunity to see into a real-life customer environment.