It’s normal for IT admins to utilize several operating systems to support different applications and user groups. Particularly because certain operating systems are best suited to take on the user load, ease of troubleshooting, faster to implement updates, easy to detect issues, cost effectiveness, and so on. At the same time, supporting multi-vendor operating systems can have its own drawbacks, as opposed to strictly running a Windows® or Linux® environment. Let’s say your end users are having an issue with an application running on a Windows server and it’s taking a significant amount of time to diagnose and resolve the issue. Not to mention, the lack of visibility and downtime will put a dent on your business. Similarly, imagine having critical applications running in a multi-vendor environment. You can’t troubleshoot all the issues at the same time. It’s impossible, and your senior IT staff and other executives are going to come after you with serious questions.
Let’s assume you require a multi-vendor operating system because of its capabilities and flexibility. To start, the question you need to ask yourself is, “do I have the right tool to help me get through issues if they arise during peak business hours?” Having the right server management solution to monitor multiple operating systems will provide IT personnel with the specific operating system expertise they need to dig deeper and correct relevant issues quickly. For example:
- Get complete visibility into various operating system performance, metrics, and key statistics
- Ensure continuous application performance and availability
- Leverage diagnostic capabilities to get insights into the health of your commonly used environments such as Windows, Linux, and UNIX
- Get notified using advanced alerting mechanisms so you can learn and fix the issue before your users starting raising trouble tickets
- Quickly identify key performance bottlenecks by looking at rogue processes and services
- View error logs to find the reasons for operating system issues and crashes
In addition, a server management solution offers a range of capabilities that will help you monitor your server operating systems. Look at real-time processes and services that are hogging resources, performance counters, real-time event logs, a range of business applications, and top components with performance issues.
Drilling down into server operating systems will show you the obvious and critical metrics that’s causing a strain on the server, operating systems, and applications.
- CPU Utilization: You can see how much load is being placed on the servers’ processor at any given time. If the CPU value is higher, then it’s probably because of an issue with an underperforming hardware which is affecting operating system performance.
- Physical Memory: RAM is where the operating system stores information it needs to support applications. A server, despite its operating system and applications running inside will face issues when there’s inadequate memory.
- Virtual Memory: When there’s an increase in virtual memory usage, data is going to move from RAM to disk and back to RAM. In turn, this puts physical disks under tremendous pressure.
- Disk Performance: Disk performance also is a leading cause of server and application issues. Partly because a large virtual environment puts a strain on servers’ disk I/O subsystems.