In past blog posts we've touched on IT management system scalability and failover. In relation to these topics, we should also explore how best to deploy scalability and failover tools that fit your network requirements and scale to support growing devices, servers & apps, users, network sites and customer locations. Having effective strategies primed to handle your network infrastructure as it scales up and support critical processes will positively impact your business as it grows.

 

There are three primary variables that can affect your scalability: infrastructure size, polling frequency and number of simultaneous users accessing the monitoring system. With this in mind, let’s look at some widely used IT management system deployment scenarios.

 

Growing a Single IT Management System Deployment to Support Larger Networks

This type of installation allows you to have centralized deployment of your IT management software and allows you to deploy additional pollers to distribute the polling load on the core-polling server.

 

Scaling up the IT Management System to Support Web User Growth

If you have an increasing number of IT users accessing the IT management system’s Web console simultaneously, you may want to deploy additional Web servers to help load balance the number of concurrent users.

 

Monitoring Geographically Distributed Environments with a Single Instance

This option is well suited for environments where most of the monitored nodes or applications are located in a single primary region, and other remote offices are much smaller.

 

Monitoring Geographically Distributed Environments with Multiple Instances

This type of deployment option is well suited to organizations with multiple regions or sites where the number of nodes monitored in each region require both localized data collection and storage. Data in different IT management system instances can then be combined into a single centralized view for network-wide administration and management.

 

MSP-friendly Architecture

This type of MSP deployment allows you to provide your customers with full IT management capabilities based on their individual IT management software instances deployed for customer level management & reporting. You can then roll all these different instances up into a single MSP-level NOC view. This is a cost-effective method of deployment for MSPs managing large customer networks.

 

IT Management System Deployment over Secure DMZ Networks

When users connect to the IT management system from DMZ areas, they can use secure channels such as the VPN to gain secure access, or choose to connect via secure Web servers.

 

These are just a few insights into various deployment options. For detailed information on how each of these deployment options will benefit you, and understand how SolarWinds provides you various options and means to scale up your IT management system, please check out this whitepaper – IT Management System Scalability for the Enterprise.


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