Today’s markets are very volatile and can change from one day to the next. To stay competitive, organisations need solutions that are flexible and provide options to optimise, scale and build. For Managed Service Providers (MSP’s), this is a great opportunity to develop long-term relationships with clients. As workloads change rapidly, companies need a partner with the skills to manage cloud platforms and business applications. Here we explain how you can modernise your services with Veeam ONE, a monitoring and analysis tool to support changes in workloads.
The cloud has changed the way companies work and the recent global health crisis has certainly pushed them towards the adoption of more cloud solutions. Previously, organisations deliberately oversized workloads to ensure that their IT environment could always meet business demands. This was very costly and now cloud models offer more flexible solutions to accommodate changes in workloads. However, cloud transformation is also creating new and more complex challenges.
To ensure that a system can handle changes in workload, companies need to achieve performance efficiency. This means that an organisation’s IT environment can attain the highest amount of output with the least amount of resources and still guarantee that business requirements are always met, even when the workload placed on a system changes. Many companies find this very challenging and need a partner who has the skills to maximise their cloud experience and scale when needed.
There are basically two types of scaling. Vertical scaling, or scaling up, meaning you increase the capacity of a source to meet changing business demands. For example, by switching to a larger VM size. Horizontal scaling, or scaling out, involves adding new instances of a resource such as additional VMs. The latter often has significant advantages. Using multiple small VMs is more cost-efficient than deploying a single large VM. It enables you to design applications that run on hundreds of nodes and reach scales that are not possible on a single node.
What’s more, you can easily add more instances when the load increases and remove them during quieter times. Horizontal scaling even has a positive impact on business resilience: if something goes down, the application keeps running.
Adding more instances does not necessarily mean that an application becomes scalable. It may even create new bottlenecks in the system, especially in stateful components like databases. Performance and load tests are needed to identify and solve these bottlenecks. In addition, scalability depends on infrastructure and services. While some platforms were built with scaling in mind, others require careful planning ahead to avoid having to scale up the infrastructure to meet demand.
Being successful in the cloud often requires you to first take a step back and think about how you can provide added value to your clients. Insight holds a central position to help you deal with a volatile market and find new ways to modernise the services and solution you offer. For this, we specialise in working with leading technology vendors. To achieve performance efficiency and provide clients with the ultimate flexibility to scale in the cloud, we recommend the Veeam ONE platform.
Veeam ONE is a great monitoring and analysis solution for IT environments. It offers the much-needed visibility and control for management, optimization, planning and monitoring. The solution reports on data collected from various sources and works with multiple clouds such as AWS and Microsoft Azure. This is important as most businesses want to reap the benefits of a multicloud environment.
Veeam ONE provides structured information that helps you examine historical data. The report analyses data over the past two weeks and checks whether performance thresholds have been exceeded. The solution can also trigger error and warning alarms based on predefined counters. On the one hand, a summary shows the proportion of failed and passed verification tests, tests that do not apply, and tests that were completed with warnings. On the other hand, performance tables display detailed assessment results for all criteria used in the report and provide recommendations on how to improve the configuration.
Examples of these criteria are:
The results of the report provide a solid base to build your infrastructure or implement hardware and software optimisations. The business world is now rapidly transforming to the cloud, so MSPs need to offer the right services to guide clients on their journey. And if you want to remain competitive, there is no time to waste. Fortunately, Insight’s experts know how cloud-based tools like Veeam ONE allow you to deliver enhanced solutions that will develop more sustainable relationships with clients.
Are you ready to learn about Veeam ONE or other innovative cloud solutions? Then contact us to find out how we can help.