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  • What's new in monitoring hyperconverged infrastructure What's new in monitoring hyperconverged infrastructure Tadej Žgur, Senior Product Manager, Comtrade Software Recorded: Dec 7 2016 41 mins
    Modern trends, such as Internet of Everything (IoE), are rapidly changing the way we work and live, which makes it difficult for traditional datacenters to cope with the pace and adjust to Big Data paradigms – it is time for hyperconverged infrastructure.

    Hyperconverged infrastructure is changing the way datacenters are deployed by providing highly scalable, performant and easy to manage infrastructure that, unlike traditional 3-tier architectures, efficiently addresses and handles Big Data.

    Do you ever wonder: How do modern monitoring solutions address these new trends and provide visibility into hyperconverged infrastructure? How do they connect this information with applications running on it?

    Join us to learn more about modern monitoring approaches for hyperconverged infrastructure with use cases for both:
    - On-premise monitoring platform, like Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
    Tip: You will also learn how you can connect different management packs together
    - Cloud based monitoring platform, like Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS)
    Tip: You will also learn about log and event analytics possibilities for hyperconverged infrastructure, such as Nutanix
  • Connecting the dots… from apps to hyperconverged monitoring in one stroke Connecting the dots… from apps to hyperconverged monitoring in one stroke John Lee, Director of Product Management, Comtrade Software Recorded: Oct 19 2016 28 mins
    It is all about customers, applications, time, satisfaction and smooth performance – and this makes business challenging. There is constant focus on making sure that the application is not starved for resources so the business can run smoothly. Anything affecting application availability or performance must be dealt quickly or you jeopardize employees’ productivity (internal apps) or even worse, you might lose customers (external apps). In the hyperconverged environment - it is more than just the interaction of the application and the VM resources, it is also how the application is impacting all configured hyperconverged resources. For example, if a queue length is growing, what could be causing the infrastructure to not process the requests in a timely fashion, could there be an excessive IO latency, not enough processing power, not enough SSD resources, or an excessive burst in requests?

    Currently, IT admins can resolve the applications issues, but it needs to manually correlate application metrics with the infrastructure resources (cluster, storage, replication, etc.) to make sure everything is running smoothly. Learn how Comtrade Software is addressing this by automatically associating metrics between the application and the infrastructure and get quick answers to critical questions.

    Join us for a webinar to:
    - explore how different management solutions work together to provide answers to IT health and performance issues
    - explore use cases around Citrix and Microsoft Exchange applications running on Nutanix hyperconverged environment
    - see how the association of application metrics with the infrastructure resources give you the needed answers quickly
  • F5 meets SCOM: Working Together to Improve Application Availability and Security F5 meets SCOM: Working Together to Improve Application Availability and Security Bogdan Viher, Comtrade Software, Björn Svanström, Advanced IP Scandinavia AB and Jonas Lenntun, Approved Consulting Recorded: Oct 6 2016 46 mins
    Modern applications have it tough: they need to be delivered to users anywhere, anytime, and on any device. Elaborate application delivery technology stacks have been developed to address these requirements, putting a challenge in front of network, application, and monitoring teams: how can they collaborate and monitor the entire stack to quickly detect suboptimal performance, cyber-attacks or even unplanned outage?

    If you already use Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) as your monitoring tool, your applications and infrastructure health are likely to be already taken care of. However, visibility into your F5 BIG-IP application delivery controllers (ADCs) that sit in front of applications is still missing. Questions like “Are all application servers used in load balancing?”, “Is my application under attack?”, or simply “Do I need a bigger F5 box?” are not easily answered just with SCOM.

    Comtrade delivers the missing piece to this puzzle with SCOM Management Pack for F5 BIG-IP. With F5 BIG-IP MP, BIG-IPs become first class citizens in SCOM. And SCOM truly becomes your single monitoring console, reflecting health of the entire application delivery stack and enabling network, application, and monitoring teams to effectively collaborate (instead of stepping on each other’s toes).

    In this webinar, you will learn:
    - Why information captured from F5 BIG-IP devices adds tons of value to your application monitoring efforts,
    - How BIG-IP LTM (load balancing) information is presented in SCOM and what does it mean, and
    - How you can use BIG-IP ASM reports to keep your management informed of cyber-threats your organization is exposed to

    Presenters:
    - Bogdan Viher, Lead Product Evangelist, Comtrade Software
    - Björn Svanström, Sales Manager, Advanced IP Scandinavia AB
    - Jonas Lenntun, CEO & Solution Architect at Approved Consulting
  • Resource bottlenecks identification for Microsoft workloads on Nutanix with SCOM Resource bottlenecks identification for Microsoft workloads on Nutanix with SCOM Tadej Žgur, Product Manager, Comtrade Software Recorded: Sep 22 2016 35 mins
    Microsoft workloads, such as Microsoft SQL and Microsoft Exchange, are two of the main business critical workloads running on Nutanix Enterprise Clouds. It is very important to size their resources correctly, otherwise, availability disruptions might occur, which affect QoS and subsequently cause business damage.
    While there are already application-oriented monitoring solutions for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) available, such as Microsoft SQL Management Pack or Exchange Management Pack, they are solely application-oriented and do not offer sufficient insights into underlying Nutanix infrastructure layer monitoring. In this webinar, you will learn how Comtrade's Management Pack for Nutanix simplifies your work by providing answers to these questions:
    - Which Microsoft SQL/Exchange platforms are running on Nutanix clusters?
    - Which virtual machines are hosting Microsoft SQL/Exchange applications?
    - Are the VMs, hosting Microsoft SQL/Exchange applications, properly sized regarding CPU/Memory/Storage?
    - Are the MS SQLExchange applications properly replicated for high availability and disaster recovery scenarios?
    - Does the latency of hosting Nutanix cluster effect Microsoft SQL/Exchange applications running on it?
    - Does the hosting Nutanix cluster have sufficient resources?
    - Is the application data hosted on SSD drives?

    This information is vital for keeping QoS for Microsoft workloads running on Nutanix Enterprise Clouds at their optimal performance. Comtrade's Management Pack for Nutanix provides this information in SCOM which enables IT administrators to combine it with the information provided by application oriented management packs (MPs) – in short, they get the complete overview over the state of Microsoft workloads running on Nutanix Enterprise Clouds.
  • Connecting Network and Application Operations for Optimal ADC Health Connecting Network and Application Operations for Optimal ADC Health Milan Bundalo, Product Manager, Comtrade Software Recorded: Jul 28 2016 28 mins
    Lightning-fast and impeccable application delivery performance has nowadays became a modern standard in digitalized world, therefore a daily struggle to deal with increasing network loads has been undertaken into a large amount of attention and work to enable consistent flow in the delivery chain. Applications have become the new gold and protecting application delivery is the most important task for your business.

    Application performance and availability is impacted by a wide variety of factors, therefore Comtrade’s SCOM Management Pack for F5 BIG-IP identifies specific nodes affecting applications and enables complete approach for resolving and maintaining operational functionality.

    In this webinar, you will:
    - Learn how to identify application servers which are unavailable or under heavy load
    - See how to track selected load balancing algorithm performance for the specific application delivery
    - See how repetitive issues can impact overall application delivery
  • What the others never see: App visibility for Nutanix enterprise clouds What the others never see: App visibility for Nutanix enterprise clouds Bogdan Viher, Lead Product Evangelist, Comtrade & Tommy Gustaveson, Technology Alliances & Business Development, Nutanix Recorded: May 19 2016 58 mins
    Join us as we take a look under the Nutanix hood to understand how business critical applications like Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop use compute, storage and virtualization resources.

    While there are many existing solutions to monitor individual applications, what’s missing is a solution that links the applications layer with the underlying infrastructure to provide a single view of all the layers that impact the performance of business critical applications.

    Comtrade natively plugs into Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to monitor Nutanix infrastructure that is hosting business critical applications, and can automatically connect applications – including Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop – with virtual machines hosting applications that run on Nutanix. Essentially, Comtrade connects application and infrastructure layers together, enabling quick business critical application discovery and remediation, and ensuring optimal performance that is neatly visualized in one consolidated dashboard.

    In this webinar, you will learn:
    -Typical factors that influence business critical application performance
    -How Nutanix and Comtrade management pack (MP) work together to ensure optimal performance of virtual machines that are running business critical applications, such as Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop
    -How the MP quickly detects application performance bottlenecks and prevents business interruptions
    -How to easily remediate these bottlenecks using Nutanix Prism
    -How to predict future resource needs through performance trends of virtual machines hosting business critical applications, such as Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop
  • Shutting down hackers with F5 BIG-IP and Comtrade Shutting down hackers with F5 BIG-IP and Comtrade Brian McHenry, Sr. Security Solutions Architect, F5 Networks & Bogdan Viher, Lead Product Evangelist, Comtrade Software Recorded: May 12 2016 45 mins
    In 2015, the Ponemon Institute reported that the average cost of cybercrime on a compromised business had reached $15 million per year, up 19 percent over 2014. The potential impacts range from immediate costs associated with data loss and recovery, business disruption and downtime to long-term reputation damage, legal fees and lack of consumer trust.

    While attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, companies are responding to threats from hackers with advanced methods of protection. F5 BIG-IP Application Security Manager (ASM) is one of the best protection tools on the market; this module shields your applications from the top 10 most common web threats, as well as many others. Early detection through the use of security intelligence tools has a significant impact on reducing hacker effectiveness.

    Comtrade natively plugs into Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to collect security critical information from multiple devices with configured ASM modules to alert IT with details about the specific attack type registered. Comtrade users also gain valuable insight into how the infrastructure handles the attack.

    In this webinar, you will:
    - See few typical attacks on applications
    - Watch how ASM protects against these attacks
    - Learn the value of monitoring and collecting information in SCOM
    - See reports on collected data (ASM statistics, user session report, ASM configuration change report and attacks report)
    - Examine use cases that showcase the Comtrade ASM dashboard investigating security incidents
  • Proactive Monitoring of Application Availability Proactive Monitoring of Application Availability Milan Bundalo, Product Manager Recorded: Aug 20 2015 26 mins
    It is essential for DevOps to have operational data available for maintaining high level performance and availability. Now you can learn how you can monitor device and LTM to measure connectivity, capacity, app status and availability. Moreover, this information is also necessary for forecasting and resource planning. Learn how:

    F5 BIG-IP MP monitors LTM infrastructure, using http monitors defined on a BIG-IP device as a source for SCOM alerts

    F5 BIG-IP MP helps Operations team to quickly understand the issue with an alert message that links to F5 articles dealing with the specific issue

    To immediately pinpoint root-cause of an application availability or poor performance by monitoring BIG-IP key hardware components, such as CPU, Network Interface, Memory and Storage, as well as LTM pool members’ health