IT management software provider SolarWinds is releasing its new Hybrid Cloud Observability platform designed to give organizations the ability to accelerate its digital transformation efforts by providing a comprehensive and unified view of the distributed workforce.
According to the company, the Hybrid Cloud Observability platform helps organizations solve the problem many are faced with: an ongoing digital transformation and the deployment of new apps, databases and hybrid and multi-cloud deployments while supporting traditional workloads and systems, leading to the use of various monitoring and management tools across different teams.
This results in an overload of alerts and data due to the deployment of various monitoring tools. The company says those disparate tools can be difficult and costly to manage and scale.
SolarWinds says Hybrid Cloud Observability helps solve those issues with an “integrated, comprehensive, and cost-effective full-stack solution designed end-to-end oversight of service delivery and component dependencies” that can help organizations shift to a more proactive IT posture and solve some modern, distributed work challenges.
According to the company, Hybrid Cloud Observability provides IT pros with a unified monitoring tool and actionable intelligence to expedite issue resolution and enable proactive management. The solution includes built-in intelligence and AIOps to help organizations improve performance, availability, security and the digital experience across their diverse IT environments.
The solution is designed for organizations of all sizes across any industry to gain rapid time to value, ensure service levels, fix issues quickly and reduce alert fatigue and risk.
Hybrid Cloud observability features issue resolution with actionable intelligence to help IT teams make faster and more informed decisions and predict and prevent user experience and availability issues as well as reducing attack surface and security risks. This can help free up time for IT teams to focus on more impactful activities and grow the business.
SolarWinds also says organizations can benefit from a low cost of ownership with Hybrid Cloud Observability via centralized oversight to optimize on-premises and cloud resource costs. A suite approach enables organizations to cost-effectively start and extend the solution across hybrid and cloud environments with a unified experience, deployment, scalability and support.
The company currently offers Hybrid Cloud Observability in Essentials and Advanced tiers starting at $5 and $9 per node, respectively. Additional offerings are planned for later this year.
A modern monitoring solution for distributed infrastructure
In an interview, Thomas LaRock, a Head Geek at SolarWinds, calls the new solution a “modern monitoring solution for globally distributed systems and architecture.”
According to LaRock, many monitoring tools built in the last two decades were not built with the cloud in mind.
“With Google and Site Reliability Engineering replacing traditional admin roles, you started getting tolls that said, ‘You should look at these four golden signals.’ Then you got tools that said ‘You should look at observability,’” LaRock says. “Well, it turns out, we have all of those pieces. What we’re trying to do is offer a solution and the pieces that fit what we would define as observability.”
According to LaRock, Hybrid Cloud Observability is essentially the combination of capabilities of some of the company’s 57 different IT monitoring and management products into one unified solution that includes pieces of a handful of the observability functions from those products.
Customers don’t need each product, but they might need a piece from a handful of them.
“What if we gave them the slices that they needed to be the bare minimum for what it would be to get their job done instead of overloading them? That’s what we’ve done,” LaRock says.
Hybrid Cloud Observability could also help reduce IT burnout and alleviate some of the stress IT departments have been under for the last few years by preventing errors and giving IT the ability to open tickets automatically, LaRock says.
LaRock calls Hybrid Cloud Observability an evolution of SolarWinds’ platforms, which includes subscription-based licensing, a trend the company has begun to pick up, even with its legacy products.
“You can see through even the past three to five years, we’ve been taking steps very slowly to move in this direction to get to where we are today,” LaRock says.
According to LaRock, SolarWinds is not done, and may have additional announcements later this year.
“Today is a great day for SolarWinds … but we’re not done evolving yet,” LaRock explains. “I’m very hopeful for what the next six, nine and 12 months are going to bring and for many future announcements down the road.”
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