In any organization with more than a small handful of IT staff today, it’s uncommon to find that they’re using a single visibility tool to monitor their IT infrastructure and applications. What’s more likely is that the operations team relies on many disparate tools to get an accurate read on their infrastructure. From an efficiency standpoint, using multiple tools instead of just one is probably not ideal; so why would anyone do this?
The unfortunate reality is that most operations tools serve a single purpose or a small subset of the purposes required by the organization. For example, a storage array manufacturer may also offer a monitoring suite to keep tabs on the storage platform. While that’s helpful in a small way, trying to manage a plethora of single-purpose operations tools across a large enterprise is nearly impossible, and it is at best an operationally cumbersome way to perform those disparate functions.