Infrastructure reporting provides essential data to help you monitor and control your IT assets. Effective reporting can provide the information you need to assess infrastructure performance and reliability against KPIs to ensure you are meeting service level agreements or user expectations.
Without the right infrastructure data at the right time, you cannot make informed decisions about problem resolution, performance issues or upgrade requirements. However, obtaining accurate data and presenting it in an actionable format can be difficult if you are using manual techniques.
Now, as many IT teams are finding, automation tools can help overcome those reporting challenges, run their infrastructure more efficiently and meet operational and business goals.
Increase Insight and Control
Infrastructure problems have a bad habit of occurring at the wrong time. Downtime can disrupt essential business processes and impact productivity and customer services.
To maintain a reliable, uninterrupted service to your users, you must have an up-to-date picture of infrastructure health at all times. Waiting for a scheduled weekly or monthly report may be too late. By using automated reporting tools that give you regular reports, you can gain greater insight and access essential data at the right time.
Improve Infrastructure Performance
IT infrastructure supports the processes, applications and services that influence your organization’s ability to compete effectively. With the increase in mobility and 24-hour remote working, uninterrupted availability is essential.
To deliver that level of service and maintain your organization’s competitive advantage, your infrastructure must meet or exceed industry performance standards. The right reporting procedures can help you benchmark your infrastructure and plan any necessary changes.
Assess Usage Patterns
Problems at the user level may not be due to infrastructure issues. Higher levels of usage or increases in local demand in specific departments can affect performance and availability in other areas of the business.
Your reporting tools must be able to monitor resource usage and status throughout the organization. That way you can gain better insight into usage patterns and identify any areas that are at risk. You can measure how well your infrastructure is handling changing workloads and minimize the risk of downtime.
Plan Infrastructure Changes
Regular effective reporting helps you build a picture of trends in infrastructure performance. By analyzing the data, you can identify IT assets that are under-performing or under-utilized.
Depending on the criticality of the assets, you can make decisions about retiring, upgrading or replacing them. This helps you run your infrastructure at optimum efficiency and can reduce overall infrastructure costs.
You can also use the data if you are considering a data center or cloud migration. The data gives you a basis for comparing factors such as cost, performance and availability across alternative environments.
Improve Infrastructure Reporting
Regular effective infrastructure reporting is essential. However, manual data capture and reporting techniques are time-consuming and carry the risk of human error.
Tools like VTG’s ZENfra™ can reduce the complexity and risk of manual data capture by automating the collection of data from log files. The log files are uploaded quickly and easily to ZENfra™ and the tool keeps multiple data-points for comparison based on date and time.
ZENfra™ processes the log files and creates a database with the required information. To support infrastructure assessment. The tool provides detailed analysis and reporting capabilities. It can identify devices not performing at industry standards or discover replication standards and related issues.
ZENfra™ creates a variety of preset or customized reports that can be used to identify any anomalies based on industry best practice or customer standards.
With this level of reporting capability, you can be confident of maintaining control over your infrastructure at all times.