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What is IoT and why is it important?

IoT devices range from temperature sensors to flow control systems to door access systems to video surveillance and much more. It gives us the ability to see historical data of environmental and security systems. By analyzing the data over time, we can begin to predict how the infrastructure might act under the current conditions.

When it comes to monitoring IoT data, how the data is stored and analyzed is key. The first question you should consider is what IoT data is important. Then, how long should you store the data and how is it analyzed. One of the fad technologies with IoT data is storing it in a Big Data repository. However, if the data just sits there and is not crucial to your overall monitoring solution, then it’s just taking up disk space.

DataMAPt lends flexibility and ease of use to its unique architecture by using a proprietary database design. Built from the beginning with this database approach, DataMAPt is completely comprehensive and a fully cohesive monitoring tool. The DataMAPt monitoring system was developed on the basis that we didn’t know what would need to be monitored in the future. This design allows us to add any type of device into the system without having to write new code.

Why is having a database perspective important?

Being able to monitor all systems that make up your infrastructure including IoT devices allows DataMAPt to report on more data than traditional monitoring systems. Many companies have multiple disparate systems doing the monitoring of temperature sensors, flow control and security access to name a few. Just because you can pull door access data doesn’t mean it is worthwhile if it’s not tied into a security monitoring system.

DataMAPt’s unique blend of database and cloud orientations can quickly and easily display the entire stack in one location.

Having a database perspective is unique and very efficient. It is perfect for providing information from various sources in concise and easy to read formats. Databases do not care where the numbers came from or how they were retrieved. DataMAPt’s database format can collect data from all areas of an infrastructure in the same format. From there it becomes very simple to analyze and display it all in one graphical interface.

DataMAPt’s unique blend of database and cloud orientations can quickly and easily display the entire stack in one location. DataMAPt’s expertise in database technology also allows for increased data retention and trend locating, so issues, or opportunities can be discovered like no other tool on the market can do.

Why is this important to IoT?

This unique and adaptable ability is useful for emerging IoT technology because there is no limit to what objects can be added to DataMAPt. If an object, whether it is a fridge, lightbulb, camera, or truck, can be accessed, DataMAPt can monitor it.

Every object type, from hundreds of companies and manufactures come into play when discussing the Internet of Things. As the use of this technology grows, both for consumer, and for businesses, the players in that market will also increase. For example, a business may employ two separate smart vehicles using different methods of IoT networking. DataMAPt does not have to distinguish between the diverse types and formats of data returned. It can place both vehicles on the same dashboard screen, using the same data presentation, making it easier for that business to keep track of its cars.

Conclusion

There is an excess of RMM tools out there, many of them the same. Multiple tools combined, carrying out similar functions leads to disjointed programs, and incomplete data. DataMAPt is unique in its construction. Built database-centric from the ground up, DataMAPt can deliver on its promise of a “single pane of glass” view because it handles data the same, no matter which part of the IT stack the data is coming from. It could be a server, a laptop, or a sensor. As the IoT horizon grows, DataMAPt is well equipped to utilize all of it, and provide the best monitoring solution to any business.

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What is IoT

Networking and the internet have come a very long way since the inception of the world wide web in the 1960s. I seriously doubt whether the people involved considered the state of networking to be where it is today. Implementation of networking capabilities has become so simple, it can easily be implemented into everyday objects. Items, where only a few years ago, people would never have dreamed of it being connected to the web. I’m talking refrigerators, cars, lightbulbs and even trashcans. Such is the birth of the Internet of Things or IoT.

Why is it important?

Why has this internet connected revolution occurred? For starters, it has exciting potential to make our lives easier. It can change our environment to get tasks done, like grocery shopping, make us more comfortable in our own homes or help an athlete reach their fullest potential. But more than that, it allows for people and businesses to gain insight into areas that never had the ability to be seen with a unique perspective.

A city filled with IoT devices can monitor parking space usage without the need for physical inspection. It can check when city trashcans are full and need to be changed. Even the areas that are wasting the most electricity can quickly be discovered. Businesses can see what elements of their cars are running the smoothest, and which areas need improvement. What types of terrain does their chief demographic drive on and where do they live?

IoT saves money and time by allowing budgets to be trimmed and schedules to be dynamic and efficient.

When it comes down to it, IoT saves us time by allowing menial and repetitive tasks to be automated and checked remotely, but it also saves money by allowing budgets to be trimmed and schedules to be dynamic and efficient. And all of this can be done from the simplicity of offices and homes. In this world of big data, and information flow, IoT is a chief provider.

With all this game changing potential, of course businesses are scrambling to make use of this newest trend and begin IoT initiatives of their own. “66% of businesses believe IoT is important to their current business, and over 90% believe it is important to their business future.” (Forbes Corporate Communications, 2018)1

The importance of monitoring IoT

While IoT has the potential to make business more productive, while also simplifying operations, establishing the IoT itself may not be so straight forward. There are multiple IT systems that are required for an IoT initiative to function. You have the sensors or objects themselves, wireless communications, networking and cloud systems, data storage, and more. As the IoT expands, the accompanying IT stack must expand with it.

With more and more complexity being added to the IT systems of a business, increasingly more points of failure are going to be introduced. “66% include external vendors, 81% use a third-party platform as the basis for their IoT operations.” (Forbes Corporate Communications, 2018)1 It is vital that not only are the IoT objects being monitored, but the supporting equipment as well. The IoT may be the edge of computing technology, but it is still susceptible to the same drawbacks as traditional computing devices. Temperature, storage, over usage, and especially hacking and security breaches are still very much areas of concern.

DataMAPt is a remote cloud object management tool, or RCOM . It can monitor new objects as they are created, including IoT.

Traditional monitoring tools are adept at keeping an eye on traditional infrastructure. DataMAPt is not your traditional RMM tool. DataMAPt is a remote cloud object management tool, or RCOM. It can monitor new objects as they are created, including IoT. DataMAPt has a unique modular design which allows for it to be the monitoring of the future. New objects can be added in minutes, and if the object has the capability to be monitored, it will be. To learn a little more about how DataMAPt can monitor new objects so easily, check out IoT – Database Doesn’t Discriminate

In the effort to save, and make money by utilizing the IoT, don’t be caught off guard by infrastructure issues, and end up spending more than intended. Monitor the entire infrastructure, now including seemingly random everyday objects, and be proactive about issues.

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The Arrival of the Simplified Dashboard

With the release of DataMAPt Version 3.4 comes the eagerly awaited Simplified Dashboard, that uses the influence and style of the traditional DataMAPt dashboard (now named the Comprehensive Dashboard) to display the most vital information in large easy to see formats, and clear graphs.

Best of all, you can still see all object types, including those from IaaS vendors, in one window; DataMAPt’s Single Pane of Glass.

A little preview of the Simplified Dashboard

The layout is fantastic for administrators looking for infrastructure’s overall health, or showing managers overall performance for quick direction into what is causing problems, or areas of needed improvement.

The Simplified Dashboard was built to display IaaS objects from ProfitBricks, AWS, Microsoft Azure, and other IaaS vendors on one single screen, something that is not commonplace in a full feature RMM tool. With potentially thousands of new IaaS objects being created daily, having the ability to see items from multiple vendors at once could be vital to reducing costs and becoming more efficient.

The Simplified Dashboard has the same excellent functionality and information as the Comprehensive Dashboard, but with a much cleaner and visually appealing format.

One of the most useful features of DataMAPt is its ability to drilldown to an object, and see detailed information about its connections, system specs, and usage statistics. That drilldown ability is as accessible in the Simplified Dashboard, as it is in the Comprehensive Dashboard.

The Simplified Dashboard was created to be as intuitive as possible, while still giving you the great detailed information that defines the service. As DataMAPt’s feature set continues to grow, you can be sure the Simplified Dashboard will remain clean and easy to use.

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Version 3.4 has Arrived

DataMAPt has officially released version 3.4, and with it comes some exciting new features. DataMAPt is more flexible and appealing than ever before, and is continuing to push ahead of the competition to be a part of the future of IT systems. With the advent of IaaS systems becoming more popular, VM monitoring and management of remote systems is at the forefront. Everyone’s expectations of a monitoring tool are different, so customization is vitally important as well. With these elements in mind, DataMAPt has designed version 3.4.

New Features

Arrival of Simplified Dashboard
ProfitBricks IaaS integration
User Interface has been fully revamped

  • Consistent styling and icon usage throughout all pages.
  • Menu improved for better readability and use.
  • Light/Dark theme options.
  • Improved display on all devices.
  • Easy access to alternate dashboards.

Web User Interface Updates

IaaS configuration & management pages
New snapshot events pages for ProfitBricks
Added graphs and details to servers tab.
New Wireless tab for certain wireless network devices.
Updates to topology map.
New product specific monitoring:

  • Dbvisit
  • SOLiD DAS
  • Exalt Microwave Audio Switches
  • Bird BDA

ACES Updates

ACES 3.0 (standalone):

  • ProfitBricks support.
  • IaaS Import functionality (ProfitBricks)
  • Import LANs as Network Definitions
  • Auto-associate imported NICs.
  • Allow choosing primary IP for imported devices.

Our Commitment to Quality

DataMAPt is always looking towards the future of IT monitoring. With Version 3.4, increased customization, and IaaS monitoring and management are now full capabilities. DataMAPt is more than just a monitoring tool. It is a robust management tool. Let DataMAPt become your one-stop solution to maintaining, improving, and guarding your company’s IT solutions. Since DataMAPt was built on cloud-technology from the start, we can handle any infrastructure whether it is on-premise or leased across the world from an IaaS provider like ProfitBricks, AWS, or Microsoft Azure.

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Use Cloud Technology to Monitor Cloud Infrastructure

As company’s infrastructures get larger, the duties of administrators become more difficult. Remember, the world is moving from hundreds of physical servers per company to potentially hundreds of thousands!

Having a monitoring tool that can track the entire infrastructure as it grows is becoming more important than ever before.

Single Pane of Glass

DataMAPt has been monitoring IaaS objects from all major vendors since the beginning. With services being provided from so many places, having a singular view of the infrastructure is needed to see what areas are having the most trouble.

With DataMAPt’s single-pane of glass approach, see monitoring data from in-house objects,
as well as all IaaS provided resources on a single dashboard screen.

IaaS Management

In the IaaS world, every single object has a cost associated with it. Monthly costs could easily get out of hand with the ability to create and change powerful VMs. The dawn of IaaS allows companies to purchase resources when needed and disable when not needed. DataMAPt makes this seamless. For example, if you only need some VMs during the week from 8am-6pm, you can schedule to power the VM off/on and save the cost of running them continuously.

DataMAPt’s IaaS Management features allow administrators to decrease or increase the power of any IaaS VM to maximize efficiency and lower costs. (For example: Increase web servers for high traffic on training server.)

Sophisticated Alerting

With DataMAPt’s Flood Control Alerting System, you can customize and receive notifications specific to your needs. Specifically, with regards to IaaS, know right away when a virtual machine is being overworked and needs to be upgraded.

Also, DataMAPt’s alerting and reporting features will notify you of every IaaS management task. Successful tasks are considered an informational alert and failed tasks will be handled as a critical alert. You can choose to get notified for all alerts or just a select few.

Always Expanding

DataMAPt is always expanding its feature set. With so many options for managing and monitoring IaaS objects available, you can be sure that DataMAPt will continue to provide new abilities and metrics to accommodate an ever expanding and changing business IT environment.

So get started today, with the fast and flexible, IaaS friendly DataMAPt.

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