Looking for a scalable solution and not sure what to ask?

The best way to start off is to get an understanding of what scalability means because it can vary depending on the problem(s) that are trying to be solved, the company, and who you are talking to.

Scalability, according to Merriam-Webster: “capable of being easily expanded or upgraded on demand -a scalable computer network”. You Rock, Merriam-Webster. Thanks for the vague definition!

It seems like it would be a L x H x W = winner question? As you know, it’s way more complicated. What is your idea of scale? 1000, 10000, 100000, 1000000+? Naturally, we tend to think those numbers are endpoints being monitored, but there are many more items to consider.

Other items to consider when looking at a scalable solution: depth, throughput, breadth, the number of endpoints, and time spent managing the solution.

When looking at breadth, these are types of all the following categories: Hardware, Operating System, Applications, Protocols, Industries, Business Audience, Compliance Standards, Security Frameworks, Virtualization Technologies, Cloud Technologies, Integration Partners, and Mobile Platforms, just to name a few.

In an ideal world, the care and feeding of the solution would be minimal. Ah, yes, what is minimal? Set and forget? That is the ideal answer for some, but it’s not practical if any true monitoring will take place. Maybe artificial intelligence will make that a possibility someday, allowing Cyberdyne Systems to rule the world! As the monitored environment’s device count increases, depth, breadth, and throughput increases, and as a result, so does the care and feeding.

Knowing what options are in place to help ease that care and feeding is critical, and it’s a good question to ask when considering solutions.

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