Saas Vs On Premise Monitoring: What You Need To Know

1._cloud_to_cloud_backup.jpgIf you want to keep your system up and running, you need monitoring. But should you invest in on-premise monitoring or SaaS monitoring? More enterprises today are moving towards SaaS monitoring solutions -- both because of their cost and their versatility. SaaS solutions are preferable to on-premise solutions in virtually every way. With rare exception, they should be able to save your organization both time and money.

SaaS Solutions Have Better Resources

A SaaS solution is able to leverage the power of cloud-based resources; in other words, they can scan faster, more reliably, and more thoroughly. An on-premise solution is always going to be limited by the company's resources, which could be a problem if the organization has legacy equipment or simply doesn't have the speed. Many cyber exploits rely upon the failure of monitoring solutions, whether it's through brute force flooding or recent exploits that have not yet been caught. A SaaS solution will usually be able to stop these exploits dead in their tracks, as it will have superior resources and be up-to-date on its alerts. 

SaaS Solutions Are Autonomous

SaaS solutions are autonomous compared to the rest of the infrastructure. If an on-premise monitoring solution is connected to a system that goes down, there may not be the appropriate alerts sent out to others. SaaS solutions are on a completely different system, freeing them up to respond to issues that would otherwise take the system down entirely. 

SaaS Solutions Come With Help

A SaaS solution is going to be associated with a 24/7 support group that can help your organization should any unexpected threats come in. SaaS support can provide expertise and knowledge regarding these SaaS solutions, due to their familiarity with the technology. On the other hand, on-premise monitoring has to be maintained solely by the organization's employees, who may not necessarily be well-versed in the system and who may be costly to employ. 

So when should you have an on-premise monitoring solution? Very rarely. On-premise monitoring solutions only make sense for the largest of enterprises, and even then, they only make sense for unique IT infrastructures. SaaS monitoring will be most useful for the vast majority of organizations. Logic Monitor provides a premiere SaaS monitoring solution that can be tailored to businesses of any size and industry. If you want to transition to a SaaS -- or want more information about Logic Monitor -- you can contact CWPS now.

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The Advantages to Using a Network Monitoring Service

network_monitoring_service.jpgStudies have shown that small businesses are the most vulnerable to cybercrime attacks. Despite this, many owners of small-to-mid-sized businesses have declined to invest in new security options, such as network monitoring solutions.

Network monitoring solutions and network infrastructure protection isn't only for large enterprises. There are many network monitoring solutions that are extremely affordable and very easy to deploy -- and the costs scale downwards based on usage and activity. Here are a few of the major advantages to using a network monitoring service:

  1. Protecting your network against attackers. Network monitoring systems are able to identify suspicious traffic, thereby empowering owners to act fast. A network monitoring service is able to provide a broad overview of an SMB's entire IT infrastructure, so that nothing is missed. Today, exploits are more sophisticated and advanced, and are able to target a system in a variety of ways. Monitoring antivirus and firewall solutions separately may leave security gaps.
  2. Keeping informed without in-house staff. A network monitoring service will send alerts and information to an SMB owner as issues arise. Otherwise, an SMB may need to either attempt to monitor their network security themselves or hire a full-time IT employee -- which could be very costly. Data breaches can be more damaging and more expensive the longer they go without being detected.
  3. Optimizing and monitoring your network. Many small business owners are aimed towards rapid growth. This growth cannot be possible if parts of their IT infrastructure are over-burdened or slowed. Network monitoring services will map out the infrastructure of a small business, showing an SMB owner areas of improvement and any issues that currently need to be addressed.
  4. Remotely connecting to your infrastructure. Network monitoring services are able to be accessed from anywhere in the world, allowing an SMB owner to still conduct business whether they are at home, at the office, or traveling abroad. This can be absolutely essential when you are working with a small amount of staff members or when you simply need to complete tasks on your own.

A network monitoring service will be able to alert small business owners to any threats or data breaches, so that they can act swiftly to secure their own digital assets and to protect themselves and their customers. Small business owners are often the most vulnerable because they cannot dedicate the time or the resources to managing their own IT infrastructure; a network monitoring service will fill that gap and more.

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