Tool Consolidation

The hidden costs of multiple performance monitoring tools

It’s easy to understand how tool sprawl happens. Putting in a new WAN? Get a performance management tool. Deploying a cutting edge Wi-Fi network across your campus? Get a different tool. Then merge with or acquire a company whose IT team took a similar approach and suddenly, you and your team are responsible for handling a dozen or more management tools for your network.

In addition to layering on lots of complexity, deploying multiple performance monitoring tools in your network can raise your total cost of ownership (TCO). To properly assess the TCO of these tools, organizations must avoid overlooking the wide range of hidden costs they carry. These include fees for add-on modules, storage, hardware, and API access. Often, the complex array of tools requires hiring new staff, which drives up costs. Then there are the long-range costs and concerns about vendor lock-in.


What are the hidden costs of your existing solution?

  • If you’re relying on multiple tools from a variety of vendors to monitor individualized segments of your network, you’re probably paying a hefty amount in aggregated maintenance contracts. At the same time, you’re dealing with troubleshooting delays because you have to check multiple tools, and added costs that come with training new staff on each tool’s protocols.
  • If your current solution is considered “legacy” technology, you may experience slowness in troubleshooting and have visibility gaps over your infrastructure, putting you at financial risk.
  • If you need to upgrade your monitoring platform, you may be forced into regular hardware refreshes in order to maintain compliance with software requirements for improved performance.

One Customer’s Experience

“The cost to administer our performance monitoring platform was substantial,” says a former developer of systems management solutions for a top 10 IT services provider in North America.

“When we migrated to a new solution, we realized a 25% reduction in labor within the first six months. We also doubled the number of objects we monitored, giving us much better performance visibility.”

Changes like these that promise significant savings in IT staff time and huge advances in technical oversight can persuasively make your budgetary business case for upgrading to a more powerful monitoring solution. Opening your eyes to the high costs and other shortcomings of your existing toolset is the first step toward that goal.

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