It’s an exciting time to be in IT. Technology is evolving so rapidly, there are always new tools and techniques to explore. That means that the professionals who know how to utilize these technologies will have a competitive edge over their peers. In this blog post, we’ll take you through 8 advanced IT tools for professionals!
1 . VMWare
VMWare is a very powerful platform that allows you to have multiple virtual machines running on one physical machine. This means that each VM will run as its own system and can be configured with any operating systems, software and tools without interfering with each other.
This tool has many use cases for professionals: testing new configurations or applications in non-production environments, running an isolated instance of your production environment for development purposes (e.g., before applying changes), etc…
Advanced IT Tools for Professionals – VMWare
It’s an exciting time to be in IT. Technology is evolving so rapidly, there are always new tools and techniques to explore. That means that the professionals who know how to utilize these technologies will have a competitive edge over their peers.
2 . Containers
Containers are an interesting technology that is similar to virtual machines, except they take up less resources. They can be run on a single system without the need for emulation or booting up of additional operating systems.
A great use case is running multiple applications in production with different configurations all sharing the same host machine and kernel – reducing downtime during application updates by only impacting one container at time instead of rebooting your entire environment.
Another advantage? Your containers will share common data volumes allowing you to make changes to your configuration files inside your container while keeping them isolated from other containers (which allow each app instance have its own specific state). This means no more managing custom volume mapping across different environments!
3 . Ansible
Ansible is a configuration management tool that can be used to automate common tasks such as deploying applications, configuring infrastructure, etc…
The great thing about this software is its agentless architecture. You don’t need any additional agents installed on your servers to configure them – everything happens via SSH from the control machine! That makes deployment and maintenance very easy since you’ll only have one entry point for all of your configurations changes. In addition, it’s also worth mentioning that Ansible allows us to separate our configuration files in modules which make reuse really convenient when working with multiple environments or teams.
In other words, we highly recommend giving Ansible a try if you’re looking for an automation and orchestration platform.
4 . Graphite
Graphite is a tool that helps us to monitor and measure performance of our production environment. It can be used for both real-time metrics (e.g., CPU, RAM, etc…) as well as historical data which allows you to analyze trends such as spikes in traffic or slow response times over time periods.
The best part about this software? The fact that it’s open source! You don’t need an expensive license from any vendor so if you want to get started right away without breaking the bank – graphite might just be what you’re looking for!
It also has some very interesting use cases: did your favorite service go down last night at midnight and no one seemed to notice until morning? Well, graphite might tell you otherwise!
It’s also able to render graphs and charts which allow us to extract insights such as average response time over the last hour or traffic spikes by time of day. This can be very useful when looking for bugs in your code (e.g., increased CPU usage) since we’re able to zoom into a specific timeframe and identify if it was caused by our application or another process on the machine instead.
5 . Prometheus
Prometheus is an open source monitoring and alerting tool that collects metrics – just like graphite.
So why use it? To be honest, there’s not much of a difference between the two tools in terms of capabilities so picking one over another will come down to personal preference. However, Prometheus does come with some additional benefits: for example, it uses multi-dimensional data models which allow us to easily query arbitrary information about our application (e.g., request duration broken out by database service). This makes debugging difficult issues very easy since we can quickly identify what resources are slowing down our applications without having to dive into multiple dashboards or log files! There also doesn’t seem to be too many people actively using this tool so it’s still in its infancy and there are many areas where we can contribute.
6 . Sensu
Sensu is a monitoring framework that allows us to monitor our infrastructure, applications and services. It can be used for both real-time alerts as well as historical reporting which makes it very easy to keep track of how various components are performing over time.
It’s also worth mentioning that this tool does not come with an agent (unlike Ansible) so we need to configure all of the servers we want to monitor before we start using it – no additional configuration changes will be needed when adding new machines into your environment! However, if you don’t like installing software on servers then sensu might not be what you’re looking for since there won’t always be packages available in every Linux distribution out there… but most of the time there are!
In other words, if you’re looking for a monitoring tool that’s easy to install and provides us with both real-time alerts as well as historical data – sensu might be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Just keep in mind that it doesn’t come with an agent so this means we’ll have to manually configure all of our servers before being able to start receiving any metrics!
7 . MCollective
Mcollective is a framework that allows us to execute actions on groups of servers in parallel using centralized server.
So why would we want to do this? It turns out there are quite a few use cases where having the ability to run tasks across large number of servers (without writing any custom code) can be very useful: for example, if you wanted to restart all services running on every machine then mco might just help with that! Another thing worth mentioning about this tool is that it doesn’t require agents either – however, unlike sensu, not every Linux distribution will have packages available so keep that in mind when deciding whether or not you want to pick up this tool since installation might take some time depending on how many servers you want to monitor.
In the end, if you’re looking for a powerful orchestration tool that allows us to run tasks across large set of machines then mcollective might be worth checking out! However, there are some limitations which is why this isn’t our favorite option – but it’s still useful nonetheless.
8 . Cacti
Cacti is a web-based frontend application used to graphically depict the data we collect from our monitoring tools.
It’s worth mentioning that cacti can be installed on any Linux server and it does not require agents – which means there won’t always be packages available for every distribution out there… but most of the time there are! That being said, because this tool requires us to manually install it (unlike sensu) then you’ll need to make sure your servers have access to add/remove software repositories before trying anything else. Once all prerequisites are met however, setting up cacti should only take about an hour or two since everything will run its UI. This makes installing and updating cacti for your entire infrastructure a quick and simple process.
In other words, if you’re looking for an open-source web application that allows us to view the data we collect from our monitoring tools then cacti might be exactly what you’ve been looking for! Just keep in mind that it doesn’t come with agents which means there won’t always be packages available but most of the time they are – so setting everything up shouldn’t take too much time.
Bottom line is this: if you want a way to easily visualize all of the metrics collected by sensu or mcollective (without having to write any custom code) then try out cacti today!
The 8 top advanced IT tools for professionals are listed below, along with the benefits that each one provides. We hope this information helps you find an appropriate technology solution to help your company grow and take on new opportunities in 2019! Let us know if there’s any other questions we can answer about these or other technologies. Want more tips like these? Subscribe to our blog today!