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To maintain operational visibility in modern IT environments, companies are abandoning monolithic monitoring solutions from legacy vendors in favor of a modern set of “best of breed” monitoring tools. Today’s average IT monitoring stack consists of about 6-8 tools, including at least one from each of the following categories: systems monitoring, end user monitoring, application performance monitoring (APM), error detection, log analytics, chat, and ticketing. When service disruptions occur, operations engineers face a flood of alerts across different layers of the IT stack, with no fast way to figure out what’s really going on. Customers are left stranded, while IT professionals struggle to detect, triage and remediate urgent issues. Downtime abounds which negatively impacts revenue, performance, and brand loyalty.
Salesforce likely lost quite a bit of money last Tuesday. IDC estimates that the typical infrastructure failure costs organizations $100,000 per hour, while a critical application failure costs as much as $500,000 to $1 million per hour. Salesforce was down for over 20 hours and still continued to have service disruptions. This in turn translated to heavy financial loss for Salesforce customers worldwide, as they struggled to manage their lifeblood processes that depend on the SaaS giant. The Salesforce reputation struggled and the CEO, Marc Benioff, meted out public apologies on social channels.