If you are a Service Provider IT organization that maintains and monitors systems for multiple customers, many considerations should be accounted for, in addition to actual monitoring, such as:
- User & Permission management
- Customer reporting
- Data affinity and isolation
- Centralized configuration management
- Volume discounts
CloudMonix has a number of features that address issues mentioned above and allow Service Providers to effectively manage and monitor multiple customers under a single CloudMonix subscription.
Keep customers data separate using CloudMonix Accounts
In CloudMonix you can monitor environments for various customers under a single CloudMonix Subscription that is procured by the Service Provider. This is done through Account Management. Individual customer data will be kept separate and can even be stored in different datacenters. Thus, multiple customers environments can be hosted in many CloudMonix Accounts that belong to the same CloudMonix Subscription.
CloudMonix Users can be granted access to one or many Accounts. Most likely some users from within Service Provider organization will need access to some or all Accounts. Customers may access their specific Account only.
Every Account has their dedicated Dashboards, authorizations, settings and a list of allowed users. At the same time, it is very easy for System Providers to switch between Dashboards to see other systems or customers, given appropriate permissions.
Users that are invited into CloudMonix Subscription can have different permissions within various Accounts. It is possible to have View-Only users that can only “see” their own Account dashboards and alerts, or Subscription-Administrators who can do everything everywhere. Each user can be configured to see or modify monitored environment within specific Accounts, manage other Users, manage other Accounts, and access CloudMonix payment information (Billing management).
Service Providers can report to their customers on a daily, weekly or monthly basis with customizable CloudMonix historical reports. Performance charts, alert and automation history, and Uptime reports are available on demand, for export or via scheduled email delivery (coming very soon).
Additionally, CloudMonix can export performance data as it gathers it, to Service Provider’s own SQL database for further analysis and reporting.
CloudMonix comes with a set of predefined configuration templates that house useful metrics, alerts, automation and auto-scaling rules. Service Providers can customize these templates and share them across Accounts. This ensures that all resources are monitored in a uniform way, while customer data is kept separate.
Gathered monitoring data for Accounts can be hosted in the same or different regions worldwide, depending what is needed to satisfy customer’s compliance requirements.
Tracking of CloudMonix monitoring costs by Customer
Service Providers who need to track CloudMonix cost across their customers can use Utilization reports that track CloudMonix’s monitoring consumption by each Account.
At the same time, volume discounts that CloudMonix provides to its customers allow Service Providers to take advantage of cheaper rates, as all Accounts are aggregated together to qualify for volume discounts.
Service Providers can customize the experience for users within each CloudMonix Account:
- Branding : It is possible to define custom logos displayed in the CloudMonix portal and on reports
- Email Notifications/Alerts: Alert emails can be sent from Service Provider’s own SMTP servers to remove CloudMonix “from” address. It is also possible to modify the text of alerts to further remove CloudMonix branding
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