Database Monitoring as a Managed Service: Monitis for MySQL

Some of the most profitable managed services providers (MSPs) offer database monitoring services, according to our fifth-annual MSPmentor 100 report. But I suspect the vast majority of MSPs have yet to introduce database-related services. One potential first step: Investigate Monitis, which offers cloud-based MySQL database monitoring tools.

Monitis specializes in application performance management and monitoring. The company's SaaS platform recently gained a MySQL monitoring feature, which allows managed services providers to monitor the performance of customers' PHP envuronments -- such as Joomla and Wordpress.  The tool can monitor such variables as:

  • Database size
  • Resource utilization
  • Analysis of responsiveness/latency
  • Analysis of throughput
  • Database usage
  • Scalability
  • And more.
Monitis claims to have more than 80,000 users worldwide. Most of those customers use Monitis' software for page load testing, transaction monitoring, cloud resource monitoring and server monitoring.

I've never used Monitis so I don't know if it works as advertised. But I do know this: The vast majority of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) have in-house and cloud-based databases. And those databases need to stay online.

MSPs that don't offer database monitoring and management services could be leaving considerable money on the table. We hear from a growing number of cloud services providers that offer managed Oracle databases and applications. Perhaps there's room in the market for MSPs to manage Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL databases for smaller businesses...
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