The web application platform has had a large impact on the business world all sorts of ways since its release in 2001. Companies with multiple locations are able to communicate in real-time and accomplish their day-to-day tasks in no time. When you think about it, all you need is a web browser to get a secure place to store, share, organize and access information from all types of devices.
SharePoint Web Front-Ends (WFEs) can be quite challenging to monitor and troubleshoot. We often hear administrators scheduling IIS restarts, Application pool recycling or even server restart on a daily basis. Therefore it is really important to have monitoring in place so that you can tell when and what is affected in case of service disruption. Apart from parsing the SharePoint diagnosis logs manually or with tools (LogParser, PowerShell, …) it gets really tricky to check the status of individual SharePoint Web Front-Ends.
According to a recent Gartner report called “Hype Cycle for Unified Communications and Collaborations (UCC)”, the separate communication technologies at the heart of UCC suites and solutions are steadily progressing towards maturity. A major development to notice is the way that enterprises are embracing emerging collaboration tools in a very significant way: Basic Unified Communications (UC) are now including Collaboration Solutions (UCC).
It all started with cellphones. These everyday consumer technology products don’t just make and receive calls, they also communicate via email, SMS, MMS, social media, take pictures, entertain you with games, etc. Suddenly, convergent technology is no longer a luxury, now it’s an expectation.