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Solving the Monitoring Problems of This Decade and the Next

There is a difference between monitoring technology and understanding the impact of technology on your business. One of the most stressful times for any online business is dealing with performance and availability issues that were reported by your customers. If the customer saw an issue and reported it, things are bad, the clock is ticking, [...]

Solving the application performance growth gap.

Business applications continually become more complex as we have found ever more elegant ways to describe the logic behind process and automate the delivery of this logic. This seems obvious when you see (for example) the manual steps in business be replaced by web-based applications. Where we used to hand write sign credit card slips [...]

Maximizing the Mainframe Advantage

Nearly every one of the largest enterprises in the world uses IBM mainframes at the core of their data processing. This is where the largest density of business data lies, and where much of the worlds processing of this data takes place. The fundamentals of the platform, while hard to initially configure provide the highest [...]

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Is APM limiting your IT innovation?

The aspiration of APM has always been to describe IT as Business, but for many companies this has failed to materialize, because the complexity of describing the workflows, decisions and procedures that make up the business processes has proven to be too complex for the systems being employed to do it. When synthesized down to [...]

Applying Bayes Theorem to a Big Data World

Bayes Theorem One of the challenges in analyzing Big Data is of course its volume - there is just so much of it. Then mix in high velocity, or Fast Data and standard analytical methodologies to make sense of it breakdown, and become cumbersome and ineffective. Machine learning techniques that self-adjust and improve over time [...]

Infographic: Do your critical business metrics go in the wrong direction?

Cut costs, improve productivity, and resolve problems faster with APM solutions by Nastel. As system complexity continues to increase, often times, monitoring software can't keep up. Business metrics tend to suffer, and the mean time to resolution increases, failures occur more often, and operations are left in the dark as a result. Nastel has APM [...]

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The history of technology is one of abstraction

In the 1970’s a CPU such as the Z80 held about 8500 transistors, and in the 1980’s an 8086 processor held around 29,000 transistors, Todays top end CPU’s hold close to 20 Billion transistors. Systems used to contain 1000 bytes of Ram, today’s desktops generally contain 16,000,000,000 or more of RAM. Secondary storage of 10 [...]

Why Classic Monitoring Is Not Enough

"Round up the usual suspects." Monitoring your IT systems continues to be a critical part of ensuring that your business runs. But is it enough? With the continually increasing complexity of IT systems, many businesses struggle to ensure that everything continues to operate at levels that the customers demand. Monitoring systems generally track some or [...]

Is it reasonable to change the measure if you can’t achieve a goal?

Mark Twain is quoted as having said “There are Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics”. I’ve worked in IT for over three decades, and is still amazes me that an executive will set a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal), only to have people several levels down in an organization try to wheedle out of it by [...]

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The Evolution of Monitoring

It’s time for a better way to drive real improvement the MTBF and MTTR for business applications.