18 cardinal rules of systems administration

 It's not just knowing how to set up and maintain your servers and understanding how system commands work that makes you a good system administrator -- or even knowing how to fix things when something breaks down, how to monitor performance, how to manage backups, or how to craft superbly clever scripts. Read the source [...]

How to build better SLAs for more strategic applications outsourcing

Service-level agreements (SLAs)—those contractual agreements defining the expected performance of a service provider— alone will not guarantee success when outsourcing application development and maintenance work. They’re one of many tools to help manage an IT outsourcing deal. ALSO ON NETWORK WORLD: 8 ways to jumpstart your career Read the source article at Welcome to Network [...]

Are mainframes the answer to IT’s energy efficiency concerns?

I was reminded of just how hard it is to factor energy efficiency into purchase and configuration decisions while reading some recent claims in the media around the cloud, and I remembered some simple but often overlooked ways mainframes solve tough energy efficiency dilemmas. A device that can handle more data with fewer resources sounds [...]

How to reduce IT complexity and increase agility

It's an adage as old as time (or at least as old as the invention of the personal computer): Technology is destined to cycle constantly between complexity and simplicity. Remember the hassle of attaching peripherals in the days before USB ports? Remember the anguish of developing applications for competing OS interfaces before HTML? We fixed [...]

IT customers slow to embrace outsourced DevOps

IT organizations are increasingly interested in adopting DevOps models to deliver applications faster, better and cheaper to the business, but they’re not inclined to look to their IT service providers for help with these efforts. Read the source article at Welcome to Network World.com Original Author: Stephanie Overby

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Why healthcare depends on mainframe computers

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to go to a number of enterprise computing conferences every year, which means that I get to talk to a lot of people who live and breathe big iron every day. This obviously includes hardware and software engineers (my people!), but also a [...]

Why application monitoring is critical for your business

Application performance monitoring is the key to ensuring that the hard-earned app is delivering the business value it was designed for. APM is the IT discipline that focuses on application monitoring and management. One source well summarizes the ... Read the source article at Home | SYS-CON MEDIA

The changing face of Application Performance Management – Computerworld

Nastel Comments: The ability to support new application environments is brought out as an import element in selecting the the APM vendor that is most appropriate for your environment. Often, this includes monitoring and analysis across silos as Clabby says, both off and on-premises. When I first started writing about Application Performance Management (APM), the [...]

Beyond Alerts: Using orchestration to realize network self-healing

Automation allows you to perform single tasks, but orchestration allows you to initiate an entire workflow to perform an entire process. That orchestrated workflow should consist of composable automated tasks, but it often needs a perspective larger than that of a single server or service. Read the source article at Welcome to Network World.com Original [...]

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Performance Monitoring Fixes

America runs on quick fixes and convenience. For many of us, the faster something gets done, the better. It began with fast food restaurants and continues today with self checkout lines at the grocery store, instant social media feedback, and Uber. Instant gratification has become the norm. Read the source article at Home | SYS-CON [...]

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