What happens if a payment doesn’t arrive on time or fails during the transaction? How quickly can your organization react before this becomes a costly error to the business? What can you do now to ensure this does not become a reoccurring problem? As technology continues to evolve, middleware-centric enterprises can use middleware monitoring tools [...]
What happens when an unexpected weather event suddenly drives demand for your product causing a shudder throughout your supply chain? What about a system bottleneck that threatens to disrupt customer service during a peak period? Business success and continuity depends on immediately knowing about situations like these. If your business-critical applications run in a composite [...]
Nastel recently joined a conversation on Infoworld.com around what writer Dan Tynan described as “IT’s worst addictions.” From our perspective, data is one of these addictions, and by far one of the biggest pain points that the IT industry is forced to deal with today. ‘Big Data’ is the hot potato of 2012—everyone is talking [...]
On any given Sunday, football teaches a lesson on why monitoring your investment is critical to success
“Fourth down and inches from the goal line, I’m wondering what they’re going to do here?” asks the play-by-play announcer.
The development of IT environments have naturally led to complexity. Put it down to the very nature of capitalism. Different vendors working together to achieve a common goal isn't a common occurrence. Each vendor has over the years developed its own monitoring and reporting systems. This is all well and good for each specific application or system. It doesn't work effectively when applications are executing across an IT enterprise comprised of everything from mainframe to cloud.
I had to fix a loose railing on the deck, so I took out my trusty cordless drill/driver and a couple of screws, and presto, tested and fixed. The following week I had to fix a loose section of fence in my yard, so I took out the same gadget, along with longer screws that required a different driver bit. Now I could have went out and bought another drill/driver because I needed to use a different bit, but why do that when I had one that already works, all I needed to do was change the bit, right?
Recently, I was at a drug store that offers free blood pressure screening at a self-service kiosk. Being somewhat curious, I took the opportunity to play with the machine and see what it was all about.
The second quarter has passed and with it Nastel has witnessed an exceptional period of growth over the first half of 2011. The growth not only is being seen in dollars and cents, but in personnel, products and customer wins.
There is, however, a hidden cost to the ease of use and elasticity of the cloud. The user’s simplicity becomes IT’s complexity. Often left out of the excitement associated with the cloud is the issue of monitoring. Using the cloud, applications, middleware and transactions can now dynamically be relocated to many more places; thus, the need for visibility in the ITIL process of problem management becomes far greater. And monitoring provides visibility.
Business critical applications are increasingly being moved to the cloud as traditional barriers are overcome. But what does this mean? How can we simplify our understanding of this shift and the technology that plays a major role in accomplishing this task?