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?
Ofttimes, on Long Island the fog can be so thick you can barely see your hood ornament, much less the road or even the car in front of you. As in the Sherlock Holmes tale, the Hound of the Baskervilles with wild dogs howling at the moon, the fog rolls in and objects transition from ordinary to mysterious. Navigating through this fog on Long Island's twisty roads can be challenging. Many of today’s cars try to help and are outfitted with fog lamps, yet they fail to deliver the value they are designed to provide. They either increase the danger by blinding oncoming drivers, or they create so much glare a crash becomes inevitable. The same thing happens in IT departments. There are numerous "lamps" installed to provide visibility into the different application stacks, yet there is so much "fog" that these monitoring "lamps" blind IT as the symptoms roll in like the fog, the mystery deepens and the likelihood of an accident up ahead becomes certain.
Even the Enterprise used reactive intervention to solve a problem when the solution was obvious. In this case a Klingon Bird of Prey entering the event storm... Most of us don't deal with Klingons on a regular basis, but we respond reactively to problems. Just as in the case of raising the shields, we use canned scenarios to diagnose and resolve regular problem situations. Rather than taking the time and introducing a proactive and automatic solution to a problem, we deal with regular interruptions, sometimes in the middle of the night. Why do we do this?