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What happens to management agents and products as physical servers become virtual servers? How do we monitor and manage a virtual environment? These questions have led to an entirely new set of tools for monitoring virtual infrastructures. This post serves as a starter list for products which are addressing these challenges. What qualifies as aRead More
As companies make the transition to the cloud, it’s not always easy to map your monitoring software to cloud applications and cloud vendors are only beginning to address the problem.
Last week, Amazon announced new APIs that enable monitoring tool vendors and enterprise customers to integrate some basic EC2 monitoring status updates directly into monitoring software. It’s not ideal by any means, but it’s a start.
When DISA, a key technology department at the DoD, has its web site and internal services go down for the better part of week, you know it can happen to anyone. But that might not make you feel any better, should such a disaster ever happen on your watch.
It might be tough to hear, but IT is sometimes perceived as being inflexible inside organizations, and it could be time for a kindler, gentler more flexible IT group.
IT Ops has to do a better job of communicating what it does and how it helps the company’s bottom line.
Andy Rooney probably had no idea what IT Ops was, but chances are if he encountered it, he would have been able to put his unique stamp on it. This is what he might have thought about it.
It’s hard to see the value of what you do when the only way most people in the organization know you exist is when things go wrong. When things go right, they assume that’s the way it’s supposed to be and not because of the systems you put in place to make that happen.
When things go wrong, you always get the blame. When things go right, everyone expects it. IT ops pros have Rodney Dangerfield Syndrome — they get no respect.