Kansas? Canada? Congo? Where should your next datacenter be built? While technicians most often discuss siting in terms of energy availability, network geometry, and perhaps workforce skills, business decisions at the highest levels more often focus on government subsidies, legal regimes and occasionally organizational strategy. Here’s a bit of the context and trends in datacenterRead More
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Datacenters aren’t the energy villains the popular press too-often portrays. While the “Real User Monitoring blog” has already punched several holes in this canvas, a few important points remain before we return next week to the details of keeping an eye on the performance your applications deliver to end-users. At a highly-aggregated level, Jonathan KoomeyRead More
Occasionally at the Real User Monitoring Blog, we like to give our friends and partners a chance to voice their opinion on an engaging topic. This is a post our friends at Heroix crafted. A firm which specializes in the performance management space: Technologically speaking, the foundation of businesses everywhere is changing. Heading into theRead More
I’m with Arthur Cole: as important as cost and “the environment” are in design and operation of datacenters, they remain subordinate to “data and application performance”. That’s why he recently wrote, “Green IT for Better Application Performance“. The most compelling reason to get energetics right in your datacenter is not a marginal impact on carbonRead More
“The right tool for the job” is a great slogan. It’s only a fraction of an analysis, though. Let’s see how it applies to monitoring products. Nearly all engineers know this scheme, in one of several homely renderings: only an idiot would use a saw to hammer in screw; you don’t deliver a load ofRead More
This outage serves as a perfect use case for application performance management. Most large scale failures can be mitigated quickly and effectively with the right monitoring tools. It looks like the Yahoo team made some crucial failures throughout the process which made things worse. Lets take a quick look at some strategies Yahoo could have employed to avoid disaster
Energy costs are a win for well-run datacenters. It’s quite right to point out, with varying degrees of accuracy, that datacenters use a lot of electricity, or that energy dominates run-time datacenter costs. It’s entirely different, and in fact incorrect, to conclude that rising energy costs should or will dampen datacenter growth and consolidation. AtRead More
Big Data plays a crucial role in successful application performance management (APM). What’s frustrating, though, is how much else we have to get right at the same time to achieve that success. That’s how Mike Gualtieri’s interview with Forrester Principal Analyst Glenn O’Donnell, styled, “Big Data Has Big Place in IT Ops“, leaves me feeling.Read More
Security remains one of the liabilities of the cloud–but expect that to change. Cloud use is growing even faster than expected. A September study of members of the Open Data Center Alliance concluded “that organizations are embracing the cloud at a 15 percent faster rate than previously forecast.” Among these respondents, the leading reason citedRead More
Last week, in “What’s In? What’s Out? …“, “Sky’s the limit …“, and “Start your cloud journey in the right direction” the “Real User Monitoring” blog focused on definition of good targets for an organization’s application performance management (APM). This is a delicate balance, one that deserves at least one more day of exploration. ShabbirRead More