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
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“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
What are the limits to APM (application performance management)? In postings like yesterday’s “Sky’s the limit …“, the “Real User Monitoring Blog” consistently argues that we need to look at APM inclusively. Well-done APM accounts for networking, storage, and servers; it occupies a strategic position in the organization; it encompasses perspectives from the deeply technicalRead More
Perhaps the hardest single thing to understand about application performance management (APM) is how far we still are from making the most of it. First, “… this is no longer tactical stuff deep in IT. APM is now seen as a system that needs to be layered in, not just in production, but also inRead More
As you move part of your organization’s operations into the cloud, make sure you pick the right part. That’s a lesson plenty of other fields have learned, and it’s a good one for information technology (IT). The best investors, for example, not only pick individual stocks wisely, but they also are expert at allocating theirRead More