“‘Application Bloat’ Costs Businesses Millions, Survey Says” is a headline that just appeared this week. My experience with surveys leaves me very wary about the correspondence between what the respondents had in mind when answering, and the conclusions drawn by survey analysts. Still, when 30% of all respondent “estimate that slow, crashed or unresponsive applicationsRead More
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Return on Investment, increased efficiencies and increased productivity. Three events which every organization strives to achieve when enacting new plans or solutions towards their overall organization. There are a host of solutions available to Information Technology (IT) department heads who wish to manage their respective enterprises. Managing the enterprise IT however, is no easy feat. With all the talk of capacity planning, “what-if” analysis and the benefits of virtualization one aspect has been over looked: The benefit for the end user when monitoring application performance.
You have your datacenter humming along nicely. Incidents arise, but you routinely clear them. How do you make sure that you’ll continue to be able to keep up? Part of the answer is to measure performance accurately and comprehensively. One of “Real User Monitoring blog“‘s most repeated messages is that application performance monitoring (APM) needsRead More
A recent post by Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI) specialist Robin Moffatt raises several low-level technical questions that deserve a little attention. The title of the article is “Scripted OBI 11g Linux startup/shutdown“. Moffatt begins, “OBI 11g ships with a one-click startup option for Windows installations, but not for Linux (*NIX).” He has no explanation forRead More
“The Gold Standard: MySQL Benchmarking Best Practices” gives good advice. It’s also incomplete, of course. Measurement is always valuable, in my experience. I can hypothesize a circumstance in which it only amplifies confusion, or leads to a conclusion that was obvious before-hand. That’s never happened to me, however; careful measurement that I have observed, withoutRead More
When the New York Times criticized datacenters for their wastefulness, it wasn’t just a little off-target. It entirely missed, for example, the Open Data Center Alliance‘s prediction “that the overall power savings [emphasis added] from cloud adoption could add up to approximately 45GW by 2015 … enough … to power up to 15 million homes.”Read More
I’m skeptical of IBM’s Real-time Compression Appliances. More accurately, I’m skeptical of our ability to judge them usefully. The technical summary is mouth-watering: unpack one of these boxes, plug it into your storage network, and a few seconds later the load on your storage and network plummets “by up to 80 percent”. That kind ofRead More
The “biggest cyberattacks in history” hit five US megabanks in succession last month, according to this CNN headline. While it will be hard ever to be certain about all the details–nearly everyone involved in the matter has an incentive to tell less than the whole truth–it now appears that the attacks had relatively modest impactRead More
We certainly have plenty of problems to solve in the datacenters of 2012–but nothing like what James Glanz of the New York Times portrayed last week in “Power, Pollution and the Internet” (PPI). The most sense I’ve made of this article is to read it as an investigative assignment that turned into a lifestyle piece.Read More
When we can’t have it all–and we never can–what’s worth keeping, and what worth letting go? That’s a tough question that Oracle, and all cloud customers, face in different respects this week. Oracle’s announcement this week of Oracle Application Development Framework [ADF] Essentials is a surprise I expected never to hear, for instance. Since itsRead More