Zynga shows how to build a hybrid cloud

Zynga runs a hybrid cloud, but had the luxury of starting off using Amazon EC2, then building a compatible data center. Would a reverse strategy at a more mature company work as well?

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BYOD, Cloud and Mobile Require New Monitoring Tools

You’re under increasing pressure from IT trends you’ve heard before: BYOD, cloud and mobile (and even social) — and it’s becoming a huge challenge to keep your systems running optimally. APM could help.

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Report: Good Monitoring Tools Could Be Key in Mobile-Cloud Shift

As the enterprise makes the shift to cloud and mobile apps, the key to a smooth transition could be how well your application monitoring tools can handle newer technologies.

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Why APM is Crucial for Cloud-Based Environments

For IT pros, the incessant chatter regarding cloud and distributed environments is nothing new. What we’ve been seeing lately (especially for those who read this blog regularly) is a transition from conceptual, nebulous, marketing driven cloud to cloud in action. Organizations are now ready to make the leap to distributed environments and are expecting their IT teams, as always, to handle the change without interruption. A recent report  discusses the framework top performers are using. Top performers in this area follow a PACE (Pressures, Actions, Capabilities, Enablers) framework.  They recognize the pressures that disruptions in business transactions cause, take action to identify and solve these problems, have defined baselines for performance standards and capabilities, and utilize tools that enable them to monitor and manage such issues. These strategies are especially important for companies who have employees that are distributed in various locations.  Employees need to communicate with one another and access  information reliably in order to be productive, regardless of their location.  Businesses that include headquarters, branch offices, and remote locations, for example, cannot afford to give priority to any one location. Old models of addressing performance issues centrally may no longer be the best solution.  Instead, companies that address these issues at each of their locations are better aligned to see higher levels of performance and reliability among their applications.  Employees will be more motivated and engaged in their work if they can reliably communicate and complete business tasks. This mentality is important when considering the distribution of information as well.  A survey by RightScale, a cloud management firm, found that once a company begins to utilize a cloud strategy, it is highly likely to adopt more cloud projects soon after.  In addition, some companies are now maintaining various types of clouds, including public, private and hybrid.  This multiple cloud system helps the company better ensure the availability, portability, and scalability of its applications.  With this increase in cloud-based systems, best-in-class performance becomes even more important. When monitoring application performance on multiple clouds, the key to success is experience. Organizations that utilize APM solutions for a longer time have been able to build a larger knowledge base from which to create a more effective infrastructure. Organizations can therefore optimize performance by detecting and resolving problems more proactively, with more agility, so that they do not escalate into larger issues. It is paramount that organizations have such tools in place for problem detection, performance optimization, and virtual migrations. And I’m sure IT pros would appreciate this crucial...

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IDG Survey Finds IT Under Increasing Pressure (Surprise!)

A vendor-sponsored survey conducted by IDG found to nobody’s surprise that a combination of smaller staffs and changing roles is putting increasing pressure on IT. No big shock that.

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