As data center resource pools grow, it becomes nearly impossible for humans to track and monitor. Paul Maritz, CEO at VMware, says we are going to require systems that are self-monitoring and that report to us about significant issues.
When Facebook engineers faced a monumental monitoring problem, they went to work on it themselves and developed a custom tool to help them sift through all the monstrous data store.
Netflix has announced its open sourcing its set of “Monkey” web site fault testing tools and you would be foolish to not at least check them out. These tools let you test your site under worst-case scenario conditions.
IT’s role has always been to manage, maintain and monitor the servers, applications and web sites inside your company, but has mostly had little input into business strategy. It’s high time that changed, but it’s up to you to make it happen.
Increasingly, IT Ops is responsible for managing and making sense of a mountain of data for business, the web and monitoring purposes.
Do today’s systems need down time or is that simply a vestige of IT past?
ASG Software released a cloud management suite this week, and although it’s only one of many, it’s the type of software package your company may need to manage an increasingly complex cloud environment.
If you see IT as a parental figure inside the organization, rather than a partner, it’s probably going to work against you when things go wrong and your user-children decide to rebel against their parents.
As we approach the end of the year, it might be a good time to assess your monitoring protocols and be certain that the monitoring tools you have in place still meet your current requirements.
As we approach the year end, it’s worth looking ahead to some trends that could have an impact on the data center in the coming year. Let’s get started with IT as a cost center with the rise of private clouds and a service orientation.