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
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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
“‘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
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