Data Center Management – Integrate, Don’t Duplicate!
By: Chuck Priddy >> Companies try to avoid deploying multiple tools to manage their data centers. Despite their best attempts, it still happens. Different lines of business or DevOps teams purchase their favorite tools. Corporate acquisitions bring in different strategies and toolsets. Some applications require their own specific or proprietary management utilities.
This proliferation of siloed management technologies and information often prevents centralized views of overall IT ...
Live From GalaxZ 16: IT Ops, DevOps and Now ChatOps?
By: Andy Hart >>
One of the break out sessions during GalaxZ 16 was focused on the orchestration and provisioning a service with SaltStack, presented by Rob Booth of SaltStack. If you read my blog, “The Phoenix Project” – An outline to DevOps Success, you know how important it is to enable “left to right” work and tighten the feedback loop for continuous improvement. I later stated “Integrating Zenoss with your workflows, incident management, and provisioning systems can ...
The Attack of 1,000 Duck-sized Horses
By: Kent Erickson >>
There are lots of people trying to scare IT teams into buying their products by warning about the impending doom caused by Shadow IT - you know, people running programs on a computer somewhere.
Please embrace Shadow IT. I think classic IT should lead the charge by promoting it and making it easier. Why?
Your company is under attack. For instance, consider what analyst firm CB Insights sees happening to Procter and Gamble. Dozens of companies are sniping away at ...
Calling All ZenPackers – Developers’ Guide Needs You!
By: Jane Curry >>
The long awaited ZenPack Developers’ Guide is almost here!
Excited to share that alongside the team at Zenoss, I have been writing the “ZenPack Developers' Guide” now for six months. It's a cross between the old “Zenoss 3 Developers' Guide” from Zenoss and my own “Creating Zenoss ZenPacks for Zenoss 3” paper. A draft will be available for GalaxZ 16, May 10 – 12 in Austin, TX. Still time to register!
It has LOTS of details, LOTS of ...
How Manufacturers and Financial Firms Apply Big Data Techniques to IT Monitoring Data
By: Shamus McGillicuddy >>
In our recent research report, “Big Data Impacts on IT Infrastructure and Management,” Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) surveyed 156 enterprises that were applying big data technologies to IT infrastructure monitoring data. While the research looked at how enterprises in general utilitize these techniques, it took an in-depth look at how two vertical industries—manufacturing and finance (finance/banking/insurance)—were applying advanced ...
Information Technology – The more things change…the more things change!
By: Adam Bacia >>
After a decade and a half in the IT industry, it’s pretty clear to me that a few clichés do indeed ring true. First, “change” really is the only constant, and second, the pace of that change only continues to accelerate. This is why “IT complexity” seems to be at the very top of the buzzword charts in articles from just about every industry in our modern day economy.
This got me thinking, “Is it really harder today than it was back at the turn of the ...
Avoid the Collision Course of Bimodal IT
By: Marcus MacNeill >>
Recently, I attended the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations conference in Las Vegas. I enjoy these events because I’m able to hear directly from industry analysts and IT professionals about current trends, pervasive challenges and emerging opportunities. This year’s overarching theme was digital business transformation and what Gartner refers to as Bimodal IT.
Bimodal IT describes the people, processes and technology required to ...