If you ever meet an IT professional who says they have never had an infrastructure outage in their career, they are either lying or in the first week of their career. Outages are inevitable and the true measure of an IT practitioner is how quickly they can recover from an outage and how well they can minimize the impact of an outage on the business they support.
Chris Porter considers how do you translate the desire for Digital Transformation into something tangible that your IT Department can offer in support? Application monitoring is a well understood component, but what is missing is a single platform that delivers visibility across all individual domains of service delivery infrastructure AND apps, including their respective dependencies. Chris looks at how NETSCOUT’s nGeniusONE platform meets that missing need.
Every monitoring person is going to get questions. According to Leon Adato, there are four big ones that every monitoring engineer needs to know the answers to. Read on for a review of Leon’s new book, The Four Questions Every Monitoring Engineer Is Asked.
Telling people “no” is hard. It’s extremely hard when you’re a company making products. But sometimes “no” is exactly what people need to hear to make them say “yes”. Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at Kentik and how a Negative Roadmap is a huge positive for them.
The network is down again. Or maybe the cloud is running slow today. How many times have we heard these phrases used in our environments? How many times have we said them to users in the hope that they will stop bugging us about problems that we have no visibility into or method of troubleshooting? Enter Viavi ObserverLive. This new product gives you the visibility that you’ve been missing in your hybrid IT environment.
Monitoring containerized applications can be a pain, especially if you are using containers to their fullest. But it doesn’t have to be impossible. Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at Ixia CloudLens and how it can help you unravel the mysteries behind what your containers are doing.
Ethan Banks of Ethan Banks on Technology comments: Shiny red lights and sundry messages can tell us when a transaction time is too high, an interface is dropping too many packets, database commits are taking too long, or a WAN link’s jitter just went south. That information is wonderful, but doesn’t resolve the issue. A […]
Chris Wahl goes deep and geeky into the latest beta of Xangati’s VDI monitoring tool. It’s worth taking a look to see what they’re up to!
Remember what it was like to drive without a GPS? Sure, it’s possible, but a good GPS takes it to a whole new level. Need gas? A Denny’s Grand Slam? A detour around traffic? You’ve got it! And when the kids start asking “how much longer” you have a precise answer! Old-school server metrics are like the gauges in your car: They show what’s happening now and can be useful to the driver, but a lot of questions are left un-answered. This is where application performance monitoring comes in: Rather than just checking server stats, APM gives credible, actionable, and user-focused answers about the state of your systems.
After fighting yet more networking gremlins, Tech Field Day resumed at The Hoffman Agency wit a presentation by SolarWinds. We had come to expect quite a lot from this company after their fine presentation at Net Field Day in September, and the delegates were not disappointed. SolarWinds discussed their various management products, as well as their approach to high availability and database design.