All posts by Bernd Harzog

Bernd Harzog is the Analyst at The Virtualization Practice for Performance and Capacity Management and IT as a Service (Private Cloud).Bernd is also the CEO and founder of APM Experts a company that provides strategic marketing services to vendors in the virtualization performance management, and application performance management markets.Prior to these two companies, Bernd was the CEO of RTO Software, the VP Products at Netuitive, a General Manager at Xcellenet, and Research Director for Systems Software at Gartner Group. Bernd has an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago.

Why Is Application Performance Management So Screwed Up?

Ask yourself this very simple set of questions. How many applications does your company have that warrant management on an availability, response time, and integrity of service basis? For how many of those applications do you have a functional Application Performance Management (APM)  solution in place that actually allows you to measure and guarantee availability, response time and integrity of service? Continue reading Why Is Application Performance Management So Screwed Up?

Cloud Performance – Learning from SalesForce.com

One of the concerns that many organizations have about putting business critical applications into public clouds is how to ensure the performance and delivered end user experience of those applications. This is an area where the cloud providers need to show some real leadership, and with the exception of SalesForce.com have not done so. Continue reading Cloud Performance – Learning from SalesForce.com

Confio Addresses a “Dark Corner” in Virtualized Database Performance

Confio Software has for years successfully sold database performance management solutions to DBA’s of Orace, SQL Server, DB2 and Sybase databases. Confio’s Ignite product line uses an agentless architecture to query a comprehensive set of metrics from these databases, allowing DB’s excellent visibility into the true performance of the database – and especially visibility into latency based issues. Continue reading Confio Addresses a “Dark Corner” in Virtualized Database Performance

Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations?

Listening to Paul Maritz describe VMware’s vision for automated Data Center Operations at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas last month (a review of which is in this post), caused a very important issue to surface in follow up conversation with several attendees at the show. The issue is the degree to which the current organization of Data Center Operations would prevent an enterprise from being able to attain the benefits of automated IT Operations. Continue reading Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations?

VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance

VMware has made it known for quite some time that virtualization, private clouds (IT as a Service), hybrid clouds, and public clouds will create the need for a new management stack, and that VMware intends to be an aggressive supplier of such a new management stack. However, what VMware has never before said is precisely what would be different about this new management stack (other than it explicitly supporting vSphere) than all of the other management stacks that have existed for all of the other computing platforms in the world. Continue reading VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance

Key VMworld 2011 Performance and Capacity Announcements

As is expected many vendors have announced and/or are delivering significant advances in Performance and Capacity Management for Virtualized and Cloud Based Environments. Significant announcements have been made by vKernel, Cirba, Reflex Systems, VMTurbo, and Xangati. Here is a brief review of each:

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