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.

Application-Aware Infrastructure Performance Management

PerformanceManagementFor years, Gartner has insisted that if an APM tool does not cover each of its “Five Dimensions of APM,” one of which is deep code analysis, then it is not an APM tool. Gartner has therefore defined APM to be relevant only to custom-developed applications. Well, it has finally woken up and realized that 70% of the applications that enterprises run are in fact purchased and that maybe the performance of these applications might be important as well. So, Gartner has created a new category, application-aware infrastructure performance management.

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Monitoring for Agile Operations

PerformanceManagementIn “Agile Without Ops Is Not Really Agile,” Mike Kavis points out that the Agile Development process and the DevOps support process must culminate with a situation where operations has the tools and uses the processes required for operations itself to be agile. Therefore, Agile Operations should be the natural consequence of agility in development and support, but often this is not the case. This post is about how the right monitoring tools can be used to help operations become agile. Continue reading Monitoring for Agile Operations

Active Directory: Microsoft Azure’s Secret Weapon

CloudComputingIn “Public Cloud Computing—Economics and Throats to Choke,” we pointed out that among the big four cloud vendors (Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and VMware), only one vendor offers both a complete on-premises offering and a public cloud offering and, at the same time, has complete technical and economic control of its software stack. That vendor would be Microsoft. In the post, we pointed out that Microsoft was in the unique position of being able to leverage its massive on-premises installed base to feed its cloud business. Continue reading Active Directory: Microsoft Azure’s Secret Weapon

Will Scale-Out Architectures Kill Enterprise Storage?


In 1980 I was working for Datapoint, a vendor with proprietary client hardware, proprietary server hardware, a proprietary LAN, and proprietary systems software. In 1983 IBM introduced the PC, and in 1985 it introduced the PC-XT with a hard disk. 3Com introduced Ethernet, and Novell created a network operating system. All of a sudden, Datapoint was on the wrong side of history in the computer business. In five short years, Datapoint went from six thousand employees to sixty.  Continue reading Will Scale-Out Architectures Kill Enterprise Storage?

Addressing Users’ VDI Performance Concerns

PerformanceManagementIn Do Users Have a Negative Perception of Desktop Virtualization?, James Rankin brought up a set of issues that arise whenever a new platform is deployed in an organization. Those issues revolve around the fact that users tend to then blame all problems with user experience upon the new platform, even if those problems had existed prior to the deployment of the new platform. In the case of a Citrix or VMware VDI deployment, this takes the form of “Citrix is slow” or “View is slow.”   Continue reading Addressing Users’ VDI Performance Concerns

News: Intigua Virtualizes the Management Layer

ITasaServiceWe all understand what it means to virtualize CPU and memory (compute). This is what VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V have been doing for years. We are starting to get our arms around what it means to virtualize networking and storage, as VMware progresses down its path to virtualize all of the key resources in the data center as a part of its software-defined data center strategy. Now, along comes Intigua with an offering that virtualizes the management stack in your virtualized data center.  Continue reading News: Intigua Virtualizes the Management Layer