Dec2013

Replacing Franken-Monitors and Frameworks with the Splunk Ecosystem

In Beware of the Franken-Monitor, we explained how many enterprises ended up with Franken-Monitors and the dangers associated with assuming that the present state of management tools can make the transition into the software-defined data center (SDDC) and the cloud. In Getting Rid of Your Franken-Monitor, we explained how to use green-field islands to put in place new ecosystem-based management stacks with the intent of eventually retiring your legacy management stacks. In this post, we detail how one could deploy one example of such an ecosystem of tools based upon Splunk and the vendors that comprise its ecosystem.

Nov2013

Beware of the Franken-Monitor

If you have a Franken-Monitor, you should get rid of it. If you do not have a Franken-Monitor, you should avoid buying or building one at all costs. The correct approach is to use a strategy and an architecture to procure a set of best of breed solutions that can be easily integrated into a common big data back end datastore.

Nov2013

Monitoring for Agile Operations and DevOps

Building an Agile Operations process will require changes in organization, processes and tools. This is an essential journey for any organization that wishes to remain relevant in the age of Agile Development, the Software Defined Data Center and the Cloud.

Oct2013

Are Market Dynamics Going to Kill IBM?

While IBM is still a huge (and profitable) technology company it is on the wrong side of nearly every important market dynamic in the technology industry. We have a long way to go before IBM is a buggy whip, but things are definitely headed in that direction.

Oct2013

VMworld 2013 Update: VMware’s Management Strategy

With this set of announcements, VMware has solidified its position as a leader in providing a suite of management solutions across its own data center virtualization platform, the VMware Hybrid Cloud Service, Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon AWS. As more of the data center gets virtualized, virtualization and cloud focused solutions like these from VMware become de-facto enterprise grade solutions since once the enterprise is 100% virtualized there will be no more need for expensive and outdated legacy management solutions from IBM, BMC, CA and HP. Clearly if VMware can help its customers get rid of these legacy management frameworks, the hard dollar ROI associated with their replacement will be enough to fund a large expansion in the estate of virtualized and cloud based data centers.