In Understanding the Value of Unique Management Data, we explored the difference between unique data and commodity data as it pertains to the value of a monitoring solution. In Real-Time Monitoring: Almost Always a Lie, we explored the difference between real-time data collection and near real-time processing of non real-time data. In this post, we take a step back and explore what data we need and how we need to collect it to manage the software-defined data center (SDDC) and the cloud. Continue reading SDDC and Cloud Management Data Collection
In Management Frameworks Will Die we make the case that frameworks have failed because no one product can monitor everything, because management frameworks cannot be modernized to meet the needs of the Software Defined Data Center and the Cloud, because frameworks are too painful and expensive to maintain, and because customers prefer the “try it before you buy it” model of buying management software to the enterprise license agreement approach favored by the framework vendors. Continue reading What is Going to Replace the Legacy Management Frameworks?
AppDynamics has just raised $50m and New Relic has just raised $80m, both in preparation for going public. The legacy APM vendors are about to have a really serious problem. These funding rounds prove that some of the smartest investors in the world now believe that virtualization, cloud computing, new languages, and dynamic run time environments combine to create both a brand new set of requirements for a relevant management stack and the opportunity for a brand new set of vendors to be both the platforms for that management stack and the foundations of that new management stack.
Big changes are afoot in the management software business. First Quest Software agrees to get acquired by a private equity firm – usually a sign that some cuts need to be made that would trash a company’s stock if it were publicly held. Then rumors crop up that Dell was going to acquire Quest which would certainly transform the virtualization management business as discussed in this post. Now comes news from Bloomberg, that the Dell/Quest deal is off, at least for the time being. So what is really going on here? Continue reading Virtualization and Cloud Management Upend the Traditional Management Software Business
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
In “Cloud SLAs Are Worthless But Does this Matter?“, we concluded that there are some significant differences in how SLA’s are perceived between those being in place with an IT organization and those offered by a public cloud vendor. The principle difference appears to be that an IT SLA is an agreement that an IT organization strives to honor, in contrast to a public cloud SLA which is more of a marketing statement designed so that the cloud vendor can never violate it. Continue reading So What Should a Cloud SLA Look Like?