Mar2017

The Possibilities Could Be Endless: Virtual Assistant

The voice-activated personal virtual assistant has become a mainstream technology. You’ve probably used one, and you’ve certainly seen them used in advertising. Virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Lifehacker, just to name a few, are becoming more common as time goes on. They are probably in your home, and on your smartphone. They’re everywhere we go.

Jan2016

Observability, Repeatability, and Visibility

Everyone wants visibility into their hybrid cloud of all resources and subsystems. We have expounded upon this need over the years as well as on how to gain some level of visibility. The tools exist, as do the methodologies. What …
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Nov2012

APM as a Service and CA’s Reaction

APM as a Service from vendors like AppDynamics, New Relic, AppFirst, and AppEnsure is a viable option for most enterprises. While on premise solutions are not dead, legacy vendors who have not modernized their products for the new requirements at the application development, application deployment, and data center distribution are blind dinosaurs. They are dead – they just do not know the name of the asteroid that is going to kill them.

Jan2012

Comparing the Different Approaches to Application Performance Management for Virtualized and Cloud based Envionments

If you are going to try to virtualize performance critical applications in 2012, you should arm yourself with a tool that can measure how those applications perform in the eyes of their end users – which is their end-to-end response time. The approach you take should be a function of the mix of applications you have to support – including whether they are purchased or custom developed and if custom developed with what language or framework.

Dec2011

2012: The Beginning of the End for Virtualization Management?

While the legacy enterprise management vendors might like to think of themselves as the Borg (prepare to be assimilated – there is no escape), the new technical requirements and the new buying patterns in the virtualization market do not lend themselves to a repeat of history. Legacy management vendors are unlikely to be able to acquire themselves into this market because their core platforms and business models do not work with the customers who are running virtualized environments and buying management solutions. So to my good friend Andi Mann, I respectfully disagree.