Sep2015

Root Cause Analysis as We Move Up the Stack

Containers and other technologies are moving administrators, developers, and even operational folks up the stack. In other words, we have abstracted out the hardware and abstracted out the operating system; next, we will abstract out middleware and eventually everything but …
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Sep2014

The New Leaders of the Management Software Industry

AppDynamics, CiRBA, ExtraHop, New Relic, Puppet, SevOne, Splunk, Virtual Instruments, Virtustream, VMware, and VMTurbo have become the new leaders of the new management software industry. These vendors address the new requirements of the software-defined data center and the cloud that are neglected by the blind dinosaur legacy vendors: IBM, BMC, HP, and CA.

Aug2014

News: ExtraHop Announces Open Data Stream — Sets Its Data Free

These days, just about every management product you might buy comes with one or more databases. This makes it extremely difficult to engage in analysis and correlation across datastores, which is one of the main reasons why management of IT …
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Feb2014

Addressing Users’ VDI Performance Concerns

In 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 …
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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.