Dec2016

Where Is My Operations Swamp-Drain-O-Matic?

As SF author William Gibson said, “The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed.” Some IT infrastructure teams live in a future where they are resolving every issue before there are problems for end users. These teams live …
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Jan2016

Introducing New Citrix Monitoring Checklist White Paper

Many IT departments view new or recently migrated XenApp/XenDesktop implementations as complete when users start accessing the production environment successfully. However, the use of a monitoring tool is often overlooked. The Virtualization Practice has published a new checklist-style white paper …
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Oct2013

Agile without Ops Is Not Really Agile

Many companies use some flavor of an agile methodology today with mixed results. I have written about agile fail patterns in the past, but some companies do an excellent job of applying agile best practices yet still suffer from missed dates, botched deployments, and low quality. Why is that, you may ask? Because most agile methodologies only address the development side of the house and clearly ignore the operations side of the house. The two need to work in tandem to produce the desired results, which is the goal of DevOps.