Performance Management

Performance Management covers monitoring the physical infrastructure, the virtual infrastructure and applications for end-to-end performance and service levels. It covers Application Performance Management, Infrastructure Performance Management, Operations Management, Capacity Planning, and Capacity Management. (Read More)

Environments covered include Virtualization Performance Management, Software Defined Data Center Performance Management, and Cloud Performance Management. Key issues include ensuring the performance of virtualized and cloud based data centers, ensuring the performance of software defined data centers (SDDC performance management), ensuring virtualized application performance, cloud application performance, and SDDC application performance. Key vendors covered include VMware, AppDynamics, AppEnsure, AppFirst, AppNeta, Astute Networks, Aternity, BlueStripe, Boundary, Cirba, CloudPhysics, Correlsense, Compuware, Dell, Embotics, ExtraHop, GigaMon, Hotlink, HP, Intigua, ManageEngine, New Relic, Prelert, Puppet Labs, Riverbed, Splunk, Tintri, Virtual Instruments, Virtustream, VMTurbo, Xangati, and Zenoss.

Getting Rid of Your Franken-Monitor

Franken-MonitorsmallIn “Beware of the Franken-Monitor,” we outlined why systems management frameworks have become Franken-Monitors and the dangers of building your own Franken-Monitor. Unfortunately, the reality for most enterprises is that they have probably done some combination of the two. They have bought a framework that became a Franken-Monitor because the vendor of the framework never integrated its acquired components. And then they layered more “Frankeness” on top of their framework by buying, in some cases, hundreds of point monitoring solutions, none of which are integrated with each other or the frameworks. Continue reading Getting Rid of Your Franken-Monitor

SDDC Security Tools of the Future

The software-defined data center (SDDC) requires a new breed of security tools that not only handle the velocity of data being generated within a secure hybrid cloud but also handle the volume and variety of data. In fact, this new breed of security tools uses big data backends to manage the data being received, though it asks different questions of the data than normal for the products: security questions. The new breed of security tools either started as some form of performance management tool or employs performance management techniques to provide the data to to be queried. Continue reading SDDC Security Tools of the Future

Beware of the Franken-Monitor

Franken-MonitorsmallTen years ago, legacy management software vendors were busy building Franken-Monitors. Those Franken-Monitors now consist of legacy management offerings that are neither well integrated, nor in any way able to keep up with pace of innovation in the industry. In order to survive your transition to the software-defined data center and the cloud, you will need a management software strategy and a management software architecture that will allow you to keep up with the pace of change without buying or building a Franken-Monitor. Continue reading Beware of the Franken-Monitor

Monitoring for Agile Operations and DevOps

Agile Cloud DevelopmentIn Agile without Ops Is Not Really Agile, The Virtualization Practice analyst Mike Kavis did an excellent job of pointing out that just making development agile does not make the entire IT organization more responsive to the business—as it ignores all of the things that can and do go wrong in production. Making production support agile requires addressing the processes and tools that are used in Operations. A huge part of agile operations involves monitoring and the processes that use the monitoring tools. Continue reading Monitoring for Agile Operations and DevOps

Are Market Dynamics Going to Kill IBM?

DataCenterVirtualizationOn October 17, the Wall Street Journal reported that IBM revenues have now declined for six straight quarters. IBM has told financial analysts that the company is capable of generating revenue growth in the low to mid single digits, but the fact is that IBM has not achieved that kind of growth since 2011. According to the report, IBM’s hardware revenue has fallen by 17%, with the hardware unit losing $167M, and the growth in the software business has gone from 4% to -1% (in other words, the software business has shrunk). Continue reading Are Market Dynamics Going to Kill IBM?

VMworld 2013 Update: VMware’s Management Strategy

DataCenterVirtualizationVMware’s Management Strategy continues to evolve, both on its own and as a part of the vCloud Suite. At VMworld in Barcelona, VMware made an important series of announcements that both clarified strategy and demonstrated significant progress in some important areas. Continue reading VMworld 2013 Update: VMware’s Management Strategy