The Need for Better Monitoring of Cloud-native Applications

As companies adopt new technologies to support digital transformation, the need to update and adapt their monitoring and management tools becomes more and more critical. Companies that have already started to leverage public cloud and more cloud-native applications are finding that they need better monitoring tools, with the capability to monitor new application frameworks and a more application, rather than infrastructure, orientation. ESG conducted research on companies that were already using two or more public cloud providers and when we asked what they have learned about systems management based on their public cloud experiences, 30% responded they need better application and end-user experience monitoring of workloads.

Topics: Systems Management

Rancher Labs Simplifying Kubernetes

As container and Kubernetes adoption grows, more and more companies are looking for support in adopting and running their environments. Rancher Labs has been leading the way with helping enterprise companies adopt and run container and Kubernetes environments. The Rancher Labs founders have a background similar to mine, in OpenStack, and all of us have learned what worked and didn't work with enterprise adoption.

Topics: Systems Management

Actifio Highlights the Value of Data at Data Driven 2018

I recently went to Actifio Data Driven 2018, Actifio's global user conference held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. At Data Driven, Actifio's customers and partners showcased how and why they use Actifio solutions. I had a number of key takeaways from the conference.

Actifio clearly understands the value and importance of data. This was not just another data protection company adopting the term "Data Management" to frame themselves as more than just backup and recovery. Data Driven 2018 demonstrated that Actifio understands that the value comes from how customers use the data, not just that the data is made available. In session after session and customer meeting after customer meeting, I saw how customers and partners discussed the uses of the data made available by Actifio. I was impressed by the real-world benefits that were highlighted by everyone.

Topics: Data Protection Data Management Actifio Systems Management

Red Hat Leading the (Open)Shift to the Cloud

At their annual Red Hat Summit event, Red Hat laid out what they see in the future of cloud. Probably the most notable thing from the event was Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst saying in the keynote that no one company can solve all problems for customers. This is a fact for any one actually trying to solve problems in today's IT environments but it's refreshing for a company to lay this out and reinforce the reason companies need to work together. The future of computing, whether it be with products or leading an open source project, is with the community of users and the partnership of vendors. All vendors need to realize that the future of the IT industry, while still competitive, needs to be fundamentally cooperative to solve real customer problems.

Topics: Red Hat Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

What to Expect from Red Hat Summit (Video)

We are just over a week away from Red Hat Summit, the annual show for one of the leaders in commercial open source projects. In the past few years, Red Hat has gone well beyond its namesake Linux distribution, with products in OpenStack, Systems Management and Automation, DevOps, and most notably, containers and container managements.

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Looking Ahead to Dell Technologies World (Video)

When spring arrives, so does the start of IT vendors show season. First up this year is one of the biggest and most important shows, Dell Technologies World, or DTW.

DTW is one of the key events of the year in our industry, not just in the depth of impact but the breadth of companies that are part of Dell Technologies, including Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream, and VMware. With almost every company in the world touched by Dell Technologies, this is one show to keep an eye on. In this video blog, I touch just a little bit on some key ideas that I'm looking forward to at DTW.

Topics: Data Protection dell-emc Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services Dell Technologies World

Systems Management With Today’s Security Threats

With the rise in security threats, like cyberattacks and malware, enterprise IT needs to have comprehensive systems management. The needs for a systems management solution are these three key attributes:

Topics: Systems Management

Meltdown and Spectre Shine a Light on the Multiple Facets of Systems Management

The impact of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is having a reach that exceeds any of recent memory. From servers to desktops, tablets to phones, and Intel to AMD & ARM, these security vulnerabilities impact systems and devices across the entire spectrum of computing.

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2018 Predictions for Systems Management, PaaS, and DevOps (Video)

As we say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018, it's time again for my yearly predictions for Systems Management, PaaS, and DevOps. I've posted a video with my predictions below but here are the key points that I talk about in the video.

  • Continued growth in how systems management teams and large vendors approach hybrid cloud - As I discussed in my 2017 video, we can approach hybrid cloud from an infrastructure up or a cloud down orientation. Choosing an approach radically changes how system management is done and both customers and vendors have to make some decisions on how they approach hybrid.
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DevOps Myths and Realities: Why the Key to DevOps is Understanding What it is First (Video)

Now more than ever, the IT world is a giant game of buzzword bingo, where vendors are adopting hot buzzwords for their products like they are writing a online dating profile. One of the biggest buzzwords that I run into is DevOps. There probably isn't an application or management product out there that doesn't claim to be DevOps or enable DevOps.

Topics: Systems Management