InterMapper Application for Splunk Answers Need for Log Analytics in Network Management

InterMapper Application for Splunk Answers Need for Log Analytics in Network Management

You may not have noticed, but log analytics has become table stakes for network management toolsets. Last year, Enterprise Management Associates® (EMA™) surveyed network managers about the data sources that have become important to engineering and operations tasks. Log files consistently scored higher than anything else, including flow data, packet analysis, and SNMP metrics. Fifty-nine [...]

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Know when it’s time to replace open source and freeware infrastructure management tools

Know when it’s time to replace open source and freeware infrastructure management tools

Many small and midsized IT organizations rely on a mix of freeware and open source software to manage their infrastructure. These free tools can be effective and economical choices for smaller networks. But how do you know when it’s time to upgrade to a commercial product? Scale is one of the first indicators that you [...]

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Top 5 Reasons Custom Scripts are Putting Your Business at Risk

Top 5 Reasons Custom Scripts are Putting Your Business at Risk

IT administrators love to write scripts – at least, the most talented ones do. Scripting provides a powerful platform to automate simple and repeatable tasks. However, like with most powerful tools, there is an overwhelming temptation for scripting to be overused. When faced with a project deadline, a high-pressure failure event, or even just the need to simplify day-to-day events, administrators can unintentionally create scripts that are so complex they actually put the business at risk. I must confess that during my 2 decades-long tenure as an IT administrator and engineer, I’ve written a lot of scripts…a LOT of scripts…and ...

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Discovering, capturing and making sense of complex interdependencies is central to running IT organizations more effectively, and it is also a critical part of running the businesses IT serves. Whether it’s optimizing a network, or an application infrastructure, managing change, or providing more effective security-related access—more often than not these problems involve a complex set...

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posted by Jim Frey   | November 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

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No question about it – I’ve been in denial.  I have not been willing to admit that Big Data is a relevant concept when it comes to network management.  But the tide is overwhelming, and usage and definition of “Big Data” is metasticizing too fast.  Resistance is futile.  I’ve been assimilated into the Big Data...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Cisco spin-in (now fully spun in) Insieme and I have to say it was not what I expected. It looks like Insieme is not an SDN controller, but rather an application controller or more aptly an application policy engine that will sit inside Cisco’s Nexus 9000 switches. The solution will be part of a larger...

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posted by Julie Craig   | October 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a political statement. Applications don’t care if you are a Republican or a Democrat. They don’t care if they were created in Canada or India, or if they are written in Ruby, Java, or .NET. And the bottom line is that I don’t care either– because the real problem...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

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The Havana release of OpenStack was launched on October 17, about three weeks prior to the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong.  As always, there are many new features -high availability, load balancing, easier upgrades, plugins for development tools, improved SDN support, fiber channel SAN support, improved bare metal capabilities- and even two new core components,...

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When it comes to cloud technologies, discussions often get passionate or even heated. It’s all about the “war of the stacks”, where much Cool Aid is dispensed to get customers to buy into the respective cult. This discussion reminds me of the old days of enterprise IT, where everything was about technology instead of business...

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posted by Jim Frey   | October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

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On October 8th, 2013, CA Technologies announced the availability of CA Nimsoft Monitor Snap—a free version of its full-featured performance monitoring solution, CA Nimsoft Monitor. The offering was created for the mid-market, typically made up of smaller enterprises whose IT infrastructures are growing in complexity, and thus need fully featured infrastructure monitoring solutions, but lack...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Data virtualization (DV) is a hot topic these days. More companies are adopting the technology to add agility and consistency to their data management landscape. A driver to this adoption is the shift away from enterprise data warehouse (EDW) centric architectures to embrace a new multi-platform driven strategy. Adding additional purpose built platforms (analytic appliances,...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Syncsort has made its first acquisition since its founding in the late 60′s. With CEO, Lonne Jaffe at the helm the company looks poised to make additional investments focused on adding new capabilities to its DMExpress platform and centered around Big Data. Mr. Jaffe made it clear in this mornings press release that they intend...

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At the VMware user conference VMworld this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, VMware officially rolled out the early release (for testing not production) network virtualization platform VMware NSX. The product is based on the Nicira acquisition and will replace VMware’s vSwitch and the vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS). Previously, VMware took a minimalist...

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