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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Albert Einstein once said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” And I think that the wonderful world of Knowledge Delivery (aka Data Visualization, Reporting, etc.) needs to think...

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posted by John Myers   | February 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
Edward de Bono, a noted expert on creative thinking, once said: The purpose of science is not to analyze or describe but to make useful models of the world. A model is useful if it allows us to get use out of it. Business Analytics is very similar to this concept of science, and specifically,...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | February 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

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I am a big fan of data discovery solutions. They enable a wider group of users to enjoy the benefits of business insights and break away from the platform driven traditional solutions that can be difficult to use, extremely expensive and limited to only a few users within an organization. At MicroStrategy World last week...

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posted by Scott Crawford   | January 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

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In my last post, I noted that I expect intelligence and the coordination and integration of defense technologies to be key drivers of the IT security market in 2013.  This is not just about some major vendors who have acknowledged their need for a wake-up call on these fronts. These are larger trends that are...

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posted by John Myers   | January 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

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When Aesop created the fable about the shepherd boy who cried wolf, the message was clear: “How liars are not rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them” If analysts like myself and others as well as the mainstream press (ie Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Economist ) continue to shout about Big Data...

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I’ve happily managed largely to avoid getting entangled in the New Year’s ritual of security predictions, since these can, frankly, be fairly boring. But for those who expect such, here you go: Attackers will continue to succeed. Determined adversaries will become even more so. Moving one set of playing pieces does not alter the objectives...

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Juniper’s SDN strategy is well thought out and is not dissimilar to Cisco’s approach in that they are looking to make their network equipment less rigid and more flexible and adaptable. Oh and I do look forward to hearing more about the plans for “centralizing the appropriate aspects of the management, services and control software...

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“Back in the day”, Pablo Picaso once said: Give me a museum and I’ll fill it. Data Integration in 2013 seems to follow along similar lines – Give us a Platform and we will fill it with data. This is part two of a series of blog postings on important topics for the world of...

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posted by John Myers   | January 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

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I have always loved the song “88 Lines about 44 Women” by the Nails.  And based on some recent success with a blogging topic relating to the songs of the 80s, I thought that I would continue that theme with “100 Lines about 25 Business Intelligence Topics”. Think of this list, or series of lists,...

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posted by Jim Frey   | January 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

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For the third year in a row, I will resist the temptation to predict the future of network management, and instead will recommend key focus points that network engineering, management, and operations professionals should keep in mind looking ahead. Last year’s resolutions dealt with cloud, converged infrastructure, VDI, application awareness, and making the shift from...

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