Stoking the Application Pipeline with PaaS: Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Platform

Stoking the Application Pipeline with PaaS: Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Platform

Dominique Vernier’s blog, “Leverage SaaS and PaaS to speed up application development,“ provides an excellent overview of IBM’s cloud-based approach to software development and delivery. IBM’s introduction of the Bluemix Platform as a Service (PaaS) to the marketplace earlier this year builds on the existing capabilities of Jazz (/jazz.net/) introduced in 2008. While Jazz addresses the requirements and design stages of the application lifecycle, Bluemix extends IBM’s cloud-based capabilities to development, testing, and production as well. The Bluemix PaaS runs on Cloud Foundry (cloudfoundry.org), an open source cloud platform with more than 40 contributing members including IBM, Intel, VMware, and others. Bluemix ...

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APM on Premise versus “in the Cloud”: Either, Or, or Both?

APM on Premise versus “in the Cloud”: Either, Or, or Both?

The Rise of Cloud-based APM Solutions In my last blog, I called today’s enterprise application landscape “a dog’s breakfast”1 as far as complexity and heterogeneity are concerned. A growing number of APM vendors would likely agree. Regardless of whether you are on the vendor or the consumer side, application management— as opposed to simple application monitoring— is an inherently difficult task. Perhaps for this reason, enterprise-grade Application Performance Management solutions—those capable of monitoring, correlating and triaging integrated, distributed applications while quantifying end to end performance—have traditionally had a reputation for being complex and difficult to deploy. Virtually every enterprise-sized company is ...

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APM as a Service: An Elegant Solution to an Ongoing Challenge

APM as a Service: An Elegant Solution to an Ongoing Challenge

Did you ever hear the term “a dog’s breakfast”? It is a slightly old-fashioned description that the folks over at Princeton University’s WordNet[1] define as “a mess[2]”.And if you’re wondering what a dog’s breakfast has to do with Application Performance Management, check out Figure 1. (Figure 1: Which of these is your company currently delivering as a production service?) In EMA’s latest APM research, survey respondents were asked to indicate which types of applications their IT organizations were delivering as production services and to “check all that apply”. The results reveal an astounding mix of application and technology types. Looking at these ...

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posted by Scott Crawford   | February 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

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There’s no question that the intersections of Big Data and security have grabbed a lot of attention in the year-plus since I’ve been blogging on this topic. Indeed, it seems that Big Data will be one of the major focus areas at the RSA Conference a month hence: I count at least three sessions and...

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posted by    | February 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

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So, I’ve implemented a couple CMDBs. One even before I’d heard of ITIL. We called it a metadata repository, but it was essentially a CMDB. Making the business case for such systems is never easy. ITIL and the various CMDB authors provide a number of what I call “motherhood and apple pie” justifications: Reduce downtime...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | February 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
There is no question WAN optimization technology was a game changer. It took away a major pain point for the most popular and common protocols that suffered noticeable performance degradation over WAN connections. While the technology has been very successful in optimizing specific traffic types, there are others that have remained underserved, most notable are...

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posted by    | January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments
I’ve been reading Mastering the Unpredictable: How Adaptive Case Management will Revolutionize the Way That Knowledge Workers Get Things Done. This interesting book brings several current topics together, including complexity theory, business process management (BPM), and the evolving practices around knowledge work. Adaptive Case Management (ACM) argues that in knowledge work, processes need to be...

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At the beginning of this month, EMA analysts were asked for their predictions about what 2012 might bring. Responses spanned management solutions across applications, systems, network, security, services, assets, desktops, and mobile devices, as well as business intelligence and content management. The results were surprisingly cohesive, and as a whole reflected core requirements in analytics,...

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posted by    | January 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Managing IT data is maddening. IT organizations are hamstrung right and left by lack of complete and high quality information, yet approaches to resolve this have been only partially successful – at best! One approach that has had less attention is the idea of a data warehouse for IT data. As big data and analytics get...

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Happy (belated) New Year! (Well, maybe not so happy if you buy shoes online or are having second thoughts about source code escrow.) Like many, I’ve been contemplating my expectations for 2012. But rather than just play armchair quarterback (a popular pastime among NFL fans here in Denver of late), I thought it would be more useful...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Yesterday I tweeted “Most software CEO’s are technologists at some level. Saylor is a passionate nerd. It’s a compliment.” I’ve covered MicroStrategy for years and have attended many of CEO Michael Saylor‘s keynotes and the reoccurring theme is his deep understanding of emerging technologies and how they will disrupt the business intelligence space. He has...

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Cloud adoption is challenging traditional application management models and the APM solutions that support them. Private Cloud drives new requirements for depth of visibility to virtual environments and to dynamic change. Public Cloud presents unique management challenges since APM solutions engineered for visibility to on-premise-hosted apps often lack visibility to public Cloud environments. Hybrid cloud...

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posted by John Myers   | January 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

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MicroStrategy adds Teradata to list of Cloud Partners This week at the MicroStrategy World 2012 Conference in Miami Teradata and MicroStrategy announced that Teradata Integrated Data Warehouse (IDW) was being added to the lineup of partners for the MicroStrategy Cloud.  The list of partners includes: IBM Netezza Informatica ParAccel With this addition, MicroStrategy Cloud continues to...

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