Cloud

October 21, 2014

Organizations that are "extremely successful" in advanced operations analytics (AOA) are 20 times more likely to be "very successful" in their hybrid cloud adoptions than those who were only "moderately successful" or less in AOA, according to a new Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) Research Report, The Many Faces of Advanced Operations Analytics ...

October 13, 2014

Last month I introduced some recent — and I believe highly significant — research into the area of what EMA calls "Advanced Operations Analytics" or AOA. In that blog, I defined AOA as "big data for IT" and went on to explain how it transcends operations to include all of IT as well as some business constituents. In parallel, AOA also supports many multiple use cases.Now I’d like to share some of the "use case" insights and perspectives we learned from the research ...

October 09, 2014

Enterprises are moving more and more applications to the cloud. While the benefits of the cloud may be clear for applications that can tolerate brief periods of downtime, for mission-critical applications, such as SQL Server, Oracle and SAP, companies need a strategy for high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) protection. Separating the truths and myths of HA and DR in cloud deployments can dramatically reduce data center costs and risks. In this blog, I debunk the following five myths ,,,

September 18, 2014

Moving your businesses' infrastructure, including the application layer and associated APIs, to the cloud, is a daunting task given today's plethora of digital tools available and heightened concerns of data protection, application performance and data integrity. One of the most conveniently accessible options is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery via cloud computing, which offers businesses a reliable, cost-effective way to manage and track company IT consumption without the burden of managing physical servers. But leveraging the public cloud introduces inherent challenges in terms of quality of application delivery and performance because a company's data now traverses through a series of externally maintained systems and security controls. Accordingly, enterprises looking to move to a SaaS app-delivery cloud model should consider the following ...

September 12, 2014

In a recent survey, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise collected primary research among 1,000 members of its international customer base and 300 of its channel partners to identify the main challenges and opportunities for enterprises which have been created by developments in technology and behavior.

Called out here are four of the top findings concerned the following topics:

September 05, 2014

Today's common “hybrid” IT environment of legacy plus cloud plus custom is a pretty chaotic mash-up that is tough to manage, to say the least. One of the most difficult aspects, according to anecdotal evidence uncovered in our discussions with senior IT executives, is proactive visibility and control at the application level. Despite investments in tools and processes that are supposed to enable proactive and preventative support, senior IT executives say their day-to-day mode still tends to be crisis-driven and reactive. Additional layers of anecdotal or incidental feedback as well as “optical” or subjective input contribute to the reactivity ...

August 28, 2014

With the increasing proliferation of cloud-based applications and services, IT has to deal with newer management challenges such as high support costs and slow performance of applications. Almost 53% of IT professionals say that the biggest challenge with managing cloud services is troubleshooting or root cause analysis taking too long. To meet these new application management challenges, businesses need to use "cloud-ready" monitoring solutions that help pinpoint the actual problem and help reduce troubleshooting time. See the ManageEngine-EMA infographic for more interesting facts and figures ...

August 27, 2014

The good news - Cloud apps and services continue to gain traction in enterprises with both business users and IT departments. The bad - Big obstacles still remain including a lack of confidence about service performance and availability, a lack of management tools and continuing concerns about data security. These observations come from a recent survey of over 200 business executives and IT managers in North America to better understand their current and planned use of cloud-based applications and services, the drivers behind cloud adoption, and the obstacles that stand in their way. What may be surprising to the readers of APMdigest is the concern over cloud app performance and availability and the lack of good cloud management tools ...

August 26, 2014

Every vendor-hosted APM offering is different, and it is up to the consumer to go into the selection process with a clear understanding of what is most important to his/her company. For potential customers seeking a cloud option delivering a comprehensive, end to end APM perspective, the options are limited ...

August 22, 2014

Enterprise-grade APM solutions have traditionally had a reputation for being complex and difficult to deploy. Virtually every enterprise-sized company is supporting a mix of applications written in multiple languages, running on different OSs, anchored by exotic technologies such as caching and acceleration and increasingly extending into the public cloud. Monitoring each of these components in context to end-to-end execution can be a daunting proposition – which is why APM products tend to be more complex to deploy than, say, a server monitoring tool. That being said, an increasing number of IT organizations are seeking an alternative, and, not surprisingly, an increasing number of vendors are now offering "APM as a Service" ...

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