If you’ve ever played the classic PAC-MAN arcade game, you probably noticed the ghosts and even PAC-MAN himself move in a set of complex patterns. If you can predict the patterns of the ghost moves, you can move PAC-MAN to avoid the ghosts and play indefinitely (well, at least until you hit Level 256).

 

This is just like AIOps or artificial intelligence for IT operations. If you can predict the failures or bottlenecks, you can bring more additional resources online or divert traffic to avoid an outage or service disruption. Using event correlation, smart metrics, and rich visualizations, ops teams can spot complex patterns across their environment and anticipate failures. They can take action (move PAC-MAN) before there’s an issue and keep their system running indefinitely.