We’ve all had that situation where a member of your Web Apps team complains that an Intranet based site is slow or an important manager says that they can use the internal expenses system hosted on a web server but what does everyone tend to do in these situations. I’d say that most of us would open our monitoring tool of choice and look at some website perfmon stats of some response time stats from a tool that can fetch this but sometimes these tools do not give us the user experience.
If you have a widely dispersed company and have employees sitting in other parts of the world accessing an internal site hosted in the UK, how do we know one person’s performance from another and conceptually measure the differences ?
I’d like you to think about these scenarios and let me know how you approach the reactive situations. I would also like to know if any of you are proactively measuring website performance and user experience and how you are doing this ?
Indeed, some of you maybe using Solarwinds products to do this but nevertheless I’d like to know what software you use and whether it has proven successful at your companies.
If you don’t bother to monitor performance, speeds and feeds of your intranet or internet website then I’d like to know why not ?
Don’t be shy and get those comments in.
This year and the previous, we have heard from various cloud providers that 2015 could be the year to take on a Hybrid Cloud approach in your organisation. With all that being said, we know that Cloud models exist in many guises and the various models exist to offer organisations a variety a choice in their deployment methodology. Stretching out workloads to the Cloud offers varying security considerations as well as understanding of the SLA’s in order to provide your business with the reassurance that production workloads are available.
I’m thinking that most shops are using Hybrid for Test / Dev initially but I’d love to hear how you are using it in your organisation or what investigations you have kicked off to see if this model can benefit your company.
What would you need to do in order to convince the executives in your company that Hybrid Cloud could be a good fit for your organisation ? I can see that the value from the developer community is a high one and to burst workloads into a cloud could be attractive when you have limited resources available but are you faced with red tape when it comes to deployment ?
If your business is an International business do you find that you are having more challenges in order to start to seek hybrid cloud opportunities ?
Finally, for those of you that are actively using a hybrid cloud setup, let me ask you this. Do you feel that your management has enough understanding of the topology and the implications of disasters to a single or multiple servers ?
You’d have to be shut off from the I.T. world to not realise that startups are making a big impression on the virtualisation and storage industries. In a way this has been likened to a breath of fresh air as the dominance of companies such as EMC, HP and NetApp have always moved customers to big an Enterprise leader for their virtual workloads.
The storage market represents several billion dollars and continues to grow year on year. For us I.T. folk we have always been steered by our organisations or indeed allegiance to a particular vendor through the politics that come with our I.T shops so where will this disruption end up. Indeed, we could see that in another 1-2 years, some of these niche players may be bought up by larger companies but what does the future hold ?
How many of you work at Enterprise companies and have entertained such startup companies ? I’m talking about companies such as Nutanix, Simplivity, Nimble, VMTurbo etc. ?
If you work for a SMB then I’d like to hear your thoughts on why you chose a particular startup over an established magic quadrant leader. Surely this can’t be a capital based decision so I’m keen to hear from you and contribute to what I see is something that needs some active discussion on.
My thought provoking article is around the management of storage in the datacenter. IT managers and Storage Admins have long since had decisions to in the areas of capacity planning and performance but now that we are being encouraged to think of the software defined datacenter, why should we still be thinking about storage ?
Virtualisation is teaching us to forget about the building blocks and focus on the apps but if you still manage on premise storage then you must have a vested interest in the upkeep of these building blocks. In essence, we are being encouraged to think outside the box and to not worry about where IOPS and latency are required and let the dynamic models of automation handle this.
Storage comes in all shapes and sizes from DAS and NAS all the way up to enterprise based flash systems but are you guys meant to be able to distinguish where one type of system is favoured over another ? Sometimes you don’t know the application requirements until everything is in production. How do you then go back and adjust your model ?
How do staff continue to forecast capacity growth with cloud and virtualized deployments since the nature of these elastic deployments is to grow and shrink depending on business requirements ? For the people that have to manage dissimilar hardware, what tools are you using ?
I’d like to hear your thoughts on what you think and will reply to any comments to see what interesting discussions arise.