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Why Your Infrastructure Sucks For Automation


Having convinced myself in previous posts that my automation projects will never be finished and that I will forever be supporting 101 different device connection paradigms, I thought that in this post perhaps I should try to find some sliver of dry land in …



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The Cost of Monitoring – With the Wrong Tool


or “It’s not just the cost of buying the puppy, it’s the cost of feeding the puppy that adds up” This is a story I’ve told out loud many times, on conference calls, and around water coolers. But I’ve never written it down fully until now. …



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Application Dependency Mapping


So far in this series, we have covered Application Performance Monitoring. If you haven’t already, read part one, part two, part three, and part four. In the last post, we stressed the importance of mapping out all dependencies for our application. In this post, we will dig further …


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What is Your IT Legacy?


Where are you in your career arc right now? Trusting simple statistics, I can say that the majority of you are either just starting out, or somewhere in the middle. Relatively few of those reading this essay will be at, or near, the end …


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The Cost of (Not) Monitoring


What does a wireless thermometer have in common with ping? Both can keep a business from losing cash. One of the ways businesses stay in business is by keeping a tight rein on costs. So, it should come as no surprise that convincing executives …



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Automating the Automators


I’ve heard repeatedly from people in this industry that what we need is a single interface to our infrastructure. For status monitoring, perhaps that’s best represented by the ubiquitous “Single Pane of Glass” (Drink!); for general network management, perhaps it’s a Manager of Managers …


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One Framework to Rule Them All


The Dream of the Data Center For me, it started with OpenStack. I was at a conference a number of years ago listening to Shannon McFarland talking about using OpenStack to bring programmatic Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) into the data center. My own applications …