In the natural world, the healthiest ecosystems are those that are the most diverse. Things aren’t so different in your company’s IT ecosystem; however, the process of increasing diversity can often come with increased risk.
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You’re probably used to hearing about Return on Investment (ROI) from your favorite software vendor (insert vendor name here) – that’s a good thing, because if a product can’t demonstrably save or make you money, you should probably run in the other direction.
In Bernd Harzog’s recent post, “Beware of the Franken-Monitor,” he states:
Despite the widespread advances of virtualization in the enterprise data center, we continue to see the familiar ratio of ~ 70% of the IT budget spent “keeping the lights on” versus ~30% investment in innovation—detailed in a recent post and shown in these cross-industry Gartner IT Key Metrics. Given that a significant portion of the typical IT budget is spent on IT Operations, it gives rise to the question of whether there is an alternative approach with a razor-like focus on reducing operational costs.
Turbonomic offers a Software Defined Control system that orchestrates virtual environment resources to meet application service levels while utilizing the infrastructure as efficiently as possible. This orchestration includes a broad range of decisions, including workload placement, capacity (adding or removing), as well as workload rightsizing decisions to maintain the environment in this desired state.
In last week’s blog post VMware Rejoins the Automated Service Assurance Debate, Bernd Herzog correctly states that “the single most difficult aspect of replacing management with automation” is the faulty assumption “… that problems can be correctly identified, and that fixes to them can be automatically and correctly applied.” Bernd describes several reasons that this is not an easy task, given today’s state of the art management. The most critical one is that “given a set of metrics that are clearly out of bounds, translating those out of bound metrics into the correct action is an as of yet unresolved computer science problem.” Hence, Bernd concludes under his headline, “The Holy Grail of Automated Problem Resolution” that, “therefore, the most realistically achievable form of automated problem resolution is in fact automated problem prevention which is precisely what VMTurbo is delivering today.”
The keynote on Day Two of VMworld (and, yes, the “hang space” turns out to be a great place to watch the keynotes), VMware talked about the “Reality of Conventional IT Operations.”
Features such as “behavioral analytics,” “dynamic thresholds” and “smart alerts” are like the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Well known, but lacking in substance.