Nov
19

Misconfiguration Takes Down Internet Ads

Labels: Downtime
Google's ad serving platform, DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) went down last week, frustrating many publishers and big traffic websites. Following an investigation, Google reported that a misconfiguration sparked the outage. How can you stay ahead of the many configuration changes in your data center, and keep your systems running stable?

Written by Martin Perlin.

Nov
18

Streamlining the Management of Hybrid Clouds with IT Operations Analytics [CM Crossroads]

cmcrossroadsTransitioning to hybrid clouds bring a whole set of challenges, this article focuses on these difficulties, and how IT operations analytics solutions can best address them.

Written by Martin Perlin.

Nov
12

Misconfiguration Turns Upgrade into Outage for Comcast

Labels: Downtime
Most of Comcast's TV services were offline in several outages in the past week. Following an investigation, Comscast issued an apology saying that a configuration issue during an upgrade resulted in the outage. How can you best manage configuration parameters in your data center, and make sure upgrades roll out smoothly?

Written by Martin Perlin.

Nov
04

9 Optimistic IT Salary Survey Results

Labels: IT Skills
According to many of the salary surveys we've compiled, the past year has seen a rise in IT management salaries, with companies openly hiring more IT personnel. To keep track of what's happening with your career, the IT world, and the people that are involved in IT, we put together a comprehensive list of salary survey and compensation results for IT professionals.

Written by Martin Perlin.

Oct
28

IT Nightmares and Data Center Horror Stories

Labels: Downtime
With the dynamics and complexity of today's data centers, nothing can send a well-managed IT environment into a downward spiral faster than the very people that work on it. Whether it's a missed DLL file, a change in permissions, or even a re-indexed table made during routine maitenance, the IT routine is rarely boring. So with a knod to the frights of the Halloween season, we'll take a look a back at some of this year's IT nightmares and horror stories.

Written by Martin Perlin.

Oct
23

Gartner Says Analytics is Top Technology Trend for 2015

Recently Gartner released their top tech trends for 2015 with analytics taking a central role. Further Gartner reports and analysis emphasize the growing importance that analytics is having for IT in their ongoing support of the business.

Written by Martin Perlin.

Oct
07

Top ITOA Thought Leaders and their Insights

Check out the thought leaders for the fast rising area of IT operations analytics (ITOA). These industry influencers are playing a key role in forming the next stage in the evolution of IT operations.

Written by Martin Perlin.

Sep
08

Unplanned Data Center Outages Present Costly Challenges

Labels: Downtime
Unplanned data center outages still present a difficult and costly challenge for organizations. How pervasive is downtime and outages in government data centers?

Written by Martin Perlin.

Jun
10

A Single User Error Causes Cloud-wide Failure at Joyent

Labels: Downtime
Cloud provider Joyent suffered an outage, causing severe inconvenience to customers. Ironically for an operation of this size, Joyent's data center appears to have gone offline due to human error by a single administrator.

Written by Martin Perlin.

May
28

Major Outage at National Weather Service

Labels: Downtime
The National Weather Service Warning System recently faced a severe outage as their systems went down just as massive thunderstorms, some spawning life-threatening tornadoes, erupted across the country and was unable to issue critical warnings about weather conditions, following an upgrade to the system.

Written by Martin Perlin.

May
27

What's Up with Change and Release Management?

How should IT operations take a new look at change management and release management to better address the state of change in today's IT organizations.

Written by Martin Perlin.

May
13

Lonely at the Top? Evolven in Red Herring's Top 100 Technology Companies

It's great to get outside validation about how we are doing. So we're proud to announce that Red Herring named us to their "Top 100 Technology Companies" list.

Written by Martin Perlin.

May
06

7 Exciting Insights from the IT Operations Analytics Webinar Presented by Gartner

IT Operations Analytics solutions can offer better visibility into the exploding complexity of today's technology services. Gartner recently dedicated a full webinar to explore IT Operations Analytics. In this post we share some of the exciting insights we discovered in this presentation.

Written by Martin Perlin.

Apr
29

Is Everything Really Awesome In Your Data Center?

While society in the Lego Movie sang Everything is Awesome as a distraction from living under strict control, to keep your production environment available, your data center can't be locked down in the face of numerous and often unexpected changes. So how do you stay agile and meet dynamic business demands while maintaining stability?

Written by Martin Perlin.

Feb
12

Configuration Glitch Sets Off Google Outage

Labels: Downtime
Google and most of its services were offline for 30 minutes on January 24th. Following an investigation, Google reported that a configuration issue sparked the outage. How can you best stay on top of the many configuration changes in your data center, and keep your production environment available?

Written by Martin Perlin.

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