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Simplifying the Monitoring of Multi-Hypervisor Infrastructures Over the years, many enterprises have achieved tremendous cost reductions and management simplicity through virtualizing their IT infrastructure. According to Gartner, while some firms have virtualized over 90% of their servers, on an average, most firms have over 75% of their servers in a virtualized infrastructure, indicating the growth and maturity of the x86 server virtualization market. VMware dominated the virtualization market for several years but organizations are now also adopting other hypervisors such as Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Oracle VM Server, Red Had Virtualization, etc. Additionally, the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is an alternative for handling virtualization in Linux environments. And, the advent of hyper-converged infrastructures has introduced new hypervisors such... (more)

[session] @Zerto on @IBMcloud | @CloudExpo #Azure #VMware #AI #DRaaS

How to Master Disaster Recovery for Enterprise Applications Cloud-based disaster recovery is critical to any production environment and is a high priority for many enterprise organizations today. Nearly 40% of organizations have had to execute their BCDR plan due to a service disruption in the past two years. Zerto on IBM Cloud offer VMware and Microsoft customers simple, automated recovery of on-premise VMware and Microsoft workloads to IBM Cloud data centers. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Zeb Ahmed, a Senior Offering Manager at IBM, will discuss how to meet RTO in minutes and RPO in seconds using Zerto on IBM Cloud. He will specifically focus on a Cloud Provider and IBM/Zerto Partner use case that can utilize IBM Cloud to build out their own multi-tenant DRaaS offering by converting their capital expense into operating expense. He'll dive into the benefits ... (more)

Digital Performance Management Drives Business Value at Lowe’s and Office Depot

As Digital Performance Management (DPM) emerges as an established product category, people often ask how DPM relates to the older Application Performance Management (APM) market. The answer: DPM provides business performance information – information essential for running any digital business. In other words, DPM provides the glue between business and IT priorities that technology executives in particular have been seeking for decades. Business/IT alignment has become a clichéd buzzword, as it’s always been just out of reach. Digital transformation, however, changes everything – and DPM is at the center of this alignment. However, don’t take our word for it, as the proof lies in real-world success stories. Here are two important ones. Lowe’s: Data-Driven Omnichannel Customer Experience Home improvement and appliance retailer Lowe’s is focusing on delivering an exc... (more)

DevOps Trend | @CloudExpo @AppDynamics #APM #DevOps #Microservices

The Top 5 2016 Trends That Are Changing Software Development By Omed Habib Software development is a moving target. You have to keep your eye on trends in the tech space that haven’t even happened yet just to stay current. Consider what’s happened with augmented reality (AR) in this year alone. If you said you were working on an AR app in 2015, you might have gotten a lot of blank stares or jokes about Google Glass. Then Pokémon GO happened. Like AR, the trends listed below have been building steam for some time, but they’ll be taking off in surprising new directions before the end of 2016. Here’s an overview of what’s coming next and what software developers can do to prepare for it. 1. Linking Application Performance and Business Performance Application performance management (APM) has grown incredibly sophisticated over the past decade. By 2010, Gartner had define... (more)

Cloud Operating Model | @CloudExpo @JPMorgenthal #IoT #PaaS #AWS #Azure #OpenShift

Hard Choices Are Required When Adopting a Cloud Operating Model When was the last time you’ve ever heard anyone say “IT Applications & Operations”? Frankly, in my 30+ year career in IT, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard anyone use this term. The typical term we hear is IT Infrastructure & Operations. These two go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly, which tells us a lot about how we view the field of IT. For those that may not be familiar with the role of IT Operations, Joe Hertvik does a great job here of describing IT Operations Management as someone engaged in the role of providing this service to the business. As you can see it’s very interesting how he specifically addresses the gap between responsibilities regarding IT Applications and IT Operations as a Venn diagram in which there is no overlap. However, as we progress from a pre-Cloud Operating Model world t... (more)

Out of This World Digital Experience | @CloudExpo #AI #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

Close Encounters with Out of This World Digital Experience By Aaron Rudger As technologists, we find ourselves in the middle of tumultuous times and radical change: cloud, containers, automation, artificial intelligence, mobility, the Internet of Things, cyberwarfare, digital transformation, and more! When the $&#! hits the fan, military strategists reference a mental framework called the OODA loop, to sort chaos into clarity. At Perform 2017, we were reminded of how customers continue to find clarity amidst today’s complexity by focusing on their customers. This year’s Digital Experience track at Perform reminded us all of how to successfully orient performance management around the customer. Adobe’s Operations Monitoring Transformation Story Think you’ve got a lot of change to deal with? Try transforming an entire multi-BILLION dollar business from selling license... (more)

Java Profilers: Three Types and Why You Need All of Them | @CloudExpo #Java #Cloud

Java Profilers: Three Types and Why You Need All of Them By Darin Howard Debugging performance issues in production can be a pain and in some cases impossible without the right tools. Java profilers have been around forever, but the profilers most developers think about are only one type. Lets dive into the three different kinds of Java profilers: Standard JVM Profilers that track every detail of the JVM (CPU, thread, memory, garbage collection, etc). Lightweight profilers that highlight your application with a bit of abstraction. Application Performance Management (APM) tools used for monitoring applications live in production environments. Standard JVM profilers Products like VisualVM, JProfiler, YourKit and Java Mission Control. Standard profilers certainly provide the most data, but not necessarily the most usable information. This depends on the type of debugging tas... (more)

Hybrid and Multicloud Environments | @CloudExpo @AppNeta #AI #Monitoring

How to Manage Hybrid and Multicloud Environments (No, They Aren't the Same) By Joe Michalowski Even for the most seasoned IT pros, the cloud is complicated. It can be difficult just to wrap your head around the many terms and acronyms that make up the cloud dictionary-not to mention actually mastering the technology. Unfortunately, complicated cloud terms are often combined to the point that their meanings are lost in a sea of conflicting opinions. Two terms that are used interchangeably (but shouldn't be) are hybrid cloud and multicloud. If you want to be the cloud expert your company needs, you have to lock down the differences between these terms-and understand how to manage a mix of these environments. Hybrid Cloud vs. Multicloud Explained It's time to set the record straight when it comes to hybrid cloud and multicloud environments. Keep these distinctions in mind... (more)

Always-On Enterprise with @Veeam | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #DataCenter

"When you think about the data center today, there's constant evolution, The evolution of the data center and the needs of the consumer of technology change, and they change constantly," stated Matt Kalmenson, VP of Sales, Service and Cloud Providers at Veeam Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. 20th International Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterp... (more)

Insurance Industry's #DigitalTransformation | @CloudExpo @AppDynamics #ML

Digital Transformation in the Insurance Industry By Omed Habib The insurance industry is well aware that digital transformation is coming, even if some CIOs can’t really say what their individual companies will look like at the end of it all. In a survey of thousands of C-level execs around the world, insurance came in among the top five industries that are most likely to see “moderate to massive” digital disruption within the next 12 months. Only 20 percent of business leaders felt that they had the talent they needed to transform the enterprise, though. Here’s a closer look at what’s coming next in the exciting new era of software-defined insurance companies. The Growth of the Insurance Model The basic business model of the insurance industry hasn’t changed much since Edward Lloyd opened his coffee shop for seafaring folk in London in 1688. In the decades after Sh... (more)

What’s new in Dynatrace University 1 of 3: Our own digital transformation story

Recently, we’ve made some significant improvements to Dynatrace University (DTU), based on customer feedback along with information gathered electronically from actual customer experiences, and based on our own digital transformation. We had three goals in mind: innovate, optimize customer experience, and modernize our operations. Of course, since these are the same pillars that Dynatrace itself is built on, it made sense that this is also how we should align DTU. The question was: “Can we redefine digital performance management training and education one app team at a time?” The answer was a resounding “yes.” The story behind this transformation is a valuable study in applying the same standards of excellence across our entire organization. In this blog series, I’ll explain how we adapted our learning platform and educational materials to fit our customers’ needs... (more)