April 2017

Less is More?


Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Well, it depends who you ask. If you ask the West Virginia winner of a $315 Million Powerball jackpot from several years ago, then he might say “yes”. Shortly following his new windfall, bandits broke into his car and absconded with $500,000 in cash. [...]

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March 2017

You Say Tomayto, I Say Tomahto … Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off


On second thought, let’s not. Better yet, let’s see if we can understand the differences and move on from there. I’ve been an SE in the systems and network management field for a long time. Over the last 13 years I’ve encountered more situations than I can count where we start an implementation and the [...]

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February 2017

Follow the White Rabbit


“Do you always look at [the data] encoded like that”, asked Neo as he looked over the shoulder of his crewmate. Cypher responds, “Well you have to. There’s way too much information to decode the Matrix. You get used to it. I don’t even see the code. All I see is blonde, brunette, red-head ...”. [...]

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January 2017

Any Monkey Can Ping


Right now my favorite show on television is “The Big Bang Theory” (I’m a self-admitted IT geek, what did you expect?). In a rerun from a few weeks ago Amy gives a purposely-nicotine-addicted monkey a cigarette as a reward for some behavior. Sure it is only a TV show, but that got me to thinking. [...]

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December 2016

Netreo Celebrates a Successful Year


As December winds down, we wanted to take just a moment to reflect on the successful year we’ve had. As you can see from the news we put out recently, in 2016 we were able to build upon the success of previous years offering superior IT management and network monitoring capabilities to many new customers and [...]

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Magic & Monitoring == Ying & Yang?


A little while ago I was imbibing in a quality craft beer or two (or seven, but who’s counting?) with a friend. This particular friend also happens to be a talented network engineer and we began discussing some of the new technologies he’s seeing among his customer base. As is wont to happen when one [...]

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November 2016

In Case of Emergency, Rely on Single Pane of Glass (Don’t Break It)


Push notifications – whether sent to your smartphone, computer, tablet or watch – can be some of the most important messages you ever get. How else will you know when a blockbuster trade hits your fantasy football league or when to leave for a meeting because of traffic issues on the I-405? Of course, allow [...]

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September 2016

Philosophy and Dashboards


A great philosopher once said, “You can observe a lot by just watching.” Wait. What? Okay, never mind. Yogi Berra probably doesn’t reach the same rarified air occupied by Plato, Aristotle, or Socrates. After all, rhetorical gems such as “A nickel ain’t worth a dime any more” and “We made too many wrong mistakes” are [...]

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August 2016

Seeking a Tall, Dark, and Handsome …. Monitoring Tool?


Way back in 1965, before the Internet was invented and when IBM and the BUNCH (Burroughs, UNIVAC, NCR, Control Data Corporation, and Honeywell) dominated the computing landscape, there was a show on television called “The Dating Game”.  For the uninitiated, the format of the show was that a bachelorette would question three bachelors, who were [...]

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June 2016

Beer and IT Systems Management: Two Peas in a Pod?


It’s written in Ecclesiastes “there’s nothing new under the sun”.  However, this blog would beg to differ.  When was the last time you read an analysis of IT Systems Management tools in terms of its similarities to beer?  Can’t think of an instance?  Well, rest easy because we’re breaking new ground here.  The first similarity [...]

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