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Deploying a Single Pane of Glass

7 Habits of Highly Effective Network and System Administrators - Part IIIt's no secret that Network and System Administrators are being asked to manage more resources than ever before, including networks, servers, apps, virtual and cloud resources, and more. But what does management mean?Looking at server workload as an example, as a Network or System [...]

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The Oxymoron Attack on Network and Systems Management

7 Habits of Highly Effective Network & Systems Administrators - Part IJumbo Shrimp. Great Depression. Deafening Silence. Virtual Reality. These are all terms known as “Oxymorons”, defined by Webster as “a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction”. Put your mind to it and you can probably come up with several [...]

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Network & Systems Administrators

IntroductionNetwork & Systems Administrators are the backbone of any IT organization.They provide critical monitoring and support for all IT resources—be they networks, SD-WANs, servers, apps, or virtual and cloud resources.After working with hundreds of Network & Sys Admins, we’ve identified 7 crucial habits of the most effective ones.1. Avoid Data DelugeA typical Network or Systems [...]

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Application Monitoring: Covering All Your Angles

Luke Skywalker: Ben! Why didn't you tell me? You told me that Darth Vader betrayed and murdered my father.Obi-Wan Kenobi: Your father was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force. He ceased to be the Jedi Anakin Skywalker and "became" Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. [...]

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Alerting Policy: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

Everywhere we turn we’re surrounded by “Policies”. Foreign policies, "Social Media” policies, you name it. Even 7-Eleven has a policy: "No shirt, No shoes, No service". Policies have also wound their way into corporate IT departments. However, one area where defined guidelines are often overlooked is alerting for systems and network problems. Let’s dig in [...]

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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – Where Everything Old is New Again

The quote “Everything Old is New Again” can be attributed to lots of people. Performer Peter Allen penned a song by that name. So have the Barenaked Ladies. A character in Stephen King’s 2005 novel “The Colorado Kid” also utters the phrase. I, for one, hope there’s some truth to it. After all, that would [...]

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Less is More? Perfecting Your Mix of Network Management Tools

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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Alerting vs. Reporting – You Say Tomayto, I Say Tomahto

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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IT Reporting: 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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IT Monitoring – Any Monkey Can Ping

My favorite show on television is “The Big Bang Theory” (I’m a self-admitted IT geek, what did you expect?). In a rerun I watched 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. What [...]

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