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DevOps and OmniCenter: The Bigger Picture

The DevOps movement is centered around the notion that we are all here to bring value to our users. Whatever the application, whatever the infrastructure, whatever the bureaucracy, and whatever the process, IT should simply be about providing users with application experiences that add value. To that end, we should all be working together. The [...]

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Network Computing UK Review – OmniCenter from Netreo

Network engineers cannot ignore indications of potential network problems and yet somehow they need to be filtered, analysed, prioritised, grouped, categorised and assessed for network - therefore business - impact Automation is vital, and OmniCenter from Netreo is devoted to this vital work. Rapid to deploy and available as a hardware or virtual (VMware) appliance, [...]

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3 Steps to a Better VDI Implementation

When a VDI user contacts your help desk because a key application is slow, you can probably expect a bunch more calls just like it. Too often, these callers hear, “Everything looks fine from this end.” Here’s how to offer VDI users a better answer now — and fewer reasons to call in the future. […]
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Boost IP Telephony Performance With 4 Monitoring Tactics

Ask network admins how they monitor their IP telephony performance, and many will probably offer some variation on, “We just play it by ear. Literally.” But this can be a crucial mistake. Here’s how to know whether (and how) to proactively monitor your IP telephony environment. […]
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5 Steps to Eliminating Network Monitor False Alerts

The longer you work at a landfill, the less the smell alarms you. The longer your network monitoring system dashboard is lit up in red and yellow when nothing’s really wrong, the less the alerts will mean to you. Configure your network monitor alert thresholds so red really means “Do something now.” […]
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Install a Network Monitoring System Without the Drama

The nightmare installation story. No IT conference happy hour is complete without one. Funny stuff sometimes–when it’s safely in the past. But smooth implementations make for boring stories. Here’s how to make installing a crucial network monitoring system a boring success story. […]
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Halting the Spread of Server and Storage Sprawl

If you’re researching how to detect server sprawl or storage sprawl, you probably already know they can sap network performance and balloon your hardware and licensing budget. See which  strategies for reversing sprawl we’ve seen work well for IT managers, and which haven’t. […]
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How Trouble Hides in Your Virtualized Systems

Partial blindness is a trade-off some network admins make for the advantages of virtualized systems. It’s often hard to see whether you’re pushing your virtual resources too much—or too little. Also, the roots of slowdowns and outages can hide in hypervisors. Is It time to get your virtual vision checked? […]
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Counting on the Cloud: 4 Tracking Tips for Cloud-Hosted Applications

Cloud applications have generally earned a strong reputation for reliable uptime. But it’s still critical to monitor your cloud-hosted systems and applications with continuous testing of availability and response time. These four monitoring tips can help you count on the cloud. […]
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