Links List 4.11.08

April 11th, 2008 by

David Marshall at Virtualization Report highlights the fact that more and more companies are conducting surveys and sharing data on growing virtualization adoption. We’ll be sharing our own survey results from the FOSE show soon – where we asked about the importance of virtualization management to government IT and whether or not agencies had tools in place. Stay tuned for the surprising results.

Glad to see we’re not the only ones who believe in proactive monitoring. Tech Republic’s David Davis talks about proactive monitoring of Cisco routers to improve performance.

“Network management” of a different kind and internet traffic are discussed by Stacy Higginbotham at GigaOm. The network management she’s talking about has to do with throttling or degrading the performance of selective applications – as shown by what Comcast did to BitTorrent – instead of the proactive monitoring we do to keep all service levels up and app performance optimized on networks.

IT News from Australia shows that network management is increasingly challenging, according to a recent survey. The survey states that 75 percent of network professionals reported difficulties in identifying the primary cause of poor application performance.

We certainly hope that better monitoring could help with this, but what I find surprising is that only 25 percent said this was an issue last year. What makes application performance troubleshooting so hard? Well, for custom applications as an example, there’s sometimes a blame game going on between operations/production and the application developers themselves.

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