If You Can’t Take the (DevOps) Heat, Stay Out of the (Test) Kitchen

By: Andrew Kirch >> Virtualization and the cloud are changing how apps are deployed. Application orchestration and deployment is an order of magnitude more complex than ever before. IT operations staff members have been turned into virtual plumbers, ensuring all the bits of the underlying infrastructure are connected together properly and don’t leak. This is tedious work, and one mistake dooms the next rollout to failure and an unplanned outage. Now is the time to test before you ...

The Back-to-School Domino Effect

Education lifts every aspect of our society and global economy — a mission we all need take as seriously as the institutions that manage the traditional and, now, online classrooms. The rise of the new digital classroom gives students and faculty unprecedented learning capabilities, putting high demands on the IT teams facing ever-increasing system complexity. With all of these new critical applications online — courseware, streaming video, video teleconferencing, facility management ...

Z-News Update

By: Andrew Kirch >> We are a monitoring company, so in this week's recap of compelling articles, we would be remiss if we didn't mention the Ashley Madison hack. Every user of Ashley Madison trusted the website with data so sensitive that the disclosure of that data to a third party would literally ruin their lives. The sum total of due diligence that was done was going to the website, entering a credit card number, and signing up. The users might as well have posted fliers in ...

Layer 2 Network Connection Awareness Improves Root Cause Analysis

By: Kent Erickson >> At the end of July, Zenoss delivered a customer feature straight from our Customer Advisory Board's requests. The Layer 2 ZenPack helps customers identify application and network root causes. Root cause analysis for application services can now automatically include supporting network switch faults. A huge cause of event floods has been eliminated, replaced with a single network root cause event. The ZenPack extends existing network device support with ...

The Body Count of Industrial-Scale Identity Theft

By: Andrew Kirch >> Hacking is not heating up — it's been like this for a long time. What's actually changing is the media’s understanding of its impact, which has crafted insightful content and coverage. You can only do something wrong so many times before you start getting better at it, and the media is getting better at covering data thefts and hacking. While the coverage should still include more hard facts, it is now sufficiently on point, and the private industry is taking it ...

Z-News Update

Cisco's Chuck Robbins on VMware's Shortcomings, the HP Split, and the Future of Cisco-SimpliVity CRN | Jennifer Follett Cisco Systems new CEO Chuck Robbins on Wednesday night delivered strong financial results for the company's fourth quarter, including revenue of $12.8 billion, up 4 percent, and non-GAAP earnings of $3 billion, or 59 cents per share, beating analysts' estimates for both sales and profits. The company also reported 19 percent growth in its channel-driven U.S. commercial ...

Response to CRN Interview With Chuck Robbins – August 2015

By: Kent Erickson >> I recently read a great interview with the new CEO of Cisco, Chuck Robbins, on CRN.com. He touched on topics from ACI to IoT to channel partners. Recommended reading! ACI Led the Discussion It was exciting that Chuck led with a discussion on ACI. Zenoss is working with many organizations implementing policy-defined networking, and it's fascinating how quickly customers are adapting to this new technology. You might think about ACI implementations in three broad ...