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 ...

Situation Analysis: Amazon is the Third Largest Server Vendor?

By: Kent Erickson >> Every quarter, Gartner Inc. puts out a report on server market share. I kept looking at it and thinking how it’s missing the point. What about virtual servers? What about AWS? How can we intelligently manage a data center if we don’t know about all the servers? I thought it would be fun to add VMware and AWS revenues into the Gartner server share chart. So, I took Gartner’s Q1 table and added in Q2 financials for VMware and AWS. I know, apples and oranges, ...

IPv6 – Let the Sky Fall!

By: Andrew Kirch >>> A year ago, I wrote a blog article about IPv4 exhaustion. A year ago, it was still something of an arbitrary thing, set for the far distant future, future… The future is now. ARIN Is Out of IP Addresses A year ago, when I first wrote this article, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) had an entire /8 left. ARIN was the last regional Internet registry (RIR) with space to allocate. Today, all the RIRs are exhausted. ARIN has a few /23s left for ...

A Zenoss Insider’s Look at Scale Testing Using the Calculated Performance ZenPack

By: Kent Erickson >> It seems like every data center vendor makes a big deal about how their product scales. Helping customers deal with metrics and events from thousands or tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of interesting things is indeed a challenging problem. Promising scale is one thing – delivering it is another. Let’s drill deep into just one area to see how Zenoss ensures customer success. Last year, we introduced a new Calculated Performance ZenPack that allows ...