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In 1792, the New York Stock Exchange opened its doors on Wall Street with five stocks available for trade. Today, more than 2,800 companies list on the NYSE with a combined market value of more than $15 trillion. In 223 years, everything except the name has changed.
The magnitude of change impacting IT Systems Management is comparable…in the past decade. And yet we still manage apps and infrastructure like it’s 1792. Hey bar wench, pour me some mead in a wood jar to enjoy with my salt cod while I stare at blinking lights in the NOC then manually patch a server.

Today we announced an integration with the excellent cloud monitoring system Librato which was recently acquired by SolarWinds. We’ve enjoyed working with the Librato team to bring the product to market and now are eagerly awaiting feedback from the loud and proud community of BigPanda+Librato users.

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At BigPanda, we always enjoy hearing about our customers’ monitoring setups. A fascinating pattern we’ve noticed is the uniqueness of each setup.

Last year was an amazing experience, and we couldn’t wait to come back for more. BigPanda will be back at Monitorama to hear talks from leading open source developers, web operations experts, and a variety of thought leaders in the monitoring space.

Last week, Google announced several changes to its cloud platform. First, AppScale, the company that provides an open source implementation of Google’s application platform, Google App Engine, is receiving a direct investment from Google in order to accelerate the interoperability between AppScale and Google App Engine. This is a smart move, and it should help developers overcome the app portability issue that is ushering in a new era of vendor-lock within public clouds.

I met Vlad in the bar in Vegas after a long day of telco NOC drudgery. He was enjoying his whisky and clearly didn’t want to be interrupted by me asking about his datacenter. I could tell he’d rather I had asked about anything else… Cat Stevens, Greek myths, Faberge eggs. Anything. I interrupted him anyway and asked what’s required to go from the three nines he referenced in his keynote to the five nines his customers demand. He winced in pain. I thought he swallowed an ice cube or his Johnnie Walker was laced with cyanide. Turns out he was deep in thought. He proceeded to share wisdom that inspired me… to drink whisky and grow facial hair.

In my last post, I discussed how enterprise application sprawl, if left unchecked, puts organizations at risk. In this post, I’m going to discuss what to do about the problem. Today, any single department within even a mid-market enterprise will have more applications deployed than was standard – organization wide – just a dozen or so years ago. These apps include everything from cloud-based CRM to social media tools to AWS workloads to various big data tools to collaboration suites, and on and on and on.

Enterprise application and computing environments have changed radically over the past fifteen years. Anyone who has spent even a day in an IT role can tell you that.What gets less attention, however, is how those changes undermine the ability of operations teams to do their jobs. The problem is that as computing and application environments have changed dramatically, workflows and org charts have not.

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