Category Archives: datacenter management
A recent study demonstrated that when you put in all the costs of mainframes, UNIX boxes and Wintel hardware (hardware, support, software, people, environmentals), mainframes were cheaper based on what they could produce. Mainframes work well and fast, aren’t subject to security breaches in the same way as any other hardware, and just a few people can manage thousands of applications on a single box.
Isn’t it best when project management is proactive, looks carefully at the data, and notifies people early when a complex project may have issues? Even better if the manager can notify corporate leadership that things like scope creep mean that the project won’t complete on time. That way, dates can be changed, more people added to the team, or more money provided?
Laszlo Bock, SVP, Google, ‘People Operations,’ recently spoke about staff retention and what it takes to make employees happy, so they’ll stay with you. Even at the pre-eminent purveyor of perks, Google knows that these perks are not what keep people around. According to Bock, the important factors are two: working with terrific people and knowing that what they do each day matters.
Some sages, particularly in the distributed systems space, like to say that capacity planning isn’t necessary anymore. Hardware is cheaper and virtualization makes better use of resources. Besides, no one seems to know how to do it these days. But the sages are wrong!
We systems programmers love metrics – and we have a lot of them. Leveraging its Batch Service Metric, ThruPut Manager can help you set and achieve SLAs that are achievable and desirable. Give it a try and see how better communication between IT and the business can lead to career opportunities and advancement.
With the focus on compliance, most companies have SLAs for online work, but many don’t have SLAs for batch. We all know only too well that users have expectations as stringent as SLAs. Everyone’s tracking how well you manage batch, but because the batch SLAs aren’t documented, they are what the users think they should be. How can you possibly manage that!?
Does this sound familiar? Software vendors drop by to talk about their products, adding another long meeting to your packed schedule. When you get to a conference, vendors try to entice you into the exhibit hall for another meeting. You’re constantly faced with new software options. Who has the time to look at them?
The simple answer is that you have to find the time. What many of us don’t realize is that when you ignore the new offerings and capabilities, you have made a decision. No decision, or the failure to consider new options, is actually a decision to stick with the solutions you already have. You’re making a decision NOT to make a decision.