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Articles on Systems Monitoring and Management

Managing The FAL

Published on 09/10/2013 by Thom Daley
Category: Systems Monitoring and Management

If you’re a MEDITECH customer, and let’s face it you’re probably not reading this blog unless you are or you’re a fan of yours truly (in the latter case you probably should seek help), then you’ve heard about the FAL issue.  See MEDITECH's bulletin:  https://customer.meditech.com/en/d/prwsystems/pages/sys6csfragmentationbulletin.htm.  If you’re running MAGIC then you can stop right here but if you’re either running C/S or MAT, or are ...

Irrational Exuberance

Published on 08/27/2013 by Clay Sides
Category: Virtualization, Systems Monitoring and Management

Having sat through the first few of many sessions at VMWorld 2013 in San Francisco, I am both energized and concerned.This year, there is an intense focus on networking and management. VMware has officially rolled vSphere 5.5 with network virtualization using a new product called NSX™ as well as a renewed push on Ops Management. While both products are poised to be of significant benefit to MEDITECH shops, neither should be approached lightly.While NSX is a ...

Unified Computing: “A Game Changer’

Published on 02/15/2013 by Brian Nelson
Category: Systems Monitoring and Management, Servers

The term “game-changer” is often thrown around our industry carelessly, in a haphazard attempt by the product’s owner to market it. Any minor advancement is hyped by its owner as a “game-changer”. When, in reality, true “game-changers” are few and far between. My boss is fond of the term “strategic enabler”.  A strategic enabler is a product that does not simply improve upon the status quo, but rather shifts the status quo in ...

Storage Trendy

Published on 01/09/2013 by Clay Sides
Category: Systems Monitoring and Management, Storage

While teaching me to drive, mother once told me, "You can't see where you're going with the rear-view mirror; only what you've just run over."  What my Mom was eloquently trying to tell me was, look forward while moving forward. These are erudite words for us in the IT world also….most of the time.Many IT organizations find, at one time or another, they're in jeopardy of running out of space. ...

Is Monitoring Really Important?

Published on 12/18/2012 by Mark Luquire
Category: Systems Monitoring and Management

Monitoring plays a critical role in any infrastructure environment.  Sure, there are those times when monitoring only catches problems that you may already be aware of, but what about the other times?  Successful monitoring can act as a predictive indicator of things to come.  For example, if you are monitoring your disk utilization, then you should be able to produce trending reports and create a model over time that helps to show when you will need ...

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