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Modernizing IT Operations Study Stresses Importance of Automation to Reduce Costs

Modernizing IT Operations Study Stresses Importance of Automation to Reduce Costs

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The Modern NOC: IT Ops Predictions for 2017

The Modern NOC: IT Ops Predictions for 2017

Is your team ready for 2017? Featuring early release findings from BigPanda’s forthcoming State of Monitoring Report, our latest e-book takes a look at how key industry trends will affect IT operations in the upcoming year.

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Make Icinga work better with automated noise suppression

Make Icinga work better with automated noise suppression

Given that the very development of Icinga arose from the need for additional functionalities in open source monitoring, it’s little surprise that the tool has become indispensable for so many IT professionals. Its configurability and flexibility allow for a sophisticated approach to monitoring, which is both scalable and extensible to large, complex environments.

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BigPanda Boosts Series B Funding Round to a Total of $21 Million

BigPanda Boosts Series B Funding Round to a Total of $21 Million

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What is DevOps? And why you’re not there yet.

What is DevOps? And why you’re not there yet.

As a TechOps community, we’re awash in buzz words. Most are initially used to establish geek credibility yet quickly become cliches. Take, for example, the term “DevOps”. From its inception as a Twitter hashtag used to promote a meetup in bucolic Ghent, Belgium in 2009, it began to be co-opted months later by ops teams around the world aspiring to manage infrastructure with code.

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Five things you need to know about FutureStack15

Five things you need to know about FutureStack15

It was a whirlwind couple of days, but FutureStack15 is in the books! I’m sure I speak for most of the BigPanda team when I say that a weekend of rest was welcomed after the long (but exciting!) days at the show. Between demos, conversations with clients and prospects, and even a surprise visit from Weird Al – there was hardly a moment of downtime. But in our world, who likes downtime? (Excuse the terrible pun).

In case you missed it, here’s a recap of some of the key themes discussed at the show:

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How to Use the 80/20 Rule to Turn Noisy Alerts into Actionable Intelligence

How to Use the 80/20 Rule to Turn Noisy Alerts into Actionable Intelligence

If you work in tech, you’ve probably heard of the Pareto principle, or, as it’s more commonly called, the 80/20 rule. According to the 80/20 rule, for many events, 80 percent of the results are generated by 20 percent of the inputs.

A little background: back in the late 1800s the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto noticed that approximately 80 percent of the land in Italy was owned by 20 percent of the population. Not long after, Pareto also observed that 20 percent of the peapods in his garden generated 80 of the crop’s yield – and thus the 80/20 principle was born. 

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Until DevOps becomes NoOps, there’s Service Health Analytics

Until DevOps becomes NoOps, there’s Service Health Analytics

We’re adjusting to the new reality that DevOps is a compelling layover on the journey between legacy ops and self-healing infrastructure. Eliminating the cultural gap between developers and operations, the now-cliched state of IT nirvana called “DevOps”, is by no means the end goal. The goal is reliable system performance and availability without human intervention - the panacea called “NoOps”.

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A big day for BigPanda – Battery Ventures leads $16M Series B

A big day for BigPanda - Battery Ventures leads $16M Series B

Today, I'm happy to announce that BigPanda has raised $16 million in Series B funding.  Battery Ventures led the round, with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital and Mayfield.  We are thrilled to call them all partners. If you're into press releases, you can check it out here

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Service Health Analytics: make better IT ops decisions faster

Service Health Analytics: make better IT ops decisions faster

We’re proud to be unveiling a new concept we pioneered in the den that finally moves beyond dashboards as eye candy to a new place where IT analytics can be used to make better ops decisions. It’s called Service Health Analytics and it exposes all data from all monitoring sources in the form of configurable dashboards that can be customized, saved, and shared.

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BigPanda Launches Service Health Analytics

BigPanda Launches Service Health Analytics

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Hey Silicon Valley, you’re wrong about “Data Science” and “Machine Learning”

Hey Silicon Valley, you’re wrong about “Data Science” and “Machine Learning”

Tsunami detection. Crop dusting. Biohazard monitoring. What may sound like innuendos in the next EL James novel are also fields being revolutionized by quant jocks and smart algorithms. And yet, despite all the innovation, we technorati continue to bastardize the terms “data science”, “machine learning,” and “big data”. They’ve become lazy speak for “we’re not sure what we’re doing so we’ll hand wave cliches until we have real technology and a business model."

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Rishi’s better than you at just about everything. Here’s his advice for CIOs.

Rishi’s better than you at just about everything. Here’s his advice for CIOs.

Rishi is too humble to be the CIO of a Fortune 100 bank, too busy to be the father of four, too accomplished to blog about ice cream, and too educated to love John Gray. Mostly, he's too unpredictable to fit stereotypes and too passionate about everything he does to do anything at less than full throttle.

I met Rishi this week at the Pacific Crest Global Technology Leadership Forum in Vail where he was presenting and I was lucky to be in the audience. We spent an hour together before his talk that inspired me to rescue Nepalese orphans... and eat more ice cream.

Rishi's been an IT leader since before we called it that. He has helped organizations grow and shrink and grow again. He's more scared about the state of IT today than he has ever been.

Here are excerpts from the discussion...

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What is MTTR? Or why not to feed the baby cognac.

What is MTTR? Or why not to feed the baby cognac.

What is MTTR? Don’t answer with what it stands for or how you use it. The question is more philosophical than literal. For too long we’ve measured operational performance based on the number of minutes it takes to resolve an incident. The almighty trend line slopes down then we gulp milk from the jug of IT inflated ego like NASCAR drivers drunk on Nagios exhaust fumes.

Like the Zen riddle about one hand clapping it’s important to first ask:

  1. What’s an incident?
  2. What does it mean to resolve one? …and (the ever-blasphemous)
  3. Is it unequivocally better to resolve them quickly?

My answers...

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High-frequency Systems Management: for ops teams that don’t communicate with smoke signals

High-frequency Systems Management: for ops teams that don't communicate with smoke signals

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.

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CMDB Evolved: Best Practices for CMDB

CMDB Evolved: Best Practices for CMDB

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Wix Wins With BigPanda

Wix Wins With BigPanda

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How app and Data Center sprawl puts your organization at risk

How app and Data Center sprawl puts your organization at risk

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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BigPanda Helps Wix Spot & Resolve IT Issues 80% Faster

BigPanda Helps Wix Spot & Resolve IT Issues 80% Faster

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Automating Incident Management

Automating Incident Management

Data center growth over the last 15 years has created significant growing pains in terms of data center management.  Tasks that once could be done manually by IT teams have hit the limits of scalability, cost, and efficiency.  The key to enabling IT to meet these challenges involves one key theme: automation.

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