ITSM

IT Service Management.

Get everyone on the same page… literally

By | 2018-04-17T18:31:53+00:00 February 2nd, 2015|Blog|

Whether we practice more traditional operations processes with a 24x7 NOC and well-documented processes, or we’re embracing DevOps-styles with cross-functional teams and highly iterative methodologies, one problem we all face is the growing disconnect between our monitoring systems, the alerts they fire off, and the processes we’re using to handle operational issues. We log incidents in a ticket, but are the folks working on that ticket aware of the real-time status of the underlying incident? 

How a Culture of Sharing Transforms IT Incident Management

By | 2018-04-17T18:32:00+00:00 January 22nd, 2015|Blog|

Earlier this month at BigPanda we released our new Sharing feature, which allows NOC teams to quickly share active and critical incidents with the right teams and subject-matter experts. BigPanda already helps NOC teams today by giving them instant visibility into incoming related alerts so that they don’t have to sift through dozens of emails and web pages with every outage or disruption. They can also attach playbooks and timeseries graphs directly to BigPanda, which means no more navigating around, combing through bookmarks, trying to find the right wiki page for that memory issue, or the right Graphite link for that misbehaving database host.

BigPanda Creates the 1000th Jenkins plugin

By | 2018-04-17T18:52:17+00:00 November 5th, 2014|Blog|

For those of you who are not familiar with Jenkins, it's a dead simple open sourced Continuous Integration solution, which takes absolutely no time to set up. Jenkins has a vibrant ecosystem and community, and until recently, Jenkins only had 999 plugins available...

Automating Incident Management

By | 2018-04-17T18:52:20+00:00 October 28th, 2014|Blog|

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.

ansible-exec: ansible-playbook wrapper for executing playbooks

By | 2018-04-17T18:53:38+00:00 August 26th, 2014|Blog|

Ansible is a great automation tool. We use it for server provisioning, application deployments and running maintenance scripts. One problem it does have however, is how (in)convenient it is to run playbooks as opposed to regular shell scripts. Write and run enough Ansible playbooks, and eventually you’ll get tired of the repetitive typing your fingers have to do.