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October 2018, Vol. 1, No. 4

Cloud and containers rewrite monitoring and management rulebooks

After getting just a little taste of data center transformation success, an overly enthusiastic enterprise can rush off on a headlong, downhill race to eliminate as much IT data center cost as possible. And that can lead to trying multiple cloud services, experiments converging infrastructure and software stacks, and the adoption of DevOps-friendly technologies, such as containerization. Each of these can help force out burdensome Capex and provide increased agility. Still, I can't help but think that in this mad rush to deflate the data center maybe we lose sight of something important. Cloud and containers are grand and hold lots of promise, but often they simply don't arrive on scene with full enterprise management, battle-tested security or -- as we address here -- guaranteed ways to assure service levels. Keep an eye on the prize Convergence, cloud and containers are all hot technologies to be sure. The value they provide is increased abstraction between workloads and infrastructure. More abstraction is great for our new ...

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