IBM Platform LSF and Docker: A Whale of a time!

HPC Administrators will know that applications today can depend upon multiple packages, libraries and environments. Docker, a container technology for Linux, based on well proven technologies brings together ease of setup, use and efficiency to application management.

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Challenges facing Operations Managers in a cloud world

Introducing Rick, the Operations Manager Rick’s been on my mind for a few weeks now. Mostly at work, since planning for a 12-years-old’s birthday consumes much of my free time. “Rick” is a persona we use in design to represent the Operations Manager—he’s a 40-something college graduate with a tech degree and an MBA, responsible […]

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How the human anatomy is like an IT infrastructure ecosystem

I’m proud to say that my daughter is a trained, practicing pediatric nurse. And, I can remember back, while she was taking her course in anatomy, how she would come home each day to regale us with a story of a new part of the human body she’d learned something about. Recently, I was trying […]

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What’s new in workload automation: IBM Workload Scheduler 9.3

IBM Workload Scheduler version 9.3 is slated for widespread release at the end of May, 2015. It comes with a new version of IBM Dynamic Workload Console, the web interface through which you can define, schedule, manage and monitor multiple workload automation environments in both z/OS and distributed worlds. The console will also be available […]

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Is Pandora lurking in your HPC center?

HPC clusters are represent investment that help drive innovation and provide a competitive edge in industry. So it’s important for operators to understand how these environments are used, as well as being notified of problem areas. Monitoring solutions exist in many different shades; many of which provide highly detailed infrastructure monitoring. However, is that really enough?

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Log analysis helps find what’s needed in the proliferation of data

Until recently, IT organizations generally dealt with structured data, and relational databases ruled the IT world. Most data were structured and organized in these databases. Tools like SQL were used to easily query these databases and find the needed answers. But then the digital transformation happened. The internet came along, prompting the evolution of a […]

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What have middleware services got to do with cloud models?

Cloud, cloud and cloud! I bet you’ve been hearing about it a lot lately. If you’ve decided to hop on the cloud bandwagon, then you’ll face the challenge of figuring out what kind of service delivery model you should follow. To shed some light on this issue, I’m going to compare the different cloud service […]

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Why predictive analytics is critical for today’s IT operator

To effectively manage and control the firehose of metrics and alerts coming from complex and fast-paced IT environments, you need more than monitoring or performance management tools. You need  the power of analytics. Let’s look at an example from everyday life to see how analytics can have an impact. On the dashboard of your car, […]

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Five whys of predictive analytics

In our domain of IT Operations Analytics (ITOA),  we commonly have to determine the root cause of problems, and there are many approaches to this determination.  I often use the Five Whys approach as part of my explorations. This investigative technique is useful in many situations beyond root cause analysis. I often apply it when […]

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