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1 Oct

Can You See Your Cloud?

A Man Looking Out At A Cloud of Devices

My daughter is a high school senior in the United States. As a family we are embarking on the college application process. It can be a stressful time...safety schools, target schools, reach schools, SAT tests, campus visits, picking a major, building a resume of activities, the list goes on and on.

If you don’t have a child in high school you are probably thinking, “what the heck does this have to do with cloud?”

Well, like many business applications, the college application process has moved to the cloud. One of the most widely used tools is the “Common Application.” It’s a single application, accepted by hundreds of different colleges and universities on a single web site, where students create a username/password and then proceed to fill out sets of common information and questions, including the dreaded college essay. Why fill out a series of separate applications when you can come to the Common Application and do it once? Sounds great right?

Well, last year the Common Application rolled out a new web site and as the New York Times reported, it didn’t go smoothly.

So, the other night my daughter planned to start filling out the 2014/15 Common Application. She had her list of colleges, classes, activities, etc. needed to complete the application. She was ready. I’m thinking things will be better this year. The Common Application team has had a year to work out the kinks. Think again.

She got as far as the sign up window when she saw this:

Common Application Error Message

She called me into to take a look at the screen. In my head I’m thinking, “ah, this is probably that AWS security patch I read about.” But then my thoughts turn immediately to, “How is this affecting AWS customers across the globe? What strategies do IT teams have for providing visibility into the performance of the infrastructure that their businesses’ rely upon, when they may not own all of the infrastructure?”

In a private cloud, IT teams still have access to all the assets delivering IT services, but the moment they step out into the world of infrastructure, platform or software as a service, the methods of traditional performance visibility changes:

Cloud Infrastructure Guide

At SevOne, we continue to work with our customers through their journey to the cloud. Whether you are monitoring a private cloud via integration with cloud automation provisioning systems, or creating custom dashboards to pull back data using APIs from “as a service” providers combined with response time metrics from across your enterprise to your cloud providers, enabling performance visibility across your expanded infrastructure requires a performance management platform capable of pulling data in from a variety of sources.

Oh and what did my daughter do about the Common Application system alert? Ask me next week, we’re going to give them a week to work out their kinks. Fortunately she has six weeks before the first round of applications are due.

Most critical business applications running in a cloud infrastructure don’t have that luxury.

Written by Brian Promes
Sr. Director of Product Marketing

Brian leads SevOne product marketing and alliance-marketing strategies for cloud, virtualization, and software defined everything. Brian joined SevOne with over 20 years experience in the network management and monitoring space at Novell and Cisco, where he focused primarily on product management, product marketing and strategic alliance efforts of early stage products for emerging technologies in enterprise and service provider markets. Brian believes in enabling customers and partners to integrate products and technologies via open APIs and interfaces to solve the individual customer needs, earning two US Patents (US06584507 and US 06957256) for Linking External Applications to a Network Management System.

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