Saturday, 17 August 2013

Actifio - what's the deal???

So I've been taking a look at Actifo - just trying to get a feel for the product, use case and business case that stacks up behind it - Guess I would also be interested in your views!!!

My take goes something along these lines (and this is based on a v quick paper review);

- Great idea, save on data stored by doing all the funky stuff that lots of these appliances / approaches can offer
- If the selling cost / implementation cost stack up - there could be a heap of money to be saved here...
- Base use cases that are offered seem to make sense
- One approach that gives backup, data in a 2nd / 3rd site, good approach to offering data into development all looks good

Things that I still need to get a view on / not so sure about;

- Looks like use cases currently documented, whilst good may be limited
- Does the product scale to the large enterprise (or where is it aimed at?)
- Management looks pretty cute (on PowerPoint ware) - but how easy is it when it gets to hundreds / thousands / tens of thousands of instances??)
- Who is gonna by them / how long will they be a standalone entity -
- What is the time to market / time to implement the product - buying it is just the starter - how long to get it into the infrastructure ecosystem, integrate and make useful
- Interop matrices - use cases with oracle / rman are listed (as an example) but do oracle recognize the solution and will they assist with a problem when it hits
- Business case - does it stack up???? - cant comment on numbers as haven't seen them - but will offer comment back

Anyway there you go - just a quick view as it stands - will comment back as I learn more...

That's all - MOT man just coming to see me now - hopefully it's a pass and not an expensive bill for car!!!

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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Another rant - Understand your business, Understand your applications, Understand your infrastructure

So - its a rant... whats new i guess... well its what i do!!! :-)

So spent another day trying to understand the relationship between what us infrastructure bods do in relation to the business.... sounds simple - it becomes more apparent that talking infrastructure to the business is like, well.... like two completely different languages - and neither understand

cant help but think that, if in a creation of a business service / process that requires technology in some shape or form that from business to app to infra - everyone agrees a common language to talk in, its documented, its understood and most importantly ITS KEPT CURRENT, a regular audit takes place, the critical documents are CHANGE CONTROLLED with the appropriate people SIGNING OFF against the updates etc...

trying to work this out when a remediation process comes about / something breaks / need to complete a discovery is just horrid

ok ok ok so i know you will all be thinking, where is his service catalogue, where is his cmdb, prod cat, component catalogue, automated discovery, mappings maintained - and your right... but hey turn that question back at yourself - where are yours??

Show me someone that states that they have all this stuff and its 80% good i will show you an optimist.. (i was gonna say liar - but thats probably a little too strong - as they probably dont realise they are far from the truth) Why - well the tech just isnt here to do this automatically.. Sure there are some pieces there - but not the whole picture.

Take automated discovery - this would imply no human intervention... good point, however there needs to be - i am yet to see a product that automates discovery of a business service, maps to business process, translates into application service and so on - so it brings us back to the point about managing this important stuff properly.

One other thought - some simple, easy to read SERVICE MAPS that talk about the items that make up give business lines are a massively powerful thing - it may seem a nightmare sitting there with visio / powerpoint / tool of your choice - but when you walk into the business to have *that* discussion (this is what is important to you / which to you want to keep on the go etc.) it makes talking about given topic far easier.

End of my rant, and hopefully food for thought.....


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