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How to monitor Docker?

UPDATE: Part 2 of the blog can be found here Docker has shot to fame in the last couple of years and it has sparked quite a lot of attention. It has joined the elite “buzz word” club and being touted as revolutionary but if you asked the more seasoned UNIX admins, they would argue […]

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TWS Workload Automation – Part 1

Over the years that I have worked with TWS distributed I have worked with many different customers and it never ceases to amaze me how each one can use TWS in a different way. Of course the vast majority of TWS usage involves the scheduled execution of a process (usually batch) and does not differ […]

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IBM SmartCloud Analytics – Predictive Insights 1.2.0.2

The Tivoli Analytics for Service Performance product, which I first wrote about here and here, has since been rebranded under the IBM SmartCloud Analytics umbrella and is now known as IBM SmartCloud Analytics – Predictive Insights. The latest 1.2.0.2 version introduces the following new features: Related Metrics: SmartCloud Analytics – Predictive Insights now allows you […]

Migrating from Blackberry to iOS or Android

With the recent spate of bad news about Blackberry and the prediction from IDC that by 2018 their market share will fall to a mere 0.3% it is unsurprising that several companies are reviewing their phone purchasing policies. The big worry for businesses is security and how they are able to secure Android and iPhones […]

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Have you tried the Netcool IDE?

Build SNMP rules quickly… Recently I have begun using the Netcool IDE to build and develop rules for probes. Specifically, the master of all probes, the “MTTrapd probe” and it has proven to be quite handy. Prior to using the Netcool IDE I had been using editors such as vi to edit rules. We at […]

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IBM Service Engage and APMaaS – a first look

Monitoring from the Cloud – APMaaS Overview Recently we have been getting involved in Service Engage from IBM. An offering that allows customers to run Enterprise Systems Management functions as a cloud service. The beta currently offers the following areas to be run using a SaaS model. Performance Management IT Service Management Workload Automation Analytics […]

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Mobile Device Containerisation, IEM and Enterproid Divide [ Part 2 of 2 ]

This is Part 2 of the blog on Mobile Device Containerisation, IBM Endpoint Manager and Enterproid Divide. Actually to be correct this should just be Divide as since Part 1 of this blog  was published, Enterproid Divide has been rebranded simply as Divide on the back of fresh funding led by Google Ventures. Divide as […]

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Mobile Device Containerisation, IEM and Enterproid Divide [ Part 1 of 2 ]

This is the first part of a two part article on IBM Endpoint Manager and Enterproid Divide. It is assumed that the reader is familiar with IBM Endpoint Manager or as it was previously known BigFix. Since IBM acquired BigFix there have been numerous enhancements and improvements including the introduction of Mobile Device Management. IBM […]

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IBM Tivoli Analytics for Service Performance

With the explosion of Big Data the field of Analytics has boomed in recent years. One discipline in this field that is gaining more prominence and momentum is that of IT Operations Analytics and, in particular, predictive analytics. A presentation at the recent Gartner IT Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit forecast that amongst Global 2000 […]

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Nagios SMS and Voice alert notifications

I have recently been asked to review the options for SMS/Voice notifications that can be integrated into a customer’s Nagios environment. Whilst there are plenty of ways to do this, I narrowed it down to these three methods: 1. SMS Alerting via direct integration or e-mail parsing: SMS alerts are sent using third party hosted […]

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