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4Aug. 2015

up.time Version 7.5 is Now Available!

Up.time version 7.5 is now available and comes with a host of improvements and new features.

Graphing is now improved with all Java and ActiveX graphs being replaced with more modern JavaScript graphs. The new graphs have better performance and do not require plugins.

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Additionally, REST API in 7.5 supports querying performance metrics for specified elements and metrics via a call of format.

And the improved capacity planning includes a number of new features:

  • Resource Cold Spot report shows underutilized resources in your infrastructure, like servers using low amounts of CPU and memory
  • The new Datastore Capacity Growth report in the VMware vSphere reports shows growth of your vCenter datastores. A “Time to Fill” metric has been added to the File System and Datastore Capacity Growth Reports, to let you know how long we estimate it will take to fill up storage
  • A monitor section has been added to the Inventory Report so that you can also see the up.time monitors associated with your elements
  • Network devices can have all their interfaces shown on the Resource Usage Report (Network Device Interfaces under Report Options)
  • The VM Workload report has a new summary section
  • New Capacity Gadget and Capacity What-If Gadgets are available in the Grid

Up.time 7.5 includes additional features and improvements. It can be downloaded here.

 

29Jul. 2015

System Administrator Appreciation Day Twitter Giveaway

How awesome are system administrators? Awesome enough to get their own day!

Friday July 31 is System Administrator Appreciation Day and we are celebrating by giving away a R2D2 USB car charger from ThinkGeek.

*image courtesy of ThinkGeek.com

*image courtesy of ThinkGeek.com

Here is how to Enter:

On Friday, July 31, reply to this fill in the blank tweet on your Twitter account:

“The best part about being a sysadmin is ____”

and use #sysadminday and @uptimesoftware within your response. The uptime Linkedin page will also have a link redirecting to a Twitter click-to-tweet which will already include the required formatting. It also can be seen here: http://ctt.ec/3z86a

The winning participant will be chosen at random on Monday, August 3 and notified via Twitter DM. All participants must follow @uptimesoftware to coordinate shipment of the prize.

Good luck everybody! And have a great System Administrator Appreciation Day!

*see below for rules on giveaway

 

 

This giveaway is sponsored by Idera, Inc. (“Idera”), a Texas corporation located at 2950 North Loop Freeway West, Suite 700, Houston, Texas 77092. These are the official rules (“Official Rules”), which govern your participation in this giveaway (“Giveaway”).

THERE IS NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR RECEIVE A FREE GIFT (DEFINED BELOW). THIS GIVEAWAY IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. VOID IN ANY STATE WHERE LOCAL REGISTRATION LAWS WERE NOT COMPLIED WITH.

BY PARTICIPATING, YOU AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES. ALL DATA REQUESTED AT REGISTRATION, GIFT FULFILLMENT OR AT ANY OTHER TIME IN CONNECTION WITH THIS GIVEAWAY MUST BE ACCURATE. IF INACCURATE INFORMATION IS SUPPLIED, IT WILL RESULT IN YOUR DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE GIVEAWAY AND PREVENT THE AWARDING OF THE FREE GIFT TO YOU. You represent and warrant that by participating in this Giveaway you are not violating any law or policy of your employer.

1. How to enter

This Giveaway is open to any of Idera’s customers or any person who participates in the System Admin Day Twitter giveaway contest using #sysadminday and tweeting to @Idera_Software during the Promotion Period (defined below). Entries must fill in the blank: “The best part about being a sysadmin is ___.” The winner will be chosen at random and must be following @Idera_Software to receive PM with information on shipping.

2. Promotion Period

The promotion period for the giveaway begins at 12:01 AM (CDT) on July 31, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM (CDT) the same day (“Promotion Period”).

3. Eligibility Requirements

Giveaway is open only to legal residents of U.S., who are 18 years or older at the date of entry. Employees of Idera, its subsidiaries, affiliates and its promotion agencies, as well as the immediate family and household members of each such employees, are not eligible. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, territorial, municipal, and local laws and regulations.

4. Giveaway and Delivery Method

The winner chosen at random will receive an R2D2 USB car charger valued at $39.99. The Gift will be shipped to the participant at the address provided during the registration process within 4 to 6 weeks of entry.

5. General Release/Conditional Limitation of Liability

BY ENTERING THIS GIVEAWAY, PARTICIPANTS AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, RELEASE, DISCHARGE AND HOLD HARMLESS IDERA, ITS SUBSIDIARIES, SHAREHOLDERS, DIRECTORS AND EMPLOYEES AND EACH OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA PROVIDERS USED BY IDERA TO PROMOTE THE GIVEAWAY (TWITTER) FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY AND/OR DAMAGES, WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT, WHICH MAY BE DUE TO OR ARISE OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THIS GIVEAWAY OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, OR THE ACCEPTANCE, USE/MISUSE OR POSSESSION OF THE GIFT. NOTHWISTANDING THE FOREGOING, IN THE EVENT THAT THE PRECEDING RELEASE IS DETERMINED BY A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION TO BE INVALID OR VOID FOR ANY REASON, THE ENTRANT AGREES THAT, BY ENTERING THIS GIVEAWAY, (I) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS, AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS GIVEAWAY, OR ANY GIFTS AWARDED, SHALL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION; (II) ANY CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED, IF ANY; AND (III) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND ENTRANT HEREBY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIM, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES AND ANY AND ALL RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED AND ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN DAMAGES FOR ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES.

6.Disqualification

Entries generated by facsimile, script, macro or other automated means, that have been tampered with or altered, or that are stolen, postage due, misdirected, garbled, delayed by computer transmissions, incomplete, illegible, inaccurate, corrupted, lost, late or damaged, are all void and will not be accepted. All entries must be individually completed and no automated entries, mass entries, reproductions or photocopied entries will be accepted. One entry per person. Idera, its participating gift partners, and service providers are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any network or telephone lines, incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any web site or online service, or any other error or malfunction, or late, lost, illegible or misdirected entries. If, for any reason, the Giveaway is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Idera which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Giveaway, Idera reserves the right at its sole discretion to void the entries at issue and/or terminate the Giveaway and to award the free Gift using all eligible entries received as of the termination date. If the Giveaway is terminated due to tampering or technical difficulties prior to its expiration date, notice will be posted at Idera’s website. Idera reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant that tampers with the operation of or abuses any aspect of this Giveaway or violates the Official Rules of this Giveaway.

7.Governing Law

This Giveaway and the rights and obligations of the entrants will be governed and controlled by the laws of the State of Texas, USA, and any disputes shall be referred to the exclusive jurisdiction of the State of Texas, US courts.

8. Privacy

Personal information of entrants will be used to enable the Gift to be sent out. In addition, Idera will use your personal information in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in Idera’s privacy policy available at http://www.idera.com/legal/privacystatement. You agree to the processing of your personal information for the purposes and in the manner set out above.

5Jun. 2015

Geek Sync: In Depth Look At Application Performance Monitoring

Hello from up.time and Idera.  I’m one of the new product managers working on the up.time product after it joined the Idera family. As part of the new Idera Geek Sync series, I’ll be doing a webcast on the theory underpinning application performance monitoring you may want to attend.

It can be confusing to understand all the different monitoring techniques and how they apply to your systems.  When I was a Web operations manager working at a large enterprise, we started to accumulate monitoring tools.  Our VP kept questioning me about the additional tool buys.  “You guys just bought a monitoring tool.  Now you’re buying another one.  I don’t understand!” What we were really doing was assembling a portfolio of tools that would monitor all the different parts of our application – the endpoints, the systems, the databases, the applications, and more.  I found it helpful to devise a “Monitoring 101′ approach that demonstrates the various instrumentation points within a modern computer system and the ways you can instrument them.  This talk won’t be specifically about up.time or other Idera products, it will talk at a more theoretical level about the kinds of things you can instrument and how you do that (though I may mention some specific product functionality we have that hits those instrumentation points as examples for reference).

Here’s the description of the talk, and a teaser image:

instrumentationpointsAs applications become more and more critical and valuable in today’s business world, the importance of monitoring the efficiency of those applications has greatly increased. Poor application performance can negatively impact user satisfaction and subsequently cause loss in revenue for your company.

Join us for a Geek Sync as Ernest Mueller, application performance product manager at Idera, walks us through an in depth explanation of application performance infrastructure architecture while exploring the relationship and interconnectivity of each piece within it.

About Ernest: Ernest Mueller is a product manager for Idera’s APM products in Austin, TX. In his 20 years in IT he’s been a developer, system administrator, and IT/engineering manager in companies ranging from large enterprises to established SaaS businesses to startups. He runs conferences (DevOpsDays Austin), organizes user groups (CloudAustin), and speaks and blogs (theagileadmin.com) on cloud technologies, Agile, monitoring, security, and DevOps.

Register here to attend!

18Nov. 2014

Purchase hardware and build the data center via converged infrastructure

cmgI recently presented at a CMG Canada seminar in Toronto (October 29th, 2014). The topics discussed throughout the day were broadly applicable to many IT professionals and I thought sharing some of the discussion might help others facing similar challenges.

For those who are not familiar with CMG it stands for Computer Measurement Group. It is a not-for-profit, worldwide organization whose members are primarily focused on performance and capacity management.

The CMG Canada seminars are designed to explore new technologies and challenges facing IT professionals. Although many of the presentations are from vendor representatives, like myself, CMG Canada is focused on vendor neutral topics. Read the rest of this entry »

13Nov. 2014

Working with SQL Queries

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I’m a Sys Admin for a SaaS provider of payroll tax solutions.  SQL Server is critical to the service we provide to our customers so we are continually checking the availability and performance of our SQL Server databases.  One of our major problems occurs when information gets passed to the database but doesn’t get processed.  So while simple monitoring tools may show that the database is available, in this scenario we don’t detect that our user interface isn’t working or functioning properly. Read the rest of this entry »

12Nov. 2014

Tech Tip Video: Installing Extensions Using the up.time Extension Manager

Installing and Upgrading Plugins

In some cases, your environment might require you to capture unique metrics or monitor specialized applications; To do this, you can configure up.time with advanced service monitors, or download and install plugin monitors to provide you all the custom and in-depth metrics you could need. Read the rest of this entry »

5Nov. 2014

Our Love/Hate Relationship with Virtualization

uptime samplesVirtualization enables IT organizations to radically cut costs associated with hardware, power and space, it’s not all roses as it also brings problems around complexity and staffing. Many enterprises are seeing no savings in labor costs, and in some cases, it increases. From IT executives’ standpoint, they experience governance problems from their lack of manageability of their virtualization efforts. Furthermore, they also run into licensing problems. As virtual instances are spun up, they are uncertain whether purchased licenses cover their activities. Keeping track is proving difficult. Additionally, software costs are increasing, as each new instance, demands licensing of software, which then escalates costs. Where have the savings gone? Read the rest of this entry »

30Oct. 2014

Some of the Ways I Use up.time

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I’m a System Administrator for Nevada’s primary energy provider. We’re one of the fastest growing energy companies in the US but we have a relatively small IT team. We support a wide variety of systems (including Windows, AIX, Unix, Linux and others) across two data centers and I personally support all of the organization’s AIX pSeries systems. We originally had IBM Tivoli as our monitoring solution but switched to up.time almost 2 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

27Oct. 2014
17Oct. 2014

Taking Your IT Department to the Next Level – The IT Maturity Curve

Let’s face it, IT is hard. We get it. Technology is constantly changing, environments are becoming increasingly dynamic and complex, and IT organizations are forced to be lean on staff and tight on budget.

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So, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you feel fully in control of your environment and datacenter today?
  2. Do you feel prepared for the major changes that cloud technology (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) will have on IT and business tomorrow?
  3. Do you feel IT is proactive in the way it’s managed, or is 80% of time still reactive and spent in firefighting mode?
  4. Most importantly, do your IT tools save you time and money, or do they turn into budget and resource eating pits? Do they make life easier, or more complex?

Read the rest of this entry »

 
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