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Travels

Been travelling a bit the last week, and I am off to London for most of next week to work on strategy and organizational structure. I was offered a seat at IBM Pulse, but I don't think I'm going to make it. I will still be attending HP Software Universe in mid-June, which should be interesting given the advances in the HP products from Mercury and Opsware integrations.

Toolset Changes

As many of you know, we just completed a large purchase of another company, so in the next few weeks I will know what I am going to be doing. In the meantime we are figuring out how to converge our toolsets. There will be more activity here as we work through the issues and determine the final set of products we are going to be pushing out across the universe of the company. Based on some of the deals we make with IBM and other vendors it could also create other areas where we can standardize.
More to come in this area.

IBM POTs

This week we were offsite at the tech center in NYC for a day trip. We looked at IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager (TPM), the provisioning, deployment product. It is one of the products we are considering standardizing on. I wanted to get clear picture of what it can and cannot do versus Opsware SAS. The product looks good, but I still need to write up the full gap analysis. It definitely would meet most of our patching, inventory, and deployment requirements, but it doesn't fill the system administration, or complex audit and control requirements we are given due to customer audits and regulatory compliance.
Last week IBM brought us a POC for IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM), which is the monitoring platform. It compares to HP Openview Operations (OVO). We are going to bring it in house to do more testing, but upon the initial 1 day with the product, we found the following comparison to be true:

Issues in POC:
Multiple times the agent died, and the server died. There was no indic…

Realtime market data systems

I don't really talk about this much, but we deliver a lot of real time market data to thousands of customers. Part of my responsibility is running a group which monitors the real time environment. With very strange things like multicast, and other abnormal requirements that most standard products don't deal with. A good example is the exchange holidays, open and close times for each exchange out of the 200+ exchanges we bring feeds into global POPs.
The infrastructure has more changes by development than anything else at the company. Figuring out the proper "state" is next to impossible, which make monitoring a challenge to say the least. They have a custom tool, which we are working with the developers on to get a web services interface so we can better understand state before presenting a false alarms to the Realtime operators.
We are cleaning up the rules by pushing the responsibility onto developers to write the proper rules. This should fix things as we audi…

What’s going on in my crazy life

Well I bought a new ride this week as a second car : http://www.vw.com/R32/en/us/ Its pretty fun, and I'm happy with the selection. The R32 is more practical than my current car, but also still fun and good in the snow (AWD).
On to more technical matters, we were hoping to accomplish more this week than we in fact did, probably due to many people on my teams being Ill, and one of our major contributors being out for half the week OOO. Here are some highlights of another fun filled week:
Got the new cluster in hand for the Sevone expansion. We are getting huge requests do to diagnostic netflow analysis with the product, so we want to start using it more and see what we can do with it.
Implemented Opsware NAS on a physical box, which we are cutting to on Monday. This is the first V2P we have done. As NAS grows we need more horsepower than our current vmware implementation can offer it.
Integration of two Netcool systems are progressing, we now have a common schema, and we are te…