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09 Sep 2011
open to everyone
The risk problem: "If it ain't broke ... it will be"; Sept 29th Webinar [24557]
Legacy Lowdown – Options when migrating legacy Solaris applications

The battle cry of IT brinksmanship, "If it ain't broke, don’t fix it," means that risk has triumphed over cost. This fate is commonplace for legacy applications which can be found sitting on an outdated/unsupported box, running on ancient OS sporting a "Do Not Touch" sign.

Not important enough to fix; too important to fail. These applications are at risk of failure. And everyone knows it.

AppZero offers an alternative that changes the risk/cost math by eliminating the risk at a slashed cost/effort – with no re-engineering or coding required.

Over the last few years, we have helped a number of significant IT operations use our application virtualization solution to migrate their legacy Solaris applications onto newer systems that are reliable and powerful systems. Prior to learning about AppZero, these organizations lived with risk hunting spare parts for their hardware systems from Ebay and Craigslist – sites that, like the old buffalo grounds, are now hunted-out. At this point, risk becomes probability.
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15 Jul 2011
open to everyone
Effectively Manage Change in your Solaris Environment [24367]
With Halcyon Neuron Management Suite

The tracking of approved and unapproved change on IT systems is critical for the early detection of configuration issues, and to help determine the root-cause of application failures. This is especially important in virtualized Oracle Solaris environments, where systems can easily be resized on-the-fly to alleviate problems on one virtual machine, which may inadvertently impact the performance of another.

Halcyon’s Neuron Configuration Manager, as a core component of the Halcyon Neuron Management Suite, automates the collection of configuration metrics for a wide range of IT assets and quickly identifies the most important changes. Staff are notified using in-browser reports and by email of assets that have stopped tracking approved profiles, and configuration snapshots are available both interactively and from the CLI to simplify comparisons with known-good configurations. Neuron Configuration Manager also includes a highly configurable export and analysis engine, making it easy to integrate with other CMDB and archival tools.
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13 May 2011
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How Many Admins Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb? [24182]
Twice as many as you would expect

Administrators spend an enormous amount of time “keeping the lights on”: activities that consume up to 80% of IT budgets. Automated, repeatable processes are some of the greatest timesavers in the IT world, and yet most system maintenance and monitoring tasks are still performed manually in the datacenter. Halcyon helps double the time staff can spend on new initiatives, instead of simply maintaining the status quo.

Halcyon Neuron automates the monitoring of hardware, OS, and applications in Solaris environments. Pre-defined and configurable thresholds notify admins of failures and service degradation due to CPU/memory exhaustion, log or process errors, and virtual resource conflicts. Plugins are also available for a wide range of custom and commercial applications".
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06 May 2011
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Amazon EC2, Solaris 2.6, and the San Andreas Fault [24159]
By Greg O'Connor, AppZero

As it turned out, the brilliance and competence of Amazon’s technocracy were no match for simple human error. An incorrect manual update to the network set up a domino effect of Catch-22-esque compound failures to Amazon’s EBS (Elastic Block Store) details of which can be found in a 6 page explanation the company offered last week.

Although cloud naysayers will no doubt try to make this event the poster child for Luddite agendas, it won’t work. Data was lost. Business was lost. News was made. But overall, the fallout has not been too bad as users have quickly come forward to stand by Amazon and the choice to use its services.

And the risk was largely knowable. As Jason posted in an article "On Cascading Failures and Amazon’s Elastic Block Store ", "This is not a "speed bump" or a "cloud failure" or "growing pains", this is a foreseeable consequence of fundamental architectural decisions made by Amazon.
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01 Apr 2011
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Illumos in the Cloud: What is Joyent Up to? [24067]
Deirdré Straughan

For years - decades, even - Sun Microsystems held some of the world’s greatest engineering talent fast in its cozy embrace. Then, as so often happens, acquisition unleashed a storm of change. A year later, a good deal of Sun's top talent has moved on, including some well-known names from Solaris engineering. I’m sure this tech diaspora will benefit the industry as a whole, as Sun talent spreads far and wide.

For three years at Sun, I worked closely with top Solaris engineers. Many became friends, so I have kept in touch with those who left, and kept an eye on where they went. A number of the best and brightest settled at a cloud computing company out of San Francisco, called Joyent.

Read on for more from Deirdré and a special offer from Joyent.
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01 Apr 2011
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”Move your mess for less”; Solaris Modernization [24057]
By Greg O'Connor, AppZero

Much has been written about applications that are stranded on Solaris 2.6/7 OS and rare-as-unicorn hardware. In fact, much of it has been written by me. My trusty biz dev leader suggested that I take an ROI run on the topic in my next blog .... which is this one. But I just can’t bring myself to do it.

Why? Because I can’t see building an elaborate spread sheet showing how AppZero is the best option, when the choice is a no brainer that my 7 year old son could make.

Let’s play the model out and you tell me if a spreadsheet would help clarify the choices:

  • Magical thinking
  • Call in the cavalry
  • Binary compatibility
  • AppZero scoop and move

Read on for details and a link to a Webinar.
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