Day: August 19, 2018

We’re headed to Hollywood | Join Galileo & the ATS Group at the Upcoming IBM Systems Technical University

See What's Happening in Hollywood at the IBM Systems Technical University

IBM events offer a variety of ways to learn, grow, and connect. As an IBM Gold Business Partner, you can always find the teams from Galileo Performance Explorer and the ATS Group at IBM Systems Technical Universities (#IBMTechU) events, and this October is no different! Thousands of IT professionals gather to experience unparalleled technical education at an IBM Tech U events that feature technical sessions about Galileo-supported technologies, such as IBM Storage, IBM Power Systems and IBM z.

Learn how to plan, architect, install, configure, migrate, operate and tune your IBM infrastructure for today and tomorrow at the IBM Systems Technical University coming up in October in Hollywood, FL. Packed with a punch, this event offers focused, in-depth training sessions, hands-on labs and demos delivered by IBM Distinguished Engineers, developers or product experts.

IBM Systems Technical University
Featuring IBM Power Systems and IBM Storage
October 15 – 19  | Hollywood, Florida USA

Join Galileo’s VIP Reception on Day 1

We’d love to tell you how Galileo can support your upcoming IBM infrastructure projects. With tagging and trending across all IT assets, Galileo provides a unique, comprehensive view that streamlines problem determination and empowers successful strategic initiatives such as cloud migration, capacity planning and server consolidation. Want to learn more? Our team is hosting a fun VIP Welcome Reception at Portico to kick off the week at IBM Systems Technical University. Please RSVP to join us and feel free share with others in your organization that will be in Hollywood!

Galileo VIP Reception at IBM Systems Technical University
RSVP: Monday, October 15th from 7-10PM
Portico at The Diplomat Beach Resort
3460 South Ocean Drive | Hollywood, FL

Join the team from Galileo Performance Explorer for a Welcome Reception at Portico!

Join the team from Galileo for a Welcome Reception at Portico during the IBM Systems Tech U in Hollywood!

Lunch & Learn with Galileo on Day 2

The reliability of your infrastructure takes on a new level of importance with today’s data-intensive workloads. Through Galileo, organizations can streamline support and develop realistic roadmaps for growth and transformation through data visualization, trending and tagging capabilities. Take a break from the hustle of the conference and join us for an intimate Lunch and Learn at Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort.

Lunch & Learn with Galileo at IBM Systems Technical University
RSVP: Tuesday, October 16th from 12:00 to 1:30PM
Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort
3555 South Ocean Drive | Hollywood, FL

Join Galileo for an intimate lunch and learn on October 16th at Point Royal during IBM Tech U in Hollywood.

What’s new in Hollywood?

IBM is always looking to further the skills and knowledge of their partners and customers, and empower the IT community with the tools necessary to adapt and optimize their infrastructures for tomorrow. At the IBM Systems Technical University in Hollywood, there are a couple of new training sessions to take advantage of:

Professional and Leadership Development Training
Whether you are already a leader or aspiring to be one, you can find content to support your professional and leadership growth.

  1. Stay up to date on hot topics like IBM Design Thinking and Digital Transformation.
  2. Give your left brain a break during TechU to work on your soft skills. You can grow your career with a focus on things like presentation techniques and communication tips, and even how to make your IT project successful.
  3. Check out the current list of topics at your preferred TechU.

Cognitive Systems Track
Cognitive solutions are set to transform the world in dramatic ways. At TechU, you can leverage the experts to go deep on AI on IBM Power Systems. IBM experts will share their deep technical expertise in applied AI, model tuning, GPUs and distributed systems, workload provisioning and management. You’ll find concepts of AI, machine learning and deep learning along with industry use cases, best practices, development frameworks and industry tools. TechU offers focused, in-depth technical training sessions and labs. They will share how to :

  1. Leverage the capabilities of POWER9 for AI
  2. Deploy a fully optimized AI platform with IBM PowerAI
  3. Collaborate on AI projects with the IBM Data Science Experience
  4. Integrate and manage your AI, Spark and Hadoop big data workloads
  5. Use medical image classification with Machine Learning technology
  6. Leverage a high performance file system with IBM Spectrum Scale
  7. Optimize distributed learning models with IBM Deep Impact

Galileo is Ready for IBM Storage

Galileo Performance Explorer recently announced a partnership with the Ready for IBM Storage Program to empower IBM clients to proactively monitor, manage and optimize their IT environments. Galileo is now available as a validated IBM PartnerWorld solution, enabling Galileo to support customers, VARs, MSPs and enterprise partners worldwide. The Ready for IBM Storage program integrates and validates business partner offerings with IBM technology to enable end-to-end use cases, simplify deployment and reduce risk for clients.

Galileo support an array of IBM servers, storage, systems and cloud, ensuring users have the most insight into the capacity and performance of their most crucial systems. Galileo provides monitoring for IBM server, storage and cloud systems including:

  1. IBM AIX
  2. IBM i
  3. IBM Spectrum Scale
  4. IBM DS3000, DS4000 and DS5000
  5. IBM DS8000
  6. IBM FlashSystem
  7. IBM SONAS
  8. IBM Spectrum Virtualize
  9. IBM V7000 Unified
  10. IBM VIX
  11. IBM Power
  12. IBM z
  13. IBM Cloud

Other solutions have gaps in monitoring, especially when it comes to cloud infrastructure. Galileo monitors your entire infrastructure, including on-site and cloud-based systems. To find out more about what Galileo can do for your unique IT systems, join us at IBM Systems Technical University in Hollywood or connect with us to schedule a demo or start a free trial.

Stay in the know!

Tech U features skill-building sessions that are in demand and appeal to attendees who share a technical vision and curiosity. Your event experience can be enhanced by following and discussing the topics you want to know about related to IBM Systems. Join the IBM Systems Technical Universities (TechU) LinkedIn Group to view event highlights, connect with attendees and tech experts and stay on top of the latest technology trends.

Striking a balance for capacity management with data-driven performance monitoring

Striking a balance for capacity management with data-driven performance monitoring

Capacity management is a top priority for IT administrators… and for good reason. With all the different factors involved, it’s easy to see why managers want to keep a close eye on demand, available resources and the ways in which these are utilized.

Capacity management runs the stretch of the IT gamut, and lack of proper oversight has serious consequences. Inadequate planning and management can result in bottlenecks and unplanned downtime. On the other hand, over-provisioning can create unnecessary increases in technology spend and operating costs.

IT admins must strike a careful balance, ensuring that they have enough capacity to support the performance of their most critical assets without paying for more than they need. The ability to achieve this level of proper capacity management requires expert decision-making backed by the historical data-driven insights.

The five key steps of capacity management

Capacity management is key for operational uptime for day-to-day network activities, but is also integral for future planning and innovation initiatives such as server and data center consolidations, as well as mergers or acquisitions.

Modern enterprises must be able to proactively manage capacity, ensuring that computing resources and support are in place for current and predictive demand. However, many organizations lack comprehensive data visualization into their most key infrastructure systems (including servers, storage, systems, SAN, database and cloud environments) to enable efficient and successful management.

Follow these five key steps for capacity management and planning efforts to ensure operational excellence.

Step 1: Defining critical assets

To start, IT teams must first identify and define the hosts, servers and other connected systems that will be analyzed.

An infrastructure performance monitoring solution is a considerable advantage, offering an in-depth view into environment assets both on-prem and in the cloud. A proactive solution, like Galileo Performance Explorer, simplifies this process by enabling users to digitally tag and group specific IT assets, offering a holistic view of the capacity and performance levels being considered for planning and management.

With Galileo’s Tag Manager, administrators can classify assets according to specific search queries and customize the ways in which they view capacity levels across the infrastructure to reduce complexity and streamline decision-making.

Step 2: Leveraging baseline data and trends

In order to make accurate decisions about capacity needs, stakeholders require an in-depth understanding of current demands and how resources are leveraged across the infrastructure. This can easily be achieved by analyzing baseline infrastructure data during a specific timeline.

A performance monitoring tool that captures and stores deep, historical data is essential. Decision-makers can select a timeline to use as a foundational baseline taking into account time-related deviations, enabling proactive management, ensuring that adequate support is in place to account for spikes in demand and other usage patterns.

Step 3: Determining key indicators

Many organizations struggle with capacity and performance as it relates to innovation initiatives. In order to accurately plan and budget, IT teams require access to critical system data including:

  • CPU
  • Memory
  • Network usage
  • Disk usage

Without in-depth data visualization for each key system, stakeholders will likely falter in their efforts to proactively manage availability and excess.

Galileo Performance Explorer, a data-driven infrastructure monitoring solution, can offer crucial insights into the performance of all environmental assets. With dynamic tagging functionality, this information can be displayed according to user preferences and aligned with organization-specific business entities and initiatives.

Step 4: Defining growth projection

After defining assets, assessing baseline data and obtaining information about key system indicators, IT teams should project the growth in capacity needs their infrastructure will see in the future. This enables prediction in capacity planning and assurance that resources are in place for current usage levels and as demands grow.

Defining this growth projection requires examination of business plans and IT transformation initiatives, such as artificial intelligence and high performance computing. For more precise insight is necessary, users can increase the baseline data collected by up to 25% to get a sense of future growth. Increasing this single year result by an additional 15% will provide a growth projection for the next three to five years.

Step 5: Supporting capacity solution recommendations

By centering capacity considerations around specific systems, viewing baseline data and other KPIs and projecting future growth, stakeholders have the details necessary to make the most accurate and strategic decisions about their unique infrastructure needs.

Because these recommendations are based on a comprehensive assessment of key infrastructure systems, decision-makers can have confidence in their ability to effectively plan, manage for capacity needs while supporting cost-efficiency and top-notch performance.

Optain operational excellence

One of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of successful capacity management is comprehensive insight into the necessary infrastructure data. Without access to this critical information, IT teams are simply guessing. Historical insights, trending and tagging capabilities and customizable data visualization are the keys to confident decisions.

CPM solutions from The ATS Group provide custom levels of data-driven support necessary to manage and optimize your organization’s unique on-prem and cloud infrastructure assets and resources. CPM solutions help organizations achieve operational excellence by:

  • Powerful monitoring of critical IT systems including server, storage, systems, database, SAN, container and cloud environments through Galileo Performance Explorer’s four unique dashboards
  • Tool integration, combining the best-of-breed into a single dashboard for operations, architecture or business users
  • Identifying key performance indicators for the best visibility of current capacity and performance requirements
  • Predictive analytics, focused on proactive remediation as opposed to fire drills
  • System notifications based on custom thresholds to help IT teams properly identify and prioritize the most important capacity and performance management tasks
  • Automated reports, including options for daily, monthly, quarterly, annual and baseline capacity and performance reporting