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Jeff Boles, Contributor Published: 05 Nov 2012

You might think you have good insight into your infrastructure, but for next-generation data centers, it probably isn’t good enough. If you’re responsible for business-wide IT infrastructure strategy, you’re facing a unique array of innovative, appealing and business-changing technology choices. I can’t recall ever having witnessed a similar number of big picture choices to rival the selection we’re currently seeing from virtualization, automation, the cloud and more. Moreover, nearly everything is better integrated and easier to use. But one element – visibility -- remains an unusual sticking point. Visibility is the ability to peer into what’s going on in the infrastructure so you can monitor, troubleshoot and prevent problems. It’s been a plague on enterprise IT computing for years, and it may be the single dimension that divides IT disciplines from other engineering disciplines where more rigor can be, and usually is, routinely exercised. But we don’t just need to improve visibility. We need to go beyond the kind of visibility that simply returns ... Access >>>

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