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Forecasting potential issues in your data center

By Scott Edwards, Product Marketing Manager, Service Intelligence – Analytics for BSM



Years ago, weather forecasters relied on static models and sparse observations when trying to predict tropical storms and hurricanes.  They would take all their temperature and barometric pressure readings, look out the window to observe the sky and water conditions, and then consult a set of charts and almanacs.  A day may have begun innocently enough with bright blue skies; then, suddenly, it became overcast and windy.  Forecasters had no way to know if the looming storm would be severe like a hurricane, or just a small tempest that would shortly pass. 


Trying to identify potential storms of performance degradation or outages in a data center used to be the same way. IT managers would look at a snapshot of their environment, consult a static model, and take their best guess about what things would be like in the future. Sometimes the predictions were accurate and sometimes they’d get blindsided with a problem that would cripple their service.


If you could forecast potential issues in your data center, what would it mean to you?  Would advance warning technology be useful?  If you could be notified early of an impending problem, would it benefit your business?

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