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Big Data, Little Data, and Your Decisions


There is a difference in knowing the path and walking the path.
— Morpheus, The Matrix

You do it every day. Make a decision and take actions with consequences. You change an HBA setting. VMotion VMs as part of an upgrade. Troubleshoot storage slowing application response times. You operate under the gun, with pressure to get the job done. And you do.

But what are the impacts of each step you take? Are there longer-term implications to what you’re doing? Is there risk you can’t see? Are you unknowingly creating waste that will lead to new expenses? You don’t know and you’re not to blame for not knowing. The datacenter is at once both a wildly complex beast and instrumented so heavily it throws off more metrics than a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. You know your operational data can guide you to answers that will make your decisions and actions better – but it’s not consumable with today’s operational management approaches. You have to work much too hard to walk the path you want: driving decisions using data. Educated guessing can only get you so far until you’re surprised by unforeseen waste and risk.

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CloudPhysics CloudPhysics provides data-driven insights for smarter IT, with operational analytics that give IT teams more power than ever before to understand, troubleshoot, and optimize their virtualized data centers, reducing risk and waste. The company, based in Mountain View, Calif., serves thousands of users worldwide across a variety of industries, and is backed by Mayfield, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Icon Ventures.

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