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What is “Normal” anyway?

What is “Normal” anyway?

Quite often when IT administrators are asked what they want to know about their environment and their workloads you’ll hear: “Please alert me when it is not normal and don’t bug me when it is OK”.

But what does it mean that your environment is “normal”? Utilization is below a threshold? Application users not complaining? You have enough capacity for the next 12 months? All of the above?

So called “normality” may not be obvious at all. Let’s consider the following example. What is a normal pulse and normal blood pressure? Usually people say that if pulse is 60 and blood pressure is 70/120 that this is normal. But now let’s look at the athlete who just finished the Olympic 100m sprint in 9.63 secs. His pulse is probably 200 and blood pressure is 150/250. Is it normal? One might be tempted to say No, but in reality we know it is normal because he is a trained athlete and he needs to use all his abilities to reach his goal – win the Olympics. Which is what he just did…

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