IT Accidents Waiting to Happen

Michael Vizard

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A stitch in time saves nine. Whatever your favorite trite, annoying catch phrase about the need to be proactive is, the fact of the matter is that most IT systems today are accidents waiting to happen.

The reason for this generally has to do with the lack of diagnostic tools available. IT organizations, for instance, may take note of an anomaly, but instead of trying to fix it, their initial response all too often is to hope it goes away. The reasons they do this is that a lot of times the problem does go away and, secondarily, it's incredibly time-consuming to sort through log files trying to figure out what might be happening.

Unfortunately, Murphy's Law applies to IT more than any other sector, so more often than not that anomaly is really a leading indicator of a pending system failure, notes Christina Noren, vice president of product management for Splunk.

Splunk makes an IT management tool based on a search engine specifically designed to make it easier to find log files associated with any given IT event. Those log files invariably hold the clues to whatever disaster is about to affect your IT system. This issue is accessing them in a way where the clues become self-evident.

There's a free version of Splunk available for 'perennial' trial. But Splunk is willing to bet that IT organizations will like this tool so much that it's worth plunking down some cash for Splunk. At the very least, you owe it to yourself and your IT organization to try it out.

Remember, as another trite tired saying reminds us, to be forewarned is to be forearmed.



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