Tearing Down the IT Tower of Babel

Michael Vizard

One of the frustrating things about application and systems management is that every tool in the enterprise goes to the trouble of capturing data. This usually results in hundreds of tools creating their own databases of information usually in formats that are not easily shareable. In fact, when it comes right down to it, enterprise IT as we know it today is the digital equivalent of the Tower of Babel.


Given that issue, it might be worth paying attention to a new Open AppFlow standards effort being put forth by Citrix Systems at the Interop conference this week in cooperation with CA Technologies, Splunk and SolarWinds.

According to Steve Shah, senior director of product management in the networking and cloud product Group for Citrix, Citrix plans to make the information it gathers about applications and systems via its application delivery controllers (ADCs) in a standard format that any company that makes an applications or systems management tool can leverage.

Besides eliminating the need for expensive network taps, the proposed Open AppFlow standard could prove to be a critical missing link in the effort to bridge systems and application management across public and private cloud computing scenarios, said Shah.

The simple fact of the matter is that any effort to create an effective approach to hybrid computing across multiple cloud computing deployments is going to depend on proactively managing application performance. Unfortunately, that's not going to really happen until everyone involved is looking at the same information in the same format at the same time.

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