Here’s a few more interesting visualization efforts. This one is a bit dated but tracks US airline flights over a day’s time. I just came across another interesting example but this one depicts immigration patterns (although I’m a bit confused by some of the flows in terms of their origination points). Could these visualization patterns be useful within the management realm? What about for tracing transaction flows or the identification of problem sources over time? Or perhaps automated live migration tracking (ala VMware’s DRS)? Maybe for the analysis of patterns such as where Amazon EC2 users originate to help their engineers optimize their resource allocations? I don’t think any of the movies necessarily represent leading edge in terms of their underlying technology (some of the technology is open source though), it’s just that someone thought of a different way to show information that in my mind at least made it easier to comprehend. What visualization methods will emerge to help us better understand and manage our future IT infrastructure environments?
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