Just having gotten back from EMC World I attended this conference in order to get more insight into not only EMCs plans especially around the IT Operations Intelligence (ITOI) product line, but also to better understand the collaboration with Vmware considering they are 80% EMC owned. Interestingly after pretty limited investment in SMARTs for the past several years, EMC has been investing in a new user interface, and new features to improve what ITOI can do. These have been adding the ability to monitor and build topology of VMware virtual machines and switches, while still preserving the codebook engine underneath the covers which is still excellent fundamental root cause technology. This is similar to what many other fault detection and network monitoring systems have done over 2011. The ITOI new user interface work is being leveraged across many EMC products including the DataBridge product which was released at EMC world. DataBridge sounds quite interesting, but I’m still not certain that without an intermediary database and analytics engine that under the display technology that it will be used to solve other problems outside of the EMC product lines. The lack of analytics is a recurring issue across the EMC monitoring technologies.
Other conference highlights were having a Q&A session with Joe Tucci, he’s not only a good leader for EMC, but also really understands the technology and problems that EMC is helping customers solve. I spent some time looking at storage monitoring, as well as vBlock monitoring which comes up on some of my client calls. I’m looking forward to see how ITOI evolves and possibly starts to get better adoption with a fresh coat of paint in the revamped user interface.