Jonah Kowall

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Monitoring Technology Pick: Week of March 31st – Torch (GrayLog2)

by Jonah Kowall  |  April 4, 2014  |  4 Comments

I’m trying out something new for the blog this week, we have our yearly “Cool Vendor” awards, which are essentially analyst picks of interesting new technologies. I’m trying to build a micro format of this where I pick an interesting technology which I discovered during a specific week and write up a vendor or interesting [...]

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List : Choice Browser Plugins for Firefox / Chrome

by Jonah Kowall  |  March 24, 2014  |  3 Comments

I’m going to dig into how I use browsers and what extensions of choice are for various reasons. My primary browser is Chrome, which I use the Canary builds. Here is my current extension list, I’m not going to link each one, but provide a sentence about them: Adblock Plus 1.7.4 – Need to have [...]

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Alpha Club – The need to be on the cutting edge of technology?

by Jonah Kowall  |  March 16, 2014  |  5 Comments

I was reading the great post by @Aneel (http://aneelism.com/blog/2014/3/8/fantasy-founder-beta-club.html) we miss you over here buddy. I’ve got a “problem” with pre-release software, meaning I always need to be ahead of what’s available so I spend a lot of time testing software for my daily use, and for my work as a Gartner analyst. Most analysts [...]

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How do you read 500 news sites every day?

by Jonah Kowall  |  April 24, 2013  |  8 Comments

I get this question a lot from friends and vendors alike. There is an art to consuming massive amount of information, something analysts have to do often with materials generated from vendors, emails, magic quadrant and research responses (The 2013 APM magic quadrant is officially underway, we have 1200 pages of text responses let alone the [...]

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Musical Taste

by Jonah Kowall  |  April 24, 2013  |  1 Comment

This blog post has nothing to do with my work at Gartner, aside from being helpful when doing my work. Since my social media and blog presence is tied to my work, I figured I would exercise dome creative leeway with this post.  Music is a key element of motivation, emotion, and drive. It’s also a [...]

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Network Packet Brokers (NPB) – 1 Year Later

by Jonah Kowall  |  March 29, 2013  |  2 Comments

With covering so many markets within the availability and performance monitoring market I don’t spend nearly enough time writing about and discussing the network packet broker (NPB) market. This is a market once known as intelligent taps, matrix switches, span aggregators, and many other names. We gave the market a name which explains what they [...]

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The unbridled use of synthetic application monitoring

by Jonah Kowall  |  December 11, 2012  |  1 Comment

This has really been a pet peeve of mine going back many years. As soon as I discovered the use of real user monitoring (RUM) data for performance measurements of actual users (probably around 2003) I was destined to eliminate all but the basic monitoring that was done synthetically. At a previous position I held we [...]

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Picking and extending a strategic availability and performance monitoring vendor

by Jonah Kowall  |  December 7, 2012  |  3 Comments

Sorry for the long delay between posts, between the Gartner Symposium and Data Center conferences I have been busy presenting and meeting with clients. I have been hard at work with several research items, look for upcoming research in the Network Performance Monitoring space, with a specific focus on VoIP and unified communications monitoring and [...]

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Progressive Research : How Monitoring Becomes Management

by Jonah Kowall  |  October 19, 2012  |  1 Comment

In research published last night we explore some of the ways that monitoring can move towards management. Is this particular use case we explore the tie between application performance monitoring (APM) and the application delivery controllers (ADCs) and content distribution networks (CDNs). There are a lot of interesting use cases which mostly are based around [...]

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The trouble with capacity planning in today’s world

by Jonah Kowall  |  October 16, 2012  |  4 Comments

I’ve always been skeptical of those doing capacity planning as the interactions which happen within a typical infrastructure are not only chaotic, but very complex. If you capacity plan within a bubble (network, server, storage, etc) you can look at the discrete component and get a general understanding. If you start to incorporate the private [...]

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