Archive for July, 2010

OnDemand Log Management feature update in July

July 26, 2010

It’s been over a month since we’ve been exploring a new cloud venue with our SaaS products.  One of the exiting changes that we couldn’t help noticing is how frequently we get to update our products with new features. I’m sure this is one of the sweetest things our customers continue enjoying in the cloud thanks to absolutely zero effort product upgrade. Indeed, all new features appear instantly  next time you launch your favorite browser. No annoying compatibility issues, no lengthy software assurance testing before rolling out to production, no manual reconfiguration – it’s all been taken care of for you!

With this post I decided to start broadcasting updates to features of the SaaS product I’ve been working on – Quest OnDemand Log Management. During the last couple of weeks the event log management service received the following improvements:

  1. Face lift. The service got the whole new design that is consistent across entire line of OnDemand products. I personally find the new design more polished and ergonomic than the previous one. You just go ahead and log into the product to check it out and let us know what you think about it. If you haven’t yet signed up for the service you can do that here
  2. Field picker. Now you’re free to choose a set of event fields being displayed in your search results.
    If you haven’t dealt with the event logs much and all you need to know is “who did what” in your environment then just stick with the default selection of W5 fields (Who, What, Where, When, Where From).
    If you mastered Windows Security log and feel a need to see events as they originally appear in the event log then just pull native event fields into the view: EventId, Source, Category, User, Computer, etc.
    Whatever event fields you choose they all participate in any searches you run.
  3. New reports. You can find a wider selection of pre-defined reports on Security Log events.  Moreover, happy customers of Quest Change Auditor can take full advantage of the event log management in the cloud which now includes support for Change Auditor product logs and reports.
  4. Faster event processing. Some tweaks were made to the event queue processing components living in the cloud.  Optimizations made to event metadata processing algorithm resulted in significant performance gain and warranted better service scalability in the long run.

These are just the most notable changes recently made to the product. The list goes on with numerous fixes and optimizations of the service being constantly made. And all this is provided for free with your existing service subscription.

There is more to come soon.


An enterprise without central IT

July 22, 2010

This week I attended Cloud for the Enterprise Event event held by Amazon in Los Angeles, CA.

Having gathered around 50 ITPros and execs the event was purposed to show enterprise readiness of Amazon IaS cloud services collectively called AWS. Amazon CTO Dr. Werner Vogels together with a band of product evangelists and lineup of AWS customers did a series of presentations which explained why Amazon is ready to accomodate enterprises:

  • Werner Vogels elaborated how recently introduced EC2 spot instances helped Amazon achieve one of the highest in the industry rates of server utilization which won’t blow out  your hosted services when “the Christmas day comes”.
  • Jerry Hunter, VP of Amazon Corporate IT, revealed that the company was undergoing a massive migration of all of its business critical IT services to the AWS infrastructure
  • Recently hired security super star Steve Riley brought even more confidence in AWS by telling how serious Amazon treats security of its services on all levels starting from access control to physical data centers and going all the way up to network segments isolation and VPC.
  • Customer representatives from different industries and verticals shared successful case studies of applying AWS to a variety of high demand and long durability business workloads including media distribution at MGM, image recognition by NASA JPL, multimedia content publishing at VMIX and even patient data exchange by Nimbus Health.

The common motto that I’m sure stayed in everybody’s head after the event was that Amazon IaS cloud has proven to be scalable, secure and cost efficient platform that will continue to revolutionize the way enterprises do IT today. Although it was hard to persuade myself that the world in its entirety is ready to embrace this new age of computing now I tend to believe that we’re gradually getting to this new order.

Here are a couple of inspiring quotes that I captured from the speakers:

Werner Vogels, Amazon CTO: “We’ve been innovating so fast that customers asked us to hold off”

Steve Riley, Amazon security evangelist: “Can you imagine that one day you’ll wake up in the world without central IT where the only thing that you plug in the office is a Cisco router?”

Jinesh Varia, Amazon technology evangelist, “Design for failures and nothing will fail”