Guest author John Gentry is vice president of marketing and alliances at Virtual Instruments.
The tree in your front yard may be a lot like your data center. It has a lot of stories to tell, and if you cut it down, the circles in the stump may reveal periods of drought, stretches of good weather, an instance of insect infestation or scars from a fire. The total visibility could cover years of history. But you have to cut the tree down to see it all.
Similarly, your data center’s equipment and software can reveal clues about your company’s approach to IT. But getting that visibility into your IT environment is a lot harder than chopping down a tree (though the frustration could have you reaching for an ax).