Gartner: Surprise, You're a Zombie!

InsightaaS: The Gartner Blog Network collects posts from across Gartner’s research community. In this post, Gartner research director Jeff Brooks delivers the first of what is positioned as a three-part series making an unlikely (if entertaining) connection between infrastructure and operations (I&O) and zombies. We carried a link to the first installment in March; the passage below is from the second installment, “Surprise…You’re a Zombie!” Unlike installment #1, this doesn’t really provide a link to anything that is identifiably connected to I&O (unless you count a state of un-death) – but there is one more installment coming, and perhaps we’ll reach an I&O-related point then.

In my first official blog on the Gartner network I explained a little bit about this Zombie note I was working on and how I decided to bring it to a blog for your consumption. Since then, I am happy to disclose that I will be turning this blog into a presentation that will be presented somewhere in Europe, sometime this Fall. So…very excited about that, and now a little scared that I have to create a PPT which features Zombies! I would love to say I am the first analyst to do this, but alas…I am not. Anyway, no further delays, I would like to present to you part 2 of my zombie story about metrics. Please enjoy and I’ll wrap the whole thing up in the final installment in my next post.

How Infrastructure and Operations Caused the Zombie Apocalypse — A Fable about Immaturity and Poor Metrics (Part 2)

A Surprising Discovery…

Facilities engineer Martin Trumble’s mobile phone rings. It’s Jenna and she explains that “a little bit ago” she received a monitoring alarm on a freezer in Sector BIO17. Martin says, “No problem…I’m on my way!” A few minutes later Martin arrives at the panel of the freezer where the alert is occurring. He notices a wire sticking out that seems to be stripped of its plenum. He grabs his trusty electrical tape and Philips screwdriver and reattaches the wire into the panel. A few seconds later the alarm stops. Martin looks up and notices that the temperature which had risen to 48 degrees, looked to be returning to the prescribed -12 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooling fans seemed to be on again…

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  1. Good point on the linkage in the second part. I suppose when I cut it up I didn’t notice that…but hopefully part 3 helps bring it home. (Part 3 posted yesterday)

  2. Hi Jeff – thanks for stopping by! The series was really entertaining, and as you say, you tied it back in Part 3. One question, though…you say in the intro that you “promise next time I blog it will be on something less fictitious.” You did add “maybe” – but…why? Plenty of blogs have facts, but not many make I&O must-read content!


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