Ethan Banks

Ethan Banks

Ethan Banks has been managing networks for higher education, government, financials, and high tech since 1995. Ethan co-hosts the Packet Pushers Podcast, which has seen over 3M downloads and reaches over 10K listeners. With whatever time is left, Ethan writes for fun & profit, studies for certifications, and enjoys science fiction. Learn more about Ethan on his website

Beyond IT Silos: A Better Way to Manage Monitoring

In parts 1 and 2 of this series, we discussed the cultural challenges of operating IT in organizations with technology silos and considered the true role data centers play. In this final series post, we’ll look at how to realign monitoring operations to better support business goals. The emerging perspective on monitoring emphasizes the … [Read more...]

IT Silos: Why They’re a Bad Way to Organize IT

In part 1 of this series, we discussed the cultural challenges of operating IT according to technology silos. In today’s post, we’ll contemplate why technology silos are a legacy way to organize IT. What does a data center really do? If you’re a technologist, then your answer to this question is likely that the data center does many different … [Read more...]

Does Your IT Organization Have Silo Myopia?

In over 20 years of working on IT infrastructure, I’ve been involved in any number of troubleshooting exercises. Some have been minor—the sort of thing where the network link in the conference room won’t come up, or perhaps someone’s printer is being fussy. Other issues have been more serious, such as a virus raging through the e-mail system … [Read more...]