Stunning internet and website visualisaton

Here is a superb website on data visualisation. I heard about this site from Riitta Raesmaa on Twitter. What really hit me were the images of the internet and the blogosphere. My favourite site is Aharef. The static graphs of websites are fascinating, but the real whammy comes when you watch it generate an image of a site, such as this one.

here is the IT Skeptic website:

IT Skeptic site graphIT Skeptic site graph

Bit of a hoge podge :(


The real power

The interesting power of this stuff is in the context of CMDB's (sorry to bring up that old cherub).. If you can map CI's and the dependencies and generate secondary visualization to support incident management, problem management etc... etc.. that some good stuff..

Proxima Technolgies had some of this mapping when I was paying with it, before CA gobbled them up.

Brad Vaughan

all you want is the answer

Unicenter had an excellent hypertree in it right back in the 1900s as I recall. People get excited about them in demos, but in the heat of an incident all you want is the answer

Sending a boy to do mans work

There is a 80/20 rule on all these things.. Self-healing, automated system are developing well and essential parts of future incident management and problem management systems. However, getting machines to predict human failure in design and execution will be a bit like taking a flu shot (solving last year illness and hoping it will effect the future). Humans will always be needs to solve the 20% of problems that are just too complex to automatically analyze. The human brain still has a few tricks left to it..

The big map is a impressive bit of demo, but as you suggest, the key is in the other analysis tool that explore this correlation. Its definitely a bridge between automated and semi-automated. Practically the maps are normally just used as part of the problem management process to explore "hot spots" of dependancy and activity.

Interesting that CA bought Proxima, when the CI relationship/correlation engine was the only differentiated bit.. If they had that functionality during Australian Federation :) then they must have stopped developing it somewhere along the way.

Brad Vaughan


I stumbled across the name of that hypertree stuff CA used - it was Inxight Star Tree. Earliest reference I can find is 2001 so maybe it wasn't quite last century. See a demo here Pretty cool for 2001. Of course just like the 3D stuff they had it was only really useful for demos. Everyone used basic GUI windows in operation.

Proxima Tech

That's because Compuware bought Proxima Tech, not CA.

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