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"MARS-o-Matic" or design your (cloud) infrastructure the mobile way.

As you might have seen the world becomes more and more mobile. And even IT-infrastructure designer or should I better use the new paradigm “cloud designer” 😉 need new ways to work independently from a “fat” notebook and use new technologies like the iPad or Android tablets.

My friends from the automation experts arago aka Chris Boos and Roland Judas introduced me to their new idea of designing infrastructures on the go. A really convenient solution.

They call it “MARS-o-Matic” an App for the Apple iPad that allows you to design your IT-infrastructure and let benchmark it against industry standards or other automated best-practice environments. Whereby you can benchmark and optimize your or other infrastructure environments based on a lightweight and reusable model.

With this you are able to design everything visual and mobile while an XML-based data set is created in the background which you can export to other applications like a CMDB, a BSM dashboard or a service directory.

MARS-o-Matic is useful for project manager, IT-architects or consultants for planning IT infrastructures or if they want to know how much their IT operations will cost. Furthermore CIOs and IT operations manager can compare their current operation cost with industry best practices managed services offerings and other automated IT operations. And even CFOs or procurement manager have benefits if they want to benchmark a managed service against an outsourcing offer.

MARS-o-Matic is currently available as a private beta version. So if you would like to test it, just contact Chris and Roland at “”.

By Rene Buest

Rene Buest is Gartner Analyst covering Infrastructure Services & Digital Operations. Prior to that he was Director of Technology Research at Arago, Senior Analyst and Cloud Practice Lead at Crisp Research, Principal Analyst at New Age Disruption and member of the worldwide Gigaom Research Analyst Network. Rene is considered as top cloud computing analyst in Germany and one of the worldwide top analysts in this area. In addition, he is one of the world’s top cloud computing influencers and belongs to the top 100 cloud computing experts on Twitter and Google+. Since the mid-90s he is focused on the strategic use of information technology in businesses and the IT impact on our society as well as disruptive technologies.

Rene Buest is the author of numerous professional technology articles. He regularly writes for well-known IT publications like Computerwoche, CIO Magazin, LANline as well as and is cited in German and international media – including New York Times, Forbes Magazin, Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Computerwoche, CIO, Manager Magazin and Harvard Business Manager. Furthermore Rene Buest is speaker and participant of experts rounds. He is founder of and writes about cloud computing, IT infrastructure, technologies, management and strategies. He holds a diploma in computer engineering from the Hochschule Bremen (Dipl.-Informatiker (FH)) as well as a M.Sc. in IT-Management and Information Systems from the FHDW Paderborn.

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