NetScout is rolling out its nGenius Virtual Agent, which gives businesses greater visibility into the applications running within their virtualized environments. Virtualization has made it more difficult to monitor, analyze and troubleshoot applications, which can reside within virtual machines on a single physical system and can be moved between virtual machines. The new NetScout technology gives businesses real-time visibility into those environments.
NetScout Systems wants to give IT administrators greater visibility
into their applications that are running in a virtualized environment.
NetScout Oct. 7 unveiled the nGenius Virtual Agent, software
designed to enable IT professionals the same packet-flow monitoring and
analysis capabilities that they get from using the vendor's nGenius
Probe in the physical world.
The rapid adoption of virtualization technology in the data center
has enabled businesses to reduce costs and improve efficiencies, but
it's made it more difficult to track and analyze the performance of
their applications on those virtual machines, according to NetScout
Applications used to run on physical machines housed in racks and
connected via networking cables, they said. Now a single physical
system can be hosting several virtual machines, which in turn are
running various applications.
Adding to the challenge is the fact that applications can be
dynamically moved from one virtual machine to another, making it even
more difficult to monitor and troubleshoot them.
"As enterprises continue to drive data center and server
consolidation initiatives and increasingly leverage virtualization
technologies, all the challenges associated with optimizing, protecting
and troubleshooting applications apply to virtualized networks, but
with exponentially more complexity and urgency," Steven Shalita, vice
president of marketing for NetScout, said in a statement.
The company's nGenius Virtual Agent is integrated with its nGenius
Service Assurance Solution, giving businesses real-time visibility into
virtual environments. The nGenius Virtual Agent is installed as a
virtual appliance on a VM, or in the case of a VMware virtualized
environment, is connected to the hypervisor's virtual switch.
The product offers visibility into all application activity within
or across virtual machines, according to NetScout, helping businesses
track, analyze and troubleshoot the applications.
Like NetScout's Probe technology, the nGenius Virtual Agent can
either grab packets on demand or according to pre-determined triggers.
It also be used to mirror all virtual server traffic to an external
nGenius InfiniStream appliance, for continuous monitoring.
The nGenius Virtual Agent software is available now for VMware ESX
and ESXi deployments. The continuous iDPC (intelligent Deep Packet
Capture) TAP mode will be supported later in the fourth quarter.