Virtual Instruments Monitors Infrastructure Though Application Eyes

The new version of Virtual Instruments infrastructure performance monitoring and analytics platform may signal the beginning of an app-centric IPM era.


Infrastructure performance management software maker Virtual Instruments has launched a new version of its VirtualWisdom platform that looks at virtual infrastructure from the perspective of an application. After all, the app—not the network, nor the storage— is what runs through the infrastructure to get a workload processed.

The version 5.4 release extends new insight into the performance, utilization and health of an IT system to application owners and business unit executives.

The reality of a new-gen data center is that the scale and complexity associated with highly virtualized, multi-vendor environments is far beyond human comprehension.  Existing legacy, silo-centric monitoring tools only provide limited visibility into the various components of the underlying infrastructures, the company said. These tools have no understanding of how applications relate to infrastructure or the relative business value of the multitude of applications running on the shared components.

How Performance Monitoring Impacts the Bottom Line

As a result, application owners and line of business managers are generally incapable of having a meaningful discussion with the infrastructure teams about how to proactively assure application performance, control costs and reduce risk within their constantly changing data centers. This is all about impact of IT costs on the bottom line of a company.

The new VirtualWisdom does this by discovering and mapping applications to the IT infrastructure, associating their business critically and applying advanced machine learning-based analytics. VirtualWisdom enables enterprises to accurately measure and guarantee performance-based service level agreements (SLAs) for key stakeholders within the organization, including application owners, line-of-business (LOB) owners and IT operations teams.

The app-centric IPM delivered by the new release of VirtualWisdom is comprised of three key capabilities: Application Service Assurance; Workload and Capacity Optimization; Problem Resolution and Avoidance; enabled by highly scalable wire and machine-data Instrumentation and app-centric analytics.

Performance benefits of the new version, VirtualWisdom 5.4:

Application Service Assurance analytics align infrastructure performance with applications needs, by providing executive and LOB visibility through easy-to-use executive and application-level dashboards; enabling Tiered Service Level policies to assure the performance of business-critical applications running on shared infrastructure; and discovering and mapping application usage of dynamic and virtualized infrastructure.

Workload and Capacity Optimization analytics proactively manage workloads and capacity from the VM to the storage array by optimizing end-to-end workload placement across VM, network and storage; and by proactively detecting potential performance issues and optimization opportunities through seasonal behavior analytics.

Problem Resolution and Avoidance analytics enable IT teams to proactively collaborate, troubleshoot and diagnose complex performance issues by offering Investigation Runbooks, that provide Suggestive Analytics to identify and resolve issues for every alarm type, while enabling chat-ops to improve cross-team collaboration; and detecting anomalies, and automatically comparing to performance baselines to detect and correlate potential root causes of issues.

Scalable Instrumentation enables deep wire and machine data collection across the data center in real-time by adding deeper visibility of software defined data centers and Hyper-converged infrastructure including VX:Rails, Nutanix, Simplivity, vSAN, ScaleIO and Netflow; expanding high fidelity wire data support for NAS and SAN to include SMB and FCoE, respectively.

VirtualWisdom 5.4 will become available at the end of December. For more information, go here.

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