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Virtual Instruments buys Xangati, expands VirtualWisdom

Virtual Instruments acquires Xangati for its networking and virtualization monitoring expertise. The company plans to integrate the new technology into the VirtualWisdom platform.

Virtual Instruments today extended its performance monitoring reach beyond storage by acquiring network performance...

specialist Xangati. The technology will be used to expand Virtual Instruments' VirtualWisdom monitoring product.

Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. Both companies are privately held.

Xangati sells infrastructure performance management (IPM) for server virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments. Its 30 employees will join Virtual Instruments, with Xangati founder Jagan Jagannathan becoming chief innovation officer. Len Rosenthal, chief marketing officer at Virtual Instruments, said Xangati has about 500 customers.

Xangati's products track cross-IT silo interaction in 360 degrees in a live and continuous fashion. Its IPM offerings track performance health of a given infrastructure and automatically alert an administrator when a performance shift occurs. These alerts help administrators see the negative interactions that are driving poor performance.

This is the second acquisition made by Virtual Instruments in the past year. In March, Virtual Instruments completed a merger with Load DynamiX, which helped bring a NAS monitoring product to market in September. The company leveraged the Ethernet expertise from Load DynamiX to design a NAS probe.

Virtual Instruments will be integrating Xangati's technology throughout 2017. It will do integration into the VirtualWisdom platform and then also create a series of probes for switches, containers and the cloud.

Virtual Instruments will be integrating Xangati's technology throughout 2017. It will do integration into the VirtualWisdom platform and then also create a series of probes for switches, containers and the cloud.

Rosenthal said Xangati's technology will bring a deeper level of IP performance monitoring and a deeper level into compute and the virtualization layer and VDI monitoring for Citrix and VMware products.

"It also will do cloud monitoring, which Virtual Instruments has not done," he said. "And they can do container environments. They bring analytics and monitor data sources and then what they do with the data is make it actionable."

Virtual Instruments' roots are in SAN and NAS environments. Its VirtualWisdom monitoring product can be sold as hardware or as a virtual appliance. The probes in the VirtualWisdom product hook up via fiber optic connections to a Traffic Access Point device, which monitors production storage.

The probe converts light into electronics, extracts the relevant data around a transaction and then inputs it into the VirtualWisdom application for analytics, alerts and anomalies in the infrastructure that are causing performance problems.

Rosenthal said Xangati will go ahead with a product launch it had scheduled for December without any Virtual Instruments technology.

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