With the latest upgrade of its VirtualWisdom performance management suite, Virtual Instruments broadened its platform support, providing storage and application teams a better way to collaborate.
VirtualWisdom 4.3 supports Microsoft Hyper-V and includes an analytics tool to more efficiently balance VMware workloads among virtual machines (VMs).
Virtual Instruments is also working on new hardware probes for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and network-attached storage (NAS) environments. Those performance probes are in beta.
VirtualWisdom gathers hundreds of performance metrics from virtual servers, networking and storage probes for data collection, analytics and correlation. New capabilities include VM Coordinator for vSphere, which provides deep performance metrics and historical analysis of storage, and VMware ESX servers to help better distribute workloads across VMs. It can analyze resources and predict performance effects on the infrastructure when workloads are rebalanced.
The PowerVM probe provides insights in the virtualization stack for workload balance and better intelligence to properly size logical partitions, while the Hyper-V probe helps diagnose application slowdowns in Microsoft virtualization configurations. Additionally, Virtual Instruments has expanded support for IBM AIX and IBM PowerVM technologies.
"We are seeing a lot more collaboration between traditional IT operations, applications and development teams," said John Gentry, vice president of marketing and alliances at Virtual Instruments. "Now, there is active engagement with application teams, as well as storage administrators."
VirtualWisdom probes collect data in real time from VMs and the storage area network (SAN), as well as correlate performance metrics from the various probes to provide an end-to-end view between VMs and the storage environment.
"We look at a combination of resources from the CPU, memory and disk I/O, and balance all those requirements to know how to lay out the resources without causing contention," Gentry said.
Henry Baltazar, senior analyst at Forrester Research Inc., based in Cambridge, Mass., said Virtual Instruments has expanded beyond its initial focus on storage to address a broader market by moving up the stack to include applications.
"They are providing more analysis," he said. "They are putting more emphasis on interpreting the data, because if you are not an expert, then it's a lot of data that you just don't know what to do with. If you don't know how to interpret the data, then it's just a bunch of data."
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