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EMC World: We came, we saw, we launched WorkloadCentral.

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing

Ah, EMC World. Every year, the conference is a chance to connect with our customers and demo some of our solutionsrecent enhancements. Our chief technology officer, John Gentry, had a moment in the spotlight this year, explaining how large IT organizations use Virtual Instruments’ solution portfolio to make more intelligent decisions about technology purchases. We also had the chance to give away some pretty cool prizes. (Hint: Fitbits and drones!) However, our main focus at this year’s event was the launch of WorkloadCentral, a free, cloud-based analytics platform and community.

WorkloadCentral’s community will allow users to make data-driven decisions by understanding how workload behavior affects underlying infrastructure performance, ultimately enabling the alignment of storage deployments to workload performance requirements. Since the “beta” version of the solution launched while we were in the EMC World crowd, we had the chance to speak with customers, analysts, and media members for their initial reactions about how this service will revolutionize workload analysis.

Below is a roundup of what the industry is saying about WorkloadCentral so far:

Tom’s IT Pro: “The result of the success of Virtual Instruments and a recent merger…”
In Michael Simmons’ piece, “Virtual Instruments Brings Workload Performance Analysis To The Masses,” he notes that the service is ultimately a result of our recent merger with Load DynamiX. Our customers felt that our products had a natural synergy, and WorkloadCentral is the living proof.

Storage Review: “Comprehensive end-to-end infrastructure performance analytics…”
Adam Armstrong’s article, “Virtual Instruments Debuts Beta Of Free Cloud-based Workload Analysis Service,” shows the value of WorkloadCentral’s technology. Armstrong notes that the service will be sure to help users “build and share workload models across a global community.”

Computer Business Review: “fully optimize the infrastructure environment…”
In “Pivotal, VMware, Brocade & OpenStack all in the spotlight at EMC World,” tech journalist James Nunns features WorkloadCentral as one of the intriguing products showcased at EMC World. Nunns brings attention to the price, value and impact associated with a free cloud-based community tool.

Network World: “An intriguing new product…”
Workload Central made the cut for Network World’s “products of the week” feature, alongside others by industry bigwigs like Dell and IBM. The editorial staff highlights WorkloadCentral’s innovative capabilities, such as the free, downloadable, printable report and dashboard.

Taneja Group: “Saving everyone time, money and resources…”
“WorkloadCentral will benefit both IT managers and storage vendors, with insights that are rooted in facts versus industry generalizations. By letting users build and grow the community, Virtual Instruments offers an opportunity for companies, vendors and service providers to crowdsource and validate production workloads, saving everyone time, money and resources across the storage deployment lifecycle.” – Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst

Interested in learning more about WorkloadCentral? Check it out.