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Performance optimization emerges as key 2016 trend at Gartner Data Center conference

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

Earlier this month, Virtual Instruments attended the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference in Las Vegas. It was the last show in a year filled with thought-leadership events, affording us several opportunities to discuss and align with experts, vendors and other influencers in the IT infrastructure and performance management space. If there’s one topic that has really emerged from our time at these assorted conferences, it’s performance management, and it’s top of mind throughout enterprise IT. Companies are aware that they need to upgrade and modernize aspects of their data centers and focus on agility throughout their infrastructures. Moving into 2016, many are in the market for the answers to performance challenges of ever-expanding scope and complexity.

A primary consideration for data center modernization is the alignment between IT and overall business and development operations. This has been a critical focus of Virtual Instruments’ mission since inception. Our Vice President of Marketing and Alliances, John Gentry, hosted a session at the conference on this very topic, entitled, “Industry best practices for ensuring data center modernization and infrastructure agility.” His presentation, which more than 130 IT leaders attended, detailed the steps that companies must take in order to develop “future-ready IT” whose core driver is enabling business goal attainment.

One common misconception that enterprises often share when tackling the performance challenge, is the overarching concern that they need to begin with expensive and extensive capital investments. Rarely is this necessary or the best option. For example, at the conference, we shared a recent project we did for the U.S. Air Force (USAF).

Through our critical infrastructure audit (CIA) service, Virtual Instruments helped the USAF identify and avoid more than $100 million in forecasted and planned infrastructure spend. Having an authoritative, data-informed understanding of how to optimize infrastructure, rather than continually refresh and/or rip and replace with new technology, is saving companies tremendous amounts of time, money and resource expense. From there, they’re able to align workload placement to optimal infrastructure configurations at a greatly accelerated pace, actually driving down costs and improving operational efficiency overall.

Of course, no conversation about performance management is complete without speaking to the corollary concept of cost optimization. Gartner conference attendees discussed the significance of greater speed and performance, yes, and this must also be done while cutting costs and reducing risk. Saving money is always an IT focus, and in the face of dwindling budgets and mandates to innovate (as Gartner detailed earlier this year), IT leaders are now searching for the answers and implementing the solutions that help them ensure both immediate and long-term viability.

Making performance a priority won’t help without an infrastructure performance management platform that turns your data into answers.