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Are you saying I’m fat?

By Chris James, EMEA Marketing Director 

In the past few years applications have been getting more and more complex. The infrastructure supporting them has had to perform better and better each year within budget constraints – but it’s still primarily measured in its availability. Why is that?

Historically application performance has not been measured – five nines availability is what you need – right?  But let’s make an analogy with the car on the right above; would you buy that for its performance or availability? Do you look up how many days it was available in your garage?

Even the car on the left back in 1965 was bought for its performance and it was way less complex and slower than today’s sports cars, but everything is relative – you could drive that on the road infrastructure pretty much as fast as it could go and enjoy yourself. But today is not 1965. The road infrastructure has not expanded at the same rate as the users of it, but the cars have got bigger and faster to the point where it is virtually impossible to drive them anywhere near their potential.

Today’s applications are like the car on the right running on the infrastructure from 1965. You can have specialist infrastructure designed for specific apps (think race tracks) but in the main, applications are constrained by the IT infrastructure’s slowest part. You can have really fast servers, blade switches and flash storage arrays but if the SAN ports are clogged you’ll have serious performance problems. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to tune the infrastructure to the applications performance?

Virtual Instruments are the leaders in App-centric Infrastructure Performance Management. We look at the whole infrastructure supporting business critical applications from a vendor neutral perspective. If you have ‘bottlenecks’ in the system, we’ll tell you where they are – at line speed – so you will never have an outage and problems can be proactively resolved before end users are affected. The whole infrastructure from the public cloud down to the on-premise storage array can be optimised. Instead of looking at each element, and its associated management tool, you can see the whole system end-to-end and in real time. Easy to understand analytics are provided so you can report on application performance and justify the ROI in comparison with outsourced providers.

Virtual Instruments puts you back in control of the IT infrastructure by giving you the information you need to run the most cost effective systems, upgrade and migrate intelligently, and always deliver the application performance required.

Bigger isn’t necessarily better – but, if monitored properly, it can be more cost effective and faster.