Application-centric Infrastructure Performance Management

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What is App-centric IPM

At Virtual Instruments our #1 focus is to vastly simplify IT infrastructure management, assuring the highest availability and performance of mission critical applications for the world’s most demanding customers — with what we call App-centric Infrastructure Performance Management.

The explosive growth in multi-tenancy and hybrid data centers creates immense complexity for managing IT infrastructure—and business risks increase exponentially—because there’s no way to guarantee performance with device-specific tools. Businesses are flying blind and hoping that over-provisioning will solve their performance problems… ironically, this makes it worse.

App-centric IPM is about managing the infrastructure for the express purpose of delivering application performance and availability. There are several principles of App-centric IPM, but the central requirement is that the IPM solution must understand the application. There are three core requirements:

  1. Knowing where the applications live: Understand which application services are deployed on which infrastructure services – essentially, having a map of the data center infrastructure in relation to each application.
  2. Understanding Business Context of the Applications: Knowing which applications are more valuable than others to the business and what relative service levels are expected. This is particularly important because applications of varying business criticality are often sharing common infrastructure services.
  3. Knowing how the Applications behave, and understanding how their behavior stresses the infrastructure. Most application performance issues start with a change at the application or database layer that the infrastructure is unable to adapt to. Understanding the application behavior and the way it stresses or is about to stress the infrastructure is critical to proactive performance management.

With the three core requirements satisfied, IT management has the context necessary to make proactive decisions on how to preserve and guarantee the performance and availability of the applications, by acting on the Infrastructure that supports them.

Why You Need App-centric IPM

Hybrid Data Centers are increasingly becoming mainstream. They promise to improve business agility, staff productivity and provide a flexible, scalable foundation for nearly all of your business applications.

The reality is that the scale and complexity associated with this highly virtualized, multi-vendor environment is beyond human comprehension. Existing legacy monitoring tools provide only key-hole views into components of the infrastructure and their data is not correlated between them.

Application Performance Management (APM) tools provide a view into how the application is behaving but are blind to the infrastructure below the VM layer. Network Performance Management (NPM) tools show traffic on the east-west networks but are blind to the north-south network defined as the VM-host-switch-storage network.

What is needed is vendor agnostic, full stack monitoring platform that sees in real time, the entire infrastructure from the VMs to the storage that supports the myriad of applications.

Why VI is the Best App-centric IPM solution

VirtualWisdom correlates and analyzes a breadth and depth of data never before possible—collected from throughout the end-to-end infrastructure in real-time. This highly accurate and comprehensive solution enables customers to start managing performance, stop reactive troubleshooting, and achieve cost optimization across their infrastructure. Virtual Instruments is uniquely capable of providing the application-centric Infrastructure Performance Management solutions to meet the demands of the modern data center. We offer:

Full Stack, Application-Centric View of Your Infrastructure

Highly Granular, Heterogeneous, Agentless Monitoring

Massive Ingest Capability of Both Machine and Wire Data

Cross-Silo Correlation and Machine Learning-Based Analytics

Traditional management tools:

  1. Are focused on capacity, utilization and management of individual physical components.
  2. Can’t correlate across the different infrastructure components.
  3. Can’t view the infrastructure in the context of the application
  4. Are reactive to problems, not proactively used to prevent problems.

IT Infrastructure Monitoring has moved toward holistic monitoring and away from domain-specific monitoring. I&O leaders are benefiting from a refreshed ability to reduce the number of tools needed to monitor multiple operational areas.