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IPM as the elegant solution to the most challenging IT performance problems

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances –

Systems are increasing in complexity; ingesting more, signaling faster, connecting farther. IT is demanding a wider viewing angle into its holistic environment and greater precision to determine where to invest its resources. IT departments tire of the additive approach to solving problems, whereby capacity, ports, disks and other components are suggested as the solutions to fix issues. They tire of their vendors dictating these purchases based on shallow views into their businesses, with motives that perpetuate vendor lock-in. They tire of having to manually piece together element managers to create a composite view of infrastructure performance.

For the past seven years, Virtual Instruments has been a leader in infrastructure performance management (IPM). For us, performance management starts with an unbiased foundation, whereby we see every frame that traverses the wire, and then derive context by correlating metrics from elsewhere in the infrastructure. This provides an end-to-end view across hypervisors, servers, interconnects and datastores. As important as where we collect from is what we do with this data, and how it provides value to customers. We add context on data capture, allowing you to immediately make sense of the data from across the environment, visualize complex relationships and perform real-time monitoring throughout your entire infrastructure. We leverage this context to perform deep, multivariate analysis to statistically present answers.

Rack, connect, power and go

The benefit of an approach that doesn’t have any product bias and uses accepted practices around data collection via traffic access point (TAP) technology is that the customer needn’t worry about which generation of product(s) they have from which vendors, which firmware operating systems they’re using or which version of software their downstream collector(s) are running. They needn’t size how many aggregated links they can or should support between monitored devices and IT performance monitoring platforms. Virtual Instruments’ technology is literally racked, physically connected and powered on. With software pre-installed, the only technical decision is from which sources to collect data. Period. Your collection starts after automated discovery. No dependencies to ponder. No limitations to calculate.

It starts with data, but doesn’t finish there

Virtual Instruments is committed to getting our customers the highest resolution of data across their estates, regardless of vendor, firmware, generation of product or even scale. Alternatives that insist on mirroring data, lose value from the lower layers of the data conversation, removing key determinants in root-cause analysis. Virtual Instruments extracts value from every layer of the infrastructure, leveraging techniques and practices that have existed for decades in the data center. We then harvest that “best” data to provide true insights.

Leashing data, unleashing insights

IT is no stranger to managing and manipulating graphs, widgets, levers and knobs. However, tuning the dials to get them just right and pouring over the screens in an attempt to understand a complex scenario have always been problematic. This was a challenge we took to solving years ago, with our efforts resulting in a platform that performs real-time analytics, interrogating all metrics to produce the answers you need.

Revealing the actionable

The analytics VirtualWisdom presents are available in seconds to minutes and are rendered in a modern-user interface. What we provide moves the needle toward the incontrovertible, and gives teams authoritative, actionable insights that span the entire business. The immediate revelation of answers allows something that resembles a conversation with the infrastructure, enabling confidence and agility across every line of business.

Request a demo or speak with one of our existing customers to understand the Virtual Instruments’ experience.