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The IaaS Cloud Performance Management Problem will continue to be one of two major factors impeding the adoption of public cloud services (multi-tenant security being the other one). Inferring performance from resource utilization metrics does not work in a simple single tenant virtualized environment (vSphere in your data center). It is worse than useless in muti-tenant public cloud environments that are build up upon a virtualization platform. The only known fix for this issue is for the cloud vendors to embrace end-to-end infrastructure latency as the quality of service metric and to surface this metric on a per tenant and per image basis to their customers.

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There is no one APM tool, be it network based or application based that can meet the needs for every constituent and every application. The tool should be chosen based upon the needs of the team supporting the application(s) in question, and the type of applications that must be supported (purchased or custom developed, and if custom developed via what method). Virtualization plays a key role and that it is giving rise to new organizational function often called Application Operations which is responsible for the performance of all of the applications in production.

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Virtualization is such a profound change to how systems operate that it not only creates new management requirements, but it also breaks legacy management solutions. For these reasons, enterprises should look outside of traditional legacy management vendors for their virtualization performance and capacity management solutions. The focus should be on the richness of the virtualization aware functionality in the solutions, their support of multiple platforms, and how easy the solution is to try, buy and implement.

News: VMware vCenter Operations Suite 5.0 Now Available

The delivery of vCenter Operations 5.0 to the market by VMware represents several important milestones in Operations Management for virtualized environments. The tight integration with vSphere and the integration of the Integrien analytics with real time configuration change detection and application mapping put a nail in the coffin of legacy solutions that rely upon periodically updated CMDB’s to understand the environment. The integration of performance, capacity, configuration, and application discovery first into a bundle and later into a full suite will put pressure on many vendors of point solution. However the biggest question remains the viability of a management strategy focused just upon vSphere, when every other vendor (including Microsoft) is taking a more open and cross-platform approach.

Virtualization and cloud computing have changed the requirements for management solutions in a way that no innovation in the history of our industry ever have. Previous innovations created new requirements, but did not break existing management approaches or business models. Virtualization breaks both the existing legacy approaches to managing applications and systems, and breaks how one must manage applications in this new environment. The revolution has only just started.

What is still missing here is any kind of an end-to-end view of infrastructure latency that is also real time, deterministic and comprehensive. The marrying of the SAN point of view with the IP network point of view is the obvious combination. The hard issue here will be the identification of the applications so that these view of infrastructure performance can be surfaced on a per application basis. In summary, we have a long way to go here, and this just might be why so many of those virtualization projects for business critical and performance critical applications are having so much trouble getting traction.

News: VMTurbo Raises the Bar for Free vSphere Monitoring – Again

VMTurbo’s unique Service Assurance capabilities (and the ability to charge for them in the paid products) allows VMTurbo to make baseline performance and capacity management for vSphere environments available for free. This represents a significant redefinition of where the value is and where the value is not in the virtualization performance management business.