Performance Management

Performance Management covers monitoring the physical infrastructure, the virtual infrastructure and applications for end-to-end performance and service levels. It covers Application Performance Management, Infrastructure Performance Management, Operations Management, Capacity Planning, and Capacity Management.|Environments covered include Virtualization Performance Management, Software Defined Data Center Performance Management, and Cloud Performance Management. Key issues include ensuring the performance of virtualized and cloud based data centers, ensuring the performance of software defined data centers (SDDC performance management), ensuring virtualized application performance, cloud application performance, and SDDC application performance. Key vendors covered include VMware, AppDynamics, AppEnsure, AppFirst, AppNeta, Astute Networks, Aternity, BlueStripe, Boundary, Cirba, CloudPhysics, Correlsense, Compuware, Dell, Embotics, ExtraHop, GigaMon, Hotlink, HP, Intigua, ManageEngine, New Relic, Prelert, Puppet Labs, Riverbed, Splunk, Tintri, Virtual Instruments, Virtustream, VMTurbo, Xangati, and Zenoss.

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News: VMTurbo Extends Software Driven Control into the Storage and UCS Fabric Layers

January 29, 2014
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VMTurbo has extended its ability to ensure that important workloads get the right resources to include automatic software based control of NetApp storage resources and Cisco UCS resources. This is a breakthrough in automated control systems for highly dynamic environments, and may well become an essential capability for the management of the forthcoming Software Defined…

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SDDC and Cloud Management Data Collection

January 20, 2014
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In Understanding the Value of Unique Management Data, we explored the difference between unique data and commodity data as it pertains to the value of a monitoring solution. In Real-Time Monitoring: Almost Always a Lie, we explored the difference between real-time data collection and near real-time processing of non real-time data. In this post, we…

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Real-Time Monitoring: Almost Always a Lie

December 30, 2013
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In Understanding the Value of Unique Management Data, we pointed out that tools that collect unique data about the performance of infrastructure and applications are more likely to be able to provide you the value you want than tools that just rely on commodity data. In this post, we expose the most frequent marketing lie…

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Understanding the Value of Unique Management Data

December 20, 2013
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Hundreds of companies and products monitor and manage various elements of your data center and your clouds. But most of these products rely on commonly available management data that is accessed via either industry-standard APIs or management APIs provided by various vendors. A few products do the extra work to collect unique data, and these…

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News: Splunk Acquires Cloudmeter

December 12, 2013
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Splunk has acquired CloudMeter, giving Splunk the ability to add custom configured slices of network data to its data store. There are likely numerous use cases for Splunk that will be enhanced by this capability, which will solidify Splunk's position as the leader in the new ecosystem based management software business.

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Replacing Franken-Monitors and Frameworks with the Splunk Ecosystem

December 2, 2013
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In Beware of the Franken-Monitor, we explained how many enterprises ended up with Franken-Monitors and the dangers associated with assuming that the present state of management tools can make the transition into the software-defined data center (SDDC) and the cloud. In Getting Rid of Your Franken-Monitor, we explained how to use green-field islands to put…

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Getting Rid of Your Franken-Monitor

November 21, 2013
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Getting rid of your Franken-Monitor right now is both possible and desirable if you take an incremental approach that slowly phases out the Franken-Monitor while replacing it in new environments with an approach that is flexible and scalable enough to meet your future needs.

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SDDC Security Tools of the Future

November 19, 2013
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SDDC Security Tools of the Future

The software-defined data center (SDDC) requires a new breed of security tools that not only handle the velocity of data being generated within a secure hybrid cloud but also handle the volume and variety of data. In fact, this new breed of security tools uses big data backends to manage the data being received, though…

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Beware of the Franken-Monitor

November 11, 2013
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If you have a Franken-Monitor, you should get rid of it. If you do not have a Franken-Monitor, you should avoid buying or building one at all costs. The correct approach is to use a strategy and an architecture to procure a set of best of breed solutions that can be easily integrated into a…

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