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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CA Gets Serious about Virtualization Management and Performance

May 18, 2010
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CA Technologies (CAT) has announced three new virtualization management and performance offerings. This is the first example of a "big 4" enterprise systems management vendor getting serious about providing virtualization and cloud focused solutions. This will be very reasuring for CAT customers and may will accelerate stalled virtualization projects.

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Service Assurance – The Key to Virtualizing Tier 1 Applications

May 12, 2010
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Virtualizing Tier 1 business critical applications is a challenge for many enterprises due to the resistance to the concept on the part of applications owners and their constituents. Service Assurance for these applications is required in order for their owners and their users to go along with virtualization. Service Assurance requires the integration of Applications…

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VMware – The Applications Platform Company

May 7, 2010
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VMware will offer enterprises a very inexpensive Java run time platform that is tuned to virtualization, that facilitates very rapid deployment of Java applications into a virtualized environment, and that offers applications portability between VMware TC-Server run time environments and Java PAAS clouds like VMforce. This may well prove to be an irresistible combination to…

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AppDynamics Raises an $11M Series B Round – Confirms APM 2.0 Opportunity

May 4, 2010
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A new Applications Performance Management opportunity has arisen driving by virtualization, the cloud, scaled out deployment architectures, lower cost open source middleware, and agile development techniques. AppDynamics has raised an $11M series B round to address this opportunity. New Relic is the current market leader. BlueStripe and VMware with AppSpeed are also targeting this space.

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Monitoring – The basics of the Cloud

May 3, 2010
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"What do you wish to monitor?", is often my response when someone states they need to monitor the virtual environment. Monitoring however becomes much more of an issue when you enter the cloud. Some of my friends have businesses that use the cloud, specifically private IaaS clouds, but what should the cloud provider monitor and…

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Storage Networking – Time to TAP the SAN

April 30, 2010
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Storage Networking – Time to TAP the SAN

Virtual Instruments new SANInsight TAP for the Fibre Channel SAN allows organizations to collect critical performance data on a real-time, deterministic and comprehensive basis. This will allow organizations to TAP all of their SAN ports in advance of SAN or storage array performance problems so that the foundation is in place to allow for rapid…

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Virtualization Performance Management – A Focus Upon the Data

April 20, 2010
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Both Infrastructure Performance Management and Applications Performance Management vendors who are targeting the virtualization and cloud markets have realized that new and unique data is needed in order to performance manage these new environments and the applications that run on them. This is dramatic departure from the old physical world where most vendors simply relied…

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GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Virtualization Line Up

April 19, 2010
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GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Virtualization Line Up

I participated in GestaltIT's TechFieldDay which is a sort of inverse conference, where the bloggers and independent analysts go to the vendors and then discuss the information they have received. We visited the following virtualization vendors: * vKernel where we were introduced to their Predictive Capacity Planning tools * EMC where we discussed integration of…

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Depth vs. Breadth in Virtualization Performance Management

April 16, 2010
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Depth vs. Breadth in Virtualization Performance Management

Enterprises who are going to support business critical and performance critical applications on a virtual infrastructure should at the minimum address two needs. The first is to get a true and complete picture of Infrastructure Performance based upon Infrastructure Response Time. The second is to put in place the tools required to monitor these applications…

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