Understanding whether a virtualized or cloud based system or application is available and delivering acceptable response times to its end users is one of the most important tasks that must be addressed by any strategy for monitoring the performance of business critical applications.
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It is now very clear the VMware vSphere 4.0 and 4.1 have demonstrated the robustness and performance necessary in order for them to be trusted virtualization platforms for many business critical applications. It is also very clear that many organizations are well down the road toward putting business critical applications on vSphere. We may not yet be at the point where the most response time critical applications (like online trading) are on vSphere, but we are certainly at the point where line of business applications like SAP and enterprise resident CRM applications are being virtualized.
When J2EE applications servers became a mainstream applications platform for implementing business critical web applications back in the 2002/2005 timeframe, the need to address the performance of applications built to these applications servers was addressed by several startups, all of whom were eventually purchased by Mercury Interactive (who later was purchased by HP), IBM, Compuware, Quest and CA. The leader of this generation of Applications Performance Management (APM) solutions was Wily Technology which was purchased by CA on March 7, 2006 for $375M – signaling an end to the days of startups targeting this space.
2010 will be the year that many enterprises confront two very important changes to how they will use server virtualization. The first change is that as VMware vSphere has proven its maturity, performance and scalability enterprises will increasingly put business critical tier applications, at least in part on virtualized platforms. The second change is that at the same time, these very same enterprises will start to evaluate virtualization platforms from other vendors, in particular Hyper-V from Microsoft.
Now the VMware is shipping AppSpeed and owns Hyperic, the question has to be asked? Should companies looking for performance and capacity management tools for their VMware environments look just to VMware to meet these needs, or should they also continue to look at third party solutions?
Akorri, a leader in virtual infrastructure performance and capacity management for the dynamic data center, today announced the availability of BalancePoint 3.0 – the latest version of the company’s award-winning virtual infrastructure management software. BalancePoint 3.0 allows IT organizations to optimize virtual and physical server and storage infrastructure resources to reduce costs. As companies advance through the stages of server virtualization adoption, they need an infrastructure-wide analytical systems management solution like BalancePoint that provides visibility and control to troubleshoot and assure performance, plan server and storage capacity, and manage service levels.