IT Operations groups who are responsible for managing the availability, performance and capacity of a virtual environment in support of performance critical tier 1 applications have two fundamental goals to achieve:
- Ensure that the environment does not become unavailable or perform poorly due to a lack of physical resources (CPU, memory, network I/O capacity, SAN I/O capacity and capacity for I/O operations in the storage array)
- Ensure that the entire virtual infrastructure performs as expected in support of performance critical applications.
On August 31 2009, NetQos announced its Network Based Virtualization Performance Management offerings. Like AppSpeed this new offering uses a virtual appliance attached to a virtual mirror port on the VMware vSwitch to monitor application and network performance from the perspective of the network. Other parts of the NetQos product line also monitor the physical network. NetQos was therefore in the strong and fairly unique position of being able to monitor applications performance for virtualized applications from the perspective of both the virtual and physical networks.
Today (see below) CA announced that it is acquiring NetQos. The combination of the previously acquired Cassatt and Wily assets with the NetQos assets now give CA the full set of components needed to field a comprehensive performance management solution for virtual and cloud environments. The only question that remains is whether or not CA will be able to effectively position and sell these solutions into the virtualization marketplace against experience competitors like VizionCore and Veeam who have significant channel and customer presence in this market.