BMC has announced that they have bought Coradiant, the leader in web applications performance management. Coradiant specialized in helping IT organizations understand the performance (response time) of their business critical and performance critical web applications. This allows IT organizations to be proactive in the management of the infrastructure supporting these applications leading to fewer brownouts and outages.
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Here at The Virtualization Practice we have generally taken the view that management frameworks that are used to manage legacy physical storage, network and server environments should not be brought forward into new dynamic and virtualized data centers, because these enterprise management frameworks lack the functionality and flexibility to move forward into this new world.
In Applications Performance Equals Response Time, not Resource Utilization, we took the position that while for the majority of the applications deployed on physical hardware the general practice was to infer their performance by looking at normal vs. abnormal resource utilization statistics, once you virtualize an application, it becomes necessary to directly measure its response time in order to ensure adequate service to business constituents and end users.
When VMware announced vCenter Operations, it combined performance management, capacity management, configuration management with self-learning analytics into one product (right now this is achieved by bundling three VMware products, vC OPS, vC CapacityIQ, and vC Configuration Manger, but integration over time will likely reduce three databases and three consoles into one). VMware now joins the ranks of many vendors who can monitor virtual (and through integration adapters – physical) environments, and who provide performance and capacity management features.
Javier Soltero (the Founder of Hyperic) and now the CTO of the SaaS and Application Services Group at VMware just put up a very interesting post called The GreenField Enterprise, which is about “How would we do it if we could start over”. While there are probably no enterprises that can actually start over from scratch this is an important analytical exercise to go through since it can identify the right way to go about things without having those decisions being encumbered by the legacy of what we have done before.
Javier’s post covers Infrastructure, Applications, Services, Security and Management. For the balance of this post we will focus upon the relationship between Infrastructure and Management of that Infrastructure. So first of all, what would our next generation infrastructure look like if we had a clean sheet of paper? We would like to propose that it would adhere to the following principles:
On 9/28/2010 CA Technologies announced that it will acquire Hyperformix. Hyperformix is a vendor that delivers capacity management and performance management solutions for physical and virtual environments.
With this announcement CA formerly enters the capacity planning, and more importantly the capacity management market for virtual environments and their underlying physical infrastructures. It is important to distinguish between the capacity planning and management use cases for this product set. Capacity Planning is something that enterprises have been doing for years and is a periodic activity that is focused upon making sure that an application system does not run out of capacity for a critical hardware resource inside of the purchase cycle for more of that resource.