Ensuring Application Performance

Prevent Problems and Keep the Data Center in a Healthy State

Job one of any corporate IT environment is to deliver application performance – meeting the required quality-of-service goals for all application classes.  To meet this goal, it’s critical to know – as close to real time as possible – whether there are building performance issues, resource contention and infrastructure bottlenecks. More importantly, you need to determine what actions should to be taken to resolve problems, and (even better) prevent application performance problems from occurring in the first place.

Case in point, issues with reliable storage access can seriously degrade application performance and the service levels of the applications that they host. Understanding the interdependencies between virtual machines and data stores and aggregating IOPS and latency metrics to pinpoint the cause and impact of performance problems is an impossible task with the native tools provided by vendors of hypervisors. This means that isolating the cause of problems can take hours and even days.

And, once you understand whether a performance problem is the result of the storage configuration of a specific virtual machine or related to a specific data store, determining what actions to take to eliminate the problem, without creating further workload interference and new performance issues, can also be a very complicated decision making process.

In fact, bottlenecks and other challenges can pop up throughout the entire IT stack, so your operations and data center management approach needs to be as broad:

  • Looking at the virtual machines, physical machines, network and storage infrastructure;
  • Monitoring a broad number of parameters, including CPU and memory congestion, co-scheduling congestion, IO and network bottlenecks, over- and under-utilization, etc;
  • Understanding application level performance and extending beyond the hypervisor infrastructure to the application delivery and load balancing layer
  • Integrating with emerging cloud architectures like Citrix CloudStack and VMware vCloud Director

VMTurbo not only resolves problems, but also works to proactively keep the data center in a healthy state.  It is a proactive system that keeps the managed environment healthy by continuously adjusting and tuning the managed entities and ensuring resources are available, based on business priority, across a shared (virtualized) infrastructure.

Unlike a threshold-based system that reacts to abnormalities when performance violates established parameters, VMTurbo Operations Manager maintains your data center in a much more stable and predictable state – and removes you from labor-intensive fire-fighting.

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