Load DynamiX and Virtual Instruments: A customer-driven merger

By John Gentry, CTO of the new Virtual Instruments

Today, infrastructure is in a constant state of transformation. Whether it’s migrating legacy systems to new platforms, introducing all solid-state storage or exploring converged, hyperconverged and ultimately cloud, our customers are undergoing continual change. Those changes are a big part of what led to another transformation we’ve just announced: the merger of Virtual Instruments with Load DynamiX.

Known under the Virtual Instruments name, our newly combined company has a unique perspective on the transformative IT process and what enterprises need as they acquire and deploy new technologies.

Here’s what I mean:

The pre-merger Virtual Instruments was focused on observing the impact of IT changes on overall performance and availability of infrastructure from a performance management and monitoring perspective. Our mission was to help customers reduce risk and accelerate transformation by ensuring they could maintain service levels while they introduced new technology. If there were issues after the fact, we helped customers get to the root causes and remediate problems. Just down the road, the Load DynamiX team was fulfilling its complementary value proposition to help customers understand how those workloads would perform on different storage technologies in the lab, before moving new technology into production.

As a combined company, the new Virtual Instruments brings those two work-streams of the transformative process together to give our joint customers an integrated, fluid process with an additional feedback loop from production monitoring back into future testing. Customers can simulate production workloads, use those simulations to inform their monitoring activities and determine whether the technology performs as expected. The combination of what was once separate Load DynamiX and Virtual Instruments solutions will help our customers move from reactive, to proactive and even predictive understandings of how the adoption of new technology will affect their specific environments.

A path to absolute ROI for customers

This is the right time to merge these two perspectives on IT transformation. The pace of new technology adoption is quickening, and more importantly, the pace at which changes are moving between lab and production environments is also accelerating. There’s no longer any time for a slow, hard cut over from one to the other. Instead, it’s a constant transformation. For example, if a customer is deploying converged infrastructure as a replacement for an AIX Power System in a dedicated SAN environment, they’re now able to test that converged solution with real-world workload simulation, and then deploy it in a production environment with a clear understanding of how it will perform. There’s no hard line between testing and production; as they validate performance with testing, the team can rapidly migrate the workloads into production.

The result of this integration of technologies gives customers the tools for continuous improvement as they go through the transformative process. It’s about absolute return on investment. Customers can make more intelligent decisions about what technology to buy based on testing in real-world scenarios, and they can drive higher levels of utilization and performance by monitoring production based on what’s expected, thus accelerating and de-risking the entire process.

Supporting the partner ecosystem

The Load DynamiX-Virtual Instruments merger is customer-driven, but it also presents incredible synergy for our partner ecosystem. Our partners are tasked with helping their customers decide what technology to buy, and then demonstrating that they made the right selection once the new technology is deployed. The value of the combined Virtual Instruments’ approach enables them to test new technologies based on the customer’s actual workload and then monitor the deployment to validate their customer’s selections and continue to optimize performance. The merger will also resonate in the vendor community, which includes numerous Load DynamiX customers, as well as Virtual Instruments resellers.

Our ability to bring together partners, vendors and customers will create a true community around the development, testing, deployment and monitoring of new technology as the IT landscape transforms from physical to virtual to cloud and software defined. The new Virtual Instruments will have a broader understanding of workloads across different applications than any other company in the world, and it’s just what our customers have been asking for.

I encourage you to read what Philippe Vincent, our pending new CEO of Virtual Instruments, thinks about this merger.