Infrastructure Management

The Key to End-to-End IT Control

What is App-centric Infrastructure Management

At Virtual Instruments our #1 focus is to vastly simplify IT infrastructure management, assuring the highest availability and performance of mission critical applications for the world’s most demanding customers — with what we call App-centric Infrastructure Performance Management.

The explosive growth in multi-tenancy and hybrid data centers creates immense complexity for managing IT infrastructure—and business risks increase exponentially—because there’s no way to guarantee performance with device-specific tools. Businesses are flying blind and hoping that over-provisioning will solve their performance problems… ironically, this makes it worse.

App-centric IPM is about managing the infrastructure for the express purpose of delivering application performance and availability. There are several principles of App-centric IPM, but the central requirement is that the IPM solution must understand the application. There are three core requirements:

  1. Knowing where the applications live:Understand which application services are deployed on which infrastructure services – essentially, having a map of the data center infrastructure in relation to each application.
  2. Understanding Business Context of the Applications:Knowing which applications are more valuable than others to the business and what relative service levels are expected. This is particularly important because applications of varying business criticality are often sharing common infrastructure services.
  3. Knowing how the Applications behave, and understanding how their behavior stresses the infrastructure.Most application performance issues start with a change at the application or database layer that the infrastructure is unable to adapt to. Understanding the application behavior and the way it stresses or is about to stress the infrastructure is critical to proactive performance management.

With the three core requirements satisfied, IT management has the context necessary to make proactive decisions on how to preserve and guarantee the performance and availability of the applications, by acting on the Infrastructure that supports them.

Why You Need App-centric Infrastructure Performance Management

Hybrid Data Centers are increasingly becoming mainstream. They promise to improve business agility, staff productivity and provide a flexible, scalable foundation for nearly all of your business applications.

The reality is that the scale and complexity associated with this highly virtualized, multi-vendor environment is beyond human comprehension. Existing legacy monitoring tools provide only key-hole views into components of the infrastructure and their data is not correlated between them. You need to go beyond simple infrastructure monitoring.

Application Performance Management (APM) tools provide a view into how the application is behaving but are blind to the infrastructure below the VM layer. Network Performance Management (NPM) tools show traffic on the east-west networks but are blind to the north-south network defined as the VM-host-switch-storage network.

What is needed is vendor agnostic, full stack monitoring platform that sees in real time, the entire infrastructure from the VMs to the storage that supports the myriad of applications.