The Changing Face of IPM

By Len Rosenthal, CMO

Five years is a lifetime in IT. Five years ago, the iPhone 4S was brand new technology, and DevOps wasn’t as fully formed as it is today. Our work in the infrastructure performance management space (IPM) has evolved dramatically given the ongoing and ever-changing demands enterprise IT teams face, as well as the burgeoning always-on functionality of today’s business applications.

Among the most notable advances in IPM are these:

Expect user-friendly performance analytics: Until recently, “performance analytics” and “user friendly” probably weren’t phrases used in the same sentence very often. But now? We have analytics that are based on and driven by complex algorithms, relevant to context, and, amazingly, easy to understand. This has opened up all that IPM has to offer to an entirely new subset of users.

Empower the real-time data center: Truly real-time monitoring and reporting is not easy. In fact, most “monitoring” solutions still incorporate a delay of minutes or more. For many applications and environments, this just doesn’t get the job done. Applications being excessively slow or down for a minute or two is simply unacceptable to many companies. True real-time monitoring and reporting, with the dashboard capabilities to match, has improved the usefulness of IPM exponentially.

Identify issues, not problems: We now have the ability to identify issues that might impact performance, rather than problems that are already impacting performance. Having machine learning-based analytics is a prerequisite. The utility of these improvements is pretty clear, right?

Optimize infrastructure proactively: This is, of course, directly related to the previous bullet, but takes it one step further. Features that allow for accurate modeling and simulation of potential environment changes let you optimize infrastructure before introducing these changes, taking the guesswork out of infrastructure optimization. In addition, seeing infrastructure utilization patterns and proactively re-balancing the workloads is now easier than ever.

Those are all significant jumps that have helped bring app-centric IPM to the vital, user-friendly technology it is today. What about the future? I’d just like to highlight one change I see coming sooner rather than later:

Monitor across the hybrid data center: With hybrid cloud becoming an essential strategy for most organizations, monitoring products need the capability to perform across the hybrid data center – on premise and in public cloud applications and data. Providing this cross-silo functionality from a single pane of glass, with all the features and ease of use found in current performance monitoring solutions, will be critical for any vendors hoping to succeed.

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