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Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations Management & Data Center Conference 2017: A Recap

By Raj Patel, Senior Director, Corporate and Field Marketing

garner it conference 2017In October, we previewed the new products attendees could expect to see from us at this year’s Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations Management & Data Center Conference in Las Vegas – and now that we’re back, we wanted to relive the experience with you. When it comes to insights on how to better manage your enterprise data center, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas!

The event, which took place December 4-7 at The Venetian, featured more than 2,500 IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals discussing how they can leverage the latest technologies to make better decisions, prioritize initiatives and link I&O strategies to the goals of their business. This was our eighth consecutive year at the show, and it’s highly encouraging to see that with each passing year, more and more organizations are taking a more proactive approach to managing the performance of their perpetually complex enterprise data centers.

To that point, we had a steady stream of traffic to our booth, with visitors eager to understand what app-centric IPM is and how it can benefit their organization. We also received invaluable feedback from Gartner analysts on the unique capabilities and value delivered by our VirtualWisdom app-centric IPM platform – and as you may have seen, we introduced the next generation of VirtualWisdom last week. VirtualWisdom 5.4 is a significant proof point for Virtual Instruments being quite a different company than just a few years ago, as we now offer full-stack monitoring, a broad set of machine learning-based analytics, application discovery/mapping, new app-centric topology views, investigation runbooks, and more. And many of our booth visitors shared our “new and improved Virtual Instruments” viewpoint.

Another highlight of the conference was a session presented by one of our key customers, MetLife. The session, “MetLife Best Practices: Infrastructure Performance Management, Services Assurance, IT Agility,” was led by MetLife’s Director of Application Platform Engineering, Shane Klosowski, and facilitated by our CTO, John Gentry. During the presentation, Shane gave 100+ attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the tools, platforms, and strategies that enable MetLife to collaboratively and proactively manage and assure application and infrastructure performance with confidence and precision. The session was a big hit, with active engagement from the audience during and after the presentation.

All told, it was another highly successful edition of one of our favorite events, and we couldn’t be more appreciative of our customers, partners and every attendee we met with at the show. We’re definitely looking forward to our ninth appearance at the conference next year, and in the meantime, if you want to hear more about anything we’ve discussed in this post, drop us a line or let’s connect on Twitter – we’re @Virtual_Inst. Also, check out our events page so you can catch us when we’re next in your city: https://www.virtualinstruments.com/about/newsroom/