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IT Growing Pains – How Workload Management Can Alleviate Scalability Challenges

By Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Marketing

Organizations across industries rely on their ability to dynamically scale – even smaller companies require a level of scalability that was once only expected of Fortune 500 enterprises. As customers continue to demand optimal performance at all times, organizations in retail, ecommerce, finance, healthcare and other industries rely on their infrastructure’s ability to scale up or down, depending on demand, without sacrificing performance or availability. Take, for example, the nearly annual retail website outages and slowdowns around the holidays – these are a customer service nightmare.

Alleviate Scalability ChallengesThe reality is that the modern enterprise is not a static entity. Applications and other workloads are ever-changing and being able to maintain the flexibility and scalability of the underlying infrastructure is paramount to ensuring customer satisfaction and team productivity. As more and more organizations implement a combination of on-premise and cloud-based infrastructure, determining where workloads currently lie in addition to where they should reside has become a basic necessity for IT teams.

At Virtual Instruments, we’ve witnessed firsthand how a comprehensive workload management and monitoring strategy can alleviate IT growing pains – no matter the size of an organization – by understanding how, when and where workloads are performing (or failing) in real-time and providing data for optimal workload placement. That’s why we offer specialized services and products that help senior IT managers visualize their entire infrastructure in terms of performance and utilization, from the perspective of the business applications. For example, WorkloadWisdom validates workload performance, using an organization’s own production workload data, and assures software updates and changes will not degrade production deployments.

We also recently announced the launch of our Cloud Migration Readiness (CMR) service for those organizations looking to move their on-premise applications and workloads to the cloud. Again, these kinds of “lift & shift” migrations require a certain level of visibility into the performance and functionality of your business-critical applications to help decide which workloads to migrate, which to retain within your datacenter, and which cloud provider best suits your needs from a cost and performance standpoint.

The bottom line is this: whether you’re an enterprise with constant workload movement, a healthcare organization with critical patient information stored on-premise and in the cloud, or a smaller retail website preparing for Black Friday, a comprehensive view of your workloads and the underlying infrastructure should be top of mind.

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