VirtualWisdom Architecture

Key Components of the VirtualWisdom Platform

VirtualWisdom Diagram

Dedicated Platform Appliance and Software

The VirtualWisdom Platform Appliance is the industry’s only purpose-built, enterprise-class, Infrastructure Performance Management (IPM) appliance. It persists and correlates real-time data from VMs, servers, SAN and NAS networks—with I/O metrics from the Virtual Server Probe, Network Switch Probe, and “off-the-wire” from the hardware Performance Probes—forming a complete view of your end-to-end system between virtual machines and the storage environment.

TAP Patch Panel

Virtual Instruments’ TAP Patch Panel System integrates Traffic Access Points (TAPs) with best-of-breed fiber patch panel components to make fiber cable deployments more manageable and maintainable. TAPs transparently provide a passive, out-of-band, full line rate copy of all traffic to VirtualWisdom’s SAN and NAS Performance Probes.

The TAP Patch Panel System provides a broad range of streamlined options for implementing TAPs into both new and existing cable plants.

ProbeFC Family

Our family of hardware-based SAN Performance Probes are the most advanced, high capacity full line-rate data inspection and analysis devices available. They monitor storage by inspecting, processing and analyzing every FC frame header and SCSI Command on the Fibre Channel SAN links in real-time. They capture the true, unaltered, I/O profile of the actual application traffic, detecting application performance slowdowns and transmission errors by measuring every SCSI I/O transaction from start to finish.

The SAN Performance Probe family consists of a (16G) 12-port model, a (16G) 24-port model, and an ultra-high-density (8G) 48-port enterprise edition. This product family delivers the full range of cost and density options customers require.


In this histogram screen, you can easily see the distribution profile of NFSv3 read completions.

The VirtualWisdom NAS Performance Probe (ProbeNAS) is the industry’s most complete real-time, full line-rate monitoring solution for NFSv3 and SMB 2/3 environments. Working completely out-of-band, the NAS Performance Probe analyzes every IP Packet on monitored NAS ports, and reports hundreds of metrics every second to provide comprehensive, accurate, and vendor agnostic monitoring at the protocol level. The Probe is offered in a 2U chassis with up to 16 x 10GE links.

Note: Certification of NAS Performance Probe (NFS & SMB) with the GigaVue Ethernet Traffic Visibility platform is supported in VW v5.4

Virtual Server ProbeVM Family

The ProbeVM family of software-based virtual machine probes collects and correlates a comprehensive set of metrics that enable IT, server, and VM administrators to optimize the performance, utilization, and availability of their virtualized IT infrastructure. ProbeVM is unique in its ability to eliminate the risk of using virtualization with I/O-intensive, latency-sensitive applications.VirtualWisdom supports VMware vSphere®, IBM PowerVM®, and Microsoft Hyper-V® environments.

FC Network Switch ProbeSW

4 of the 60 time-correlated metrics that are available from the VirtualWisdom ProbeSW dashboard.

The Network Switch ProbeSW is an agentless software probe that utilizes storage and network information from SMI-S and SNMP MIB (management information base) to gather switch performance and link error statistics in a non-intrusive manner. These critical switch statistics are correlated with other system-wide metrics and presented within the intuitive VirtualWisdom interface as an entity.

Software Defined Storage Integrations via ProbeSDS

Understanding the performance of SDS and Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions is accomplished with deep integration into VMware’s vCenter for vSAN deployments and Dell EMC’s ScaleIO architectures.

Uncompromising visibility is gained with application to LUN SDS visibility coupled with network traffic flows via our NetFlow integrations. This lock-step integration technique provides complete SDS correlation, health and performance insights.

ProbeSDS Diagram

NetFlow Integration via ProbeNetFlow

Accessing NetFlow flow records allows VirtualWisdom to obtain data related to bandwidth utilization and to discover and optimize application performance.

Tightly monitored routers and vSphere distributed switches (vDS) are mapped into the VirtualWisdom appliance through policy-based configuration options. ProbeNetFlow supports IP network visibility through NetFlow, jFlow, IPFIX, and SFlow integrations.

Note: Certification of GigaVUE NetFlow with VirtualWisdom is supported in VirtualWisdom v5.4

ProbeNetFlow Integration

ServiceNow Integration

Adding to VirtualWisdom’s ITSM ticketing integration, the new ServiceNow® CMDB provides a single system of record for the data center. VirtualWisdom, paired with the ServiceNow Service Mapping, allows you to gain full visibility of your infrastructure and the application services running on that infrastructure, leading to more control of your environment and better decisions. Use our ServiceNow Integration to auto-discover and visualize key application services, and group them by tier. ServiceNow integration is included with all VirtualWisdom deployments.

ServiceNow Integration

Cisco 9700 SAN Telemetry Streaming

With a built-in, high performing, hardware-based network processing unit on the Cisco MDS 9700 Series, organizations gain complete visibility across SAN in real time every exchange, every sequence, every packet at line rate.

Utilizing the on-board network processing unit (NPU) of the 9700, the module allows I/O-level metrics to be computed at every switch on all ports at line rate. The NPU examines every exchange passing through to capture flow metrics such as exchange completion time, maximum number of outstanding exchanges, data access latency, read and write I/O operations per second (IOPS), throughput, logical unit number (LUN) access pattern (sequential or random), and I/O block sizes. Without TAPs or hardware probes, VirtualWisdom directly integrates with this new Cisco MDS SAN Telemetry Streaming capability and:

  • Collects all switch traffic data with a dedicated ASIC inside the Cisco MDS switch
  • Produces the statistical summary of observed workload and response time behavior
  • With our Analytics, transforms the data into actionable insights that can be used to optimize your environment and proactively find and resolve issues before users are affected.

Cisco MDS 9700 SAN Telemetry Streaming Diagram

AppDynamics Integration

VirtualWisdom integrates with AppDynamics to learn about application configurations, through either on-prem or cloud instances. Applications discovered with AppD are displayed in the VirtualWisdom application entity management page topology.

This shared view of the infrastructure allows VirtualWisdom to better understand how problems in your data center can impact your most critical applications.  APM and IPM working together results in performance to meet Application service needs.

AppDynamics and VirtualWisdom Diagram


SSH/WMI Integration

Auto-discover and visualize key application services using SSH or WMI. Robust flexibility allows infrastructure owners to use SSH/WMI alone, or with ServiceNow CMBD or NetFlow analysis. The WMI management information collected includes details about the OS, hardware/ software status, tightly correlated across the entire infrastructure stack. SSH, or secure shell, creates a secure, encrypted tunnel for an information exchange between the network management software and the devices.

SSH/WMI Integration Diagram

Storage ProbeNTAP

ProbeNTAP leverages an agentless software API to capture health and utilization statistics for Network Appliance Storage Arrays (ONTAP 8, 9, Clustered NFS). VirtualWisdom uses these statistics in conjunction with advanced discovery and reporting to provide users with additional context for understanding system-wide health, utilization and performance.