Blogs

Apr 12, 2017

Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.3: what’s new

By Len Rosenthal, CMO As you may have seen, today we announced the latest version of Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.3. If you’re reading this blog, you probably know that Load DynamiX is our storage performance validation solution, designed to let you validate the performance and optimize the cost of your storage investments. What you’re probably… Read More »

Apr 5, 2017

Storage Performance Analytics Done Right

Save time, save cost and save your job By Scott Cleland, Director of Product Marketing Why should a Fortune 500 enterprise company use a workload acquisition, workload analysis, workload modeling and workload performance analytics product like Virtual Instruments Load DynamiX (LDX) Enterprise 5.3? Even the largest and smartest Fortune 500 companies can find themselves mired… Read More »

Mar 23, 2017

Solving Common NAS Performance Problems

By Ryan Perkowski, Senior Product Manager We at VI are often asked … what are common NAS problems and how do you find them?  I know that users are frustrated, simply because I used to be one.  They’ve have been forced to live with the pain of getting escalated to, and not finding root causes. … Read More »

Mar 14, 2017

Webinar: How to Achieve Optimal ROI with a Critical Infrastructure Audit

By Raj Patel, Senior Director, Corporate and Field Marketing  In our ongoing work with customers, we usually see two universal truths in every corporate IT department. The first is always stay on budget. The second is that everyone is in a constant state of transformation. And more often than not, these two truths are at… Read More »

Mar 7, 2017

How enterprises can achieve end-to-end performance optimization

By Len Rosenthal, CMO All organizations want their IT systems to perform optimally. This is easier said than done, however. If it were easy, every organization would have implemented a performance optimization, performance management or other solution to get the most out of their systems. What is keeping organizations from optimizing performance? There are almost… Read More »

Feb 28, 2017

How Software-Defined Storage (SDS) Affects Storage Testing

By Jim Bahn, Senior Director of Product Marketing Software-defined storage (SDS) is an evolving concept where server-based storage software manages policy-based provisioning and management of data storage independent of hardware. Software-defined storage definitions typically include a form of storage virtualization to separate the storage hardware from the software that manages the storage infrastructure. The operating… Read More »

Feb 21, 2017

Storage Magazine Awards Gold to Virtual Instruments NAS Performance Probe

By Len Rosenthal, CMO When we rolled out our NAS Performance Probe with VirtualWisdom5 back in September, we viewed it as an important step toward making good on our promise to innovate after our merger with Load DynamiX. As a combined company, we were uniquely positioned to see where customers were getting bogged down in… Read More »

Feb 16, 2017

NAS Performance is HOT

By Jim Bahn, Senior Director of Product Marketing   As the long-time gold standard in SAN performance monitoring, Virtual Instruments just recently got into the NAS space.   And even MORE recently, our NAS Probe won Gold in the SearchStorage/Storage Magazine Product of the Year Storage and SAN Management Tools Category.  We knew that there was… Read More »

Feb 14, 2017

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… Read More »

Feb 7, 2017

DevOps engineers: the skills you’ll need to get ahead

By Len Rosenthal, CMO As an engineer, you are acutely aware of one truth: you can never sit still. You have to improve your skills constantly and look to the next wave of technologies you’ll have to learn. This is especially true for DevOps engineers. With an area as new and constantly changing as DevOps,… Read More »

Feb 2, 2017

The quest for true end-to-end application monitoring, visibility and analytics

By Ray Villeneuve, President Last week’s news of Cisco’s $3.7 billion purchase of APM vendor AppDynamics was a welcome development. The move signals the vastly understated importance of application performance in today’s enterprise, as covered in detail by Ron Miller of TechCrunch. With the various types of applications companies deploy to run their mission-critical and… Read More »

Feb 2, 2017

A Better Approach to IT Infrastructure Analysis

Cross-domain correlation speeds application delivery by Scott Cleland, Director, Product Marketing Remember this? If your only tool is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail.  The need to possess “the right tool for the job” is now more apparent than ever before when it comes to IT infrastructure management, optimization and governance. Managing… Read More »

Feb 1, 2017

Why does Infrastructure Performance Management matter?

You can’t measure performance without the right tools By Ryan Perkowski, Senior Product Manager Person 1 – “How was the commute this morning?” Person 2 – “Oh, about 1000 cars per hour.” What a strange way to answer this common question. Person 1 wanted to know how long it took Person 2 to commute to… Read More »

Jan 26, 2017

Are you saying I’m fat?

By Chris James, EMEA Marketing Director  In the past few years applications have been getting more and more complex. The infrastructure supporting them has had to perform better and better each year within budget constraints – but it’s still primarily measured in its availability. Why is that? Historically application performance has not been measured –… Read More »

Jan 24, 2017

HighBar Partners and Virtual Instruments: Catalysts in driving true end-to-end performance visibility

Following is a guest post by John Kim, co-founder and managing partner, HighBar Partners, discussing the firm’s work with its portfolio companies and the quest to build an application-centric infrastructure performance management powerhouse – Virtual Instruments. When HighBar Partners invested in Load DynamiX in 2014, we started on a path to enhance application delivery from… Read More »

Jan 18, 2017

A journey towards app-centric infrastructure performance management

By Len Rosenthal, Chief Marketing Officer From incredible sports moments like the Cubs finally winning the World Series, to the unprecedented political happenings in the U.S. and abroad, 2016 was the year of change. And for the Virtual Instruments team, this couldn’t be more true. A merger, an acquisition, product enhancements and new executive hires… Read More »

Jan 3, 2017

Performance analytics and monitoring predictions for 2017

By John Gentry, Chief Technology Officer, Virtual Instruments With the new year here, it wouldn’t feel right if our blog didn’t feature a few predictions about how we see things progressing in 2017. At Virtual Instruments, we’re focused on performance monitoring and analytics-driven insights for proactively managing your IT infrastructure. Let’s face it, though every… Read More »

Dec 27, 2016

Happy Holidays from Virtual Instruments

As we near year’s end, we share thanks and gratitude for our customers, partners and dedicated employees. 2016 has been an exciting year as we welcomed Load DynamiX and Xangati to the Virtual Instruments family. We’re excited to expand on the many initiatives and solutions we introduced this year including our new Customer Success Programs,… Read More »

Dec 20, 2016

Analyst note: Storage Switzerland’s take on the Virtual Instruments acquisition of Xangati

By Len Rosenthal, CMO Storage Switzerland’s George Crump recently wrote an analyst note about our Xangati acquisition, titled “Real-time Performance Analysis for the Hybrid Data Center.” He spoke with us about what today’s modern corporate IT teams need to manage their hybrid infrastructures. The Storage Switzerland note breaks down the APM and IPM market silos, and… Read More »

Dec 13, 2016

Analyst commentary: Clabby Analytics’s take on the Virtual Instruments acquisition of Xangati

By Len Rosenthal, CMO We’ve had an overwhelming response to our recent acquisition of Xangati, a provider of hybrid cloud and virtualization management solutions. Customers are excited to see our integrated solutions help them manage their complex and ever-changing infrastructure, and how that affects their application performance. Partners are excited about the capabilities of expanding… Read More »

Dec 7, 2016

5(.2) Things you should know about LoadDynamiX 5.2

By Len Rosenthal, CMO LoadDynamiX Enterprise just got better. Today, Virtual Instruments rolled out the 5.2 version of our workload analysis and workload modeling solution, and we think you’re going to like what it means for your ability to visualize production workload data and understand the I/O characteristics of your storage workloads. We’ve improved workload… Read More »

Dec 1, 2016

Latency – an application performance killer

By Chris James, Director of EMEA Marketing The aesthete Stephen Bailey once interviewed the captain of an SR 71 “Blackbird”, the fastest air breathing plane that once flew from New York to London in just under one hour 55 minutes. When it is fired up the two ramjet engines are in sync. If one has an… Read More »

Nov 29, 2016

The Value of Knowing Your Workload I/O DNA

By Len Rosenthal, CMO Your IT infrastructure is very much like a living organism, interacting with many different people, systems, technologies and networks. Whether you’re tasked with integrating projects like enterprise mobility, hybrid cloud, big data or the Internet of Things, your application performance is widely varied, to say the least. The requirements to maintain… Read More »

Nov 22, 2016

EMA Impact Brief: NAS performance profiling is critical

By Len Rosenthal, CMO Last week we announced that Virtual Instruments has acquired Xangati, a hybrid cloud and virtualization performance management company. In the coming months, we will dive deeper into how our Xangati acquisition will let us further expand our capabilities to help companies manage their ever-changing and increasingly complex hybrid data centers. Our… Read More »

Nov 16, 2016

Tim Van Ash welcomes Xangati and its customers to Virtual Instruments

I’m excited to welcome Xangati and its customers into the Virtual Instruments family!   The combination of Xangati and Virtual Instruments creates a powerhouse in infrastructure performance management (IPM). For too long there has been a gap between applications and traditional siloed approaches to Infrastructure performance monitoring.  These inadequate solutions just provide more data, not the… Read More »

Nov 15, 2016

Virtual Instruments Acquires Xangati to Create Application-Centric Infrastructure Management Platform for Today’s Modern Data Center

By Len Rosenthal, CMO 2016 has been a year of incredible transition and growth for Virtual Instruments, and today, we announced our acquisition of Xangati, a hybrid cloud and virtualization performance management company. Xangati founder Jagan Jagannathan is now chief innovation officer of Virtual Instruments, and he’ll help lead our shared team toward its mission… Read More »

Nov 8, 2016

5 Production Load DynamiX Enterprise Use Cases

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing When a company invests in a technology or vendor, the results it delivers can be all over the “impactful solutions” spectrum. At the basic level, investments should solve problems and/or create efficiencies where none previously existed, without requiring significant efforts or introducing risks to the business…. Read More »

Nov 1, 2016

New Customer Success Team ready to bring agile IT best practices, expertise to enterprises

By Bo Barker, Senior Vice President of Professional Services Customer needs have always driven technological innovation here at Virtual Instruments. The enterprises we work with face a constant, never-ending state of transformation, and the infrastructure challenges and complexities customers are solving inform the decisions we make, from product development to business strategy. When Virtual Instruments… Read More »

Oct 25, 2016

Storage Switzerland white paper: Defining and optimizing workloads

By Len Rosenthal, CMO When you’re evaluating your IT infrastructure – whether it’s physical, virtual, the cloud or a combination of the three – one important concept always comes up: workload analysis. Workload analysis is such a basic part of what we all care about that we often just glaze over the topic and assume… Read More »

Oct 18, 2016

Think your woes are over now that you have Flash?

By Jim Bahn, Senior Director of Product Marketing Flash doesn’t solve all performance or availability problems. Below are six reasons those issues can outlast a flash installation, and how to manage them over time. Networked storage is a complex beast. If you’ve put flash on your laptop, you might have solved most of your performance… Read More »

Oct 11, 2016

Managing a Dynamic Data Center Requires Dynamic Monitoring

By Len Rosenthal, CMO We work day in and day out to answer the following question: How can we help our customers assure that their applications and infrastructure will perform better together? This question drives us as a team because our goal is to provide as much overarching support as possible for enterprises as they… Read More »

Sep 27, 2016

Expanding our DyNASty: industry reactions to our new NAS Performance Probe

By Len Rosenthal, CMO of Virtual Instruments Last week, we announced the launch of VirtualWisdom5 and the VirtualWisdom Network Attached Storage (NAS) Performance Probe, the industry’s first real-time  monitoring solution for both SAN and NAS environments. With our expansion into the NAS-based storage market, our team is bringing the advantages and capabilities of VirtualWisdom to… Read More »

Sep 13, 2016

Meet Us at These Events in September

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing It was a fantastic summer with lots of enjoyable moments, and now fall is upon us—with a number of exciting events coming up for us here at Virtual Instruments. We’re heading back out on the road to do one of our favorite things: evangelize infrastructure performance… Read More »

Sep 12, 2016

Freeware Performance Testing Tools are Worth What You Paid

By Jim Bahn, Senior Director, Product Marketing Over the past few years, I’ve talked with several IT pros who try to match their storage infrastructure buys with their application performance needs.  Kudos to them for trying.  Frankly, if you just depend on the storage vendor’s spec sheets, the claims look so similar that I pity… Read More »

Sep 6, 2016

VMworld 2016 Recap: Are you Cloud Ready?

By Len Rosenthal, CMO The official end of summer is signaled not only by Labor Day but also by VMworld, which always convenes the week prior to the start of the holiday weekend. This year, the conference headed back to Las Vegas, which naturally feels more frenzied given the locale. Another tradition those of us… Read More »

Aug 30, 2016

Two questions to ask before migrating to Flash (Video)

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing It’s no secret that Flash offers many advantages over traditional memory. When considering moving to all-Flash (or at least hybrid) data centers, however, it’s not as simple as switching out the technology and firing it up. At the Flash Memory Summit 2016 in Santa Clara, our… Read More »

Aug 26, 2016

In, out, in, out, shake it all about! Debunking out of band monitoring untruths.

By Chris James, Director of EMEA Marketing There is much discussion about how the software provided by data centre hardware vendors can monitor system and application performance effectively with in-band agents. The short answer is it can’t. Agents or ‘in-hardware’ monitoring add load to the data stream and consume CPU resources – therefore they can’t… Read More »

Aug 23, 2016

Welcome our new President Ray Villeneuve

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing One of the observations we continue to see from our customers and partners is that data centers are perpetually shifting and transforming—there really is no end-state. It just so happens that the shift occurring right now could be one of the most impactful to ever hit… Read More »

Aug 16, 2016

Flash Memory Summit 2016 Recap

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing Last week we attended the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California. Since last year, the show has grown significantly in terms of size and attendees, which is a strong indicator of the growing trend of flash in the data center. While some are already hailing… Read More »

Aug 2, 2016

Are you ready for the cloud? Let performance profiling make the call

By Len Rosenthal, Chief Marketing Officer Migrating certain application workloads to the cloud can offer a host of benefits for enterprise IT teams. There’s no doubt that it helps plan for disaster scenarios, increases cost efficiency and helps companies keep pace with the changing storage industry. However, some roadblocks continue to stand between many organizations… Read More »

Jul 26, 2016

New 32Gb FC and 40GbE workload generation appliances to shorten storage vendors’ time to market for their next generation products

By Tim Van Ash, Senior Vice President of Product Virtual Instruments is committed to helping storage vendors and enterprises make the most of their data center and storage investments, and that means constantly upgrading up our solutions. Today, we’re announcing the addition of 40 Gigabit Ethernet and 32 Gigabit Fibre Channel capabilities to our Load… Read More »

Jul 12, 2016

From workloads to workplace lessons: leadership and IT evolution

By Len Rosenthal, CMO of Virtual Instruments I can still remember the first time I saw an original Apple computer. Awkward and clunky as it may seem today, at the time, it was pure brilliance. At Virtual Instruments, we see first hand how rapidly technology changes. We specialize in helping IT organizations transform their infrastructures… Read More »

Jun 28, 2016

The benefits of DevOps for the modern data center

By John Gentry, CTO of Virtual Instruments As business becomes more focused on technology and mobile, many companies are looking for ways to improve on the traditional Agile development methodology. Where Agile isn’t the strongest match for modern enterprise needs, implementing a DevOps approach provides a way for businesses to adapt to, keep up with… Read More »

Jun 21, 2016

Flash Forward: Helping customers achieve great things with flash technology

By Gavin Tweedie, Director of EMEA Operations If you’ve been following #WhereInTheWorldIsVI, then you know that our summer is off to a busy start. Following EMC World in May, we attended HPE Discover early in June, and announced that Virtual Instruments has expanded our global alliances program and joined the HPE Complete Partner Program.   Looking… Read More »

Jun 14, 2016

Virtual Instruments Joins HPE Complete Partner Program

By Kalen Kimm, VP of Strategic Alliances, Virtual Instruments It’s been an exciting past couple of months for the Virtual Instruments team between our merger news and launching WorkloadCentral at EMC World. But you can rest assured we aren’t planning on taking a vacation this summer and that some of our most exciting news is yet… Read More »

Jun 7, 2016

“Banking” on your IT infrastructure

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing Coming off the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, banks and the financial services industry were mainly focused on regulatory and governance cycles. Today, this market is ripe for disruption with huge amounts of capital in 2015 raised to support new companies looking to cater to expanding… Read More »

May 31, 2016

Get your head out of the clouds: top benefits to cloud migration

By Len Rosenthal, Chief Marketing Officer We’re talking about it; you’re talking about it; the whole industry is talking about it. Cloud migration is a top-of-mind topic for not only data storage professionals, but enterprise IT teams altogether. We’ve talked about what to consider when migrating your workloads before, but we’re taking it back to the… Read More »

May 24, 2016

Your IT Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing Mention the word “summer” and you’ll get a variety of positive reactions: vacation, sunshine, and that delicious Fourth of July barbeque we’ve been craving all year. And while it’s good to enjoy your well-deserved time off, your IT infrastructure can’t afford to take a vacation. From June… Read More »

May 17, 2016

EMC World, Gartner IOSS Summit: A recap

By Len Rosenthal, CMO of Virtual Instruments The start of our spring 2016 trade show activity kicked off with our annual participation at EMC World and the Gartner IT Operations Strategies & Solutions Summit (IOSS). Our team here at Virtual Instruments had a busy couple of weeks catching up with customers, meeting with industry influencers and… Read More »

May 10, 2016

EMC World: We came, we saw, we launched WorkloadCentral.

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing Ah, EMC World. Every year, the conference is a chance to connect with our customers and demo some of our solutionsrecent enhancements. Our chief technology officer, John Gentry, had a moment in the spotlight this year, explaining how large IT organizations use Virtual Instruments’ solution portfolio to make… Read More »

May 3, 2016

WorkloadCentral Provides Community, Education for Workload Analysis

By Tim Van Ash, senior vice president of products at Virtual Instruments As an IT professional, you’re constantly trying to avoid performance problems and make better deployment decisions. Understanding application workload I/O profiles is critical to ensuring optimal storage infrastructure performance. And, chances are, you’re making educated guesses, relying on your instincts and taking recommendations from… Read More »

Apr 26, 2016

Customers share experiences at annual EMC World Customer Roundtable

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing EMC World is right around the corner, so we’re getting ready for four days of jam-packed activity, news, collaboration and connecting with our customers, partners and industry influencers. This year’s EMC World is sure to deliver excitement. There will be inspirational presenters, news and developments, and maybe… Read More »

Apr 19, 2016

Where in the EMC World is Virtual Instruments?

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing Remember Carmen Sandiego, the globetrotting character who took her audiences on educational quests to solve problems? The newly merged Virtual Instruments is taking a page out of her book. And, where in the world will we be the first week of May? EMC World, of course,… Read More »

Apr 5, 2016

“A strong move:” industry reactions to Load DynamiX-Virtual Instruments merger

By Len Rosenthal, CMO of Virtual Instruments When we announced last week that Virtual Instruments and Load DynamiX were merging, the industry responded with comments about the obvious synergy between the two companies. That sentiment echoed internal feelings about the deal, which will deliver benefits for our partners, and the industry overall. Below is a… Read More »

Mar 29, 2016

Load Dynamix and Virtual Instruments merge to bridge application and infrastructure performance

By Philippe Vincent, CEO, Load DynamiX For some time, we’ve heard from our customers about a need for tighter integration between Load DynamiX Enterprise and Virtual Instruments’ VirtualWisdom platform for infrastructure performance management (IPM). Today, we announced the upcoming merger of Load DynamiX and Virtual Instruments. The new company will be known as Virtual Instruments… Read More »

Mar 29, 2016

Load DynamiX and Virtual Instruments: A customer-driven merger

By John Gentry, CTO of the new Virtual Instruments Today, infrastructure is in a constant state of transformation. Whether it’s migrating legacy systems to new platforms, introducing all solid-state storage or exploring converged, hyperconverged and ultimately cloud, our customers are undergoing continual change. Those changes are a big part of what led to another transformation… Read More »

Mar 22, 2016

Optimize, don’t overprovision, to promote VDI performance

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing Companies running virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI) are well aware of the problems posed by even the slightest bottleneck. One user uses a bit more bandwidth than expected and, suddenly, every employee sees greater latency when trying to load a mission-critical application. VDI systems with end-user facing… Read More »

Mar 15, 2016

Performance management, cost optimization critical during systems integrations

By Jason Cowie, Vice President of Strategic Alliances Systems integrations are increasingly common in enterprise IT as the market adapts and consolidates in response to economic shifts. Just look at the growing number of mergers and acquisitions in storage, healthcare IT and other verticals. Integrating infrastructures and systems are complex undertakings that come with significant… Read More »

Mar 8, 2016

Common challenges of using analytics for performance management

Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing So, you want performance analytics? As you should. Analytics-based decision-making has helped IT administrators promote efficiency and cost optimization in their enterprises. It’s also shown companies errors in their workflows and generally improved their end users’ experiences. Getting more data about end-to-end performance, and making adjustments based… Read More »

Mar 1, 2016

3 things to know to encourage proactive performance management

By Bo Barker, Vice President of Services The amount of people with a stake in your IT infrastructure performance is significant. It’s not just you and your team. Its end users, customers, co-workers — anyone and everyone who relies on the applications you support. None of these people really care about capacity planning, technology upgrades… Read More »

Feb 23, 2016

Minimizing performance and integration risks in healthcare IT

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Alliances Enterprise IT looks differently than it did a year ago. This is common for the industry – it changes rapidly as new technology emerges and new processes are implemented. Healthcare IT has experienced much of the same in recent years. Driven by federal mandates to… Read More »

Feb 16, 2016

Complacency is the biggest roadblock to optimized IT performance

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director of Corporate and Field Marketing For many IT performance problems, there are no simple solutions. Infrastructures are complex and perpetually evolving, with myriad applications pulling data from every corner of connected systems. Such complexity begets problems that are not so easy to identify or resolve. It’s not just that complexity… Read More »

Feb 9, 2016

No one cares who’s to blame for IT performance issues

By Aravind Sivanesan, Sr. Director, Alliances Technical Strategy and Enablement The way IT enables and aligns to the enterprise is ever-changing. However, for too long, the way that IT performance problems are resolved has remained unchanged. Infrastructure outages, latency issues and performance degradations occur continually, and every team within IT shares the risk and responsibility… Read More »

Feb 5, 2016

Finding the missing link! (in storage performance troubleshooting)

Storage performance troubleshooting just got easier So much has been learned and written about how to find and fix storage related performance problems that I wondered if there’s anything new that can be done. There are tons of best practices, monitoring products, and professional services all dedicated to solving this often quixotic burden. But at… Read More »

Feb 2, 2016

Enterprise shift to DevOps highlights IT performance

by Raj Patel Outsourcing IT solutions and capabilities has long been the preferred method for procuring advanced business solutions for many companies. However bringing solution creation, development and execution in-house enables businesses to support innovations across the enterprise in an agile, cohesive and consistent way. This practice fits under the DevOps model, and it is… Read More »

Jan 26, 2016

Don’t let the decision justify your IT performance data

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances Legacy systems aren’t a problem in enterprise IT until they are. As cloud and virtualization strategies continue to evolve at a breakneck pace however, it’s become increasingly difficult for legacy systems to keep pace. When legacy systems impede innovation and agile business demands, administrators need solutions… Read More »

Jan 19, 2016

Use healthcare IT to keep hospitals focused on patients

By Darren Boyd, Senior Product Marketing Manager No matter which department he or she works in, any employee of a hospital or healthcare facility knows the No. 1 priority – patient care. Every aspect of the organization needs to be focused on ensuring patients receive the best care and treatment. For healthcare IT workers, this… Read More »

Jan 12, 2016

5 IT performance management lessons to learn from 2015

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director of Corporate and Field Marketing Our team prides itself on being composed of people with focused and extensive expertise when it comes to IT infrastructure performance management. Our engineers, executives, sales and services teams are well versed in speaking to and delivering solutions to many of the largest enterprises in… Read More »

Jan 5, 2016

US Air Force uses Virtual Instruments to boost IT savings, efficiency

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director of Corporate and Field Marketing The motivation for everything we do at Virtual Instruments is equipping IT administrators and teams focused on digital business performance with the insights they need to make confident data-informed decisions about configurations, workloads and investments related to infrastructure. The better the insights these pros have… Read More »

Dec 29, 2015

2016 priorities focusing on IT performance for the cloud

By John Gentry, vice president of marketing alliances With the rate of IT evolution, it’s never easy to make firm predictions about what new tech will emerge in a coming year. Every 12 months, a new analyst or expert report details how the cloud will finally reach mass-market adoption, but the landscape that will support… Read More »

Dec 22, 2015

Performance optimization emerges as key 2016 trend at Gartner Data Center conference

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director of Corporate and Field Marketing Earlier this month, Virtual Instruments attended the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference in Las Vegas. It was the last show in a year filled with thought-leadership events, affording us several opportunities to discuss and align with experts, vendors and other influencers in… Read More »

Oct 23, 2015

All Flash Or Tiered Storage?

Which storage technology is best for your Oracle based app? There’s much debate on which storage technology (i.e. flash storage or tiered storage) will perform best for an Oracle application. Many Oracle gurus say the standard block size for OLTP apps should be small, around 4KB. That being the case, AFA products should excel for… Read More »

Oct 20, 2015

Availability, performance define successful e-commerce sites

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director of Corporate and Field Marketing – Study after study proves the ever-increasing popularity of e-commerce as a primary method for buying goods and services. People will continue to spend billions online every year, and B2C and retail e-commerce brands understand all too well the problems caused by a slow website, never… Read More »

Oct 15, 2015

Financial services want to get faster, and IT performance needs to keep pace

By Sam Curcuruto, Product Marketing Manager – A recent report from Deloitte found that 82 percent of financial services executives believe innovation is among the most important aspects of their industry moving forward. These companies are constantly in search of exciting new ways to run their businesses, design their products, deliver their services and do… Read More »

Oct 8, 2015

Accountability and reliability drive government focus on IT performance

By Darren Boyd, Senior Product Marketing Manager – Accountability and reliability are demands and goals of every government initiative. Wasted spending and failed initiatives are the kind of problems that plague government organizations. Earlier this year, the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) went into effect, calling for, among other things, increased accountability in… Read More »

Oct 6, 2015

Virtual Instruments Partner Program earns listing in CRN Cloud Partner Guide

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – Technology partnerships help IT vendors reach wider audiences across all industries to best serve end customers. At Virtual Instruments, we recognized the value of enabling our partner ecosystem with an authoritative analytics platform for infrastructure performance management that drives strategic value for our partners as… Read More »

Sep 29, 2015

September news and events: Virtual Instruments builds momentum, looks ahead

By Raj Patel, Sr. Director of Corporate and Field Marketing – Heading into the final months of 2015, it’s a great time to look back at the year and think about everything we’ve accomplished. The release of VirtualWisdom4.3 in August was an important one for Virtual Instruments. Spending September sharing it with the analyst and… Read More »

Sep 24, 2015

3 steps to proactive infrastructure performance management

By Vikram Ramesh, Sr. Director of Product and Digital Marketing – Infrastructure complexity isn’t often the focal point of discussions related to speed of the digital economy. Sales teams, marketers and others rely on IT to deliver premium solutions and capability that make their businesses attractive options for customers or partners for other companies. A financial… Read More »

Sep 22, 2015

Healthcare IT needs a focus on performance in the face of greater complexity

By Sam Curcuruto, Product Marketing Manager –   For healthcare IT administrators, the last few years have been quite hectic. Almost universally, hospitals and other facilities have been forced into upgrades and adjustments to their IT infrastructures. Whether in response to new regulations or out of necessity, electronic medical records and other newer solutions are staples in… Read More »

Sep 17, 2015

Baseball, IT and the need for context in IT performance analytics

By Darren Boyd, Senior Product Marketing Manager – Here’s a great quote about performance metrics that has nothing to do with IT. Writing in his “Baseball Abstract, 1985,” Bill James makes these points about statistics: 1. Baseball statistics have the ability to conjure images 2. Baseball statistics can tell stories. 3. Baseball statistics acquire from these… Read More »

Sep 15, 2015

Performance benchmarks, guarantees are priorities in a hybrid cloud world

By Vikram Ramesh, Senior Director of Product and Digital Marketing – In late 2014, IDC projected that 65 percent of IT organizations will make room for hybrid cloud technologies before 2016. Part of this prediction also came with the expectation that these organizations would integrate management solutions and platforms to keep applications housed in the… Read More »

Sep 3, 2015

When random isn’t random; you don’t get realistic results

A few days ago, one of our customers ran a test, comparing how well Load DynamiX Enterprise, Iometer, and Vdbench created random data. They were trying to determine which test solution would result in the most realistic models, to use in Flash array performance evaluations. In production workloads, random data typically contains very few repeating… Read More »

Sep 1, 2015

August news and events: VirtualWisdom4.3 launches as we ramp up for VMworld

By Raj Patel, Senior Director of Corporate Field Marketing – At Virtual Instruments, we spent the better part of the summer preparing for everything August had to offer. Launching a new version of our flagship infrastructure performance management (IPM) platform and pulling everything together for the season’s biggest conference, VMworld, are the rewards for working… Read More »

Aug 26, 2015

IPM as the elegant solution to the most challenging IT performance problems

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – Systems are increasing in complexity; ingesting more, signaling faster, connecting farther. IT is demanding a wider viewing angle into its holistic environment and greater precision to determine where to invest its resources. IT departments tire of the additive approach to solving problems, whereby capacity, ports,… Read More »

Aug 25, 2015

Vendor-agnostic performance management simplifies converged infrastructures

By Gabriel Cortes, Service Delivery Manager – Converged infrastructures aren’t anything too new in principle. In practice, though, the concept is one to which IT departments have adjusted slowly. It hasn’t been an issue of converged systems lacking utility for enterprise IT so much as a pretty major paradigm shift with massive amounts of moving… Read More »

Aug 20, 2015

VMworld 2015: Virtual Instruments is ready for any enterprise IT issue you face

By Sam Curcuruto, Product Marketing Manager – As all of us at Virtual Instruments prepare pallets of swag, collateral and booth materials for shipment to Moscone Center in San Francisco for VMworld 2015, we’re excited for plenty of conversations with our customers and partners. This year’s theme is “Ready for Any,” which fits perfectly with… Read More »

Aug 18, 2015

3 considerations when migrating critical workloads to the cloud

By Vikram Ramesh, Senior Director of Product and Digital Marketing – IT workers have spent the better part of the last decade thinking about the cloud. The cloud offers plenty of benefits, but those promised perks of cutting costs and making departments more agile don’t come without risks. CIOs need to consider every option and… Read More »

Aug 13, 2015

Let big data and analytics change IT like they’re changing your business

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – There was a time when business decisions often came down to hunches. Sales, marketing, human resources and even IT frequently opted for new hires, new technology and other additions because they just seemed right; some kind of gut feeling suggested it was the best move,… Read More »

Aug 11, 2015

Customers take IT performance problems personally

By Darren Boyd, senior product marketing manager – No matter the reason for an IT investment, the ultimate goal is almost always the same – to provide a better end-user experience. It doesn’t really matter if the end user is an employee, partner or a customer. Applications need to function. Workloads need to be available…. Read More »

Aug 6, 2015

The NYC subway should take some advice from enterprise IT

By Sam Curcuruto, Product Marketing Manager – Which is older — the fall of the Ottoman Empire or the New York City Subway? If you said the Ottoman Empire, you’re sadly mistaken. A recent article published by Gizmodo details the story of the infrastructure supporting the NYC subway system in all its ancient glory. Traffic… Read More »

Aug 4, 2015

VirtualWisdom4.3 brings multi-hypervisor support, more analytics to IPM

By Vikram Ramesh, Senior Director of Product and Digital Marketing – At Virtual Instruments, our goal is to simplify heterogeneous infrastructure performance management (IPM) by capturing a unique combination of wire data and machine data and then applying context-specific analytics to deliver the key insights and answers that enterprise IT teams need. With VirtualWisdom4, we… Read More »

Jul 28, 2015

Not all IOPS are created equally

By Ryan VerVaecke, Sr. Principal Architect – Performance metrics play a significant role in the operation of the modern data center. We need to know the speed at which different processes function and are available. So, IT focuses heavily on a number of analytics derived from performance data to assess the health of its systems…. Read More »

Jul 23, 2015

Rising criticality of performance management in a world where infrastructure accelerates your business

By Venu Lambu, Global Head of Markets, Cognizant Infrastructure Services – When it comes to enterprise IT Infrastructure, revolution is in the air. The technology landscape is changing at breakneck speed. The rapid and complex evolution of the technology universe, dominated with trends, such as virtualization, social, mobility, analytics and cloud computing, is only increasing… Read More »

Jul 21, 2015

Performance, security concerns abound as Windows Server 2003 support ends

By Darren Boyd, Service Delivery Manager – On July 14, Microsoft ended its extended support of Windows Server 2003. These machines will no longer receive security upgrades and other support from the company. Most organizations have long since removed these legacy systems from their data centers, however, IT consulting firm SoftChoice reported late last year… Read More »

Jul 16, 2015

Availability-centered SLAs don’t guarantee performance

By Vikram Ramesh, Senior Director of Product and Digital Marketing – Any enterprise IT worker can attest to the fact that IT availability doesn’t always equate to strong performance. Frustratingly, though, many Web apps run on cloud services that come with service-level agreements centered solely on availability without taking more valuable metrics into account. As… Read More »

Jul 15, 2015

Listen to this short podcast on flash storage benchmarking hosted by the Tolly Group

Listen to this 8 minute podcast on flash storage benchmarking sponsored by the Tolly Group and featuring Load DynamiX. Flash Storage is increasingly important in Enterprise and cloud computing, while still relatively expensive, it can provide significant performance benefits. To be certain that the flash-based array is delivering up to its specifications, one needs to… Read More »

Jul 14, 2015

Tips on how to cost-effectively exploit flash storage for a variety of business applications

Originally a key consumer technology fitting inside music players, mobile phones and large sized appliances, flash storage is now engulfing the enterprise storage space through large-scale all-flash arrays. Jim Bahn from Load DynamiX offers key tips on how IT practitioners can cost-effectively exploit flash storage for a wide number of business applications. So listen to the… Read More »

Jul 14, 2015

Continuous availability and disaster recovery work together to keep IT going

By Jason Cowie, Director of Global Strategic Alliances – Investment in enterprise disaster recovery has significantly increased in recent years. There’s a clear need for the technology, with downtime costing companies both financially and in terms of reputation with customers. Continuous availability requires that infrastructure (or the applications running on it) cannot be interrupted at… Read More »

Jul 9, 2015

Performance key for financial firms as big data, security become priorities

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – As is the case with most industries, finance houses are fully enveloped in the big data craze. These firms have seen myriad benefits from deeper application of the data they store and manage, necessitating the creation of entire departments aimed solely at managing and working… Read More »

Jul 7, 2015

EMC customers leveraging IPM for cost control and operational efficiency

By Jason Cowie, Director of Global Strategic Alliances – Think about the last time your company made a major infrastructure upgrade. Systems administrators wanted more automation and better integration for networking, storage and other infrastructure components. The C-level wanted something that could modernize aspects of IT and make assorted processes more efficient. When it’s time… Read More »

Jul 6, 2015

Best practices for assessing flash storage performance

In a recent survey of storage architects at F500 companies, 54% said that over the next 12 months, they’d be deploying all flash arrays. Not exclusively, but for select applications. And while flash arrays offer significant environmental / footprint benefits, performance is the reason everyone is evaluating solid state storage. That being said, 9 of… Read More »

Jul 2, 2015

Changes in enterprise IT means changes in decision-making

By Raj Patel, Senior Director of Corporate and Field Marketing – It’s always interesting to hear stories from colleagues about the old days of IT. They recount tales about some of the integrations and projects they single-handedly spear-headed, and it can be amazing how different the ecosystem looks today. Workers throughout an enterprise now have… Read More »

Jun 30, 2015

When enterprise IT reaches its tipping point

By Lee Jiles, Strategic Alliances – IT workers have developed a reputation as problem solvers for a reason. The nature of IT demands that they constantly think quickly and use every piece of information available to solve even the most minor issue. It’s impressive what an IT team can figure out with enough time. Is… Read More »

Jun 28, 2015

3 key trends from this summer’s enterprise IT tradeshows

By Jason Cowie, Global Strategic Alliances Our team has spent a good amount of time in the last couple months on the conference circuit. Whether it was EMC World, HP Discover, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) or IBM Edge, there were a number of important trends that we and the other attendees discussed…. Read More »

Jun 23, 2015

Proactive performance monitoring guarantees availability for growing IT stack

By Vikram Ramesh, Senior Director of Product and Digital Marketing – The days of every new technology investment going through IT are long gone. Chief information officers (CIOs) and other IT decision-makers still have to approve the big investments, but, more often, other departments are identifying new Web apps or services that they think will… Read More »

Jun 16, 2015

Bimodal IT shift necessitates proactive performance management

By Vikram Ramesh, Senior Director of Product and Digital Marketing – Last year, Gartner detailed the concept of “bimodal IT,” which, quite simply, divides IT into two arenas: one is the traditional support and security role, and one calls for extensive innovation and constant improvement of business processes. Even as the first mode concerned with… Read More »

Jun 14, 2015

What keeps early team members not just onboard, but engaged?

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – When we first got Virtual Instruments off the ground, we had lofty goals. We looked at this concept of infrastructure performance management (IPM) and knew there was a need for a solution and technology that helped IT workers across industries solve their complex data center… Read More »

Jun 11, 2015

Three hiring tips for the modern CIO looking to optimize his IT team

By Mike Moore, Chief Information Officer – The role of a CIO in 2015 differs vastly from the same position just five years ago. The influx of managed services has enabled companies to adopt a number of technologies and capabilities they either couldn’t afford before or hired several employees to handle. There’s now less up-front… Read More »

Jun 9, 2015

CEO John Thompson on theCUBE: IPM, enterprise IT monitoring

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – In reflecting on theCUBE’s interview with our CEO John Thompson at EMC World last month, I was drawn to a couple acute points he made regarding the cloud, as well as a particularly emphatic statement he made about the key to a startup’s success. In… Read More »

Jun 4, 2015

CGH Medical Center deploys VirtualWisdom for executive and BOD decision support, and to enhance real-time IT monitoring

By Raj Patel, Senior Director of Corporate and Field Marketing – We at Virtual Instruments pride ourselves on delivering real-time performance data and answers for highly complex IT infrastructures. There isn’t a single industry that needs these instant solutions more than health care. Enterprise IT requires similarly speedy results, but the consequences for some latency… Read More »

Jun 2, 2015

How to optimize your IT infrastructure for hybrid cloud deployments

By Vikram Ramesh, Senior Director of Product and Digital Marketing – We should all be congratulating the cloud on graduating from buzzword status, with Gartner predicting almost half of large enterprises will have incorporated hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. There are varying motivations, ranging from cost savings to increased agility, but no… Read More »

Jun 1, 2015

Implementing private or hybrid clouds?

By Chris James, Director, EMEA Marketing – The biggest private or hybrid cloud integration challenge currently facing organizations is where to run the applications; dedicated infrastructure, private cloud, public cloud, a hybrid of all of these? If you ask the business how important its application is and where it should be hosted they will almost certainly… Read More »

May 31, 2015

Internet-enabling applications – things to think about

Nicholas Dimotakis, Regional Services Director – If you are planning to internet-enable your applications, just remember they are all eventually connected to a physical infrastructure – so you need to ensure that your infrastructure is performing well. Internet-enabled applications (like all other applications) perform down to the slowest component. It is critical to ensure that the… Read More »

May 28, 2015

Virtual Instruments to discuss IT performance optimization at HP Discover

By Vikram Ramesh, Senior Director of Product and Digital Marketing – One of Virtual Instruments’ goals is to deliver to our partners and customers the answers to their most challenging IT performance issues related to their most critical workloads. At HP Discover in Las Vegas from June 2 through June 4, we’ll highlight how VirtualWisdom,… Read More »

May 26, 2015

Infrastructure investigations: the case of the added second-and-a-half

By Nick York, Product Manager, Analytics – In our ongoing detective series, we’ll investigate unexplained IT infrastructure problems and walk through the process of using infrastructure performance management to solve the mysteries. A Virtual Instruments customer planned a swap of its production and disaster recovery sites. We heavily outfitted each site with our infrastructure performance… Read More »

May 21, 2015

IBM Edge 2015: Highlighting the value in guaranteed IT availability

By Raj Patel, Senior Director of Corporate and Field Marketing – Convention and conference season is in full swing, and we’re happy to report that we’re taking it all in. Most recently, we spent May 11 through May 15 at the well-attended IBM Edge at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Much like our time at… Read More »

May 18, 2015

5 steps for a modern monitoring framework

By Barry Cooks, Senior Vice President of Products, Engineering and Support – We hear from a lot of companies that they already monitor their IT performance. They say they already know which data provides the best insights and how to find it. Now, it makes sense that IT execs and staff would have a good… Read More »

May 12, 2015

When your IT goes down, every second counts

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – We’ve all experienced that burst of frustration when we can’t access something we need online, be it because of a frozen smartphone, slow laptop or any other number of obstacles. Even when it’s less than a minute of stalled activity, our irritation grows exponentially with… Read More »

May 7, 2015

What’s our secret to success? Our leaders and culture attract premium talent

By Raj Patel, Senior Director, Corporate and Field Marketing – At Virtual Instruments, we have a simple, but effective, recruitment strategy: we go after only premium talent for every opening at our company. Appealing to the best person for a position, though, requires more than good compensation and a promising opportunity. The kind of people… Read More »

May 5, 2015

April news and events: Virtual Instruments announcements and industry cloud news

By Raj Patel, Senior Director, Corporate and Field Marketing – April saw Virtual Instruments unveil new partnerships and highlight our work with customers and partners with key appearances at major storage industry events. Here are some of our April highlights, along with some additional perspectives on industry trends. What’s happening at Virtual Instruments: Barry Cooks,… Read More »

Apr 30, 2015

Virtual Instruments and its customers to highlight IPM at EMC World

By Raj Patel, Senior Director, Corporate and Field Marketing – Modern IT demands guaranteed performance and availability to help companies and their customers excel. At EMC World next week in Las Vegas, Virtual Instruments will show attendees exactly how we help them achieve this goal through infrastructure performance management (IPM). It’s common for IT teams… Read More »

Apr 23, 2015

IPM is a great cure for what ails healthcare IT – HIMSS 2015 Recap

By Raj Patel, Senior Director, Corporate and Field Marketing – Last week, we attended the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) exposition in Chicago. HIMSS brings together an entire industry of people, many of whom are focused on solving complex problems both now and in the future. A common theme in many of the… Read More »

Apr 21, 2015

All the data in the world won’t help your IT performance

By Barry Cooks, Senior Vice President of Products, Engineering, and Support – There’s a phase just after a critical infrastructure audit when an IT team or manager relaxes. The team has gained so much data after this in-depth examination that it seems inevitable the process would have solved some problems. That notion is incorrect. Data… Read More »

Apr 16, 2015

Performance monitoring prevents unnecessary over-provisioning

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – For too many organizations, peak traffic times come with higher latency that leaves a negative impression with the end user. No one wants to wait for anything these days. So in a world where overprovisioning is always the norm but not the best solution, what’s… Read More »

Apr 14, 2015

SNIA data storage innovation conference: the lies of your performance metrics

By Barry Cooks, VP of Engineering – This past week I had the pleasure of speaking at the SNIA Data Storage Innovation Conference about one of my favorite industry misconceptions: the idea that all supposed IT performance metrics are created equal. Given that I work at an infrastructure performance management provider, I have a strong… Read More »

Apr 9, 2015

Visibility, performance critical in government IT operations

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – Information technology (IT) in the federal government is, as in other industries, making the infrastructure shift to cloud. Moving highly sensitive government data and workloads to the cloud requires reliability, security and guarantees from vendors that applications and infrastructure will perform as mandated. Without these… Read More »

Apr 7, 2015

When averages don’t tell the whole infrastructure performance story

By Nick York, Product Manager, Analytics – Statisticians have long since moved passed raw averaging as a method for organizing and analyzing data. In some cases, it still offers a fair assessment of a dataset, but more frequently, it paints a very incomplete picture. For example, in the first few weeks of a baseball season,… Read More »

Apr 2, 2015

The next game changer: Infrastructure performance management

Vikram Ramesh, Senior Director of Product and Digital Marketing – With 40 percent of IT budgets going to infrastructure hardware, software and data centers, IT is becoming faster and more efficient, as well as more complex. The infrastructures built or improved through these investments are becoming increasingly virtualized and abstract, leaving IT managers with greater… Read More »

Mar 31, 2015

March news and events: Virtual Instruments announcements and industry cloud news

By Raj Patel, Senior Director, Corporate and Field Marketing – March brought new milestones for Virtual Instruments, as well as some interesting perspectives on cloud storage from the tech world. In case you missed the news, we’ve rounded up our latest announcements, along with interesting industry tidbits, for your reading pleasure. What’s happening at Virtual… Read More »

Mar 26, 2015

March Madness doesn’t have to be an IT performance headache

By Raj Patel, Senior Director of Corporate and Field Marketing – Performance monitoring is at the heart of the modern data center. Simply throwing some resources – financial or human – at every little problem isn’t a solution anymore. IT managers are under a constant mandate to keep costs down without sacrificing an ounce of… Read More »

Mar 25, 2015

Attention, IPM reseller partners: are you taking advantage of VIU?

By Bo Barker, Vice President of Services – We’ve always been dedicated to our partners – a dedication most recently recognized by the 2015 Channel Chief designation given to John Gentry, our vice president of marketing and alliances. As a valued Virtual Instruments channel partner, you play an integral role in bringing infrastructure performance management… Read More »

Mar 23, 2015

Virtual Instruments CEO John Thompson discusses company goals with Bloomberg

By Todd Osborne, Regional Vice President of Sales – Recently, our CEO John Thompson sat down with Bloomberg to talk about our company, our goals in upcoming years and why organizations need infrastructure performance management (IPM) solutions. We wanted to share his thoughts with our customers and partners, as it succinctly illustrates our mission and strategy to… Read More »

Mar 19, 2015

Performance monitoring: To outsource or not to outsource?

By Bo Barker, Vice President of Services – An InformationWeek survey that looked at 2015 trends found that while 74 percent of companies expect to see increased IT demand, only 56 percent plan to increase spending. These numbers come as no surprise to those who work in the technology realm, as minimal IT spending during… Read More »

Mar 12, 2015

How to avoid flash storage buyer’s remorse

Vikram Ramesh, Senior Director of Product and Digital Marketing – You’ve heard the hype around flash storage. This technology has seen enormous popularity in enterprise storage because of the many benefits it provides, particularly around performance. Flash storage starts operating quickly and maintains high performance speeds throughout operation, which supports applications that need to access… Read More »

Mar 10, 2015

IPM helps cloud service providers guarantee performance, availability

By Todd Osborne, Vice President of Sales for Asia-Pacific – Cloud is a pervasive technology, and more businesses are switching to cloud models, whether public, private or hybrid. But with this technology comes more complexity and, typically, an added layer of infrastructure that isn’t visible to IT teams. If you’re transitioning to a cloud or… Read More »

Mar 5, 2015

Two is better than one: Microsoft’s SQL server and VirtualWisdom4

By Nicholas Dimotakis, Regional Services Director – Frustration is a common state of being in IT, especially when it comes to data security. Users are constantly in need of access to their applications and data at any time of the day and in any location. This access can frequently be mission critical. For IT professionals, meeting… Read More »

Mar 3, 2015

Gaining predictability, insights from IPM supports IT businesses

By Nicholas Dimotakis, Regional Services Director – There are a lot of parallels between the conditions needed for a successful business and those needed for a smooth-operating IT environment. In many ways, the IT department represents a microcosm of the larger business environment. In 2015, businesses – and IT teams – will rely on two important… Read More »

Feb 24, 2015

Channel Chief recognition underscores our partner commitment

By Raj Patel, Senior Director of Corporate and Field Marketing – Each year, CRN, a division of the Channel Company, names the top executives in channel management to its list of Channel Chiefs. Judges make selections based on experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue and public support for the importance of IT channel sales. This year,… Read More »

Feb 19, 2015

To drive success, IT strategy and business goals must align

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – Business success today is largely driven by the efforts of the IT department. So much of what is needed to make decisions at the highest levels of the executive chain – namely, data and analytics – depends on the IT team’s ability to deliver the… Read More »

Feb 17, 2015

When it comes to IPM success, answers come from beyond the data

By Vikram Ramesh, Senior Director, Product and Digital Marketing – In most cases, data without context isn’t very helpful. All the data in the world doesn’t tell a story unless you know how to read it correctly, and even if you happen to have that expertise, analysis takes time. When it comes to diagnosing problem… Read More »

Feb 12, 2015

For healthcare providers, an infrastructure performance prognosis

By Lee Jiles, Strategic Alliances – Hospitals, physicians’ offices and other healthcare organizations depend on instant access to up-to-date data. Industry regulations require that patient records be accessible all the time, but data access is about more than just compliance; it’s about delivering quality care. For this reason, the struggle healthcare IT managers face in… Read More »

Feb 10, 2015

Here’s why your enterprise is spending too much on IT

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – “Our business has a lot of extra money to spend. Hey, IT team, do you guys want it?” Have any of you ever heard that sentence? If so, you’re part of a very small and fortunate group. Many IT pros can attest to the fact… Read More »

Feb 5, 2015

Does your cloud provider give you real-time performance insights?

By John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – We recently announced a partnership with Key Information Systems, Inc. (KeyInfo) that guarantees the performance and availability of KeyInfo’s hybrid cloud offering, the KeyCloud, to enterprise customers. For cloud providers wanting to support large enterprises, the ability to promise and deliver a high level of… Read More »

Feb 2, 2015

News roundup: innovations, customer announcements and partnerships

Raj Patel, Senior Director of Corporate and Field Marketing – MetLife chooses VirtualWisdom for guaranteed performance We brought another great customer into the fold this month; MetLife chose VirtualWisdom4 IPM platform to guarantee availability for its customers. As one of the largest life insurance companies in the world, MetLife can’t tolerate performance issues, making VirtualWisdom… Read More »

Jan 29, 2015

How to audit your critical IT infrastructure

Vikram Ramesh, Sr. Director, Product & Digital Marketing – Do you ever hear the following complaints from managers and executives in your enterprise? “Our issues are being caused by slow performance.” “Can we get more out of the IT assets we own?” “How can our technology help us execute data-driven decisions in a faster way?” If… Read More »

Jan 27, 2015

Building winning teams in data center management

John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – It’s no secret that in the technology space, some of your strongest innovations originate outside your organization. Whether you’re getting feedback from your customers that allow you to tweak your products for better performance or you’re working closely with a channel partner that has a fresh… Read More »

Jan 22, 2015

Testing object storage performance proves to be latency-prone

Marc Staimer of Dragon Slayer Consulting published a very useful, short primer on object storage use cases. One of the points he makes is that object storage can be latency-prone. Of course, there are quite a few advantages of object, but performance isn’t one of them. Still, we have customers who are using Load DynamiX… Read More »

Jan 22, 2015

Data center history and the impact on today’s performance management

John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – When it comes to the data center, history is important. If you understand the history and evolution of data center storage, you see why performance management has broken down. Let’s take a look at the last 30 years in data center history so we can put… Read More »

Jan 20, 2015

Where past performance management went wrong

Barry Cooks, Vice President of Engineering – Since some of the early IT pros first developed data storage, those same individuals have been trying to figure out what’s wrong with it. Rarely does the first (or second or third) version of a new technology perfectly hit the mark, and storage was no different. There have… Read More »

Jan 19, 2015

Maximizing IT infrastructure performance in demanding financial industry

John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – If you’re in the financial industry, you know that there are no excuses for delays in service. Imagine if you were a stockbroker and you couldn’t access your trading platform, or if you provided banking to customers who were unable to log into their accounts. In… Read More »

Jan 15, 2015

The year in review: infrastructure performance management in 2014

Raj Patel, Senior Director of Corporate and Field Marketing – This week, we’re taking a look back at 2014 and remembering some milestone events. From product releases to awards and partnerships, the previous year was busy and productive from start to finish. As we move into 2015, our team is looking forward to what the… Read More »

Jan 13, 2015

Why your IT infrastructure’s utilization doesn’t matter (Part two)

Barry Cooks, Vice President of Engineering – In part one of this two-part series, I covered the problems that come with only measuring utilization. This post will look at the greater value that comes with measuring performance. After reading part one of this series, you know that your IT utilization metrics likely aren’t as valuable… Read More »

Jan 8, 2015

Is your channel working for you? Three steps to partner training

John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – For many companies in the IT industry, the channel makes integral contributions to both short- and long-term sales and revenue numbers. Organizations seeking exponential growth can benefit greatly from the efforts of their resellers, but that growth only lasts as long as the vendor-partner relationship is… Read More »

Jan 6, 2015

Why your IT infrastructure’s utilization doesn’t matter (Part 1)

Barry Cooks, Vice President of Engineering – This installment is part one of a two-part series on the shortcomings and benefits of different metrics for IT infrastructures. In this post, I’ll look at the problems that come with only measuring utilization, and in part two, I’ll cover the greater value that comes with measuring performance…. Read More »

Jan 1, 2015

Here’s to a performance issue-free 2015

Raj Patel, Senior Director of Corporate and Field Marketing – As an IT professional, you know there’s nothing more stressful than spending days – or even weeks or months – troubleshooting and alleviating system problems that could have been prevented. While performance issues can occur at any time, with robust and holistic end-to-end monitoring and… Read More »

Dec 30, 2014

A look at 2015: Coopetition will fade, customers will seek vendor-agnostic solutions

John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – Joint technology integration and solution selling has greatly benefitted enterprises in the past, as well as the vendors that offered these integrated solutions. Customers could easily vet and purchase system components as holistic converged infrastructure, knowing they’d been designed and tested to work together. In 2014,… Read More »

Dec 29, 2014

Management 101: Three tips to keep your teams at peak performance

Barry Cooks, Vice President of Engineering – Managing a team or department is almost always a challenge to some degree, and IT teams are no exception. Especially for those new to a management role, understanding the dynamics and unique personalities among your employees can be extremely daunting. The impact of management styles on culture and… Read More »

Dec 21, 2014

Eating our own dog food: how VI uses VirtualWisdom

Mike Moore, Chief Information Officer – When you’re making a technology solution for customers, it pays to use that solution yourself. You can see its strengths and weaknesses, and then work to build up the former while fixing the latter. In the industry, this is called “eating your own dog food”, a phrase that implies… Read More »

Dec 18, 2014

Goodbye, blame game: how performance management breaks down siloes

Barry Cooks, Vice President of Engineering – It’s no secret that within an IT department, various teams often function in siloed environments. This situation has been characteristic of the IT profession for many years, and because so many different personalities and system owners work within departments, it can result in a tendency for team members… Read More »

Dec 16, 2014

Which came first: the IT team or the IT infrastructure?

Barry Cooks, VP of Engineering – You might have read our previous blog post about the changing role of IT professionals and said to yourself, “Sure, the role of the IT professional has changed, but what about the technology? And how can I stay relevant enough to claim that title of strategic adviser in my business?”… Read More »

Dec 15, 2014

For big data insights, improve three areas of your IT infrastructure

Dion Harris, Senior Manager of Product Marketing – Big data is more than just a buzz phrase. Big data analytics are bringing a whole new level of insight to industries spanning a number of verticals, including finance, logistics, sports and retail, to name a few. In the past decade, social analytics have been added to… Read More »

Dec 11, 2014

The international language of IT infrastructure

John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – In November, I spent a little more than two weeks traveling internationally at a few conferences and to our international offices. I also got to spend some time visiting with customers and partners, and while there are regional differences and nuances between the organizations in different… Read More »

Dec 7, 2014

News roundup: partners and customers benefit from performance management

Raj Patel, Senior Director of Corporate and Field Marketing – We’ve had a busy few months at Virtual Instruments and have announced great new partnerships, customer wins and interesting research findings. In case you missed any of the updates, here’s a quick recap: Nasdaq adopts VirtualWisdom for increased visibility We recently announced a new customer… Read More »

Nov 30, 2014

Learn the benefits of IPM at Gartner Data Center Conference

Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing – Most people associate December with seasonal holidays, and while we certainly don’t disagree, here at Virtual Instruments we have another reason to look forward to this final month of 2014: the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference in Las Vegas. There’s a lot happening at… Read More »

Nov 27, 2014

Virtual Instruments: more than a storage resource management company

John Gentry, Vice President of Marketing and Alliances – Founding an organization is not an easy endeavor; it takes work and dedication from the executive team down to drive results, especially before a company’s reputation is established. During these early years, what drives the success of great organizations is a like-mindedness of the executive team around… Read More »

Nov 20, 2014

Webinar Recap: shift to workload-centric Infrastructure Performance Management

Vikram Ramesh, Sr. Product Marketing Director – Today, Virtual Instruments announced the results of a research study we commissioned with Forrester Consulting to investigate the state of IT infrastructure performance management. The study was conducted to help our team better understand the challenges IT departments are facing, as well as strategies for overcoming inefficient or… Read More »

Nov 20, 2014

Two simple rules to hiring the best

Barry Cooks, VP of Engineering – When I started to write this blog post, I titled it “Two simple rules to hiring the best in IT.” After a few paragraphs, I realized that these tips aren’t limited to just information technology careers, but are actually solid guidelines to hiring in any position. No matter the industry… Read More »

Nov 13, 2014

Using performance management technology to address problems on the horizon

Understanding performance issues today can prevent damaging — and costly — problems tomorrow. Vikram Ramesh, Sr. Product Marketing Director – As an IT professional, you know how easy it is to get bogged down in day-to-day infrastructure management and neglect the ongoing health of your system — until you’re forced to deal with a major… Read More »

Nov 12, 2014

Partnering to provide holistic performance management in infrastructure solution

Jason Cowie, Strategic Alliances Director – The tech world has been humming this week, and Virtual Instruments has been smack in the middle of all the buzz. We are announcing today our latest partnership with EMC and Panduit, a collaboration that eliminates the need to virtualize IO-intensive workloads to gain end-to-end insight into your system…. Read More »

Nov 7, 2014

SIMposium 2014: How can CIOs integrate their technology and business skillsets?

Raj Patel, Sr. Director, Corporate and Field Marketing – This past week, a number of our team members attended SIMposium 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The event was packed with tech-savvy execs, all with the goal of learning how they can more effectively integrate their technology skillset and strategies with the overall business models and goals of… Read More »

Oct 28, 2014

SLA Management

Aravind Sivanesan, Solutions Consulting Director, Western US – CIO/IT infrastructure owners have Service Level Agreements and objectives from their Internet Service and bandwidth providers. For example – roundtrip latency for traffic from NYC to SJC must not exceed 45ms. How can a CIO have a comparable SLA for application performance on his infrastructure? Virtual Instruments… Read More »

Oct 22, 2014

Guaranteeing unified IT service delivery

Vikram Ramesh, Sr. Product Marketing Director – Senior IT leaders at most organizations are looking to see how they can unify, strengthen and coordinate IT services and resources and thereby increase their effectiveness, efficiency and delivery. The majority of organizations have adopted IT service management practices (ITSM) to manage this change. This will require IT… Read More »

Oct 16, 2014

Enabling IT organizations for ever-agile business alignment

Vikram Ramesh, Sr. Product Marketing Director – Mission critical IT application delivery infrastructures are being virtualized and organizations are adopting cloud environments to help improve agility and reduce CAPEX. IT teams are leveraging old technologies that weren’t purpose-built to handle today’s complex and ever-changing infrastructure, preventing them from delivering business-aligned service levels. These IT teams… Read More »

Oct 14, 2014

Do you know the 6 big benefits to Infrastructure Performance Management?

Vikram Ramesh, Sr. Product Marketing Director – It’s no secret that doing business on a global scale has been costly and complex. That is arguably why most of the winnings of the global economy have gone to the big guys. Now you can join them by leveraging VirtualWisdom4 from Virtual Instruments, the industry’s first Infrastructure… Read More »

Oct 1, 2014

Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2014

Dion Harris, Sr. Product Marketing Manager –  My colleagues and I will be at Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The event’s theme this year is around how digital business is blurring the lines between the digital and the physical worlds, disrupting all industries and redefining the role of IT. With the advent of cloud, big data… Read More »

Sep 25, 2014

Building bridges of technology

Eric Jorgenson, Regional VP of Sales – Anyone can build a bridge: the definition of an engineer is someone who can build a strong bridge, one fit for purpose that is not over-engineered and wasteful of resources, hence the engineering not just building. If you look at the fees charged by the architect that designs… Read More »

Sep 23, 2014

Selecting and reselling new technologies: minimizing risk to maximize revenues

As Virtual Instruments is a relatively new company (established in 2008) we’re working hard to give our channel partners the tools they need to encourage customers to adopt our innovative technology and embrace a relatively new concept: Infrastructure Performance Management, or IPM.  And already 30% of Fortune 100 companies are taking advantage of the benefits… Read More »

Sep 17, 2014

Private Docker Registry w/Nginx Proxy for Stats Collection

Dan Tehranian, Staff Engineer – In using Docker at Virtual Instruments, we had to setup an internal Docker Registry in order to share our custom Docker images. Setting up a basic internal Docker Registry is trivially easy, but there was one issue we hit in production-izing this app. In VI’s R&D infrastructure we run all of… Read More »

Sep 9, 2014

Avoiding service interruptions in a data warehouse

Nicholas Dimotakis, Regional Service Director, PS Management – In an increasingly complex world, the way in which we use and store data has significantly changed. A data warehouse – or a large store of data accumulated from a wide range of sources within a datacentre and often used to guide business decisions – is critical… Read More »

Sep 3, 2014

VMWorld 2014: performance without limits

Dion Harris – As VMWorld 2014 closes, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on what a great few days we have had! Thank you to all of the partners, customers and new acquaintances that we had an opportunity to see and meet.  VMWorld allowed the Virtual Instruments team to showcase the power of… Read More »

Aug 12, 2014

High performance in a competitive environment

Nicholas Dimotakis –  In this blog, I look at some of the biggest obstacles IT vendors face when dealing with customers and how at Virtual Instruments we have tailored our services to specifically address these. In today’s IT business we are faced with three major challenges as soon as ink touches paper: time, prioritisation, engagement…. Read More »

Aug 7, 2014

Vagrant VMware vCenter Simulator

Dan Tehranian – When developing and testing a product that integrates with VMware vSphere, it can often be useful to have a vCenter to test against. Unfortunately for developers and testers, the process of setting up and managing their own vCenter instance along with the necessary entities for it to manage can be extremely time… Read More »

Aug 5, 2014

Unlocking potential with Virtual Instruments managed services

Nicholas Dimotakis – There’s a bit of a buzz and excitement here at Virtual Instruments as we just completed one year of operation of our newest service. Virtual Instruments Managed Services (VIMS) is a solution which provides the full capabilities of the industry-leading VirtualWisdom platform as an ongoing managed service offering, enabling customers to monitor… Read More »

Jun 5, 2014

Flash readiness requires wisdom and insight

Nick Isitt – There is no doubt that the ‘holy grail’ for data centers today is all about how to achieve peak performance. You don’t have to look far to notice the lively debates around the virtues and limitations of flash memory. But, what is often overlooked is the reality of today’s heterogeneous IT infrastructure… Read More »

May 23, 2014

Virtual Instruments picks up Datacentre ICT company of the year award

On 15th May, at the DCS awards ceremony at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, London, Virtual Instruments was announced as the winner of the Datacentre ICT Company of the Year. The DCS awards are designed to reward the product designers, manufacturers, suppliers and providers operating in the data centre arena. The Awards recognise major achievements… Read More »

Apr 29, 2014

Virtual Instruments launches VirtualWisdom4

Today is a big day for Virtual Instruments, this morning we announced VirtualWisdom4 providing customers definitive insight into how their applications and infrastructure are performing. You are forced into the role of system integrator as a direct result of perpetually increasing complexity and abstraction. Virtualization, cloud-computing and “software defined” solutions are driving the “death” of… Read More »

Apr 13, 2014

Read how flash storage is different and how you can test performance more accurately

Load DynamiX has published a performance testing methodology white paper for All-Flash-Arrays (AFAs) in collaboration with the industry’s flash leaders at the storage vendors and well-known industry analysts. The white paper can be found here Performance testing is important if you have these kinds of questions: Can I improve application performance with flash? If so,… Read More »

Apr 9, 2014

Lasik for Legacy & X-Ray Vision for the Cloud

Sean Maxwell – The effect of virtualization on IT has so polarized the challenges of delivering real-time infrastructure performance management, that it’s time we do something about it. And when you’ve gone blind to the performance and availability of your mission-critical workload (and we all have), it’s time to under-go ‘Lasik for your Legacy’ and… Read More »

Apr 7, 2014

The Dark Ages

Sean Maxwell – If you work in an enterprise IT organization, and you’ve been running mission-critical applications supporting your business for the past decade, odds are that your IT infrastructure is undergoing major stages of modernization. Through the advances of virtualization, cloud, and now all the chatter about the software-defined data center, the challenge to… Read More »

Jan 31, 2014

How do you know which flash is right for you?

Skip Bacon – On Monday, The Register published a story SPLASSHH! Tech giant IBM DIVE-BOMBS into all-flash array pool where IBM and its competitors commented on IBM’s announcement. I have to say it was quite interesting to see the vendors duke it out over their solutions. I wanted to jump into the conversation and share a perspective… Read More »

Jan 30, 2014

How does compression and deduplication affect flash storage?

As a seasoned storage expert who’s spent plenty of time in the field, I wanted to share some insight gleaned from our customers on how flash storage performance is affected from compression and deduplication. Here are two emails that hit my inbox today: Email from customer 1: “We need to be able to control the… Read More »

Dec 23, 2013

‘Twas the night before peak season

‘Twas the night before peak season, and all through the data center, Not an engineer was sleeping, not even a tape operator; The SAN zones were coded in the name server with care, In hopes that SCSI transactions would soon be there; The servers were nestled all snug in their racks; While intervals of low… Read More »

Dec 12, 2013

Looking ahead: what’s in store for 2014

John Gentry – As 2013 winds down, it’s time to prepare for the next year. And, what better way to do this than to think about what the future holds for advancements in IT. From discussions with our customers, partners and employees I’ve collected a short list of things to expect in the New Year…. Read More »

Nov 18, 2013

Looking under the hood

Chris James – Buying a car is a major purchase for most people and it’s easy to get carried away with the sleek lines, alloy wheels and other superficial aspects of the vehicles in the show room. However any good engineer will tell us that it’s what’s under the hood that ensures performance, safety and… Read More »

Sep 3, 2013

Tomorrow’s storage: much more than Moore

Eric Jorgensen – Over the past 50 years, data storage has changed and progressed on an unprecedented scale. Thinking back to 1956 when IBM launched the RAMAC 305, the world’s first computer with a hard disk drive, weighing one tonne and with approximately 4.4MB of memory, we can only imagine what the future might hold…. Read More »

Aug 27, 2013

What solution providers should look for in a vendor

Douglas Smith – Virtual Instruments was honored recently by CRN as a 2013 Emerging Vendor. As CRN put it “it’s not all about the technology… the vendors on this list know the value of a good partnership and have a serious commitment to the channel.” We think that describes Virtual Instruments to a tee. But… Read More »

Aug 19, 2013

Don’t believe the hype

Chris James – While for some organisations turning large volumes of data into meaningful information is a real challenge, for over half of the business population it’s really not that important. In fact, according to recent analyst reports on Big Data, just under half of worldwide businesses are looking at implementing Big Data IT infrastructure… Read More »

Aug 14, 2013

The criticality of applications

Alex D’Anna – More than 55 million Africans rely on small apps on their mobile phones to transfer money. In fact, mobile money accounts outnumber bank accounts in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Madagascar. Astonishingly, according to a new study by telecoms trade group GSMA, in June 2012 alone, the value of Kenya’s mobile money transactions… Read More »

Aug 9, 2013

Big Data – the reality

Richard Brown Although initially overwhelming, Big Data offers real opportunity for customers and the channel There’s been a lot of noise around Big Data and industry analysts predict it is set to continue. But what do we mean by Big Data? There are broadly speaking two definitions of what Big Data actually means. The first… Read More »

Jul 9, 2013

Evolution, Not Revolution.

Chris James Since I can remember, most years the news of a major threat to humankind would break and quickly spread around the world. I remember the next ice age, overpopulation, food shortages, e-coli, acid rain, the ozone hole, bird flu, swine flu and global warming, to name just a few. But so far none… Read More »

Jul 2, 2013

Clearing the haze in Asia-Pacific infrastructures

Todd Osborne We have just finished our first full quarter in the development of our APAC business, and I am very proud of what we have already accomplished. We will initially focus our efforts building the business in Australia and SE Asia, and will support customers in other markets as opportunities arise. We have built… Read More »

Jun 12, 2013

Virtual Instruments is THE one to watch at the UK Storage Awards

Chris James The 2013 Storage Awards (Storries) was an excellent opportunity to catch up with colleagues, partners and other professionals from the industry. But the highlight of the night for Virtual Instruments has to be scooping the coveted “One to Watch” award and pipping 26 other short-listers (including Microsoft, CommVault and Dell) to the winning… Read More »

Jun 5, 2013

IT in 3D

Melissa Martin The Virtual Instruments team is excited to see the launch of our CEO John W. Thompson’s blog on Computerworld.com. The blog entitled “IT in 3D” explores the evolution of the IT industry and the sweeping changes in technology – in the physical, virtual and cloud elements of IT infrastructure. In his first post,… Read More »

May 2, 2013

(VIP + OEM) * VI Employees = $9B IPM Opportunity

Todd Osborne I was working with my 10 year old on math homework and somehow a discussion on multiplication led to a conversation about VI’s press release from yesterday describing our $9B market opportunity by 2015. He did some quick math in his head and without a delay figured out that we need to grow… Read More »

Apr 25, 2013

Five ways to connect with Virtual Instruments at EMC World

Melissa Martin Planning to attend EMC World May 6-9 in Las Vegas? We hope to see you there! Here’s a short list of ways you can connect with Virtual Instruments at the show. 1. Visit our booth Stop by VI’s booth #417 and check out demos of our VirtualWisdom platform. Spend some time talking with… Read More »

Apr 3, 2013

Geeking out at WWT Geek Day

Don Mead It was an exciting week at the WWT Geek Day in San Francisco last week. Along with some great technical breakout sessions all the geeks got a chance to play with some really cool hardware and get their hands on some interactive demos. I had a little downtime and got a chance to… Read More »

Apr 1, 2013

Tax man cometh with Automated Storage tiering?

Tom Jensen It is now the tax season in the US (the tax deadline being April 15th). This got me worrying a little bit about my income taxes, which led me to think about my IRA (Individual Retirement Account) contributions and also my checking and savings bank accounts. I was trying to figure out how… Read More »

Mar 20, 2013

One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready

Daniel Charlu I attended the Computerworld Premier 100 event earlier this month in Tucson, Arizona. This conference brought together over 335 accomplished and distinguished IT professionals ranging from IT directors and CIOs. The individuals were from a wide range of industries such as consumer, energy, finance and pharma and included household names such as CapitalOne,… Read More »

Mar 14, 2013

Going in the right directions

Raj Patel I just attended IDC’s 48th annual Business Briefing—Directions 2013 in Santa Clara, and was truly impressed with the event. In particular, the general sessions were great. The discussion about competing on the 3rd Platform (Big Data, Mobile Broadband, Social Business and Cloud Services) is insightful and exciting. When I first started paying attention… Read More »

Mar 8, 2013

Great analyst perspective on VI’s VirtualWisdom

Melissa Martin It’s been great working with the Taneja Group over the past several months on a Field Study to understand how our customers are using VirtualWisdom to monitor and troubleshoot their physical, virtual and cloud environments. Taneja Group talked to customers across several verticals – including technology, manufacturing, retail, telecom, financial services and government… Read More »

Feb 21, 2013

VI’s Own Todd Osborne: 2013 Channel Chief

Melissa Martin We’re excited to share that our very own Todd Osborne has been recognized as a “who’s who” in channel management. CRN has named Todd to its 2013 Channel Chiefs list after crowning our first three Platinum partners, more than doubling our number of customers, and exceeding 70% of revenue from our partners within… Read More »

Feb 6, 2013

Working for one of America’s most promising companies

Melissa Martin What a great way to start work at a new company! Last Friday was my first day as a Virtual Instruments employee and today Forbes ranked VI third on its annual list of America’s Most Promising Companies – a list of 100 privately held, high-growth companies with bright futures. I joined VI because… Read More »

Jan 10, 2013

There’s “Real-Time” and then there’s Real-Time

Daniel Charlu Imagine you’re a spectator at a pro golf tournament—watching a golfer tee-off. The goal is to drive the ball 250 yards straight and long in the center of the fairway. You see the golfer swing, squarely hit the ball, and finish with a classic follow-through. The ball flies straight, but slices right towards… Read More »

Nov 6, 2012

Expanding the Reach of Real-time Monitoring

It’s been a busy and exciting few months at Virtual Instruments. At SNW Fall last month, we introduced the new high-density VirtualWisdom SAN Performance Probe. By doubling the density and supporting up to 16 Fiber Channel links per unit, the ProbeFC8-HD enables customers to monitor more of their infrastructure for less. In fact, customers can… Read More »

Jul 31, 2012

Merging UDCs in VirtualWisdom to Join Manual and Generated UDCs

UDCs — User-Defined Context — can be very useful for showing the actual use, or membership of a device on the SAN, or for assigning a priority for alerting and thresholds. Often, these are hand-generated, but we do have methods of creating them from other content. One customer has both: a UDC generated/converted from other… Read More »

Jun 12, 2012

A Simple Strategy for Reducing Your Reactive Tickets

One of Virtual Instruments’ missions is to reduce the big, messy outages that happen in our customers’ datacenters. For many sectors across the industry, we work to determine ways to catch problems early to avoid outages. Numerous competitors have analytics engines and all kinds of software to detect problems before they become outages, but they… Read More »

Jun 5, 2012

Using VirtualWisdom to De-risk a Migration / Consolidation Project

I wanted to share a real-life example of how VirtualWisdom can be used to de-risk your migration and consolidation projects: Recently, one of our customers used VirtualWisdom to help successfully migrate a datacenter, and at the same time, consolidate two mission-critical, Oracle-based applications from two older-generation storage systems to one new storage system. Pre-migration analysis… Read More »

May 31, 2012

How We’re an ‘Up and Comer’: Recap from EMC World 2012

EMC World was last week and it was a blast for the company! I spent most of my time in the booth as I was continuously doing demos of VirtualWisdom for a crowd of current and prospective customers. I received a lot of interest and questions on how VirtualWisdom can collect info from VMware vCenter… Read More »