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 both the opening and closing of his discussion, he referenced “the inevitability of the cloud,” and went so far as to state that, at the end of the day, all enterprises will have some, if not all, of their workloads in cloud environments.

He elaborated that the infrastructure health, utilization and performance, as well as the ability to understand an application’s effective use of that infrastructure, are now, and will forever be, critical to success in a world where everything is transitioning to the cloud. Also, he states that as “the entire infrastructure has become more opaque, more visibility is needed for the entire converged stack.” In my ongoing discussions with customers and partners, it is increasingly evident that looking only at one layer or silo of the stack is insufficient. In the era of virtualization and the cloud, it is not just about storage or the network. It is not just about the device. Even focusing solely on the end-user experience or traditional application performance is inadequate. To ensure success one must look at it all those components together, with a deep understanding of both the application workload and the associated infrastructure.

In the era of virtualization, cloud and software-defined technologies, it really is all about the workload. The workload’s location and the infrastructure that powers it are often highly variable. As a result, delivering the right infrastructure performance for a specific workload requirement becomes fundamental to ensuring success.

However, as companies and their vendors have become so focused on the latest technology, whether it’s convergence, hybrid cloud or the software-defined data center, they can overlook the fundamental questions: “How do I get there,” and “How do I do so with minimal risk and at the appropriate cost?

For too long, IT has moved so quickly to the next shiny technology that it ignored the long tail of legacy infrastructure and the role it can play in making the right technology decisions for the future. To manage this transition effectively, companies will have to understand what is old to define how they get to what is new. By having comprehensive understandings of current production environments, the performance of specific application workloads and the subsequent infrastructure requirements, IT departments can navigate critical technology and platform decisions to guarantee IT availability.

This is a key question that Virtual Instruments is answering. Most of our customers have some kind of cloud migration on the horizon, and we want to eliminate as much risk as possible associated with that move. From there, we want to identify the appropriate performance levels and ensure they can maintain them.

These will be critical success factors in the very near term. It’s also important to mention that companies cannot afford to get so wrapped up in the end-state that they forget to properly plan the ongoing evolution. Fundamental to this will be identifying which workloads are suitable for migration to the cloud, which must remain in private data center infrastructure and which can live in a hybrid world.

At Virtual instruments, giving our customers the answers to these questions is fundamental to the value we deliver.

Planning a cloud migration? Infrastructure performance management (IPM) can help you make that transition as smoothly as possible.