Performance Management is Broken

Performance management in today’s data center environment is broken. Between physical server silos, virtualized infrastructure, storage resources and networking devices, data center managers have to navigate through a plethora of management interfaces to diagnose application performance issues. The lack of a centralized view makes troubleshooting arduous, time consuming and introduces risk into the environment. In the following ChalkTalk video, we discuss how to take the guesswork out of diagnosing I/O performance issues in virtualized environments.

As discussed in the video, one of the most critical factors for ensuring consistent application performance is storage I/O. Old techniques like over provisioning or incrementally adding storage capacity to attain higher performance is no longer viable for several reasons. First change is occurring too rapidly in today’s modern data centers that it would be very challenging for administrators to consistently react in a timely manner to all these demands. And even if they could, frequent manual changes to the environment elevates the risk of unplanned downtime. Secondly, due to surging data growth, organizations need to find ways to drive storage efficiencies into the environment. Lastly, throwing hardware at performance issues frequently doesn’t address the root cause of the problem.

By shifting from a capacity management approach to one that looks at the entire storage I/O performance chain, organizations can more effectively troubleshoot, diagnose and remediate performance issues when they occur. This can help improve application service levels, improve data center efficiencies and free up administrators from painstaking troubleshooting tasks. But to do this, data centers need technologies which can provide an end-to-end view of the entire computing stack – from virtualized infrastructure and networking equipment to all the storage resources across the environment.

Tools like those from Virtual Instruments are enabling data centers to make the shift from legacy storage management to I/O performance management by providing a consolidated, real-time view of all the critical virtualized infrastructure components that make up a business service. This can help organizations meet critical application SLAs, reduce costs and deliver infrastructure as-a-service instead of delivering technology in silos.

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