Virtual Instruments – Realizing Full Value of Your EMC Storage Deployments

One request I never hear from IT professionals is give me more tools. They are inundated with tools from every vendor in their environment. Every component in the data center generates data about how it’s operating. The problem is none of these tools are very good at sharing and correlating their data. Even in Dell EMC’s own product portfolio there are tools that don’t interoperate well. And even given the extensive product offering of the Dell family, they still don’t make everything.

Virtual Instruments (VI) thinks it has a solution to this tool pandemic. It has been analyzing infrastructure for over a decade. Using probes at the storage, network and virtual machine level, it captures I/O traffic information in real-time while not impacting performance. Its Virtual Wisdom products replaces the “tool by silo” approach with a real-time, holistic overview of the environment. They then correlate the data into a single view that IT can act on to quickly resolve issues when they arise, or even better eliminate before it becomes a problem.

Another common problem among monitoring tools is they can’t provide any advice on how to resolve a given problem. Essentially they can tell you the patient is bleeding, but not how to stop the bleeding or how to make sure the bleeding never happens again. Virtual Wisdom uses analytics to point the IT administrator to common causes of a given situation and suggest steps to eliminate the problem.

Today, VI can capture data from fibre channel-based arrays and networks, as well as NFS based file servers. The company chose Dell EMC World 2017 to announce it is adding a probe for VSAN, which gives it the ability to analyze hyperconverged architectures like VxRail.

StorageSwiss Take

All too often the storage architecture gets the blame for performance problems, and the solution is to throw more hardware at the problem. Now a days that means an all-flash array. The reality is IT can resolve many performance problems by correcting errors in network infrastructure or managing configuration settings like queue depth. The problem is manually getting and organizing all the data required to make these design changes is almost impossible. Virtual Instruments solves the issue by capturing data from a variety of sources, presenting it into a single view and then uses analytics to guide IT to the solution.

Eight years ago George Crump, founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal. To educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is and a heavily sought after public speaker. With 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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