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Data center automation/performance management and optimization

By Bob Gourley

This post was written on behalf of Corvil to help further the dialog on efficient IT operations.

We have previously provided overviews of new concepts in Enterprise Operational Performance Monitoring and requirements you should consider for an Operational Performance Monitoring Solution. With this post we provide information on the need for enhanced performance management and optimization solutions for data centers.

Enterprise data centers exist to deliver computing power to enterprise missions. They hold data, host applications and are key hubs in corporate communications. The larger the enterprise the more complex the data center is. Datacenters are complex operations with many intricate dependencies on both network and application infrastructures and with migration to virtualization of operating systems, applications, data and networks these complexities are growing. The ability to troubleshoot issues is also becoming far more complex since challenges can now be obfuscated under layers of virtualization.

Most datacenters have evolved to new virtualized approaches without relooking how performance monitoring and troubleshooting is done. From a requirements perspective, enterprises need solutions that enable rapid troubleshooting for application, data and network management teams. This reporting should be done on a single platform with full visibility into all required data so the extended team can collaboratively troubleshoot issues with performance and proactively monitor service quality.

CorvilNet provides the only known all-in-one system that enables precision monitoring and rapid troubleshooting over datacenter performance. This performance management and optimization solution provides:

  • An ability to proactively monitor and demonstrate to business stakeholders that they are achieving the required service levels across the applications, network infrastructure and cloud services.
  • Accurately interpret application performance degradation and respond quickly and appropriately.
  • Provide a single source of performance metrics that enables application operation teams and network management teams to report aligned performance metrics and rapidly troubleshoot issues.

By providing real-time decoding and performance analysis at the application layer to report end-user experience quality, issues can be found and addressed fast and when required teams can collaboratively troubleshoot to remediate challenges. This approach is in use at leading enterprises in multiple sectors. In one case of note, a US-based financial services firm with over 500 branches and four primary datacenters has been using this approach to enhance quality of service for applications that include web-based internal apps, web-based customer facing apps, virtualized desktops, VoIP and Video Collaboration as well as many other traditional and legacy applications. By replacing disjointed monitoring apps and providing a single view into the entire stack of capabilities in the datacenter performance management and optimization is now leveraged with results that include increased performance, higher quality of services from partners, cost-effective troubleshooting, cost-effective service management and analytics over all the above.

For more on this capability we recommend reading the Data Center and Branch Network Solution Case Study at this link.

This post was written on behalf of Corvil to help further the dialog on efficient IT operations.

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.

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