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Virtual Instruments Unveils VirtualWisdom 6.0

October 24, 2018

Virtual Instruments today takes the wraps off VirtualWisdom 6.0. Available starting Oct. 31, this solution does application service assurance; predictive capacity management; workload infrastructure balancing; and problem resolution and avoidance.

Version 6.0 is the biggest release since the product first came to market, says Virtual Instruments CMO Len Rosenthal.

Organizations use this solution to understand the performance, health, and utilization of their mission-critical infrastructure. This kind of tool is important for cloud service providers, financial firms, health care entities, insurance companies, tier 1 telcos, and others that need to make sure things are performing as required.

“They’re running applications that simply can’t slow down or can’t go down,” notes Rosenthal. He adds that in the health care sector an app working or not working as expected could be the difference between life and death. And in the financial sector, he adds, an app going down even for a few minutes could create millions of dollars in lost business.

With this new version of VirtualWisdom, Virtual Instruments has extended the platform to support the Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google public clouds. (This solution has long supported private clouds.)

With 6.0, VirtualWisdom’s proactive dashboard now does scheduled analytics. Rosenthal says that analytics typically are run after the fact. But scheduled analytics enable businesses to run analytics automatically. Those analytics will both tell them what’s happening and offer recommendations about how they can optimize their compute, network, and storage resources.

Predictive capacity management analytics is another new feature of VirtualWisdom 6.0. This could allow the solution to alert the network operator when server CPU memory is running out, for example.

VirtualWisdom has roots in infrastructure management, Rosenthal says, but now it’s added AIOps capability to the mix. The AI component, he explains, is built into its port balancing and analytics capabilities.

A third of Virtual Instruments sales happen when customers have significant problems, he continues. To address those problems, customers typically start out by creating IT war rooms to bring together people from all their different tech teams, including the database team, the infrastructure team, the storage team, etc.

But with VirtualWisdom he adds, customers don’t need war rooms. That’s because Virtual Instruments provides cross-functionality visibility that every team can use to understand the health of the infrastructure.

“The emerging hybrid IT environment demands a new approach to infrastructure monitoring. AI-driven analytics-based solutions that can visualize and analyze the infrastructure across all domains in the context of the application is becoming essential to performance and availability assurance – and eliminating the need for war rooms,” says Bob Laliberte, practice director and senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “The next generation VirtualWisdom hybrid infrastructure management platform will help IT management avoid the war room with a unique comprehensive, real-time approach to proactive monitoring and AIOps that spans from the on-premise[s] data center, to both private and public clouds.”

VirtualWisdom 6.0 also provides users with interactive topology maps that show what apps are using what network resources. That way users can see all the dependencies. Additionally, 6.0 supports iSCSI on the wire data side. This release has custom integrations with Dell EMC VMAX/PowerMax and IBM SVC. And now, in addition to an integration with AppDynamics, Virtual Instruments offers an integration with APM leader Dynatrace.

Virtual Instruments is a gold sponsor of AIOps Expo, an early 2019 event at which the company will be a speaker. AIOps Expo will run Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. To register, click here.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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