Contributed article by Vic Nyman, co-founder & COO, BlueStripe Software
Management is the New War for Virtualization in 2010
In an age of virtualization, newer application architectures, such as Web 2.0 and distributed service-oriented architectures (SOA), the interdependencies inherent in today’s multi-tier applications have created innumerable points of failure that will continue to impact IT management throughout 2010.
While there are virtualization management solutions that interpret application performance by measuring response times between VMs and clients, and others that deliver end-user response times, they do not deliver the insight needed by IT Operations and application support teams into the physical realm and how that relates to the virtual infrastructure supporting applications. Based on our field experience, we’ve seen many organizations struggle to quickly and conclusively determine if poorly performing applications are based on issues related to the network, storage hardware, VMs, application instances, or some combination thereof.
This cross-platform, cross-environment visibility is emerging as a major problem for enterprises as their applications are supported by existing physical servers, connect to a variety of operating systems, applications, and platforms. Further complicating the issue is many IT organizations desire to move larger, more complicated and business-critical applications onto a virtual infrastructure. The only problem is there are unintended performance issues, and isolating where and identifying why problems are occurring is now even more challenging.
The focus for measuring application performance on VMs needs to shift from correlating response times from the perspective of end users to analyzing the complete application system, measuring service requests that run between the critical application components themselves. Traditional monitoring and application performance management tools from the big vendors were not designed to work in concert across the range of environments that support today’s distributed applications: physical, virtual, or cloud.
Management is the new war in virtualization, and it will be here in full force in 2010. Application service management (ASM) – which enables IT support teams to completely and visually monitor the connections and components that comprise an application system – is a key issue in this fight as it is redefining what application performance management should be. It will bring applications and infrastructure ever closer to the business goals they support. And by extension, it will improve overall business performance.
About the Author
Vic Nyman, co-founder & COO, BlueStripe Software (www.bluestripe.com)
With over 20 years of systems management experience, Vic Nyman is a successful veteran of multiple ventures in the systems and application management field. Prior to founding BlueStripe Software, Mr. Nyman served as Chairman and CEO of Relicore, Inc., a provider of data center change and configuration management solutions. Before Relicore, Mr. Nyman served in several executive positions with Wily Technology and IBM in the Tivoli and Networking Software organizations.