Only days ago, VMTurbo announced they were joining the OpenStack Community, a global community of developers
collaborating on cloud architecture and an open source cloud operating
system. VMTurbo has been doing a fantastic job with their intelligent workload management
software for cloud and virtualized environments for years now. If you haven't checked them out yet, I invite you to do so.
To find out more about how and why the company is getting involved with OpenStack and what they hope to accomplish, I had the opportunity to speak with Derek Slayton, VP of marketing at VMTurbo; and after, I gained a much better understanding of the company's plans and directions. Here is our conversation:
VMblog: With VMTurbo's support of OpenStack, what benefits should current and prospective users expect to receive?
Derek Slayton: VMTurbo is working with the OpenStack community to advance the open source project and ensure OpenStack users are able to ensure that applications have the resources needed in complex, multi-tenant cloud environments. We understand the need for users to experience freedom and flexibility if they are to truly leverage the full potential of a purpose-built cloud computing architecture. VMTurbo technology enables enterprises and service providers to speed the adoption of cloud computing by providing critical management capabilities to cloud builders.
VMblog: Companies often experience management challenges when they attempt to move their workloads into, and scale out, virtualized and cloud infrastructure. How does VMTurbo’s solution reduce or eliminate these setbacks from occurring?
Derek Slayton: As organizations expand use of virtualization and move to cloud environments, they tend to hit a number of roadblocks: app performance issues, increasing management costs, and over-burdened operational teams, to name a few. Greater scale and complexity, as well as more business-critical workloads contribute to the challenge of assuring performance while using infrastructure most efficiently. With VMTurbo’s platform, IT operators are able to overcome these obstacles and drive cloud adoption for critical IT services.
Our intelligent workload management solution leverages real-time performance characteristics, infrastructure capacity, system constraints and service level priorities to recommend—and automate—configurations and workload placement across the virtual data center. The intelligent decision-making is driven by our patented economic scheduling engine, which continuously tunes the environment to reduce resource contention and prevent performance issues before problems occur. With VMTurbo, IT organizations assure performance while getting the most out of their virtual and cloud infrastructure; thereby reducing risk, maximizing infrastructure investment, and eliminating manual and time-consuming operator intervention.
VMblog: Virtual and cloud infrastructures require a unique and purpose-built approach to workload management. What approach does VMTurbo take to ensure efficiency and quality of service for mission-critical applications?
Derek Slayton: By taking preventative measures – rather than alerting IT operators when a problem appears – VMTurbo enables customers to drive virtualization initiatives more broadly and adopting cloud architectures.
VMTurbo extends its patented Economic Scheduling Engine model to the application layer. It measures and ensures application performance, and controls real-time resource allocation to multi-tiered and distributed application workloads, including those front-ended by acceleration and load balancing appliances, such as application delivery controllers (ADCs). By doing so, VMTurbo automates management of complex virtualized environments and ensures service for business-critical workloads. By integrating with leading ADCs, such as Citrix NetScaler, VMTurbo intelligently prioritizes resources and automatically scales-up/-down across a load-balanced application farm as demand fluctuates.
VMblog: How does VMTurbo differ from the competition?
Derek Slayton: The technology that powers VMTurbo’s Operations Manager product approaches managing IT environments in a fundamentally different way. While the results are important – application assurance, improved utilization of IT resources, and a reduction in the costs to run cloud and virtualized data centers – it’s the approach that makes it innovative. Rather than focusing on collecting, alerting and troubleshooting; the technology uses an economic approach to making and automating operational decisions in the data center. By representing the IT environment as a market of buyers and sellers (applications and physical resources) and using supply and demand principles to establish relative prices, the solution enables market principles (“the invisible hand of the market”) to determine – and automatically apply – resource allocation decisions that reduce contention and prevent problems from occurring.
VMblog: What other clouds do you support?
Derek Slayton: We also support VMware vCloud Director and the open source CloudStack platform.
VMblog: Are you seeing the mix of virtualization and cloud environments changing?
Derek Slayton: In the pure cloud service provider sense, the architectures being employed are much more open to alternative approaches founded in open source – like CloudStack and OpenStack. These build-outs are focused on scale-out, commodity-based infrastructure and not beholden to some of the legacy constraints seen in the enterprise. These organizations want choice and flexibility in the architecture they utilize, so we certainly see that as an emerging force in the market. On the enterprise-side, there is definitely a push towards the cloud operating model and companies are still in the early stage of build vs. outsource vs. hybrid decisions. That being said, across the board, all these architectures require a control and automation mechanism to ensure health, deliver on application service levels and maximize utilization.
VMblog: What’s in the future for VMTurbo?
Derek Slayton: Currently, our customers are fairly diverse ranging from the education and non-profit sector to manufacturing and technology. Over 8,000 users worldwide use VMTurbo, including Dell, BT, ING, Indiana University, and LifeLock. Enterprise IT operations, virtualization architects and cloud service providers all utilize this workload management solution to ensure they are operating at the highest of levels. Moving forward we see our technology continuing to help customers automate and control cloud and data center infrastructure – assisting them in making the intelligent decisions about what workload to run, where to run it, and how it needs to be resourced to meet application and business goals. This includes whether it happens on-premise, or off-site, and takes into account the underlying costs and risks of that equation.
Special thanks to Derek Slayton again for taking time out to speak with VMblog about this latest news on OpenStack and what's next for VMTurbo.
Derek leads corporate, product and channel marketing at VMTurbo. Prior to joining the company, Derek was the senior director of product marketing and management at Citrix Systems where he drove the product direction, positioning and go-to-market strategies for the XenServer virtualization platform and cloud management solutions. Before joining Citrix, Derek ran marketing for Reflectent Software, an application performance management solution acquired by Citrix in May, 2006.