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Application Response Time for Virtual Operations
For applications running in virtualized, distributed and shared environments it will no longer work to infer the performance of an application by looking at various resource utilization statistics. Rather it is essential to define application performance by measuring response and throughput of every application in production. This paper makes the case for how application performance management for virtualized and cloud based environments needs to be modernized to suit these new environments.

Massive changes are occurring to how applications are built and how they are deployed and run. The benefits of these changes are dramatically increased responsiveness to the business (business agility), increased operational flexibility, and reduced operating costs.

The environments onto which these applications are deployed are also undergoing a fundamental change. Virtualized environments offer increased operational agility which translates into a more responsive IT Operations organization. Cloud Computing offers applications owners a complete out-sourced alternative to internal data center execution environments. IT organizations are in turn responding to public cloud with IT as a Service (IaaS) initiatives.

For applications running in virtualized, distributed and shared environments, it will no longer work to infer the “performance” of an application by looking at various resource utilization statistics. Rather it will become essential to define application performance as response time – and to directly measure the response time and throughput of every application in production. This paper makes the case for how application performance management for virtualized and cloud based environments needs to be modernized to suit these new environments.

Making a Business Case for Unified IT Monitoring
Unified monitoring solutions like Zenoss offer a cost-effective alternative for those seeking to rein-in monitoring inefficiencies. By establishing a central nerve center to collect data from multiple tools and managed resources, IT groups can gain visibility into the end-to-end availability and performance of their infrastructure. This helps simplify operational processes and reduce the risk of service disruption for the enterprise.

In large IT organizations, monitoring tool sprawl has become so commonplace that it is not unusual for administrators to be monitoring 10 to 50 solutions across various departments.

Unified monitoring solutions like Zenoss offer a cost-effective alternative for those seeking to rein-in monitoring inefficiencies. By establishing a central nerve center to collect data from multiple tools and managed resources, IT groups can gain visibility into the end-to-end availability and performance of their infrastructure. This helps simplify operational processes and reduce the risk of service disruption for the enterprise.

This paper can help you make an effective business case for moving to a unified monitoring solution. Key considerations include:

•    The direct costs associated with moving to a unified monitoring tool
•    The savings potential of improved IT operations through productivity and efficiency
•    The business impact of monitoring tools in preventing and reducing both downtime and service degradation

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Boone County Health Center Runs Faster with Infinio
Boone County Health Center’s IT team needed a solution to improve the response times of virtual desktops during their peak times of morning usage when most employees log on for the day.
Boone County Health Center’s IT team needed a solution to improve the response times of virtual desktops during their peak times of morning usage when most employees log on for the day. Employees access electronic medical records (EMR), business reports, financial data, email and other essential applications required to manage daily operations and provide optimum patient care. Some medical staff and administrators occasionally log in from their homes on personal devices such as laptops or iPads. The Health Center initially considered purchasing an add-on all-flash array for the VDI to help eliminate slow response periods during boot storms. However, before making this type of investment, the Center wanted to explore other alternative solutions.
Masergy accelerates VDI and storage performance with Infinio
To support its global users, Masergy needed to accelerate its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and was unconvinced that spending budget on solid-state drive (SSD) solutions would work.
To support its global users, Masergy needed to accelerate its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and was unconvinced that spending budget on solid-state drive (SSD) solutions would work. The team was investigating SSD solutions and options from SanDisk, VMware and Dell, as well as all-flash arrays, when it discovered Infinio at VMworld 2014. Unlike the solutions Masergy considered previously, the simplicity of the Infinio Accelerator and low price point caught the Masergy team’s attention. Fewer than six months later, Masergy’s Infinio installation was under way. Infinio provides an alternative to expensive, hardware-based solutions to address VDI performance, which is what Masergy wanted to improve.
Weighing Your Unified Monitoring Options: When Open Source Makes Sense
There are many open source monitoring tools available today that provide a cost-effective alternative for tackling baseline infrastructure monitoring challenges – Ganglia, Groundwork, Nagios, Zabbix, and Zenoss Core are just a few. However, not every tool is right for every environment.
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There are many open source monitoring tools available today that provide a cost-effective alternative for tackling baseline infrastructure monitoring challenges – Ganglia, Groundwork, Nagios, Zabbix, and Zenoss Core are just a few.

However, not every tool is right for every environment.

Weighing the strengths and weaknesses of open-source offerings is essential to determining whether they will work to meet your specific goals.

Since Zenoss has both open source and enterprise-scale solutions, we’re very familiar with both the benefits and limitations of these product sets for your organizational needs. This comparison guide helps provide insight into when and where open source tools might be a good fit.

Which solution is the right fit for you?  Download our white paper today to find out!
A Flash Storage Technical and Economic Primer
Topics: tegile, storage, flash
Flash technology is rapidly evolving. Chances are the game has changed since you last checked. With every step forward, flash storage is becoming faster, more reliable, and less expensive. And there’s more than one kind of flash technology out there. Some flash focuses on performance, while others balance performance with capacity. Read this white paper for a technical breakdown of the latest in flash storage. Learn how flash has changed in the last few years, and how the economics have shifted.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Although today’s NAND flash storage has its roots in 30-year-old technology, innovation has negated almost all of the challenges that are inherent in the media. Moreover, modern storage companies are taking even more software-based steps to further overcome such challenges. Between these advances, it’s clear that flash media use will continue to grow in the data center.
Understanding the Economics of Flash
Flash is faster, it’s more reliable, and it can transform your business. However, you might be concerned about its high cost. Read this white paper to learn how to identify the hidden costs of flash and choose a storage solution that delivers the performance and capacity your organization needs, yet fits within your budget.
In today’s world, IT organizations want everything to be better, faster, and cheaper. As changes come to the industry, it’s important to understand how to measure improvement. Specific to flash storage, it’s important to understand how choices about flash versus disk impact the bottom line. When it comes to making this determination, how can you be sure you're getting the most out of every dollar?
The Guide to Selecting Flash for Virtual Environments
High-performance flash-based storage has dramatically improved the storage infrastructure’s ability to respond to the demands of servers and the applications that count on it. Nowhere does this improvement have more potential than in the virtualized-server environment. The performance benefits of flash are so great that it can be deployed indiscriminately and still performance gains can be seen. But doing so may not allow the environment to take full advantage of flash performance. It may also b
Flash storage allows for a higher number of VMs per host. Increasing VM density reduces the number of physical servers required and thereby reduces one of the largest ongoing costs, buying more physical servers, which often are configured with multiple processors and extra DRAM. At the same time, the high performance and low latency of flash allows more mission critical applications to be virtualized. This report explains how storage and hypervisor vendors are getting smarter about leveraging this faster form of storage by including storage quality of service (QoS) intelligence in their systems or environments.
3 things you can ONLY do when your all-flash storage is VM-aware
There’s a disconnect in your data center. You’ve virtualized your applications and your teams are thinking and working in virtual machines.

While many storage products wear the VM-aware label, it doesn’t take much to assess its authenticity. If the product’s architecture is still built on a foundation of LUNs and volumes, it can never be fully VM-aware. 

Truly VM-aware storage is built specifically for virtualized applications. It provides you visibility across your infrastructure, control over performance and complete analytics at the VM level. If your data center is experiencing pain—poor performance, complex management and cost over-runs—you can’t solve it with all-flash or hyperconverged alone. Only VAS can help you see storage differently.

ESG Lab Spotlight: SIOS iQ & FlashSoft: Analytics-driven Server Acceleration
Download this ESG Lab Spotlight and learn how easy accelerating performance in your VMware environment through host-based caching can be. ESG Lab looked at a new approach that uses SIOS iQ machine learning analytics platform to identify candidate VMs that can be accelerated with FlashSoft host-based caching software using SanDisk Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators and SanDisk SAS and SATA SSDs. They validated the benefits of this approach in this detailed Lab Spotlight

ESG Lab Spotlight evaluates the power of SIOS iQ Machine Learning and Flashsoft software to enable companies to improve application performance through easy, cost-efficient host based caching with solid-state storage devices (SSDs).by reducing storage bottlenecks, speeding application performance, and minimizing latency. However, the challenge for many organizations, especially since many SSDs are still more expensive than HDDs, is to know when and where to apply SSDs to both maximize performance and minimize costs. This lab report evaluates the SIOS iQ IT Analytics and SanDisk FlashSoft, ioMemory, and SSDs. SIOS iQ, a machine learning analytics platform for optimizing VMware environments, identifies which virtual machines will benefit most from host-based caching and recommends the configuration that will provide the best results. FlashSoft host-based caching software leverages SanDisk Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators, SanDisk Lightning, Optimus, and CloudSpeed SSDs, or any other solid-state storage device, to reduce latency and improve throughput in read-intensive virtual and physical server workloads.

ESG Lab used a simulated enterprise IT infrastructure to validate how organizations can use the SIOS iQ analytics platform to identify applications that could be accelerated with host-based caching software, recommend an optimal cache configuration, and predict the resulting storage performance if caching were configured as recommended. 

SIOS iQ: A Next Generation Analytics Platform for Optimizing Critical Application Operations
SIOS iQ is the first solution designed from the ground up to automate the intelligence of IT operations and simplify the optimization of critical application operations in VMware environments. SIOS iQ is an advanced analytics platform that applies patented machine learning technology actionable analysis, insights and problem-solving recommendations.

SIOS iQ is the first solution designed from the ground up to automate the intelligence of IT operations and simplify the optimization of critical application operations in VMware environments. SIOS iQ is an advanced analytics platform that applies patented machine learning technology actionable analysis, insights and problem-solving recommendations. Learn how SIOS iQ can help you identify wasted VMware resources (idle VMs, unneeded snapshot); find and resolve root causes of performance issues, and make informed decisions about implementing and configuring storage acceleration (host based caching with SSDs, all-flash arrays, and hybrid storage).

ESG Lab used a simulated enterprise IT infrastructure to validate how organizations can use the SIOS iQ analytics platform to identify applications that could be accelerated with host-based caching software, recommend an optimal cache configuration, and predict the resulting storage performance if caching were configured as recommended. 

EMA Vendor to Watch: SIOS Technology – SIOS iQ
Enterprise Management Associates discuss SIOS iQ, a unique analytics platform in the Advanced Operations Analytics (AOA) or IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) market. Learn how SIOS iQ uses machine learning to discover behavior patterns across the application and infrastructure, and accurately identify deviations from normal behavior that are predictive of impending or on-going issues, to eliminating alert storms and making instantaneous recommendations for issue resolution.
Enterprise Management Associates discuss SIOS iQ, a unique analytics platform in the Advanced Operations Analytics (AOA) or IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) market. The report decribes how SIOS iQ uses advanced machine learning to discovers patterns of behavior across the application and infrastructure stack, and accurately identifies deviations from normal behavior that are predictive of impending or on-going issues. The solution enables one-click root cause analysis, easy (agent-free) deployment with low administrative overhead, mobile tablet access with a well thought-out UI, an API friendly to the assimilation of third-party sources, and a core design optimized to support changing and evolving requirements.
Vembu Changes the Dynamics of Data Protection for  Business Applications in a vSphere Environment
This paper examines how to use Vembu BDR to implement distributed backup and disaster recovery (DR) operations in a centrally managed data protection environment with an ingenious twist. Rather than store image backups of VMs and block-level backups of physical and VM guest host systems as a collection of backup files, Vembu BDR utilizes a document-oriented database as a backup repository, dubbed VembuHIVE, which Vembu virtualizes as a file system.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE In this analysis, openBench Labs assesses the performance and functionality of the Vembu Backup & Disaster Recovery (BDR) host-level (a.k.a. agentless) data protection solution in a VMware vSphere 5.5 HA Cluster. For this test they utilized a vSphere VM configured with three logical disks located on separate datastores to support an Exchange server with two mailbox databases. Each of the mailbox databases was configured to support 1,000 user accounts.

This paper provides technically savvy IT decision makers with the detailed performance and resource configuration information needed to analyze the trade-offs involved in setting up an optimal data protection and business continuity plan to support a service level agreement (SLA) with line of business (LoB) executives.

To test backup performance, they created 2,000 AD users and utilized LoadGen to generate email traffic. Each user received 120 messages and sent 20 messages over an 8-hour workday. Using this load level, we established performance baselines for a data protection using direct SAN-based agentless VM backups.

In this scenario they were able to :

  • Finish crash-consistent incremental agent-less backups in 18 minutes, while processing our base transaction load of 12 Outlook TPS.
  • Restore a fully functional VM in less than 5 minutes as a Hyper-V VM capable of sustaining an indefinite load of 4 Outlook TPS
  • Recover all user mailboxes as .pst files from a host-level agentless VM backup with no need to schedule a Windows Client backup initiated within the VM’s guest Windows OS.
In a DR scenario, Vembu leverages the ability to restore a VM in any format, to provide an Instant-boot function, When Vembu Backup Server is installed on a server that is concurrently running Hyper-V, Vembu exports the datastores associated with a VM backup as Hyper-V disks and configures a VM to boot from the datastores.
True 15-Minute RTO for Mission-Critical VM Systems with Vembu VMBackup Replication
Vembu Backup & Disaster Recovery (BDR) provides IT with a Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) system capable of meeting even more aggressive RTO and RPO goals than the previous release. For highly active database-driven systems, Vembu VMBackup leverages VMtools and VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) to perform incremental backups in 15-minute intervals with minimal impact on query processing. As a result, IT can limit data loss to 15 minutes of processing on active mission critical VMs.

The only way to recover a VM with full functionality and full performance without performing an explicit restore operation is through VM replication. Maintaining a replica VM, however, requires frequent and potentially expensive update processes that involve both explicit backup and implicit restore operations. To enable the extensive use of replication by IT, VMBackup adds critical optimizations to both restore and replication operations that dramatically minimize overhead on ESXi hosts and production VMs to just VM snapshot processing. Specifically, a BDR Backup server running on a VM is able to leverage hot-add SCSI transfer mode to write logical disk and logical disk snapshot files directly to a vSphere datastore, without involving the ESXi host for anything more than creating a VM snapshot.

A key a value proposition for Vembu VMBackup is its ability to directly read and write all backup and restore data directly to and from a datastore snapshot. As a result, Vembu VMBackup offloads all I/O overhead from production VMs and ESXi hosts, which is critical for maintaining an aggressive DRM strategy in a highly active virtual environment. What’s more, the performance of Vembu VMBackup in openBench lab's test environment made it possible to enhance support for a mission-critical OLTP application running on a VM using a combination of incremental backups for backup and replication. As a result, they were able to comply with a 30-minute RPO, restore the VM to a production environment in 5 minutes, and return to full-production level processing of business transactions—850 cTPS—in under 15 minutes.

VMBackup adds a new replica management module that enables an IT administrator to fully manage an initial failover and later finalize failover or failback with consolidation. In addition, BDR backup server simplifies all management functions by eliminating the need to run a separate client module on a BDR backup server, which becomes its own client within the BDR reporting hierarchy.

Vembu OffsiteDR Server: Optimize RPO & RTO While Enhancing DR Resilience
Vembu BDR’s data protection solution enhances DRM operations by eliminating all potential single points of failure for restore functions. Using Vembu BDR Suite, IT is able to replicate backup data from multiple BDR Backup servers to a system running OffsiteDR Server within their own data center. As a result, IT garners an alternate system from which to recover protected VMs and physical servers using the same procedures that IT administrators employ on a BDR Backup server.

The ability to configure and deploy high-performance VMs within a vSphere virtual environment continues to put CIO’s under increasing pressure to deal with the rampant bête noire of IT: business continuity. What started with Line of Business (LoB) driven Service Level Agreements (SLAs) requiring IT to meet rigorous Recovery Time and Recovery Point Objectives (RTO and RPO) has grown into an auditable ISO standard (ISO22301) and an emerging software niche for Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) systems.

For this analysis, openBench Labs assessed the performance and functionality of the Vembu OffsiteDR Server, a DRM device that increases the resilience of recovery processes. Their initial intent was to examine the ability to restore data in the event of a catastrophic failure in vSphere environment, including:

  • A VM running BDR Backup server,
  • an ESXi host, and
  • a SAN device.

The full capabilities of Vembu OffsiteDR Server, however, quickly revealed that the device had a much broader operational impact. With the installation of OffsiteDR Server on an external physical server, they were free to configure end-to-end backup and restore operations in a way that optimized RTO and RPO for all business-critical application scenarios running in vSphere test environment.

In openBench lab's test environment, the combination of Vembu OffsiteDR Server deployed on a physical server with a Vembu BDR Backup server deployed on a VM provided a value proposition that extended far beyond the enhancement of DRM recovery resilience. With OffsiteDR Server installed on a physical server, they were able to optimally leverage VM and physical server platforms to easily implement all of the data protection functionality provided by Vembu BDR Suite, leverage all of the performance optimizations available to VMs in a vSphere environment, and do so in the most cost-effective system configuration.

Infinio Accelerator Product Overview White Paper
This whitepaper is an overview of Infinio Accelerator, a software-based server-side cache that provides high performance to any storage system in a VMware environment.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE This is an in-depth overview of Infinio Accelerator, a software-based server-side cache that provides high performance to any storage system in a VMware environment. It increases IOPS and decreases latency by caching a copy of the hottest data on server-side resources such as RAM and flash devices. Native inline deduplication ensures that all local storage resources are used as efficiently as possible, reducing the cost of performance. Results can be seen instantly following the non-disruptive, 15-minute installation that doesn’t require any downtime, data migration, or reboots.