VMTurbo Updates Automation-Driven Approach for Managing Clouds, VDCs

VMTurbo has updated its application for managing and optimizing performance of heterogeneous cloud and virtual environments. VMTurbo Operations Manager 3.3’s intelligent automation expands support for new hypervisors and cloud platforms. It also adds analytics for smarter ways to plan, deploy and operate virtual data centers; and provides IT more controls to assure workloads meet SLAs and can even meet special situations.

Tags: cloud, hypervisors, Hyper-V, infrastructure, management, SLAs, vCloud, VMTurbo, VMware, XenServer, expert voice,

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Derek Slayton
vice president, marketing


"VMTurbo Operations Manager automates decision making to optimize the infrastructure, rather than simply collect raw data for IT to decipher."

VMTurbo has updated its application for managing and optimizing performance of heterogeneous cloud and virtual environments. VMTurbo Operations Manager 3.3’s intelligent automation expands support for new hypervisors and cloud platforms. It also adds analytics for smarter ways to plan, deploy and operate virtual data centers; and provides IT more controls to assure workloads meet SLAs and can even meet special situations.

“VMTurbo Operations Manager automates decision making to optimize the infrastructure, rather than simply collect raw data from multiple resources and convert that data into dials, displays and alerts for IT to decipher,” VMTurbo Vice President Derek Slayton told IDN. 

As cloud and virtual data centers become more prevalent customers are asking different questions, Slayton noted. “IT today is discovering that the investment it takes to build a virtual data center or infrastructure is just a fraction of the cost for running it. So, today, the most important things companies ask us about is how they can lower their costs of ownership,” Slayton told IDN.

VMTurbo Operations Manager 3.3 adds: 

Broad, unified, operational control across heterogeneous hypervisors and cloud platforms.  It adds support for current and popular VM and cloud technologies, including VMware vCloud Suite 5.1, Microsoft Hyper-V 2012, and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1, along with CloudStack and Citrix XenServer. “We know the virtual data center is always changing for many clients, so we’re committed to support the latest [virtual] releases,” Slayton said. “Our approach will work with just about any heterogeneous virtual environment, and offers real-time adjustments to optimize your resources and performance, and still allows IT a great amount of control.” 

Integrated analytics for planning, deploying and operating cloud infrastructures and virtual data centers. A new cluster projection dashboard enhances planning capabilities by providing greater accuracy in understanding the workload demand trending with cluster projections. This further improves predictability and planning.

More simplified, granular controls for virtual infrastructures.  These new capabilities will allow users more flexibility in managing their infrastructures to comply with changing business needs and constraints. The feature lets users specify exception handling for automated actions to ensure apps and operations will help companies meet special policies or deadlines.  Slayton gives an example of a company facing end-of-quarter number crunching and reports. “To make those deadlines, IT can prioritize these functions, even if it might not make sense to keep them a priority on a daily basis,” he added. 

Under the Covers: How VMTurbo’s Operational Manager
Automatically, Dynamically Optimizes Virtual Performance

VMTurbo Operations Manager 3.3, builds on the company’s intelligent software layer of abstraction across any virtual environment. This technology lets VMTurbo collect analytics and run economic algorithms that analyze the performance of the entire infrastructure, even across multiple VM and cloud technologies. VMTurbo can then automatically prescribe and set actions to align performance with business and operational needs, Slayton said.

This control comes from the company’s “economic scheduling engine” that uses a market-basket approach to valuing resources to deliver the best performance for the most important apps and operations. The market basket includes all components that affect how apps run, including  network I/O, storage I/O, storage latency, memory, CPU, etc., he added

VMTurbo’s economic scheduling engine in Operations Managers gathers metrics from these market basket components and uses them to adjust configuration, resource allocation and workload placement to meet SLAs and business goals, Derek said. “This approach reduces the time IT staff spend troubleshooting and maximizes infrastructure utilization,” he added. 

At least one leading cloud analyst likes the VMTurbo approach.

vmturbo_om_3-3_1000_01Managing a dynamic infrastructure with a huge number of dependencies and constraints simply doesn’t lend itself to traditional management, Mark Bowker, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, said in a statement.

“Tools are available to analyze the millions of metrics collected per day, but then you need the brain power to interpret the data. Taking the next step in providing the ‘To Do’ list for operational staff – and, further, automating actions – will cut out the incident investigation time and effort, lowering OpEx and reducing the risk of production outages,”  Bowker said in a statement.  

VMTurbo Operations Manager 3.3 is available now, starting at $499 per physical host socket. VMTurbo is used by some 9,000 enterprise IT and MSPs, including British Telecom, Omnicare and L-3 Communications, according to Slayton.




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