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Managing Unified Performance in the Emerging Cloud Environment


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November 17, 2011

Managing Unified Performance in the Emerging Cloud Environment

By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor

With the proliferation of new technologies and rapid growth of networks, servers, applications and clients, today’s IT infrastructure managers have a tough job trying to keep up with all these developments without growing their staff. These challenges even get taller as server virtualization and cloud services grow rapidly within enterprises. According to Watch4net, a unified performance provider, these two related evolutions bring with them new levels of complexity, growth (in number of managed elements), and high rates of change.

In fact, Watch4net sees it as a catalyst for another significant organizational and cultural change, an inevitable shift towards unified performance management. Watch4net calls it as a byproduct of turning IT into an internal private cloud provider.

To address this challenge of unified performance management in the cloud, Watch4net has developed an APG software suite that provides a single pane of visibility across critical applications, databases, Web servers, and network and security devices. With APG, according to Watch4net, information is analyzed in real-time and presented to operations managers and customers. It offers the ability to support data collection, correlation, and presentation across all of the technology domains that must come together seamlessly to deliver today’s complex, composite applications and services, said the unified performance provider. As a result, storage, networking, physical computing and virtual computing are all brought together in a single integrated solution existing in the cloud.

Beyond physical/virtual infrastructure, APG supports the direct collection of performance data from within the application layer, covering the last of the major components that will come together to complete internal private cloud services. With strong flexibility and scalability, the APG software acts as a common unified performance management solution across all components that make up today’s complex, composite cloud architectures.

Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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