Data Center, VirtualizationAll too often, enterprises approach the integration of a new technology or infrastructure component as though it will be the solution to every challenge. For example, if there are some latency issues for end-users, or a boot time takes twice as long as expected, an IT team decides it’s time for something ‘better‘ or ‘faster,’ and invests substantially in the supposed solution. But what if the underlying reason for the greater latency or the extended boot time was a simple misconfiguration? Understanding IT performance and the true cause of different challenges can have huge impacts on the bottom line by limiting the overbuying and overprovisioning that lead to wasted time and money.

Infrastructure performance management (IPM) is a practice designed to give IT teams a holistic understanding of their entire infrastructure systems by combining wire data with machine data, and applying analytics that lead directly to answers. Every piece of the puzzle must function optimally to give end-users the best experience and guarantee availability for every application. The answer to lagging load times isn’t adding power; it’s optimizing existing infrastructure to support your availability and performance requirements, and then determining whether additional capabilities are truly needed. Before deciding to upgrade an infrastructure, analyzing and benchmarking performance prevents unnecessary spending and provides a clear path to expanding infrastructures when it’s really time to do so.

Not every application needs the most powerful engine to run it. Sometimes a simple application is delayed solely because it is running on the wrong type of system. When it is actually time to integrate new systems or build out infrastructure, IPM mitigates the risk associated with the required migrations and identifies areas where performance improvements can be achieved.

In many cases, generic, device-based monitoring is stuck in the past. Teams react to problems only when they’ve become too damaging to ignore. Spending hours poring over activity logs trying to piece together disparate device-based data, and then hoping to find the cause of performance degradation through human resource investment, isn’t a viable strategy any longer. Shifting the paradigm to real-time performance management to proactively tune IT infrastructures in real time, with solutions that offer a holistic view of an infrastructure, saves time and eliminates wasted investment in unnecessary capacity. Optimizing existing components to guarantee availability and promote IT cost optimization in enterprise IT makes performance management a value-added aspect of any business. IT can no longer be viewed solely as a cost center to support the business. Equipping teams with solutions that improve operations and identify areas of opportunity to improve the bottom line for the company is the new standard.

Sirius and Virtual Instruments share a mutually aligned passion for driving client success in this regard. Through IPM, our partnership focuses on ensuring that clients have the answers they require to continually drive the highest performance for their application infrastructures at the optimal cost and lowest risk.

Like other areas of business, IT needs to be focused on outcomes. By optimizing infrastructure and managing performance, IT moves away from the time-consuming nature of reactive trouble-shooting standards and toward proactively answering the most perplexing performance problems.

Contact Sirius to learn how its partnership with Virtual Instruments promotes performance optimization to keep your infrastructure optimized.