Virtual Instruments upgrades SAN monitoring tools

By Dave Simpson

– Targeting virtual server environments, Virtual Instruments this week released the 2.0 version of its VirtualWisdom SAN monitoring, measurement and analysis tools, which include software and hardware probes.

The 2.0 version is the GA release of VirtualWisdom (version 1.0 was an "early release"), and replaces the company's older NetWisdom suite, according to Len Rosenthal, Virtual Instruments' vice president of marketing.

The company is positioning VirtualWisdom 2.0 as a set of tools to minimize the risks associated with deploying business-critical applications in rapidly growing virtual server environments. The tools enable administrators to analyze performance and the effect of the SAN on virtual environments, with both real-time and historical analysis. The company refers to the solution category as virtual infrastructure optimization (VIO).

In addition to widget-based ease-of-use features, the key additions in the 2.0 version of VirtualWisdom are enhancements geared specifically for VMware and improved performance and scalability (up to 50,000 ports) for the company's Portal Server

For example, a ProbeVM option helps VMware administrators improve performance and resolve problems by monitoring I/O from virtual servers through the SAN to array LUNs.  ProbeVM collects ESX and guest metrics via VMware vCenter Server. Metrics span CPU, memory, network and disk I/O, enabling correlation of server metrics with SAN metrics. ProbeVM software can scale to support thousands of ESX servers or VMs, according to Rosenthal.

User-defined correlations enable "what if" analysis based on production data, which enables administrators to predict the effect of SAN configuration changes by simulating scenarios using historical data.

Virtual Instruments offers a VirtualWisdom Jumpstart Kit for entry-level deployments, which the company defines as up to 160 switch ports and 24 storage ports.

Virtual Instruments partners include vendors such as Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM and VMware.

VirtualWisdom competes to varying degrees with products such as Akorri's BalancePoint, Aptare's StorageConsole, Emulex's OneCommand Vision, and NetApp's SANscreen.

Last week, NetApp released version 6.0 of SANscreen, which is now fully integrated with BMC Software's Atrium Configuration Management Database (CMDB), giving CMDB users the ability to extend their IT services management to the storage level.

SANscreen 6.0 also includes enhancements for monitoring and analyzing "storage efficiency" technologies such as thin provisioning and data deduplication.

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This article was originally published on June 25, 2010