– Jeff Gorman, Business Unit Director
The modern data center architecture in many organizations is radically different from the layout in the recent past. The proliferation of shared storage, virtual servers, and the provisioning of single applications across a variety of these resources is a significant departure from the historical model of individual physical servers supporting specific applications. The benefits of the new architecture are well documented with respect to efficient utilization of resources, potential power and space savings, improved business continuity, and many other facets that present compelling business cases.
One aspect of the new architecture that does not seem to draw much focus is the perspective that traditional tools are unable to effectively assist in the provisioning, management, and troubleshooting of this heterogeneous environment. With such a dramatically different means for allocating resources, and such a fundamental difference in what key metrics need to be gathered for management and troubleshooting, new tools are required to maximize the benefits of the intended efficiency improvements. Without a comprehensive, unified view across key platforms, it is not possible to ensure the appropriate balance of resource allocation is being achieved to ensure systems are adequately provisioned. Without that comprehensive view, it is not possible to get a unified analysis of performance across systems to assist with capacity planning, proactive allocation, and consistent service level performance.
NetApp’s Insight Balance is a performance and capacity management software solution providing analysis across IT virtualization layers and technology silos for both virtual and physical servers and storage. It is a tool designed to provide a unified view of the modern data center architecture, allowing organizations to maximize the benefits of their computing resources. The solution is not specific to NetApp storage; it works with Dell, EMC, HDS, HP, IBM, and NetApp storage as well as Windows, HP-UX, RHE, Solaris, VMware, and Hyper-V servers.
Unlike traditional management tools that look only at one silo (physical or virtual, servers or storage), Insight Balance agentless software dynamically models and analyzes the entire server and storage infrastructure to understand how application workloads, utilization levels, and resources interact, bringing much-needed infrastructure-wide intelligence to the data center. Its sophisticated analytics provide intelligent alerting, actionable recommendations, and proactive service management guidance to help with remediation, optimization, and planning. Leveraging Insight Balance as an independent advisor, IT managers invest in capital equipment only when they truly require it, not when a vendor says they do.
By helping system administrators effectively plan across the server and storage platforms that are shared among multiple systems, providing proactive management of those physical and virtual systems, and providing an integrated view for root cause analysis of issues within those heterogeneous systems, Insight Balance provides significant business benefits for organizations looking to maximize the positive impact of their data center resources.
Contact your Keller Schroeder Account Manager for more information or a demonstration of NetApp Insight Balance.