Virtual Instruments Teams with Cisco to Dramatically Simplify and Lower the Cost of Storage Network Performance Monitoring

Virtual Instruments, a leader in infrastructure performance management, today announced technology integration initiatives with Cisco to dramatically simplify and lower the cost of real-time performance and availability monitoring for business-critical infrastructures. Through the technology integration, Virtual Instruments’ App-centric Infrastructure Performance Management platform, VirtualWisdom, can seamlessly receive streamed monitoring data from Cisco’s new MDS 9700 32G Module and SAN Streaming solution, helping enable enterprises to ensure the highest availability and performance of business-critical applications. The Cisco MDS 9700 32G Module now offers built-in telemetry sensors for efficient streaming data collection.

As enterprises continue to shift towards hybrid data centers to meet their customers’ needs, the underlying infrastructure must be able to evolve rapidly for optimal availability and performance and to keep up with the growing demands of new and changing applications. Enterprises rely on Fibre Channel (FC) SAN infrastructures to help them address these challenges. Holistic visibility into the performance, health and utilization of these infrastructures from the perspective of the application is essential. VirtualWisdom’s app-centric analytics enable customers to find and resolve infrastructure issues before they impact application service levels by applying machine learning to determine root cause, and recommending remedies and configuration optimizations to proactively resolve problems.

By integrating VirtualWisdom’s app-centric SAN infrastructure monitoring and analytics platform with the new Cisco MDS 9700 32G Module and SAN Streaming Fabric, Virtual Instruments enables enterprises to significantly reduce both OpEx and CapEx costs associated with holistically monitoring and managing the health, performance and utilization of their FC SAN infrastructures. The new integration allows Virtual Instruments to offer customers the ability to deploy granular monitoring more broadly. For application infrastructures that are moving to 32GB Fibre Channel and require high-fidelity performance monitoring, a new option is now available where the need for a physical TAP and hardware probe is eliminated in a VirtualWisdom deployment. This is enabled by the VI/Cisco integration, where a dedicated application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) inside the Cisco MDS switch enables the delivery of key statistical data from observed workload behavior and response time metrics. The VirtualWisdom TAP and Probe architecture will still be deployed in 16GB environments and will offer the highest fidelity data available for monitoring with the VirtualWisdom analytics platform for mission-critical applications.

“Both Cisco and Virtual Instruments play important roles in the performance, reliability and scalability of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud, so the integration of Cisco SAN Telemetry Streaming with the VirtualWisdom performance management platform has huge value for PLEX,” said Joe Hollewa, Senior Manager of Cloud Operations at PLEX. “This integration will dramatically increase the breadth of visibility we have into our SAN, while reducing both the complexity and cost of traditional hardware-based instrumentation.”

The Cisco-Virtual Instruments technology integration will expand solutions to a wide variety of customers. Eliminating the requirement to deploy physical network TAPs and Probes, while enabling customers to access actionable insights via VirtualWisdom Advanced Analytics, will dramatically reduce the cost of monitoring and simplify VirtualWisdom deployments, extending the platform’s reach within existing enterprise accounts and expanding to mid-market customers.

“Cisco’s leading MDS storage networking product line has leapfrogged the industry with built-in sensors for high performance telemetry streaming on the Cisco MDS 9700 32G Module,” said Thomas Scheibe, senior director of product management, Cisco Data Center. “The combination of Cisco SAN Telemetry Streaming and Virtual Instruments’ VirtualWisdom analytics platform provides unmatched FC SAN infrastructure monitoring and analytics capabilities at an unprecedented value for customers needing to monitor SAN infrastructure in real time.”

“Our technology integration initiatives with Cisco are highly strategic for our company, as we and our channel partners are now able to offer our app-centric infrastructure performance monitoring solutions to a larger portion of our installed customers, as well as a significantly expanded set of enterprise and mid-market customers,” said Philippe Vincent, CEO of Virtual Instruments. “With the Cisco integration, our customers can seamlessly gain the visibility of a fully instrumented infrastructure in the context of the application. This will vastly simplify IT infrastructure management, ensuring the highest availability and performance of their mission-critical apps and services.”

“Enterprises understand the critical importance of real-time monitoring of their virtualized infrastructures, but the cost of achieving such visibility has made it prohibitive for many organizations to instrument broadly,” said George Crump, Analyst, Storage Switzerland. “With the new Virtual Instruments/Cisco technology integration, a much wider range of enterprises are now able to easily and cost-effectively implement comprehensive FC SAN infrastructure performance monitoring. Meanwhile, Cisco will provide its customers with a robust and highly differentiated SAN monitoring and analytics platform.”

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About Virtual Instruments
Virtual Instruments is a leader in application-centric infrastructure performance management. It provides comprehensive SAN infrastructure instrumentation and performance analytics for enterprise data centers. The company’s solutions give IT teams deep workload visibility and actionable insights into their end-to-end systems across the hybrid data center. Virtual Instruments empowers companies to maximize the performance, availability and utilization of their production IT infrastructure. Virtual Instruments has over 500 customers, including enterprise IT, cloud service providers and storage vendors. The privately held company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit