Network Instruments Assures Public, Private Cloud Application Delivery

New Observer Infrastructure expands visibility into complex cloud and application environments.

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Network Instruments, a network and application performance monitoring company, today announced its infrastructure monitoring solution Observer Infrastructure (OI) now provides visibility into public and private cloud components and in-depth tracking of cloud-provider performance.

The newest version of OI provides insight into Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) performance for major providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google App Engine, Rackspace, GoGrid, and by utilizing cloud-vendor APIs and CloudKick. Critical cloud-service performance metrics (including CPU, disk activity, user experience, and memory) can be viewed within the context of overall IT operations to validate performance of cloud investments. Using the Observer platform, teams can seamlessly view cloud health alongside internal network, application and infrastructure performance to quickly isolate and resolve the source of performance problems.

Tracking Private Clouds

Many organizations are implementing public cloud services, and larger companies driven by business and security needs are rolling out private cloud initiatives. Pre-packaged, standardized units, such as VCE Vblock and NetApp FlexPod, offer organizations the power of a data center consolidated into a single appliance.

“To make sense of the many Vblock or FlexPod devices and constructs, OI provides the ability to auto-discover, group and manage all virtual and physical components in a single dashboard view,” said Brad Reinboldt, senior product manager of Network Instruments. “Based upon the alarm or use, the IT managers can then quickly navigate to the problem component.”

Managing Multi-Tiered Environments

OI can now monitor many essential components associated with multi-tiered application environments. For example, network teams can proactively monitor database response times and behavior through SQL scripts on Microsoft SQL, Oracle, MySQL, Sybase, and DB2 databases. In addition, monitors have been added for critical servers including GlassFish, Java Runtime, Lotus Domino Server, Microsoft .NET, SharePoint, and IBM WebSphere Application Server. Teams can also regularly track performance of SAN environments such as Dell EqualLogic; EMC CLARiiON, Celerra, and Symetrix; InforTrend EonStor Series; NetApp and IBM N Series; and SAN fabric switches. Additional support has been added for communication systems, including Cisco UC Manager, Microsoft Lync Server and Blackberry servers.

Additional Polling Sources

OI leverages the intelligent platform management interface (IPMI) to obtain infrastructure configuration metrics, even when connected devices are powered off.

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