July 09, 2012, 2:01 PM — This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers
should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.
The adoption of virtualization and
cloud-based services is accelerating, but a
byproduct enterprises may not have considered is that it has never been more challenging to gain accurate and
performance visibility in a uniform way.
Existing virtualization tools are either not available to the operations team or lack the standard operations
center functionality required to proactively assure application performance and reliability. And conventional performance
management solutions designed to collect specific types of data that must be aggregated and reported on
centrally, can't scale or provide immediate visibility across the enterprise's network infrastructure.
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These limitations are compounded by the fact that compute, network and storage resources are shared when
infrastructure is being provided as a service, making it difficult for an enterprise to assess which of its applications are being supported, how they are
performing and whether they are receiving the necessary bandwidth.
Cloud's performance management challenge
Leveraging cloud-based technologies, whether private or outsourced, for delivering
business-critical applications backed by solid service-level agreements (SLAs) allows IT to maximize the value of
the network by enhancing internal processes and operations. This is achieved via higher server utilization rates and lower costs thanks to
virtualization, automation and service management software.