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SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Virtual Instruments accelerated its momentum in 2017 as the industry leader in application-centric infrastructure performance management (IPM). 2017 was Virtual Instruments’ best year to date as evidenced by record bookings, an impressive 173 percent growth rate in new customers and the launch of the industry’s most comprehensive infrastructure performance monitoring and analytics platform. In addition, the company announced several critical strategic partnerships and executive additions that position it well for 2018 and beyond.

As enterprises adopt hybrid data center strategies, IT teams are confronted with escalating scale and complexity. Legacy, silo-centric monitoring tools lack an understanding of how applications relate to infrastructure and the relative business value of the applications running on the infrastructure – both of which are vital to proactive prevention of mission-critical application outages and slowdowns. A recent survey by ESG Research and Virtual Instruments highlights an increased need for application and infrastructure team collaboration in order to avoid performance problems. As a result, some of the world’s leading organizations have now realized that the solution lies in managing their infrastructure from an application-centric point of view.  2017 marked the beginning of the app-centric IPM era for Virtual Instruments.

Product Updates

In December 2017, Virtual Instruments launched the next generation of its infrastructure performance monitoring and analytics platform, VirtualWisdom, to help organizations accelerate digital transformation, improve business agility and proactively manage the cost and performance of their enterprise data centers. By leveraging an app-centric approach to infrastructure management, VirtualWisdom allows enterprises to guarantee performance-based service level agreements (SLAs) for key stakeholders and applications within the organization.

During 2017, Virtual Instruments also announced version 5.6 of its Load DynamiX Test Development Environment (TDE) and a new family of Load Generation Appliances. This release introduced the highest performance and most scalable storage workload generation solution for the 32Gb Fibre Channel and 40Gb Ethernet connectivity for storage infrastructures. This same release also helps storage vendors identify performance load limits and ensure performance scalability before storage systems are deployed into production environments.

Media and analysts recognized Virtual Instruments’ leadership in the IPM and storage industries in 2017. Storage Magazine named Virtual Instruments “Storage Monitoring & Reporting Vendor of the Year” in its 2017 Storage Awards, and Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) positioned Virtual Instruments as a “Value Leader” and the vendor with the “Best Predictive Analytics” capabilities in EMA’s 2017 Radar Report on Storage Intelligence.

Customer Relationships

Virtual Instruments drove an impressive 173 percent growth in new customers in 2017, with the preponderance of growth coming in the healthcare and service provider verticals. The company held three regional Customer Advisory Board (CAB) sessions in the Midwest, South Central and Northeastern U.S. regions, where attendees received a “sneak peek” into upcoming product announcements, and customers were encouraged to share their initiatives, challenges, use cases and best practices. Virtual Instruments used this feedback to guide the direction of new product development, including the latest versions of Load DynamiX Enterprise and VirtualWisdom.

Strategic Partnerships

In addition to refreshing its existing partner program, Virtual Instruments announced multiple new technology and reseller partnerships in 2017. In October, the company announced a new technology integration with Cisco that dramatically simplifies and lowers the cost of real-time performance and availability monitoring for business-critical infrastructures. By integrating Cisco SAN Telemetry Streaming with the VirtualWisdom platform, Virtual Instruments eliminates the need to deploy physical network TAPs and probes, thus extending the platform’s reach within existing enterprise accounts and expanding to mid-market customers.

In order to meet a broader set of customer needs for Virtual Instruments’ network-attached storage (NAS) product portfolio, the company announced a partnership with Gigamon, the industry leader in network visibility solutions. By partnering with Gigamon and introducing support for the SMB protocol for the VirtualWisdom NAS Performance Probe, Virtual Instruments now offers the industry’s most comprehensive set of performance monitoring solutions for NAS deployments.

Expanding Executive Team

Virtual Instruments added several industry veterans to its leadership team in 2017 to support the company’s continued global growth. Sheen Khoury and Rick Haggart joined the executive team as executive vice president of worldwide sales and senior vice president of professional services, respectively. Sean O’Donnell joined as the new EMEA managing director, where he is responsible for building on the company’s initial success in the U.K., Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

“2017 was the most successful year yet for Virtual Instruments and the markets we serve,” said Philippe Vincent, CEO of Virtual Instruments. “As we continue to accelerate our product innovation and expand our customer and partner ecosystem, we’re empowering IT infrastructure and operations teams to collaborate with their application owners to proactively optimize the performance and cost of the supporting infrastructure. This increased collaboration enhances overall business agility as well as the value of the infrastructure. App-centric IPM will continue to gain significant traction with enterprises in 2018, and we look forward to supporting them in their digital transformations.”



Virtual Instruments Extends Deep Infrastructure Visibility and Performance Insights to Key Business and Application Stakeholders Throughout the Enterprise with Breakthrough App-centric Version of VirtualWisdom

New Generation of Industry’s Most Comprehensive Infrastructure Performance Monitoring & Analytics Platform Signals the Beginning of the App-centric IPM Era

San Jose, Calif., December 5, 2017 – Virtual Instruments, the leader in application-centric infrastructure performance management (IPM), today announced a breakthrough new version of VirtualWisdom, the industry’s most comprehensive infrastructure performance monitoring and analytics platform. By visualizing the infrastructure in the context of the application, VirtualWisdom enables organizations to accelerate digital transformation, improve business agility and proactively manage the cost and performance of their enterprise data centers.

The modern enterprise data center offers the promise of improved business agility in addition to providing a scalable foundation for an enterprise’s business-critical applications. However, the reality is that the scale and complexity associated with these highly virtualized, multi-vendor environments is beyond human comprehension. Legacy silo-centric monitoring tools only provide limited visibility into the various components of the underlying infrastructure. These tools have no understanding of how applications relate to infrastructure or the relative business value of the applications running on the infrastructure. As a result, application owners and line-of-business (LOB) managers aren’t aligned with the infrastructure teams on how to proactively assure application performance, control costs and reduce risk within their constantly changing data centers.

The solution lies in managing infrastructure from an application-centric point of view. The landmark new release of VirtualWisdom achieves this by holistically monitoring, analyzing and optimizing the performance, utilization and health of IT infrastructure within the context of the application. By discovering and mapping applications to the infrastructure, associating their business critically and applying self-learning-based analytics, VirtualWisdom enables enterprises to guarantee performance-based service level agreements (SLAs) for key stakeholders within the organization, including application owners, LOB owners and IT operations teams.

The new VirtualWisdom app-centric IPM platform is comprised of three key capabilities: Application Service Assurance; Workload and Capacity Optimization; and Problem Resolution and Avoidance. These are enabled by Virtual Instruments’ highly scalable wire and machine data instrumentation and app-centric analytics. The integrated capabilities provide deep infrastructure insights to every team relying upon the performance and availability of business-critical applications. As a result, the new release of VirtualWisdom enables proactive performance management and signals the beginning of the app-centric IPM era by establishing it as the best approach to managing the next generation data center.

“The research we’ve conducted indicates increasing infrastructure complexity is the primary inhibitor to enabling comprehensive, application-focused IT service delivery,” noted Steve Brasen, Research Director with IT industry analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates. “To meet rapidly evolving requirements for highly available and optimally performing IT services, organizations require holistic visibility across their entire IT ecosystems that analytically maps application performance directly to the underlying infrastructure and enables the dynamic placement of workloads. This latest release of VirtualWisdom enhances the platform’s app-centric IPM approach to deliver what is, to date, the most comprehensive IT infrastructure visibility attainable from a single pane of glass.”

Features and benefits of the new version of VirtualWisdom include:

  • Application Service Assurance analytics align infrastructure performance with application requirements by:
    • Providing executive and LOB visibility through easy-to-use executive and application-level dashboards
    • Enabling Tiered Service Level policies to assure the performance of business-critical applications running on shared infrastructure
    • Discovering and mapping application usage of dynamic and virtualized infrastructure

  • Workload and Capacity Optimization analytics proactively manage workloads and capacity from the VM to the storage array by:
    • Optimizing end-to-end workload placement across VM, network and storage
    • Proactively detecting potential performance issues and optimization opportunities through seasonal behavior analytics

  • Problem Resolution and Avoidance analytics enable IT teams to proactively collaborate, troubleshoot and diagnose complex performance issues by:
    • Offering Investigation Runbooks that provide guided analytics to identify and resolve issues for every alarm type, while enabling chat-ops to improve cross-team collaboration
    • Detecting anomalies, and automatically comparing to performance baselines to detect and correlate potential root causes of issues

  • Scalable Instrumentation enables deep wire and machine data collection across the data center in real-time by:
    • Adding deeper visibility of software defined data centers and Hyper-converged infrastructure including VX:Rails, Nutanix, Simplivity, vSAN, ScaleIO and Netflow
    • Expanding high fidelity wire data support for NAS and SAN to include SMB and FCoE protocols, respectively

“As the leading provider of real-time monitoring solutions, we have an intimate understanding of the enormous challenges created when an enterprise lacks insight into the infrastructure supporting their business applications,” said Philippe Vincent, CEO of Virtual Instruments. “With the new release of VirtualWisdom, we’re able to remove the anxiety our customers felt by ‘flying blind’ with their business-critical applications. By leveraging VirtualWisdom to take an app-centric approach to the management of their infrastructures, IT operations and architecture teams can collaboratively work with their application owners and business unit executives to proactively optimize the performance and cost of the supporting infrastructure. This increases business agility and the overall value of the infrastructure to the business.”

VirtualWisdom 5.4 is available at the end of December, and to learn more about Virtual Instruments’ VirtualWisdom platform, please visit: