With each passing day, managing virtual machines becomes more complex. Not only are there more of them than ever, but virtual machines also tend to grow in size over time and get moved around the data center. Not surprisingly, all of this creates a lot of contention for physical IT resources across the data center.
At the VMworld 2015 conference today, CloudPhysics released an update to its analytics service for VMware environments that makes it simpler to identify such issues.
CloudPhysics CEO Jeffrey Hausman says that rather than simply providing access to a raw analytics tool, this latest release surfaces data continuously in a way that can be easily explored using dashboards built by CloudPhysics. In addition, the service allows users to interactively explore data to troubleshoot performance issues and it provides support for 20 new types of analytics that IT organizations can easily share.
The CloudPhysics software-as-a-service (SaaS) application takes advantage of a virtual appliance that is dropped into the local IT environment. Hausman says this “observer appliance” makes it possible to collect data without disrupting the IT environment. Hausman also says CloudPhysics improves the signal-to-noise ratio generated by virtual machines strewn all across the data center.
CloudPhysics has no immediate plans to support other virtual machine platforms any time soon, largely because virtual machines other than VMware don’t have enough critical mass to make it worth applying analytics. But among those sites that have deployed VMware virtual machines, it’s already apparent that the critical mass of all those virtual machines is crushing.