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Enterprises are applying old techniques to solve new challenges

Enterprises are applying old techniques to solve new challenges

Recently published research suggests European CIOs and IT managers don’t have the technical capabilities to deploy infrastructure performance management across their datacentres.

A survey administered by Virtual Instruments, an application and infrastructure monitoring solution provider, found that as infrastructure is becoming more heterogeneous – with cloud and bare-metal increasingly intermingling in multi-vendor datacentre infrastructure environments – CIOs and senior IT decision makers are struggling to monitor the performance and health of their IT infrastructure.

The survey included responses from over 70 European CIOs and senior IT decision makers.

While a majority of CIOs and IT decision makers polled by the firm believe infrastructure performance management tools can help improve the agility of their IT department (79 per cent), reduce risks of IT failures (70 per cent) and reduce costs associated with running their IT departments (59 per cent), nearly half feel dissatisfied with the tools they have in place to monitor their infrastructure.

Although most of those polled by the company seem to understand the importance of infrastructure performance management, a combination of workload, network, compute and storage monitoring tools, there seem to be few companies with the resources in place to implement and manage infrastructure performance issues. Just 13 per cent of respondents have a dedicated infrastructure performance management team, and of those that don’t just 23 per cent have plans to create one.

“As CIOs and IT managers grapple with the growing demands placed on their infrastructures, infrastructure performance management is more of a priority than ever before,” said Chris James, marketing director EMEA at Virtual Instruments. “Clearly, these decision makers recognise that IPM tools are business critical, not just to improve their own working environments, but for the overall success of the organisation.”

James told BCN that additional layers of abstraction through virtualisation and orchestration layers are also making it more difficult for companies to gain better visibility of the underlying infrastructure, making it more difficult to guarantee performance – causing some to overprovision in order to insure against bottlenecks and failures.

“The main pain point is lack of visibility so having to over-provision to ensure performance. This approach is the ‘old school’ way of solving issues and IPM is now replacing it as a more efficient approach,” he explained.

“The shift to cloud is adding an additional layer of complexity and risk for the datacentre. The trend is to look at applications rather than infrastructure – wire data rather than machine data – and this is borne out by the major analyst houses latest recommendations. However it is the infrastructure that is carrying the applications so both are important. For public cloud you want your supplier to let you know how your application is performing, for private cloud you need to show the business how the application is performing but also be able to see the infrastructure so you can manage, plan and optimise it.”