Virtual Instruments launches Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.2; boost storage performance testing, workload analysis capabilities



Application-centric infrastructure performance management vendor Virtual Instruments recently enhanced its Load DynamiX Enterprise platform, an integrated solution for workload acquisition, analysis, modeling and performance analytics.

The offering for storage workload performance validation and testing, Load DynamiX Enterprise gives storage architects, engineers and operations managers insights into how workload behavior affects storage system performance in production. This enables IT teams to innovate with confidence, mitigate risks and proactively avoid infrastructure performance issues.

Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.2 gives customers the ability to assess the performance of storage infrastructures employing the latest Microsoft-based solutions – such as Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, as well as Hyper-V – using the new SMB3 Workload Model, including SMB3 Encryption support.

Included with version 5.2 is the new Iteration Explorer, available for all workloads, which provides storage architects with critical insights on demand to very quickly determine the storage infrastructure’s blind spots at full production scale. In addition, customers using the new version along with Virtual Instruments’ VirtualWisdom platform can now use Load DynamiX Enterprise to visualize their production workload data to better understand their workload I/O characteristics due to the improved integration between the two product lines.

Also announced, Version 5.4 of the Load DynamiX Workload Generation Appliance and Test Development Environment provides powerful improvements to iSCSI and object workload modeling capabilities and important insights into the utilization history of Workload Generation Appliances in test labs where the appliances are heavily utilized.

The Load DynamiX Enterprise 5.2 and Workload Generation Appliance 5.4 release also includes temporal workload models for block-based storage, previously in beta and now generally available, the workload models for FC and iSCSI allow users to simulate realistic application workloads that vary I/O characteristics over time. It also offers iSCSI MPIO that measures the load balancing and failover designs of a multipath iSCSI fabric; object response handler that simulates how different cloud-based applications interact with different object stores by precisely defining how the object storage client responds to over 70 pre-defined HTTP response codes; and Fibre Channel (FC) LUN service that shortens the time required to configure a large multi-path Fibre Channel Test Bed.

“Our goal is to help applications and infrastructure perform better together by providing customers the most critical insights from their data,” said Tim Van Ash, senior vice-president of products at Virtual Instruments. “The Load DynamiX Enterprise enhancements achieve that while empowering IT teams to intelligently deploy storage infrastructure, proactively identify and resolve performance problems, and stay at the forefront of software-defined and converged storage technologies.”

Last month, Virtual Instruments announced that it has acquired Xangati, a hybrid cloud and virtualization performance management company. The acquisition creates an application-centric infrastructure performance management platform that is real-time, cross-domain, and empowers IT teams to ensure application performance and availability as they digitally transform their businesses.

Xangati’s products enable a self-healing, self-optimizing hybrid data center, complementing Virtual Instruments’ deep expertise and experience in IT infrastructure performance analytics.

Together, the offerings deliver application infrastructure performance and availability management by providing comprehensive, correlated real-time insight for any server, network interconnect or data store across the entire data center.

Virtual Instruments and Xangati address a gap in existing application and infrastructure performance monitoring approaches by providing comprehensive visibility and actionable analysis across the compute, network and storage infrastructure in the modern hybrid data center.

The combination of Virtual Instruments and Xangati gives IT teams control of application performance delivery and infrastructure spend within private or public clouds on legacy or hyperconverged platforms.

The Xangati acquisition is the second significant transaction in 2016 for Virtual Instruments. Earlier this year, the company merged with leading storage performance analytics provider Load DynamiX. Virtual Instruments continues to see widespread and increasing demand.

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