New Quest Spotlight Cloud Ensures Consistent Performance and High Availability for Database Cloud Workloads

Quest Software, a global systems management, data protection and security software provider, today announced general availability of the new Spotlight Cloud. Delivered as a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, Spotlight Cloud provides 24/7 performance monitoring, instant diagnostics, and powerful tuning to ensure consistent performance and high availability across Microsoft SQL Server database environments. The first release of Spotlight Cloud includes the availability of Spotlight Cloud Professional for SQL Server which lowers SQL Server cost of ownership and simplifies deployment and maintenance. The new Spotlight Tuning Pack Professional, a component also available in the first release of Spotlight Cloud, makes high-end performance tuning easy for organizations of any size. 

Organizations today rely on their database infrastructure to uphold service levels and provide decision makers with the data they need to make informed decisions that support business growth. Maintaining a healthy database infrastructure, however, requires the ability to diagnose performance issues quickly and accurately. With Spotlight Cloud, DBAs and developers can resolve issues proactively before they impact the business.

Leveraging cloud compute, Spotlight Cloud is able to hold performance data longer and deliver deeper analytics with the highest level of security. Today, many environments are hybrid-combining on premise and cloud workloads. In the cloud, performance is no longer just about availability and response time. Now, cost is a major factor. Spotlight Cloud highlights areas where users can optimize for optimal performance. It also gives users the ability to gain deep insights into the nature of a workload over long periods to make the best provisioning choices in terms of how, where and how much to deploy.

LogicMonitor Launches Google Cloud Platform Capabilities for Expanded Multi-Cloud Performance Monitoring

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Companies that have invested in multi-cloud deployments can now comprehensively view the health, performance, usage and spend of all public cloud investments, including Google Cloud Platform (GCP), in a single view using LogicMonitor's enhanced LM Cloud solution.

LogicMonitor, the leading SaaS-based performance monitoring platform for enterprise IT and Managed Service Providers, just launched expanded capabilities to LM Cloud to support Google Cloud Platform. GCP joins Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure as cloud platform technologies supported by LogicMonitor's hybrid monitoring platform.

"Enterprise workloads are moving to the cloud, and more than half now use more than one type of public cloud service. Using multiple cloud providers can significantly decrease risk and costs while increasing security and autonomy," said Steve Francis, Founder and Chief Evangelist at LogicMonitor. "Evolving our multi-cloud monitoring to include GCP gives companies the single-pane-of-glass view that enables them to optimize technical performance and financial management of their cloud resources."

Riverbed Delivers Dramatic Improvements in Cloud Performance Visibility

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Riverbed announced the latest release of its Digital Experience Management (DEM) solution Riverbed SteelCentral, with advancements that dramatically improve the performance of cloud applications. The new release fundamentally changes performance management for cloud architectures with greater visibility of cloud native apps and into cloud-based networks-through the introduction of new Application Performance Management (APM) and Network Performance Management (NPM) capabilities. Today's announcement further strengthens the industry's most comprehensive DEM solution, which unifies device-based end user experience, application, and network monitoring to provide the business with a holistic view to truly measure and manage the digital experience.

Cloud adoption is enabling massive business transformation and tremendous growth for today's digital business, but it also creates huge visibility gaps and span of control challenges for organizations. While hybrid architectures are a reality for most modern enterprises and cloud is now considered an extension of the enterprise infrastructure, the majority of performance management tools available in the market are incapable of providing unified and user-centric visibility for hybrid cloud environments and the user's digital experience. In the 2018 State of Cloud Monitoring Survey recently conducted by Riverbed, IT network and cloud business decision makers shared their difficulties with 92% of participants stating they faced challenges with performance management in their cloud environment, and 60% of participants stated that their end users experienced cloud performance issues first before companies knew about them.

Sneak Peek at SolarWinds NEW Correlation Technology -- PerfStack

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For years, VMblog has covered numerous technologies coming out of the SolarWinds think tank.  Perhaps the best known or most covered technology thus far (for obvious reasons) has been SolarWinds Virtualization Manager or VMAN -- the company's popular VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V monitoring and management solution.

[ Watch the SolarWinds VMAN video interview from VMworld 2016 ] 

Beyond Virtualization Manager, SolarWinds has been working hard to up-level and incorporate each of the company's individual product lines into a unified view and centralized management platform by leveraging its modular, extensible and unified Orion Platform.  Bringing numerous monitoring and management applications under a single umbrella was probably hard enough, but SolarWinds is about to launch something that takes the Orion Platform to a whole... other... level.  And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where things get REALLY interesting.  This upcoming technology is known as "PerfStack."

SolarWinds PerfStack and Orion


Kaseya Traverse 9.4 Improves the Reliability of Hybrid Cloud Performance with Automated Monitoring

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Kaseya, the leading provider of complete IT management solutions for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and small to midsized businesses (SMBs), today announced the upcoming new release of its Traverse Hybrid Cloud and Data Center monitoring solution. Version 9.4 introduces advanced automation to provision monitoring of new cloud infrastructure, network devices or applications for full network lifecycle management.

Kaseya Traverse allows IT to instantly align infrastructure technology with business performance through innovations in its discovery and fingerprinting technology. By scanning for infrastructure changes, Traverse 9.4 can automatically detect updates and provision optimal monitoring based on its extensive library of best-practice signatures. This process eliminates manual configurations and speeds onboarding of new customers for MSPs, while providing enterprise users with an up-to-date topology of their applications or network infrastructure changes.

CloudHealth Optimizes Cloud Infrastructure Through Integrated Performance Metrics

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CloudHealth Technologies, the leader in cloud service management, today announced expanded capabilities that enable customers to optimize their infrastructure through integrated performance data and rightsizing recommendations for increased levels of efficiency.

Organizations must have a clear view into cloud usage and performance if they wish to maximize resources and ensure optimal spend. However, the proliferation of multi-cloud and hybrid environments is making the process more complex. A report from Dimensional Research found that 77 percent of companies are planning to implement a multi-cloud strategy in the near term. Adding more instances across platforms, and factoring in the inherently dynamic nature of the cloud, has made it more challenging for organizations to track, manage and optimize their cloud environments.

Condusiv Diskeeper 16 Software Comes with a Faster than New Performance Guarantee for Windows Servers and PCs

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Even as companies turn to the cloud, Condusiv Technologies says the physical data center is an important yet neglected part of an IT infrastructure. The company today updated its popular Diskeeper software with DRAM caching and a guarantee to improve performance for physical servers or PCs. This latest version, Diskeeper 16, uses available DRAM resources to serve hot data reads and ensure large, clean contiguous data writes from the Windows operating system so fragmentation is no longer an issue for disk or solid-state storage. 

New Transceiver Speeds Data Transfers for Cloud Computing

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Over the last year, computer companies have been diving deeper into cloud computing, with Hewlett Packard making the controversial decision to spin out its information technology business, and Dell buying data storage company EMC. The widespread use of cloud computing is not only making for more competition, but also leading to new advances in servers that process data from the cloud.

Now, researchers have built a transceiver that could speed up data transfers between optical modules and semiconductor chips used in servers and switches. Built by Fujitsu Laboratories and system-on-chip designer Socionext, the transceiver can transmit data at 56 Gbits/s per channel—twice the speed of current transceiver standards...

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Adaptive Computing Achieves Record High Throughput on Supermicro Solutions

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Adaptive Computing, provider of workload and resource orchestration software, announced it has set a new record in high throughput computing (HTC) in collaboration with Supermicro, a provider of high performance green computing solutions. Supermicro SuperServers, custom optimized for Nitro, the new high throughput resource manager from Adaptive Computing, were able to launch up to 530 tasks per second per core on Supermicro based low latency UP (SYS-5018D-MTF) SuperServer and over 17,600 tasks per second on its 4-Way based (SYS-8028B-C0R3FT) SuperServer.

This record-breaking throughput can accelerate EDA regression tests, life sciences research, financial risk analysis and other data analysis-driven projects. It can expedite the process of gaining critical insights, thereby delivering products and services to market faster...

Better-performing, cheaper clouds ahead in 2016, IEEE predicts

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If the analysts at the IEEE Computer Society are correct, the coming year will see significant drops in the cost of cloud services, as well as better, faster performance. Thanks to increasing adoption of container technology, as well as network function virtualization, cloud computing will take some great strides.

Container technology and NFV are among the top nine tech trends identified by IEEE. The container phenomenon is of particular interest for companies moving applications to the cloud, the society's analysts observe. "Containers represent a smarter and more economical way to make this move," they state. "Containers allow companies to develop and deliver applications faster, and more efficiently."...