Wednesday, May 20, 2009

VMware AppsSpeed

Although until June 30th this blog is mostly going to be about my Mobile VDI experiment, this blog is about virtualization technologies in general.

That being said, I can't wait for VMware AppsSpeed to become generally available. AppsSpeed is a tool that will monitor your VM's and self learn application inter dependencies. It will also monitor the performance of those inter dependencies and track response times. You can then create SLAs around those dependencies and have AppsSpeed respond in the event that you start missing those SLAs.

That's a mouthful.

Let me try to give you an example. Say you have a web server that uses a database on the backend to manage your data. AppSpeed will monitor the way those to systems communicate. It will monitor the tables and queries being used by the web server. It will also monitor and track how long it takes for the database to respond. Should the database start taking longer than usual to respond, AppsSpeed can be used either to send a notification to someone, or it can take steps on it's own to resolve the issue.

This gets us closer to the day when we can have a self-monitoring, self-healing data center.

Normally this is where I'd provide a link to learn more, but VMware's website still lacks a lot of good information. Here it is anyway:

http://www.vmware.com/products/vcenter-appspeed/

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