Expected to ship this quarter, Dell’s Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition (FVE) 8.0 is being announced just days before VMworld 2014. Although the new release follows on the heels of Foglight 7.2, the company wanted to talk about another new addition to the family, Foglight APM SaaS Edition Beta (v6.0), which was announced last month.
“This is all about finding the needle in the haystack,” said Steve Rosenberg, GM, Dell Monitoring. “It’s very simple in what we’re doing, but no one else is doing it,” he told IT Trends & Analysis. You not only have to find the needle, but you have to do it quickly and easily, he added.
Application performance is a huge and growing concern, and the proliferation of cloud, SaaS, BYOD, and consumer technologies in the workplace making monitoring applications more complex. According to Gartner data, the APM space was worth $2 billion in 2012.
The SaaS edition is not an incremental upgrade to 5.9, but a major revision, said Rosenberg. “What we’ve done with v6, we’ve really created something new.”
Dell had to revamp the product because of increasingly complex cloud environments, and the need to stay on top of and control everything in a timely fashion, added Ken Barrette, Director, Product Management. “The team doesn’t have time to deal with this… they need very fast times to value, ideally as a service…that’s kind of the starting point for what we’ve done…”
One of the primary goals behind the retooling was to broaden its APM market, said Barrette. “In terms of expanding the market, that is absolutely the objective.”
Expected to go GA this Fall, the product has been drawing rave reviews about its multi-dimensional correlation capabilities and its interactive analytics, he said. It tracks between 20-25 dimensions in real time, and within each, another 10-20 aspects, so users can quickly track thousands of elements and speed time to identify and resolve issues.
The ease of use is a company focus, said Rosenberg. “There is a brand element of Dell that plays into this. We did focus on simplicity. It’s a zero-config aspect.”
According to an Enterprise Strategy Group Lab Report published in mid-July, Dell Foglight for Virtualization and Storage Management combine ease of management and advanced analytics into a flexible, scalable solution that can help IT take control of a growing, heterogeneous, virtualized server and storage environment. “If your organization needs a solution to easily manage operations, cost, and quality of services delivered, ESG Lab believes that Dell Foglight for Virtualization and Storage Management is worth a serious look for dynamically changing, heterogeneous environments,” reported ESG’s Tony Palmer.
Next year Dell will add an on-premise version, which will allow them to integrate with other elements of the Floglight portfolio.
The Fiddly Bits (& Bytes)
While Foglight APM SaaS Edition, now in beta, builds on more than a decade of development, it is not an incremental or repackaged version of the 5.9.x APM solution. It installs and provides value in minutes; just download and execute an agent installer. The multi-tenant SaaS architecture does all the heaving lifting. It uses patent-pending OOTB analytic features and ad-hoc analytic workflows.
Foglight for Virtualization, Enterprise Edition (FVE) 8.0 delivers integrated virtual infrastructure change analytics, intelligent capacity planning and advanced custom dashboards to optimize performance, workflow and plan for growth across heterogeneous environment
New features include:
-Change Analyzer provides cross-hypervisor change tracking capabilities that allow organizations to track, report and alert on any event that can impact overall virtual infrastructure performance;
-Capacity Director spans modeling and forecasting of physical to virtual (P2V), virtual to virtual (V2), and even physical to physical server resource migrations, allowing administrators to seamlessly plan for infrastructure upgrades, with the flexibility to model the migration from one hypervisor vendor or private cloud infrastructure with little to no downtime;
-Dashboard single-pane-of-glass view allows IT admins the ability to view the important information about the entire virtual infrastructure, address the most important performance and resource issues, and ability to see virtual objects with problems up-front; and,
-Enhanced end-to-end visualization, intelligent profile engines, and comprehensive optimization functionality to reduce the blind spots and enable IT to create advanced models of future workloads and hardware requirements, as well as see movement between virtual clusters, physical servers and hypervisor platforms.