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Vieo 1000 fulfills the promise of adaptive infrastructure management and keeps apps humming
After reviewing training results, I felt the Vieo 1000 did an excellent job of determining the best overall configuration for my test setup. But sometimes you may want to set different AQoS (application quality of service) policies, such as giving priority to a revenue-producing application during specific hours or to a better Web response time. And here’s yet another unique part of this product: Even though you can drill down to see and manage individual servers and parts, such as network cards, the Vieo 1000 rolls up specific resources.
As a result, I was able to simply click on Store Front in the navigation pane of the application console to receive top-line graphs of actual and target response times for the entire tier.
With this display, I was able to specify a slightly lower response time to be achieved; it was then up to the appliance to use its acquired knowledge to meet my policy setting. That’s just was AQoS should be: relief from sweating the details.
The pinnacle of my Vieo 1000 test was turning on Adapt mode and watching the appliance go into action. There are many possible scenarios, from alerting you to probable causes of AQoS failures to automatically applying recommendations. In the first case, when I increased Web traffic and response time faltered, the system displayed likely reasons, including high memory utilization on an application server. Having this information in such precise form is an invaluable troubleshooting aid for IT staff.
For the second test, I requested the Vieo 1000 to automatically apply an aggressive AQoS recommendation. In this condition, based on learning, the appliance determined that an additional WebLogic application server would be needed to handle the extra load. It then selected a server in the idle resource pool, picked and applied the appropriate host software template, and added the server to the application server tier — all in about 10 minutes.
At first, I was skeptical of entrusting the Vieo 1000 with such a sweeping approach to managing systems at the heart of an organization. However, my month-long evaluation prooved such fears to be unfounded. This ingenious device never faltered in preserving AQoS when confronted with a variety of network and system disturbances. There are many fine monitoring tools, and other AIM solutions will likely surface in the next year. But I’d venture that Vieo 1000’s simplicity, strong analytic tools, and agility will be hard to match.