Datacenter,  Product Review

VMTurbo is evolving to turbonomic

So last week I was fortunate enough to attend a blogger briefing with Eric Wright prior to VMworld 2016. I hadn’t heard too many of the rumor prior to the event and to be fair I am still on the come down from vDM that I had been working on with Eric already.

I have recently had a great demo of the solution prior to this announcement and I loved the way it could monitor my environment be this on premise or cloud. So when Eric released the name I was a little confused at first but actually I the more I think about it I think they have got it right… Their product doesn’t just monitor a VM its the whole application/life cycle with it providing an ability to make intelligent decisions on trends and stress that are unique to your environment.



If you break down the name it does all then make sense

turbo– They have retained the faithful green circle from the VMTurbo era which can aid with the brand loyalty. I have seen plenty of rebrands where there is a major switch and this can lead to confusion. Turbo  also relates to real-time performance of the product of which I believe is key to the organisation and they have not lost sight of this.
nomic– This I had to wait for Eric’s explanation and also Chris Bradshaw‘s great blog post. This appears to come from the Autonomic Control that their product offers providing an ability for the systems to manage themselves in realtime and being application aware of which many of the virtual platforms systems out there have no intelligence on this. They just see RAM, CPU or disk usage and don’t also look back at historic trends for comparisons.  The 2nd is economy you are getting out of your current system, have you over provisioned systems and wasting space and even money on cloud resources.

With all these controls it allows you to better manage your environment and maybe even prove the requirement for growth in areas that are not usually spotted.

I am yet to try the product in my own environment but I am hoping to as part of a new blog series I am working on.  From all of this and what I have been informed I can have a more intelligent environment of which I don’t have to balance the loads all over the place with it just becoming a thing of the past. Thus allowing me more time to get on with better and more interesting things within my environment. I believe it will also give me to opportunity to better forecast for when I will need new hardware within any of my environments.  I can also hopefully resize my lab environment as I am sure I have over provisioned VMs and this will let me know where I can pull back some of my resources.

If I can get all the stuff working that I saw in the demo all I can say is I will be a very happy sysadmin and I can only see this aiding more sysadmins out there. So I wish turbonomic the best of luck and hope their re-brand does what they want it to. I have also heard that they should be giving away some nice goodies over at the stand at VMworld if you are fortunate enough to make it there!




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