How to Utilize IT Resources with Vityl Monitor

    July 18, 2016

    By Jeff Schultz

    IT professionals must be able to group linked IT resources — servers, virtual machines, and applications — and report on them as a single unit. Vityl Monitor makes it simple for IT professionals to do and easy for executives to understand.

    “How healthy is my application?” It’s a seemingly simple question, but it’s not one you particularly want to hear coming from your boss because, in reality, there’s no simple answer. An app’s performance is determined by much more than just the app itself; the application is just the last link in a chain of servers, virtual machines, databases, and more. What your boss is really asking is, “How is this intensely specific area of our IT infrastructure performing?”

    That specific area is so dependent on other factors that any measures you pull from it aren’t likely to be helpful in efforts to increase performance and cut costs. By identifying linked chains of machines that enable that app’s performance, however, it becomes possible to pinpoint inefficiencies and provide meaningful solutions to them.

    IT professionals have an increasing need to categorize these linked IT components — both physical and virtual — as a single functioning system. At TeamQuest, we call such systems “IT resources” (ITR). They enable you to string together the various elements that account for an application’s health and comprehensively report on them in a way that any manager or executive can understand.

    What Makes an IT Resource?

    VMWare, Linux, AIX, Solaris, Windows; there are any number of databases and other relevant components that an IT professional might want to track as parts of their ITR. The beauty of ITRs is that they’re entirely customizable — they’re precisely whatever you make them to be. For instance, you could create an ITR of just one OS throughout your entire enterprise. With every AIX server at hand, for example, you can easily run tests for CPU memory and utilization, or whatever your specific needs may be.

    In terms of what you’d actually find useful, of course, ITRs will often be much more complex. You might want to create another ITR that encompasses each of your enterprise sales applications, or one that’s divided into different sales departments. The next logical step is to chart those sales ITRs over the ITRs of their supporting systems (such as the AIX server group). This creates larger systems groupings that, to your and your boss’s delight, start to meaningfully approximate the “application performance” figure you discussed earlier.

    Using ITRs for Reporting

    With ITRs established, it’s easy to begin associating different statistics, tables, and graphs to your applications and their supporting systems. For example, you can run tests on ITRs for CPU memory (free, used, and total), I/O (transfers per second), among countless other factors, as well as generate block or by-device summaries. It’s also possible to separate virtual machines from the physical hardware — for instance, you could run an assessment on an IBM Power LPAR.

    The ability to easily create groupings in the form of IT resources and report on them is the backbone of TeamQuest’s Vityl Monitor product. With intuitive point-and-click functionality, IT professionals can easily create working groups that represent the most salient needs of their business — or work creatively to find new ways of conceptualizing IT capacity.

    IT is far past the simple days of assigning one application per server. But with applications that help organize the complexity of systems, IT professionals can respond to simple questions with simple answers.

    To learn more, watch TeamQuest’s recent webinar: How to Utilize IT Resources with Vityl Monitor.

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