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If you want to manage and monitor a VMware vSphere environment that is agile and continuously growing there is no way around having a software support.

While there are a bunch of very comprehensive vSphere Operations Manager software is out there – they all come with a high level of complexity. People can argue that complexity means choice. But it also means a lot of training, learning on the job to use the massive functionality and a lot of frustration before the first successes. Especially smaller or midsize IT departments can suffer for a long time before they get value out of these products – we call it time to value. 

Furthermore, the initial software costs are typically very high and the ongoing integrations costs are not low at all.

That are some of the reasons, why people love our Performance Analyzer and also OpBot. There is no need for training and the built-in dashboards are up and running in no time. 

The functionality bias

It is a bit like Microsoft Word: Even if there are 1 million functions integrated, most people need 1% of them. That’s the same with Operations Management software. The big question needs to be answered by you: What functionality do you really need and what feature set can you maintain on the long run.

Don’t get me wrong, there are situations where you need deep insights and that kind of complexity to do a full blown research. Just to raise some questions to answer before making a decision:

  • Is it a steep learning curve or does it take a long time until I can use the software?
  • Are the license costs worth the gain – the typical return on invest?
  • Can I really replace consultants to save costs solving issues that can justify the costs?

Massive amounts of features and functions always lead to frustration and it takes a long time of learning and customization (mainly to limit the required features to a useful level) to get the benefits out of the expensive software. 

Of course, it’s impossible to answer these questions in general and for all environments. But we want to share some of the feedback we received and are curious about other opinions.

To us, reduce to the max is key. Why offering thousands of options, when you typically need 20 of them 80% of your time. Our customers agree to that fact and highly appreciate, that they can use Performance Analyzer without a day of training.

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Less features and functions, if covering the most important ones (required 80% of your time) guarantee a steep learning curve and instant value. Always add training costs, customization costs and compare the time to value of the products, before making a decision.

George Welsted, a happy customer of us stated: 

We really do love Performance Analyzer here. No training needed or integration workshop – download, import, put it on a big screen.

The importance of ease of use

No matter how powerful and deep a software does its job, a human being still needs to be able to understand the results quick and without much training. That might change in the future, when Bots and AI is simplifying data analysis.

But today, we still rely on the visualization and aggregation of data into the little but important junks. Looking at performance data, it doesn´t help to have a heatmap for 2000 systems or hundreds of charts for every performance metric. It´s just to complex and time consuming before we even get to the correct result and can take the required action.

Therefore, less is more. Performance Analyzer is built from scratch to visualize the most important KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) in one dashboard – no matter if you manage 100 or 5000 virtual machines. You can drill down based on the coloring that indicates performance issues to find yourself in the exact place to get the result to take further actions.

vsphere operations manager alternative on a big screen

Meaningful aggregation of KPIs and drilldown to the most important information for triggered performance bottlenecks, virus spread or storage bandwidth or LUN latency issues convince our customers. 

Millie Cruz, another amazing customer of us used Performance Analyzer for 2 weeks:

We were impressed by the flexibility and ease of deployment of the virtual appliance and the nearly instant time to value.

We´re going to continue that series of blog posts soon – in the meantime, just start your free trial of Performance Analyzer

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Use Case - Tamper-resistant Clinical Trials

Goal:

Blockchain PoCs were unsuccessful due to complexity and lack of developers.

Still the goal of data immutability as well as client verification is a crucial. Furthermore, the system needs to be easy to use and operate (allowing backup, maintenance windows aso.).

Implementation:

immudb is running in different datacenters across the globe. All clinical trial information is stored in immudb either as transactions or the pdf documents as a whole.

Having that single source of truth with versioned, timestamped, and cryptographically verifiable records, enables a whole new way of transparency and trust.

Use Case - Finance

Goal:

Store the source data, the decision and the rule base for financial support from governments timestamped, verifiable.

A very important functionality is the ability to compare the historic decision (based on the past rulebase) with the rulebase at a different date. Fully cryptographic verifiable Time Travel queries are required to be able to achieve that comparison.

Implementation:

While the source data, rulebase and the documented decision are stored in verifiable Blobs in immudb, the transaction is stored using the relational layer of immudb.

That allows the use of immudb’s time travel capabilities to retrieve verified historic data and recalculate with the most recent rulebase.

Use Case - eCommerce and NFT marketplace

Goal:

No matter if it’s an eCommerce platform or NFT marketplace, the goals are similar:

  • High amount of transactions (potentially millions a second)
  • Ability to read and write multiple records within one transaction
  • prevent overwrite or updates on transactions
  • comply with regulations (PCI, GDPR, …)


Implementation:

immudb is typically scaled out using Hyperscaler (i. e. AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure) distributed across the Globe. Auditors are also distributed to track the verification proof over time. Additionally, the shop or marketplace applications store immudb cryptographic state information. That high level of integrity and tamper-evidence while maintaining a very high transaction speed is key for companies to chose immudb.

Use Case - IoT Sensor Data

Goal:

IoT sensor data received by devices collecting environment data needs to be stored locally in a cryptographically verifiable manner until the data is transferred to a central datacenter. The data integrity needs to be verifiable at any given point in time and while in transit.

Implementation:

immudb runs embedded on the IoT device itself and is consistently audited by external probes. The data transfer to audit is minimal and works even with minimum bandwidth and unreliable connections.

Whenever the IoT devices are connected to a high bandwidth, the data transfer happens to a data center (large immudb deployment) and the source and destination date integrity is fully verified.

Use Case - DevOps Evidence

Goal:

CI/CD and application build logs need to be stored auditable and tamper-evident.
A very high Performance is required as the system should not slow down any build process.
Scalability is key as billions of artifacts are expected within the next years.
Next to a possibility of integrity validation, data needs to be retrievable by pipeline job id or digital asset checksum.

Implementation:

As part of the CI/CD audit functionality, data is stored within immudb using the Key/Value functionality. Key is either the CI/CD job id (i. e. Jenkins or GitLab) or the checksum of the resulting build or container image.

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