It’s all about customer experience in the digital world and that experience depends on the performance of your applications and their supporting infrastructure.  At a time when applications and technologies continue to increase in volume and density, how can you be sure your applications are running at their best?

IT teams are faced with a set of complex trade offs. Where to place application workloads:  on premise, public or hybrid?  How and when to scale them? What is the right quantity of infrastructure to assure effective operation?  Cloud, micro services and internet of things only increase the number of trade offs your teams need to make.  Data centers have become so complex, teams can’t assure application performance. Here’s why.

As a rule, IT assures performance  by over provisioning resources then relying on predefined alarms, alerts and metrics as early warning systems.  This model was designed to isolate issues on individual components; but performance issues are rarely isolated at the individual component level. There is an intricate connection between your applications and their infrastructure. Traditional monitoring solutions were not designed to look for these connections — let alone monitor them.

Your data center needs a solution that maps these inter dependencies.  A solution that can automatically make the trade offs between performance, cost efficiency and operational requirements.  You need a data center that is self-managing.

You need Cisco Workload Optimization Manager.  This solution works to create a dynamic equilibrium between workload demand and infrastructure supply.  It abstracts your data center into a virtual market of buyers and sellers and then applies market-based algorithms of supply, demand and price to optimize your environment.  Continuously monitoring the exchange of compute, network and storage against application demand allows your data center to automatically adjust to the ebb and flow of business.

Cisco Workload Optimization Manager installs within 20 minutes.  Within one (1) hour it delivers actionable advice for basic components (compute, network, and storage). Over the next 72 hours, it learns your data center’s patterns using 16 different metrics; then delivers recommended actions that assure balance between performance and cost efficiency. Some examples of these actions could be:

  • Right sizing a virtual machine
  • Moving a virtual machine from a host with high consumption to a host with less use
  • Provision a new blade or suspend it
  • Add ports to port channels or remove them

Like to know more?  Come to CiscoLive Vegas and make plans to attend one of these sessions:

Cisco Solutions Theater:      Wednesday, June 28th   12:30 – 12:45

Data Center & Cloud Education Zone:   Tuesday, June 27th 2:20 – 2:30 and Wednesday, June 28th 11:20 – 11:30

Solution Overview:  PSODCN-1145  Wednesday, June 28th   8 am – 9 am    Mandalay Bay, Level 2

To effectively compete in today’s business environment, your applications need to be running at their best.  Today’s data centers are too complex to guess.  It’s time to let software manage software.  Get to know Cisco Workload Optimization Manager today and then contact your Cisco sales representative.


Joann Starke

No Longer with Cisco