SOURCE: Akorri


August 17, 2009 08:30 ET

Akorri Introduces BalancePoint 3.0 to Assure Virtual Infrastructure Performance and Capacity Providing Stepping Stone to the Private Cloud

New Performance Analytics Enable IT Operations Advancement to Balance Cost and Efficiency While Delivering Service Levels

LITTLETON, MA--(Marketwire - August 17, 2009) - Akorri, Inc., the leader in virtual infrastructure performance and capacity management for the dynamic data center, today announced the availability of BalancePoint 3.0 -- the latest version of the company's award-winning virtual infrastructure management software. BalancePoint 3.0 allows IT organizations to optimize virtual and physical server and storage infrastructure resources to reduce costs. As companies advance through the stages of server virtualization adoption, they need an infrastructure-wide analytical systems management solution like BalancePoint that provides visibility and control to troubleshoot and assure performance, plan server and storage capacity, and manage service levels.

Cozen O'Connor, a law firm delivering legal services in 23 cities and two continents, is one such company: "BalancePoint has given us confidence that we can provide optimal IT performance and service as we continue with our efforts to virtualize more and more of our key applications," said Amy Freese, Director of Information Services at Cozen O'Connor. "BalancePoint's holistic view and deep root cause analysis allow us to maximize our data center resources and balance both cost and efficiency while delivering on service levels."

Merkle Inc., one of the nation's largest and fastest growing database marketing agencies, also relies on Akorri BalancePoint: "BalancePoint has already saved us significant time by identifying the root cause of server and storage problems and enabling faster, more informed decisions," said Atul Gandhi, Sr. Director, Enterprise Technology Group, Merkle Inc. "BalancePoint 3.0 provides deeper statistics for the HP EVA platform and Cisco SAN switch support, which will likely give us an even deeper understanding to quickly resolve bottlenecks, contention or latency issues, and enable better performance from our data center."

BalancePoint 3.0 adds richer virtual machine and storage analysis, broader interoperability, and user interface improvements including:

Troubleshooting Analysis

--  Virtual CPU Efficiency -- Identify and resolve CPU bottlenecks by
    comparing guest O/S perspective with actual VM usage
--  SAN Switch Analysis -- Find and resolve SAN switch fabric bottlenecks
    in infrastructures with Brocade and Cisco SAN Switches

Optimization and Planning Analysis

--  VM Performance Index -- An essential physical to virtual migration
    metric for performance baselining and tracking, this feature enables
    optimal sizing of each VM for its application
--  Virtual Resource Entitlement Analysis -- Identifies configuration and
    capacity issues to avoid over- or under-allocating critical resources by
    showing actual usage vs. allocation
--  Microsoft and VMware Cluster Support -- Maximize cluster level
    management, optimization and planning with visibility across servers and
    storage and analysis of both physical and virtual resource clustering

Broader Interoperability

--  VMware vSphere 4 Support -- Plug BalancePoint into vCenter Server for
    deep end to end visibility and management
--  3PAR InServ Series Support -- Now part of BalancePoint's broad storage
    interoperability including Dell EqualLogic, EMC, HDS, HP, IBM, and NetApp

"Despite the proliferation of virtualization in the market today, organizations will find it difficult to reap virtualization's rewards unless they understand the dynamic relationship between all server and storage elements, identify root causes of performance problems, and optimally manage their combined physical and virtual environment," said Rachel Chalmers, Research Director for Infrastructure Management at The451 Group. "Solutions such as Akorri BalancePoint provide the missing link to optimize virtualization with end-to-end visibility and deep meaningful analytics, helping customers reach their optimization goals much more quickly and effectively."

"As companies become increasingly committed to virtualization -- moving from early test environments for less business critical applications to full production virtualization with mission critical applications and then to enabling dynamic automated data centers and the promise of cloud computing -- the need for an end-to-end infrastructure optimization solution to achieve cost savings and operational efficiency has never been greater," said John Gavin, CEO and COO for Akorri. "As scale and complexity increases, so does the need for simplified, automated data center level metrics that guide operations teams to better communicate, collaborate and manage service delivery. BalancePoint 3.0 builds on our unique, groundbreaking solution introduced in 2007 and will continue to effectively address this expanding market need."

"55% of large organizations are citing performance under load (which encompasses both capacity planning and inexperience) and manageability as their greatest concerns regarding virtualization deployments. Simply put, users are unsure of how many and of what kind of applications are able to be co-located on a consolidated server running virtualization," said Bob Gill, TheInfoPro's managing director of server research. "As such, end users are looking for tools, such as Akorri's BalancePoint 3.0, that will not only help them model co-located application loads, but will also help with the ongoing monitoring of everything from processor load to performance with associated storage to how well the VM is staying within the resource range that has been allocated to it."

Attendees of VMworld 2009, held August 31 - September 3 in San Francisco, can view a demonstration of BalancePoint 3.0 at the Akorri booth # 1432. In addition, Akorri Founder and CTO Rich Corley is speaking in a session titled "Infrastructure Performance Management in a Virtualized World" on Thursday, September 3 at 2:30pm.

View a short overview of BalancePoint v3.0 here

Test drive BalancePoint here

Extra material:

Performance Analytics White Paper

BalancePoint Datasheet

About Akorri

Akorri develops cross-domain analytical software solutions that optimize performance and utilization in the dynamic data center. BalancePoint virtual infrastructure management software provides automated, infrastructure-wide visibility and analysis to help enterprises fix problems, optimize utilization and improve performance for both virtual and physical servers and storage. IT organizations use BalancePoint to reduce IT infrastructure total cost of ownership and ultimately enable a service oriented infrastructure. Follow Akorri at For more information, visit

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