Virtual Instruments Acquires Xangati To Expand Its Infrastructure Performance Management Market

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Virtual Instruments wants to expand its infrastructure performance management capabilities with its acquisition of Xangati, a developer of hybrid cloud and virtualization performance management.

San Jose, Calif.-based Virtual Instruments' acquisition of Xangati stems from a massive shift in how customers have built their enterprise IT infrastructures, said John Gentry, chief technology officer of Virtual Instruments.

Virtual Instruments has done well with infrastructure performance management in VMware and other enterprise environments, thanks to its VirtualWisdom infrastructure performance monitoring and analytics application, Gentry told CRN. Adding to that core competency, the company, in March,  merged with Load DynamiX, a provider of storage performance analytics, he said.

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"Virtual Instruments could monitor traditional enterprise infrastructures like VMware Vblocks or VMware server farms with NetApp," he said. "But we weren't supporting emerging trends like converged infrastructure, hyper-converged infrastructure, software-define, or hybrid clouds. These are the areas that Xangati was focused on, with its advanced networking capabilities."

Unlike Virtual Instruments or Load DynamiX, which were born in the storage performance monitoring market and migrated to the compute side of the business, Xangati was born on the networking side and is moving to manage the compute and storage parts, Gentry said.

"So we are getting more expansive capabilities around the cloud, networking, and containers," he said. "Xangati brings us the analytics capabilities needed to analyze large sets of data to make informed decisions."

With the new capabilities being brought on with Xangati comes the ability for customers to use Virtual Instruments to take better advantage of service-level agreements, Gentry said.

"Xangati brings visibility to the network infrastructure, with deep analytics around VMware VSAN and virtual desktop infrastructures," he said. "This provides increased support for customers, with new types of analytics including contention analytics and streaming analytics. This completes the picture for complete end-to-end monitoring and management of application workflows in modern enterprises."

The combined company will still be focused on the monitoring side of performance management, but automated management in response to issues is now closer, Gentry said.

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