The most powerful multi-platform performance monitoring and reporting system available, designed to ensure that you get the maximum business benefits from your IT investments.
The key to offering new services to internal and external customers is ensuring you have the correct amount of capacity in your infrastructure to successfully provide those services. If the IT organization builds the infrastructure with too much capacity, the burdens of a larger, more complex infrastructure come with it – higher costs, more time, more support issues and decreased manageability. But failure to ensure that sufficient capacity is available can be a recipe for disaster – and the IT organization will be quick to hear about it – bottlenecks, slow response times, accessibility issues, and down time lead to downturns in productivity, unhappy customers and lost revenues.
Having the right information about performance and workloads is critical in being able to make sure the hardware you deploy is sized correctly for current use and future growth. Sightline's software allows users to understand both the processes of your infrastructure at a very granular level and the workloads that applications, services or users are putting on it.
The limited resources available within IT organizations these days make it so that proper planning never takes place, and that services are launched in a reactionary fashion only when the demand gets high enough. Sightline's software allows IT organizations to proactively manage capacity in a way that not only exceeds users' expectations, but that also is cost-effective.
The Sightline software collects hundreds of performance metrics on each server in your network in real time. All of that information can be used to perform historical trending to see how resources have been consumed over a certain period of time. The information can also be used to benchmark the infrastructure, providing you a base from which to offer new services or bring on additional applications or users. An IT organization armed with this information can now easily predict if the existing infrastructure will allow for any planned growth, as well as showing if spikes in activity will be able to be handled when they do occur.
The benefits of using Sightline for capacity planning include:
- Do more with less – utilize existing assets and delay any expensive add-ons or upgrades
- Correctly predicting capacity to ensure uninterrupted service, even when demand spikes
- Eliminate finger pointing and firefighting by knowing where potential issues may arise when bottlenecks are likely to occur, and who is consuming what resources
- Justify your budget with management by proving when and where changes or additional investments are needed through the use of Sightline's extensive capacity planning reports
- Determine where opportunities exist for server, or even data center consolidation
- Test out and deploy new services with confidence
As CIOs continue to drive their IT organizations to cut costs, server consolidation and virtualization continue to get a lot of focus. The reality is that there is a lot of "iron" out there that is not being used to anywhere near its full potential. The old way of solving performance or capacity issues was throwing more servers in the mix – a way that does not bode well in this new economy. The potential savings around server consolidation are enormous – fewer machines, maintenance, facility space, management platforms, support personnel and energy use, while enjoying much improved manageability, visibility, agility, adaptability, higher service levels and better overall customer satisfaction levels.
Server consolidation can, however, cause an enterprise a lot of problems if it is not done correctly. The IT organization needs to make sure it fully understands how each of the servers currently deployed are being used, which applications or user groups are supported by each server, and how any consolidation effort will impact users, applications and services. Sightline's Capacity Planning solutions allow IT organizations use performance metrics to baseline their current environments, use predictive analytics to fully understand the impact of any consolidation before it happens, and be confident that the remaining infrastructure is built out to ensure no performance or capacity issues, workloads remain low and overall satisfaction remains high.
Once an organization decides to take the virtualization plunge, IT managers are often quick to virtualize everything they can. Developers start spinning up VMs in development and production environments, as if there was no “cost” to adding a VM. Every user group seems to need more and more VMs to address their specific line of business. In the end, there may be hundreds, even thousands, of abandoned VMs in your environment that are taking up licenses and SAN space. Knowing which ones are active and what resources are being consumed can help IT managers dramatically reduce sprawl, and reclaim licenses and SAN space – savings in the hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Sightline’s solutions can provide benefit to those using the following virtualization products:
- VMware ESX and vSphere
- Microsoft Server 2003, 2008, 2012 and Hyper-V
- Citrix Xen
- Solaris zones and containers
- AIX partitions