Virtual Instruments Expands SAN Performance Probe Family With 48-Port Solution

Virtual Instruments Expands SAN Performance Probe Family With 48-Port Solution 
New Hardware Probe Delivers 6x the Density, Enables Organizations to
Extend Real-Time Monitoring Deeper Into Their IT Infrastructure 
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/08/13 --  Virtual Instruments,
the leader in Infrastructure Performance Management (IPM) for
physical, virtual and cloud computing environments, today announced
its newest VirtualWisdom SAN Performance Probe, the ProbeFC8-HD48.
The new probe is the industry's first and only 48-port, real-time 8G
line rate monitoring solution for Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks
(SANs). It significantly improves the economics associated with
dedicated performance monitoring of SAN-based systems, enabling
organizations to extend monitoring capabilities deeper into their IT
The ProbeFC8-HD48 delivers six times the density of the original
ProbeFC8 and lowers the cost per monitored link by 50 percent. It
also uses 75 percent less rackspace and consumes 75 percent less
power for the same monitoring footprint. Traditionally, organizations
have deployed dedicated monitoring solutions only against tier-1
revenue-generating or customer-facing applications. With the improved
cost/benefit ratio of the ProbeFC8-HD48, organizations can now
affordably monitor a broader application portfolio and drive greater
performance optimization across more of the IT infrastructure. 
Today's IT environments, which leverage virtualization and cloud
computing technologies, are designed for the utmost flexibility and
require a solution that provides real-time visibility into the
performance of the underlying infrastructure. Statistical sampling or
polling technologies, which gather incomplete data, are no longer
sufficient. Instrumenting the physical SAN and seeing the traffic at
the protocol level allows organizations to monitor every exchange and
measure the impact of the SAN on application response times. This
insight enables organizations to better align application
requirements with performance capabilities, utilization levels and
cost requirements to deliver on the value that is the promise of
virtualization and cloud computing.  
"We've listened to feedback from our customers and only two years
after we introduced the first of the ProbeFC8 family of devices we've
made significant strides in improving the density and economics of
the solution," said Barry Cooks, vice president of engineering,
Virtual Instruments. "The addition of the ProbeFC8-HD48 rounds out
the portfolio of SAN Performance Probes and expands the scope and
scale of the IT environments that we can address." 
The SAN Performance Probe family of devices is the only solution on
the market that delivers the real-time visibility that customers need
to optimize the performance of their IT infrastructure. The
ProbeFC8-HD48 is designed for large scale deployments with high port
density storage arrays and for high-growth storage environments. The
ProbeFC8-HD, which was introduced last year and monitors up to 16
Fibre Channel links per unit, is built for mid-scale, distributed
deployments with mid-tier storage arrays. The ProbeFC8, which
monitors up to 8 Fibre Channel links per unit, is ideal for small,
entry-level deployments.  
Simon Close, Head of Service Operations at Wm Morrison Supermarkets
plc, stated: "In the last 10 years I have seen a dramatic improvement
in the capability and reliability of SAN and Fibre Channel monitoring
equipment. Of equal importance though is the significant reduction in
cost and complexity. There is no longer the need to implement
expensive and complex Physical Layer Switches in front of SAN taps,
since high density and low managed port costs for the first time
really makes this technology affordable, pervasive and in reach of
all enterprises that run mission-critical SAN-based applications. I
eagerly await the delivery of the latest such technology from Virtual
Instruments as they launch their 48-port probe. Higher density, lower
power and cooling requirements, combined with a significant reduction
in managed port cost mean that all storage ports can be monitored on
a full-time basis, and I can even reserve the odd port or two for
special investigation purposes (e.g. server side monitoring)." 
The SAN Performance ProbeFC8-HD48 is part of Virtual Instruments'
Infrastructure Performance Management platform, VirtualWisdom.
VirtualWisdom provides a broad and deep view into the performance,
health and utilization of large-scale, heterogeneous infrastructures,
helping drive improved performance and availability while lowering
the total cost of the infrastructure supporting mission-critical
 The ProbeFC8-HD48 is available for
pre-order today and is expected to be generally available by the end
of the year. 
About Virtual Instruments
 Virtual Instruments is a leader in
Infrastructure Performance Management for physical, virtual and cloud
computing environments. The award-winning VirtualWisdomCopyright
platform provides visibility into real-time performance and health of
the entire open systems stack along with metrics that assess
utilization. Virtual Instruments improves the performance and
availability of mission-critical applications while lowering the cost
of the supporting infrastructure. Forbes Magazine listed the company
third on its annual ranking of America's Most Promising Companies.
The company was founded in June 2008 with headquarters in San Jose,
Calif. and sales and engineering offices throughout the US, EMEA and
Asia Pacific. Virtual Instruments can be found online at 
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