I recently was introduced to a new catchphrase during a discussion with Vkernel. The phrase was "performance lifecycle management." Although at first, it seemed the result of running one of those buzzword generators. I'm sure you know what I mean - software that selects three random words from a list of over-used industry terms. (I've often thought that the members of the IT community are convinced that's how analysts come up with the names for market or technology segments.) In this case, Vkernel is trying to get across the idea that they've brought predictive capactity management to the world of virtual servers through a virtual appliance management suite, capacity analyzer, and several other tools.
When asked, Vkernel would point out that they're not offering virtual machine orchestration or automation. They're offering the ability to analytically watch what's happening, predict what will happen next based upon the observed trending information and then suggest what should be done.
I can easily understand how that might help organizations trying to manage hundreds or, perhaps thousands, of virtual servers might find that capability quite useful. It would, of course, be even more useful if the ability to put those suggestions into use automatically. I guess this will be the subject of future partnership announcements of the company in the future. Hey guys, you might like to chat with the folks at Cassatt, Novell, Racemi, Scalent Systems, Surgent and/or VMlogix to see what you have in common and what you can bring to one another's party.
If you're interested in "performance lifecycle management", you ought to visit their website.
I'm traveling this week and might be a bit tardy posting. Stay tuned, I'll post something.