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Zyrion Uses Automation To Simplify Monitoring

JP Garbani, VP and principal analyst, Forrester Research, calls it a complete solution, from soup to nuts, for cloud monitoring and management. "The key to its positioning is the workload increase brought on by the use of cloud computing, and our inability to manually cope with the complexity increase. At Forrester, we believe that complexity is the main issue that IT operations are facing today, and that this complexity overwhelms most organizations, making them inefficient. Gaining the right level of productivity in IT operations will come from using better tools, and, specifically, automation."

Next up will be the analytics capability to deal with very large quantities of data, says Aggarwal. "There are a lot of false alarms that are being triggered as to what is normal or not normal behavior, so we're working on predictive analysis based on the data we collect to reduce the noise." Zyrion is currently working with customers on the development, and plans to release a beta in December and have general availability in early 2012.

Garbani says this strategy is a logical approach in terms of solution build up: Data collection is the first step in any management solution deployment, and it addresses the opacity of the virtual environment. "Automation of data classification and normalization through the use of templates for configuration of the monitoring tools is the next logical step and addresses the issue of deployment costs, which comes right after licensing costs in terms of impact. The final piece, intelligence and analytics, is really what will bring all the value to the solution. It is the part that abstracts complexity by amplifying the human capabilities of IT operations to deal with a mass of abstract data."

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