Self-driving IT specialist Virtual Instruments rebrands as Virtana

Still believes data centers should be managed by algorithms

by Max Smolaks 22 October 2019

American software developer Virtual Instruments, which makes tools for AI-assisted IT management, has changed its name to Virtana.

The company has also launched CloudWisdom, a new hybrid IT management product delivered as a service.

Virtana is a trailblazer in the emerging AIOps field, believing that server farms are best managed in partnership with algorithms that can sift through reams of logs and metrics to find ways to reduce IT infrastructure costs or identify issues that could cause downtime down the line.

Its products use a combination of real-time monitoring, big data analytics, and increasingly, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

“Connecting the dots between the health and performance of individual data center and public cloud resources with their exact impact on application SLAs and performance is the holy grail for enterprises embarking on their digital transformation journey,” explained Torsten Volk, senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates.

“Virtana is combining its heritage of highly granular real-time application infrastructure monitoring with advanced machine learning and analytics capabilities from the Metricly (formerly Netuitive) acquisition, to ultimately offer comprehensive monitoring and policy-driven capacity optimization and automated problem resolution.”

In addition to changing its name, Virtana has advanced its business model to include self-service SaaS and introduced downloadable 30-day trial versions of its software titles.

CloudWisdom is one of the first products to get the SaaS treatment. The software performs both cloud monitoring and cost analysis – the latter is a complicated, contentious subject ignored by most infrastructure management providers.

Virtana CloudWisdom

CloudWisdom monitors middleware including databases, messaging platforms, microservices, and containers, as well as dozens of leading cloud infrastructure services.