VirtualWisdom Architecture

VirtualWisdom Software & User Interface

VirtualWisdom offers an intuitive and dynamic, entity-centric web-based UI which enables teams to collaborate with confidence, quickly answer questions, resolve issues, and deliver the right information at the right time. Regardless of function (application, server, storage, virtualization, etc.), you can fine-tune your IT infrastructure performance based on business, application workload, and SLA requirements.

Dedicated Platform Appliance

The VirtualWisdom Platform Appliance (Model 4220), is the industry’s only purpose-built, enterprise-class, Infrastructure Performance Analytics (IPA) appliance. It persists and correlates real-time data from VMs, servers, SAN and NAS networks—with I/O metrics from the Virtual Server Probe, Network Switch Probe, and “off-the-wire” from the hardware Performance Probes—forming a complete view of your end-to-end system between virtual machines and the storage environment.

SANInsight TAP Patch Panel

Virtual Instruments’ SANInsight TAP Patch Panel System integrates Traffic Access Points (TAPs) with best-of-breed fiber patch panel components to make fiber cable deployments more manageable and maintainable. TAPs transparently provide a passive, out-of-band, full line rate copy of all traffic to VirtualWisdom’s SAN and NAS Performance Probes. Industry best practices suggest that Installing TAPs when the physical layer is initially deployed provides immediate monitoring access for both reactive troubleshooting and proactive performance management, capacity planning, and cost optimization. The TAP Patch Panel System provides a broad range of streamlined options for implementing TAPs into both new and existing cable plants.

ProbeFC Family

Our family of hardware-based SAN Performance Probes are the most advanced, high capacity full line-rate data inspection and analysis devices available. They inspect, process and analyze every FC frame header and SCSI Command on the Fibre Channel SAN links in real-time. They capture the true, unaltered, I/O profile of the actual application traffic, detecting application performance slowdowns and transmission errors by measuring every SCSI I/O transaction from start to finish. The SAN Performance Probe family consists of an (8G) 16-port model, an ultra-high-density (8G) 48-port enterprise edition, and a (16G) 24-port model suited for high-growth environments. This product family delivers the full range of cost and density options customers require.


The VirtualWisdom NAS Performance Probe (ProbeNAS) is the industry’s most complete real-time, full line-rate monitoring solution for NFSv3 environments. Working completely out-of-band, the NAS Performance Probe analyzes every IP Packet on monitored NAS ports, and reports hundreds of metrics every second to provide comprehensive, accurate, and vendor agnostic monitoring at the protocol level. The Probe is offered in a 2U chassis with up to 16 x 10GE links.

Virtual Server ProbeVM Family

The ProbeVM family of software-based virtual machine probes collects and correlates a comprehensive set of metrics that enable IT, server, and VM administrators to optimize the performance, utilization, and availability of their virtualized IT infrastructure. ProbeVM is unique in its ability to eliminate the risk of using virtualization with I/O-intensive, latency-sensitive applications.

The current release of VirtualWisdom and the ProbeVM family support VMware vSphere®, IBM PowerVM®, and Microsoft Hyper-V® environments, presenting hundreds of performance and utilization metrics from across the virtual estate.



Storage ProbeNTAP

ProbeNTAP leverages an agentless software API to capture health and utilization statistics for Network Appliance Storage Arrays (ONTAP 8, Clustered NFS). VirtualWisdom uses these statistics in conjunction with advanced discovery and reporting to provide users with additional context for understanding system-wide health, utilization and performance.

Network Switch ProbeSW

The Network Switch ProbeSW is an agentless software probe that utilizes storage and network information from SMI-S and SNMP MIB (management information base) to gather switch performance and link error statistics in a non-intrusive manner. These critical switch statistics are correlated with other system-wide metrics and presented within the intuitive VirtualWisdom interface as an entity.