Runecast checks for VMware troubling signs

A Czech company is making a name for itself in searching for issues relating to datacenter infrastructure

The old joke is that x86 virtualization isn't rocket science… it's a lot more complex than that. When VMware cracked the code of how to break workloads running on Intel-compatible servers into their own virtual machines abstracted from hardware it released a huge amount of value in terms of CPU utilization, opportunities for datacenter and server rationalization, a smaller power envelope, more manageable software licensing and reduced admin overhead.

Today, the VMware hypervisor is just the still center of a vast ecosystem of products and services for running modern virtualized and containerized datacenters and one of the most interesting recent participants into that ecosystem is Runecast, a four-year-old company with roots in Brno, the second-largest city of the Czech Republic, where luminaries such as IBM, AT&T, Oracle and Red Hat also have offices.

As is so often the case, Runecast started from a clear need: to better discover fixes for wrinkles in VMware deployments.

"I would have loved to use a product like this if it had existed," says Stanimir Markov, CEO and co-founder, who previously worked on managing VMware environments during his time as an IBM Redbooks author and virtualization architect. "It was about addressing seemingly non-diagnosable issues that were known."

Markov's solution was to take a fathoms-deep dive into the VMware knowledgebase, blogs, APIs, White Papers, social media, blogs, forums, APIs and any other way to get to understand issues, dependencies and help to create ‘what if' scenarios and help admins to fix issues that would have taken many hours and days without this sort of insight.

The result in 2015 was Runecast Analyzer, an automated service that uses AI and natural language processing to continuously scan for risks to critical systems, mitigates the conditions that can cause them in advance and suggests steps to resolution, across vSphere, NSX and vSAN. The result is a fully instrumented source of intelligence, reduced downtime, faster incident resolution and what the company call continuous security hardening. It's an approach that trumps and accelerates the old process of troubleshooting and reading reams of knowledgebase articles.


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