When your business depends heavily on enterprise applications, e-business, or managed services, you need to offer your clients solid performance and as close to 100 percent reliability as possible. Any processing delays or downtime can lead to some level of customer dissatisfaction with your service.

In many cases, companies invest heavily in their infrastructure and staff to deliver reliability and performance. The more servers you have, the better your failover and—from the customer’s perspective—the better your reliability. But not every organization wants to make such large investments.

A possible alternative is MetiLinx’s iSystem Enterprise optimization and manageability software. The iSystem Enterprise software analyzes resource usage and routes tasks and processes as needed to improve performance, reliability, and availability.

If your business depends on mission-critical network applications, you should look into iSystem Enterprise as a means of boosting network performance and cutting the costs associated with maintaining the systems involved.

What does iSystem do?
The iSystem product promises to improve the way your network processes transactions by analyzing resource utilization on your servers and routing tasks accordingly. MetiLinx says that it does this in real time, without disrupting systems or applications on the network.

By analyzing available resources on the network, iSystem can tap the best one to perform necessary tasks. The load is more evenly distributed among your servers, minimizing the possibility that any one server will be backed up with processing tasks, and the time required to process each transaction is reduced. As a result, every transaction gets processed in a timely fashion, reducing the number of timeouts and the response time.

The specifics of exactly what iSystem monitors is a closely guarded secret, but MetiLinx says that the product reads over 400 points of system performance data—including CPU and memory utilization—on a second-by-second basis to determine how resources are being expended and how tasks should be routed.

The benefits of the system
The iSystem product offers admins these benefits:

  • Integrated management of networked systems
  • Improved systemwide performance and reliability
  • Enhanced load balancing and system failover
  • Reduced infrastructure costs

In addition, iSystem works on a variety of platforms, including Windows, UNIX, and Linux, and can be used to enhance performance on several server tiers, such as Web, application, database, and storage. Also, iSystem works in either LAN or WAN environments.

The integrated system management console gives you a single interface for viewing the entire infrastructure, including the activities on each of the servers, and it gives you a single point from which to troubleshoot any problems that arise. This could potentially reduce the administrative burden of managing resources spread across the network.

As long as iSystem works as advertised, it’s easy to see how the product can offer many system performance improvements—but how can this reduce costs?

The iSystem software can decrease the amount of work required of individual servers on the network, so it eliminates the need to deploy additional hardware to improve performance or provide backups. Essentially, iSystem allows networks to do more work with fewer resources. The promise of iSystem is that it can free up both human and hardware resources that can be applied elsewhere as needed and even reduce expenditures on infrastructure.

MetiLinx also says that iSystem has a low footprint, consuming just 1.5 to 2 percent of system resources itself. So it accomplishes resource optimization without having a significant impact itself on the resources it manages.

Compaq Direct/HP recently deployed MetiLinx iSystem across its enterprise and reports that the product has improved network performance in a number of ways and increased transaction processing reliability.

Benchmarks from HP’s deployment show the following improvements:

  • Response time was reduced 41.46 percent.
  • Number of transactions processed rose 41.63 percent.
  • Number of database writes rose 36.80 percent.
  • Number of database reads rose 55.02 percent.
  • Transaction processing capacity rose 29.40 percent.
  • Reliability (measured by the number of failed transactions) rose .03 percent to 99.99 percent.

MetiLinx considers the transaction processing capacity a measure of scalability; thus, HP’s scalability increased nearly 30 percent as a result of implementing the iSystem solution. Reduced response times and improved transaction processing both translate to improved customer satisfaction, which ultimately contribute to the bottom line. Just as MetiLinx claimed, the HP network can now accomplish more with less.

What does this mean for your company?
Only time and additional implementations of MetiLinx’s new iSystem Enterprise 2.8 release will prove whether it’s worth the investment, but if Compaq Direct/HP’s experience holds true for others, iSystem could be a great asset to companies looking to improve network performance. It seems to be an ideal solution for companies running mission-critical enterprise applications and those that deliver products and services via the Web.

The integrated management console alone may be a boon to admins needing a single point of control for managing network resources, and iSystem can ease the management burden by automatically load balancing servers and rerouting traffic around systems that are down or experiencing problems.

MetiLinx iSystem Enterprise 2.8 has the potential to be a great tool for freeing up system resources and staff time and for saving your company money by reducing infrastructure expenditures. It could be the one product you need to improve your network’s performance, manageability, and reliability.