Solving the Unsolvable Performance Issues

Thomas Rose‘s latest blog post, Solving the Unsolvable Performance Issues in Complex Cloud and Bare Metal Environments, explains how IBM Cloud Load Simulation (CLS) Platform is using X-Act platform in IBM client engagements to diagnose dynamic complexity related problems that were previously believed to be unsolvable.

In this case, traditional monitoring and remedial tools were unable to identify the problem or solution when a cloud application began providing unstable service that ended by an operational collapse. Using the emulation and predictive capabilities of X-Act platform, IBM was able to quickly pinpoint the problem and identified the changes necessary to keep the service running.

The X-Act platform diagnosis revealed many database related problems of channels, locks and different speeds that had not been discovered during traditional testing programs. Remedial analysis found that immediate issues could be fixed by adding monitoring capabilities to avoid duplicates and possible service degradation, but in the longer term, a redesign would be the only way to contain the systemic risks caused by dynamic complexity.

Moving forward, the redesign project will be regulated by a testing platform that includes efficient pre-production certification, using X-Act emulation to facilitate the stress and sensitivity analysis.

This case provides an excellent example of how dynamic complexity can monopolize resources that are supposed to produce more business, but instead become lost in conflicts due to dependencies and internal influences.

Through partnerships, like this one with IBM,  URM Groups is working to arm business and technology leaders worldwide with the foresights they need to confidently respond to changing system dynamics and clearly understand which (and when) preventive and opportunistic actions should be taken to ensure the continuous efficiency and cost effectiveness of operations.

X-Act Platform supports IBM Cloud Innovation

In his latest blog post, The Right Way to Ensure Operational Stability while moving to the Cloud, Thomas Rose, IBM Cloud Innovation Advisory Leader Germany, Austria and Switzerland, explained how IBM is using X-Act platform to optimize and improve the operational stability of their cloud services.

X-Act platform is the innovation behind IBM’s Cloud Load Simulation solution. The emulation and analytics capabilities of X-Act platform allows IBM to identify when and if dynamic complexity will lead to system limits within cloud environments, diagnose the root cause of the limit and determine the best remedial actions by weighing the benefits, complexity and cost of proposed solutions.

Many cloud initiatives fail to meet client expectations due to inadequate risk identification and mitigation early in the outsourcing project’s lifecycle. Due to the complexity of modern business, it is no longer possible to intuitively assess both the benefits and risks posed by moving services to the cloud.

Now with X-Act platform, users can quickly model existing systems and evaluate how proposed changes will impact the cost efficiency, scalability and performance of business operations. By effectively identifying any potential risks that could impact the quality of service and verifying that all applications will behave correctly under any operational condition, decisions can be made with confidence in the outcome.

This is a win-win for cloud vendors and their clients, as it provides an insurance mechanism to verify that the cloud envrionment will continuously meet the promises made during the early stages of project definition.

Next we will be working to combine IBM Watson and X-Act platform technology to implement cloud production control environments, which dynamically react to market events, and control system loads and resources to operate at an optimum cost level.

Using X-Act Platform Metrics to Guide Decisions

Learn how to make operational risk decisions with confidence

The X-Act Platform: Using Metrics to Guide Decisions | How to Guide shows how companies use the advanced analytics and emulation capabilities supported by X-Act platform to identify how dynamic complexity leads to system limits, diagnose the root cause of limits and determine the best remedial actions by weighing the benefits, complexity and cost of proposed solutions.

The analytics and emulation capabilities supported by X-Act platform arm business and technology leaders worldwide with the foresights they need to confidently respond to changing system dynamics and clearly understand which (and when) preventive and opportunistic actions should be taken to ensure the continuous efficiency and cost effectiveness of operations.

Using accurate, representative and reproducible models of business processes, applications and infrastructure, X-Act platform delivers an end-to-end emulation of a service that accurately represents the behavior of system dynamics. The emulation replaces structures, characteristics and behaviors by perturbations exerted on dynamic equations through multiple order perturbations on dynamic coordinates such as volume, service quality and cost. This is very complex math, but it is handled entirely by X-Act platform.

Once a system is transformed into an emulation, it allows users to quickly test and economically explore an unlimited number of scenarios that would otherwise be complex, expensive or even impossible to test on a real system. In comparison to other practices, such as simulation, emulation is superior in its ability to accurately replicate a system, but its biggest advantage is that it allows for the discovery of previously unknown patterns, which cannot be determined using any other method.

Now users can emulate risk because X-Act platform can mathematically reproduce unknowns that may happen under certain conditions. Once the emulation process is complete, X-Act platform users can change variables—such as volume, architecture and infrastructure or perform sensitivity predictions on changing process dynamics—to observe the outcomes (even when we have no historical record of these events ever happening).

Discovering the cause and effects of dynamic complexity is foundational to our universal risk management approach. Since conventional methods ignore the unknowns, risk often appears as a surprise that may potentially impact operational performance. To predict risk and anticipate the appropriate course of treatment, we must discover these unknowns and determine their current and future influence on system behavior.

The X-Act platform: Using Metrics to Guide Decisions | How to Guide shows how companies use the advanced analytics and emulation capabilities supported by X-Act platform to identify risk and take remedial actions by weighing the benefits, complexity and cost of available solutions.