[INTERVIEW]: Tribune Publishing Saves $1.5MM, Gains Visibility & Prevents Downtime With VMTurbo
Today, technology groups at enterprises of all sizes are under financial pressure to maximize the company’s technology investment in their datacenter. Like those enterprises, the Engineering and Security group at Tribune Publishing (publisher of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune) faced the challenge of trying to squeeze as much from their datacenter as possible. While virtualization offered them tremendous efficiencies it also brought the potential for inefficiencies (such as over provisioning). Additionally, they knew that they had to find ways to “do more with less” and that even applied to the virtual infrastructure.
According to Dylan Kulesza, VP of Engineering and Security at Tribune Publishing, the company recently split in two and a new CFO required that they be able to forecast their IT capital expenditures out for 3-5 years, they needed to find more visibility and prove that they could compete with public cloud offerings like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
During their analysis on how they would meet these challenges, they went through a number of phases. One of those phases, application analysis and rationalization, showed them that they were using at least 3 virtualization management tools already. They realized that they needed something newer and smarter, a single solution that could help them to meet these challenges for the future.
They looked for a single solution that would allow them to:
- Become proactive in their IT capital forecasting
- Become proactive in their capacity and performance monitoring, allowing them to prevent problems before they happen and identifying capacity and performance problems much faster
- Gain the visibility they need to see what applications are running where, what resources they are using, and what infrastructure is required for those applications, both now and in the future
- Determine where to place their applications in the infrastructure
- Understand how to best balance their workload between their internal virtual infrastructure and the public cloud
When they learned about and tested VMTurbo, they found that it was able to meet all these needs, and change their thinking about how to manage their virtual estate. VMTurbo was a proactive control platform, enabling them to automate decisions about how to allocate resources to meet application demand, and to forecast their resource / infrastructure needs for the future, providing great visibility, helping them to avoid cost.
In fact, according to Dylan at Tribune Publishing, VMTurbo helped them to quickly determine that they were over capacity by 50% in their infrastructure and, rather than the massive capital spend they had planned, they were able to avoid an estimated $1.5 million in unnecessary capital spending by relying on the control VMTurbo provides.
Learn more about VMTurbo and their unique commodities-based approach to virtualization management at www.vmturbo.com