Their eyes met across a crowded datacentre: Load Dynamix and Virtual Instruments

Storage performance monitoring tool supplier Virtual Instruments and storage testing tool maker Load Dynamix had worked together on the same enterprise accounts – and in roughly similar but complementary areas – for some time so it was almost inevitable they would be develop an attraction.

That happened, said Load Dynamix sales VP Len Rosenthal, when customers continually asked if their data from Virtual Instruments’ tests could be run as load testing data on Load Dynamix.

That resulted in a merger between the two companies announced this week. The matchmaker was Load Dynamix’s funding partner, Highbar Partners.

As Load Dynamix sought funding it also turned out Virtual Instruments required funds and over a period of months the two streams were brought into one via negotiation.

Rosenthal said, “We were consistently hearing from customers, ‘How can you integrate the two products together?'”

The vision is to be a leader from end-to-end in the storage testing and performance monitoring space.

Load Dynamix specialises in testing storage infrastructures, with hardware and software appliances that generate realistic workloads that simulate large volumes of data, and has an emphasis towards IP traffic. Meanwhile, Virtual Instruments specialises in testing production storage workloads across a range of storage protocols – but majoring in Fibre Channel – and numerous app/OS environments.

So, the plan is that customers will be able to buy the platforms independently but also that there will be increasing integration between the two. That will initially mean developing seamless import of data from Virtual Instruments to Load Dynamix.

The long term idea is that customers will use Load Dynamix to road-test new environments, and then use Virtual Instruments to qualify them once deployed. Here, there can be a feedback loop between phases in that testing/deployment process with real data drawn from Virtual Instruments used on the Load Dynamix testbed as new platforms are developed.