Optimizing and ensuring performance and availability in a virtual (VMware) environment is far more challenging than the orderly and disciplined environment of dedicated physical servers. In virtual environments, VMs, applications, storage, network, and other IT services share IT resources and operate in direct relationship to one another. A new or moved workload, new VM, or any other change in one component can dramatically affect the performance of another. Problems that arise in one area can actually be symptoms of a problem rooted in another area altogether. . .