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SaaS (Software as a Service)

SaaS is a software distribution model in which a service provider hosts applications for customers and makes them available to these customers via the internet.

Turbonomic delivers a fully managed SaaS edition of its platform. This edition runs on Tier-1 data centers in the Cloud, with one instance per customer.


SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) is an XML-based open standard for transferring identity data between two parties -- an IdP (Identity Provider) and a Service Provider (SP). SAML is often used to implement SSO because it allows users to sign in one time (to the IdP) and access multiple service providers. Turbonomic supports Single Sign-On (SSO) using any SAML 2.0-compliant SSO IdP (Identity Provider).


[Also known as Producer] A Seller is an entity in your environment that provides resources to another entity, such as a Host selling CPU resources to a Virtual Machine. 


 In the Turbonomic Supply Chain, a Service is a measurable function that is part of an internal or user-initiated request, such as a request to update inventory. A service can consume from Application Components, Containers and Container Pods, VMs, and Database Servers. Turbonomic can discover Services through APM or Kubernetes targets. 

Service performance is key to understanding application performance, but it only indirectly affects user experience.

Service Provider (SP)

A Service Provider (SP) is an organization that provides a network, storage, or processing service. Different types of such providers include Internet Service Providers (ISP), Application Service Providers (ASP) Storage Service Providers (SSP) and content providers.


ServiceNow is a cloud-based company that provides software-as-a-service (SaaS) to manage technical workflows. Many Turbonomic enterprise customers use ServiceNow to manage incidents, service requests, and Change Requests (CRs).

Turbonomic integrates with ServiceNow to audit actions and create CRs for specific actions. Once an action is tracked in a CR, it can be approved, scheduled, and recorded in ServiceNow, and executed in Turbonomic on demand or on schedule.

See also Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) and Orchestration

Shared-Nothing Migration

Shared-Nothing Migration is a VM move to a host and to a storage all in one action.  This is necessary when the new host for the VM cannot access the storage that supports the VM. For example, assume a VM on a host also uses local storage on that host. 

Turbonomic can move that VM to a different host and move its data to a different datastore in a single action.

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a service which runs in the Guest OS of a VM. Turbonomic uses SNMP to understand which applications are running on a workload, and their resource consumption from the OS perspective.

(6.4 version family, only) Turbonomic uses SNMP to create application instances by name, stitch the named instance to the VM, and feed per-application resource consumption to Turbonomic. 

Single Sign-On (SSO)

Single Sign-On (SSO) is an authentication process that allows a user to log in with a single ID and password to any of several related, yet independent, software systems. True single sign-on allows the user to log in once and access services without re-entering authentication factors. You can configure SSO for Turbonomic using any SAML 2.0-compliant SSO IdP (Identity Provider).

When SSO is enabled, Turbonomic only permits logins via the SSO IdP. Whenever you navigate to your Turbonomic installation, it redirects you to the SSO Identity Provider (IdP) for authentication before displaying the Turbonomic user interface. Before you enable SSO for your Turbonomic installation, you must configure at least one SSO user with Turbonomic Administrator privileges. If you do not, once you enable SSO, you will not be able to configure any SSO users in Turbonomic.


SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) is an open-source operating system developed by the SUSE organization. It is designed for workload management and optimization at the enterprise level on mainframes, servers, workstations and desktop computers. Turbonomic can discover and manage RHEL workloads, and the Turbonomic OVA is delivered as a SLES platform.

Turbonomic supports management of SLES workloads in the real-time market and in plans, including Migrate To Cloud plans. 

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