Turbonomic: Features, Benefits & More 2023


Turbonomic by IBM is a hybrid cloud cost optimization software used by customers to assure application performance. It eliminates inefficiencies by dynamically resourcing applications across hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

Turbonomic customers report an average 33% reduction in cloud and infrastructure waste without impacting application performance. It also delivers a return on investment of 471% over three years.

Overview of Turbonomic

Turbonomic Application Resource Management (ARM) continuously and automatically makes application resource decisions. This ensures that applications get what they need to perform while minimizing cost, and maintaining compliance. Applications are critical to how users engage with your business.

With Turbonomic software automatically managing application resources, users get all the benefits of IBM/OpenShift with continuous application performance.

Turbonomic Features

Full-stack visualization

For many IT departments, providing applications with the resources they need to perform is a guessing game. So, they play it safe and overprovision, often amassing steep cloud bills in the process. However, it is possible to avoid these overruns and to know exactly what the apps demand, and from which resources, in real-time.

The IBM Turbonomic® platform uses a patented top-down approach that “stitches” business-critical applications to the underlying resources at every layer of infrastructure. Applications to containers to virtualization. Cloud and on-prem. Compute, storage and network.

The IBM Turbonomic platform keeps the full stack in full view, enabling more accurate and cost-effective resourcing decisions. Get complete visualization of your application and infrastructure stack to continuously help ensure performance.

Discover entities: IBM Turbonomic software intelligently discovers target entities at every layer, from apps to hardware.

Scope to any entity: With the full application stack in view, you can better understand how any entity consumes resources, and the risks to performance, in context.

Resource relationships: IBM Turbonomic software analyzes how resources interact with each other and provides recommendations with the full stack in consideration. For example, an action to provision a virtual machine so pods can be added shows how one change can impact or enable another.


Connect discrete teams: Get your application and infrastructure teams on the same page. IBM Turbonomic software adds AI-powered insights to our continuous, full-stack analysis, reducing silos and giving teams more incentive to collaborate.

Prevent performance problems: With the ability to view relationships between resources in the full stack, you can prevent issues before they become larger problems. IBM Turbonomic software delivers exactly the resources each application needs—nothing more, nothing less.

Receive trustworthy actions: A complete understanding of the application stack gives you the confidence to trust the IBM Turbonomic platform’s recommendations and automate actions to improve performance without disruption.

Intelligent automation

It can be a bumpy road to embracing innovation, and trust is a big factor. Introducing automation into dynamic IT operations for application resourcing is no different.

The IBM Turbonomic® platform provides actions users can both trust and automate continuously. When intelligent software acts automatically, users gain the value of speed, scale, efficiency, and cost reduction.

Engage in real-time, AI-powered automation to help ensure application performance while minimizing cost.

Automate at your own pace: Once users have learned the details of recommended resourcing actions, automating the task isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. You retain control over which tasks to integrate into your approval, DevOps, or communications workflows and which to allow IBM Turbonomic to handle with full, continuous automation.

Place and move actions: IBM Turbonomic software can place and move workloads (VMs, pods) without disruption to avoid performance congestion while consolidating clusters.

Scale actions: IBM Turbonomic software generates vertical and horizontal scaling actions based on real-time application demand. With automation, VMs, containers, databases and storage are always appropriately sized. Horizontally scalable applications are elastically scaled to meet demand.

Provision actions: By analyzing every layer of the stack, IBM Turbonomic software can tell when you need to suspend or scale out the application (for example, provision pods) as well as the underlying infrastructure (such as provision nodes, VMs, or hyper-converged nodes).

Reserved instance actions: IBM Turbonomic software considers RIs when it generates VM scaling actions, applies cloud reservations you already have, and recommends purchasing actions when you need more. The software tracks rates, coverage, and uptime and identifies monthly savings opportunities.


Achieve continuous performance: Automating responses to performance issues means you’re able to comply with service levels without impacting clients.

Reduce manual labor: Your team will spend less time monitoring and allocating resources, leaving more time to focus on critical projects.

Increase efficiency: IBM Turbonomic software automatically addresses resource underutilization and overprovisioning, enabling a more cost-effective infrastructure.

AI-Powered Insights

Modern AI and analytics tools generate and review so much data that it’s easy to overwhelm your teams with information. The IBM® Turbonomic® platform provides three built-in dashboards that show key metrics to help you make the best business decisions. The dashboards also show how automating those decisions will impact your environment.

For other teams or views, you can easily create custom dashboards within the user interface. Gain real-time insights into the health and performance of your applications 

Cloud executive dashboard: View workloads, cloud service providers, and your cloud accounts in real-time. See how automation adoption impacts efficiency, performance, and risks. Explore cumulative savings, necessary investments and potential savings, along with estimated cloud costs and usage of reserved instances.

On-prem executive dashboard: View detailed workloads, action history, cost savings, and improvements. The current-state chart shows the top clusters by CPU, memory and storage capacity or utilization. For future planning, this dashboard also shows the time-to-exhaustion of cluster resources. You can also see how the density of virtual machines per host or storage is improving.

Container platform dashboard: View the overall performance, capacity and health of your container infrastructure. Get insights into top container platform clusters so you can assess their health and sort by risk level. View top services and top namespaces to identify quota and actual utilization.

Custom dashboard: The IBM Turbonomic platform allows you to scope to views that matter to different teams. Regardless of how your organization is structured, every team can get the information they need, knowing that the analytics and actions are accounting for the resource relationships across the stack.


Streamlined insights for informed decisions: Turbonomic provides impactful AI-driven insights that empower teams to make informed decisions. By automating these insights, users enhance efficiency and ensure that actions align with their business goals.

Actionable dashboards for business excellence: Turbonomic comes equipped with three built-in dashboards that display crucial metrics, facilitating optimal decision-making and illustrating the impact of automating decisions. Users also have the flexibility to create custom dashboards tailored to different teams.

Comprehensive views for enhanced performance: Experience enhanced oversight with Turbonomic’s executive dashboards, they offer real-time insights on workloads and cloud, on-prem, and container environments performance. Custom dashboards ensure accurate analytics and actions across the resource stack for all teams.

Turbonomic’s Use Cases

Cloud cost optimization

Using the IBM® Turbonomic® platform’s AI-powered automation and cloud optimization solutions, you can continuously help ensure application performance (both traditional and cloud-native) and optimize costs. The platform’s cloud cost management tools work with public, private, multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments and with any major cloud provider. 

With Turbonomic software, your cloud investments are smarter, automation is easier, and you can finally realize the promise of agility, elasticity and speed to market.

Continuous performance at the lowest cost: Continuously and accurately match application demand to cloud resources in real time and feel confident about your cost allocation.

Quick time to value with lasting impact: Take non-disruptive, reversible actions to immediately lower costs, improve performance and build trust. Automate additional actions for impactful, lasting results.

Maximized savings through micro-optimizations automated at scale: In addition to larger, more obvious optimizations, Turbonomic software facilitates the optimization of smaller actions that can provide outsized results when automated at scale.

Cloud migration planning

Migrating to a cloud platform can be a confusing, time-consuming and expensive process. The IBM® Turbonomic® platform provides easy-to-use cloud migration planning that allows you to optimize your cloud consumption from the start and simplify your cloud migration process.

Whether your organization is pursuing a cloud-first, hybrid cloud or multi-cloud strategy, Turbonomic software can deliver convenient cloud migration planning tools that can accelerate your digital transformation and help you take full advantage of discounted pricing.

Optimized resource consumption: Optimize workloads pre-migration, then assess the most appropriate cloud configurations for migration.

Maximized discount pricing coverage: Analyze pricing and billing contracts to maximize your discount pricing coverage.

Quick configuration: Guided workflows allow you to configure migration plans in minutes.

Data center modernization

With the proliferation of cloud service platforms promising greater elasticity and savings, many organizations are updating their IT infrastructure and moving workloads out of existing on-prem data centers. If your data center infrastructure costs are up, utilization is down, and overprovisioning is sideways, it is time to rethink your data center strategy.

The IBM® Turbonomic® platform can help you reimagine the data center as the next-gen hero of your ecosystem. Turbonomic software automatically optimizes your applications’ resourcing levels while dynamically scaling with business needs in real-time. With a modernization strategy, you get a more efficient data center and better business outcomes.

Help ensure app performance: From initial placement to continuous management, workloads always meet performance and compliance goals. Safely, continuously and reliably.

Put data center operations on autopilot: Growth is likely happening in the cloud, but hands-free automation can help ensure your data center still plays a key role in operational excellence.

Deliver better outcomes: Automated resourcing and better-performing applications directly improve the customer experience, IT staff productivity and data center infrastructure savings year after year.

FinOps automation

The IBM® Turbonomic® platform provides continuous optimization that you can safely automate in real time to help ensure your applications always perform while minimizing costs. This makes it an ideal platform for cloud operations and engineering teams adopting FinOps to improve their cloud cost management and get the most out of their cloud resources.

FinOps, a portmanteau of finance and DevOps, is a cloud financial management discipline that aims to maximize business value in hybrid cloud and multi-cloud environments.

Trustworthy actions: App-first, demand-based analysis helps ensure actions can be safely automated across major cloud providers, Kubernetes and on-prem VMware.

Simplified execution: Safely automate and integrate with organizational pipelines and workflows. Deliver tangible results immediately and continuously.

Visible business impact: Build trust with application developers and other stakeholders by accurately demonstrating the impact of dynamic resourcing on the performance of mission-critical applications.

Sustainable IT

When applications consume only what they need to perform, you can increase utilization, reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, and achieve continuously efficient operations. The IBM® Turbonomic® platform uses intelligent automation to help you do just that.

Now you can make an immediate impact on energy use by optimizing how you allocate IT infrastructure resources to applications throughout your ecosystem.

Application resource management

The IBM® Turbonomic® platform’s application resource management (ARM) capabilities offer a solution to the challenges businesses face due to increasingly complex applications. Using real-time automation and performance analytics, teams can proactively optimize the allocation of compute, storage and network resources at every layer of the stack.

This capability eliminates the need for reactive measures and overprovisioning, ultimately saving time and money.

With a comprehensive understanding of application demand and a common data model, the Turbonomic platform ensures continuous application resourcing actions and performance. The platform enables businesses to confidently resource their current and future applications—whether on-premises, in the cloud, or on the edge—24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Benefits of Using Turbonomic

Application-driven: The software uses application demand as the driver for making resource decisions. This ensures continuous performance no matter the complexity of apps or the infrastructure on which they run, whether on-prem, in the cloud, multiple clouds, or the edge.

Top-down: Matches real-time app demands to the underlying supply of infrastructure. Apps get exactly what they need when they need it. Alternative infrastructure-led approaches rely on over-provisioning and remain unable to ensure performance.

AI-powered: Makes application resourcing decisions automatically. It frees teams from manual gruntwork, allowing them to have a more substantial impact and focus on business-critical modernization initiatives.

Full-stack visibility: Analytics understand the relationships between applications, services, containers, pods, nodes/VMs, hosts, storage, and network. This full-stack stitching allows the software to make resource decisions that can and should be automated.

Agentless, auto-discovery: The lightweight virtual appliance discovers apps & infrastructure in under an hour. Working through APIs, Turbonomic analyzes the data that’s already being exposed by platforms & tools.


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