Are you are planning to implement new IT projects such as data center consolidation, server virtualization, cloud computing, or perhaps adding new applications on the network? Do you understand exactly how these upgrades will affect the existing applications and the user experience? What strategy are you going to use to ensure application performance is not compromised? It is imperative that you understand how each of the components can affect overall application performance.
A Strategy you can use to Manage Application Performance (APM)
Most companies have some sort of visibility of their network systems via the network elements, but healthy infrastructure does not necessarily mean that your applications are running efficiently because they do nothing to monitor the actual transaction. There a many different components to APM, so what capabilities do you need to accurately monitor, measure, and troubleshoot?
6 Components of Application Monitoring
Monitoring the End user Experience, is quite different from Infrastructure Monitoring. We actually measure the end user experience so we see what they see.
Application Mapping is a separate dimension to APM this takes the different bits about applications and maps them together so you can trace an application and it’s dependencies/relationships across the network.
Transaction Following/Tracing is a critical component is being able to trace transactions on the network through multiple servers that all communicate to make up an application.
Deep Application Component Monitoring – deep inside the system that runs the code allows you to get to the fine detail, and why there may be application issues.
Network Aware APM – is another form of data collection because the network is where applications travel, and the network team usually gets called to solve problems first.
Analytics - There is a tremendous amount of information as you collect data across 100’s of applications and perhaps millions of transactions. You need to collect and store that data efficiently to be able to trend, analyze, and solve problems with it
With these 6 elements covered you will have complete visibility and will be able to effectively manage application performance and minimize user impact going forward.