A Guide to Monitoring Infrastructure and Applications

Application Performance Management (or Monitoring) is the practice of watching applications for anomalies, increased latency and data exchanges that impact the user’s experience. This has normally been tracked in Network Operations Centers (NOCs). There are numerous tools on the market created to help organizations identify problems and send alerts to the people best suited to remediate the issues. Among the drawbacks of this approach is the number of “false positive” results returned.

Older APM systems have not been architected for today’s development methods of microservices, containers and cloud-native applications. More modern implementations consist of instrumenting applications with software that detects errors, targets the root cause, and suggests fixes — or in some cases automatically does remediation — to prevent or reduce downtime.

The role of APM has traditionally been to flag issues in code that affect performance. To resolve those issues, it has been necessary to understand all the spaghetti code of a monolithic application – written by multiple developers who often do not have an overarching view of the entire application – and then deconstruct that code to get to the root cause.  Here are some articles to address the new APM architectures

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2019 DevOps Pulse survey from Logz.io

Logz.io predicts 2020 will be the year more teams invest in observability

Observability is expected to play a big role among DevOps teams in 2020. Logz.io predicts we will see more investment in space, distributed tracing adoption, and tool consolidations throughout the year. The company released its 2019 DevOps Pulse report to see how teams have been approaching observability and what their plans are for the next … continue reading

LogicMonitor acquires Unomaly

LogicMonitor acquires Unomaly for enhanced IT observability

LogicMonitor has announced it is acquiring the AIOps company Unomaly in the hopes of providing IT teams with better visibility into infrastructure issues and unexpected changes and events. Unomaly aims to bring a smarter approach to monitoring for all types of software systems. “Unomaly’s technology focuses on the automatic detection of log anomalies to support … continue reading

ITOps 2020 predictions from around the industry

Tim Armandpour, SVP of engineering at PagerDuty Forget reliability — with the adoption of resilience engineering and the proper use of automation, operators can expect a 20% reduction in unplanned work. Today’s organizations are fixated on the reliability of their technology. But any developer can tell you that the reality is not if it will … continue reading

SolarWinds announces SolarWinds AppOptics Dev Edition for APM

SolarWinds announced the release of its free AppOptics Dev Edition, a free infrastructure and application performance management (APM) solution, It is designed to be a “scaled-back version well-suited for development environments” that offers the same features as the full version. “The need to manage custom business applications is on the rise, placing new pressures on … continue reading

SolarWinds expands Azure support

SolarWinds announced updates to its IT operations management offering (which includes the Orion Suite and its APM suite) that offer new and expanded Azure support that encompasses on-premises and cloud environments.  The company has added support for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance as the Orion database, helping customers reduce management overhead and total cost of … continue reading

Splunk to acquire cloud monitoring company SignalFx for $1.05 billion

Splunk is taking its cloud offerings to new heights with the acquisition of real-time cloud monitoring for infrastructure, microservices, and applications solution provider SignalFx. The company has agreed to acquire SignalFx for approximately $1.05 billion.  According to Splunk, once the deal closes it will be focused on APM at every stage of an organization’s cloud … continue reading

premium The future of APM is open

Of the many programming fads and trends that have come and gone in the past 20 or so years, application performance management is not one of them. It’s here to stay, though perhaps not in its current definition or even its current use. Open-source time series database provider InfluxData’s senior manager Daniela Pontes explained that … continue reading

The APM Buyers Guide

The ITOps Times APM Buyers Guide features: APM needs to change to keep up with continuous development practices The future of APM is open How does your company help organizations do APM? A guide to APM tools Fewer bugs, faster releases: How APM improves the SDLC Why APM has a Big Data problem … continue reading

AppDynamics creates a Central Nervous System for IT

With a vision for a Central Nervous System for IT, application performance insight provider AppDynamics today announced its strategy around the pillars of visibility, insight and action. IT systems have become too large and too complex to manage manually, so organizations need to adopt an AIOps approach, according to Matt Chotin, senior director of technology … continue reading

New Relic extends leadership in observability across modern architectures with APM support for AWS Lambda

New Relic, Inc., provider of real-time insights for software-driven businesses, today announced a number of innovations and enhancements for companies rapidly adopting modern software architectures, including serverless application monitoring. With today’s announcements, New Relic continues to help DevOps teams move fast, manage the complexity and performance of complex systems, and ultimately drive business value. Serverless … continue reading

How automation has changed APM

Changes in software development that have led to accelerated delivery cadences are stressing other parts of the application life cycle. This is especially true in organizations adopting microservices architecture, where teams are working autonomously to deliver their software, which by definition relies on communication with other services to form a more complete application. And one … continue reading

Editor’s Blog: Dynatrace looks to redefine APM

If Dynatrace had its way, APM would no longer stand for application performance monitoring. In a meeting with the company’s Peter Hack at this week’s Microsoft Ignite conference, he flatly stated:  “No one should be doing monitoring anymore.” In fact, the company’s Network Operations Center in its Waltham, Massachusetts offices has been converted to a … continue reading

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