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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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

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

Instana secures $30 million Series C investment to extend automated monitoring

Instana, the first monitoring solution to fully automate all aspects of application performance monitoring (APM), today announced it has raised $30 million in Series C investment led by Meritech Capital with participation from existing investor Accel, bringing the company’s total funding to $57 million. The investment will be used to fulfill increasing demand for Instana’s automated … continue reading

Why APM has a Big Data problem

Application performance management (APM) didn’t used to have a Big Data problem. Three-tiered application architecture with regular, infrequent updates generated predictable and manageable amounts of data for analysis and dependency mapping.   Modern architectures, however, present a Big Data problem. Their virtual machines, containers, microservices, hybrid clouds, and software-defined networks are constantly changing and can … continue reading

Erasing the silos that inhibit effective IT incident response

While serving on the front lines of major incident response, the last thing enterprise IT teams need is to have to consult an org chart to determine the right participants across several functional areas. Whether delivering new services or restoring services after a disruption, the core components of the development and production squads: DevOps, IT … continue reading

AppDynamics brings code-level APM to SAP business apps and HANA

AppDynamics is offering a new tool that will let IT ops administrators determine code-level issues impacting SAP environments. The new AppDynamics for SAP will help trace code-level flaws responsible for degraded transaction and user experience performance, a capability until now restricted to the tools that come with the business application suite. The new tool, an … continue reading

How to extend application performance monitoring to your infrastructure

While application performance monitoring offerings can provide valuable insight into the user experiences of your application, there’s a key factor of performance monitoring and maintenance that APM provider AppDynamics’ senior director of tech evangelism Matt Chotin says businesses don’t put the proper resources behind — measuring how the application’s underlying infrastructure is impacting its performance. “The … continue reading

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