Application and Infrastructure Management Converge

Michael Vizard
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A Road Map to a Converged Infrastructure

Establish a common modular infrastructure by grouping servers, storage and I/O resources into shared pools of computing resources.

In most IT organizations, there are really two distinct management worlds: There are the people who manage applications and the people who worry about the infrastructure.

But, as more companies try to do more with less, the convergence of these tasks and the obvious interdependencies between applications and infrastructure are pushing many companies to converge what were once distinct management disciplines.

This is especially true in cloud computing environments where the convergence of application and IT infrastructure is even more pronounced. To address this issue, New Relic has added free server monitoring to its namesake application performance management (APM) software that it makes available as a service.

According to Jim Gochee, New Relic vice president of product and technology, the folks managing applications these days need to know everything from how the code is written right on down to the disk I/O utilization. This is particularly important, adds Gochee, in IT organizations where there are not that many specialists, which makes having a holistic view of the entire IT environment more critical than ever, says Gochee.

The New Relic service, which supports Java, Ruby, PHP, Python and .NET applications, can be used to analyze and monitor the performance of applications and servers running on premise or on a public cloud computing service.

New Relic, which just picked up an additional $15 million in funding, is on the leading edge of the convergence of application and IT infrastructure management that reflects changing job roles in the enterprise. More IT organizations are beginning to task IT people with responsibility for specific application services, rather than the management of a specific piece of software and IT gear. As the trend continues, what IT staffs need from their IT tools is going to be dramatically different from what has gone before.

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