The Ongoing Evolution of Application Performance Management

Michael Vizard
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Application Acceleration in the Clouds

Acceleration technologies can dramatically improve the performance of emerging cloud, SaaS and other Internet-based content and applications.

As the traditional model of deploying applications slowly starts to disappear, it is little wonder that the way applications are managed is about to change.

With the components of any given application becoming more distributed, the management of software is shifting toward focusing on application workloads and associated transactions. This shift is one of the primary reasons that Compuware this week acquired dynaTrace software, a company that created an application performance management (APM) system that continuously monitors the environment right down to each transaction.

According to Steve Tack, CTO for Compuware APM, Compuware will be replacing many of the Java and components it picked up with its acquisition of Gomez two years ago with the technologies developed by dynaTrace.

As APM evolves from something done occasionally to an activity that needs to be constant, the emphasis will shift from being something that was previously only focused on performance to incorporating more information that ultimately should optimize business transactions. That requires a much more granular approach to business transaction management (BTM) than most IT organizations have in place today.

How APM will evolve in the cloud in the years ahead is still unknown, but as application workloads become more distributed across the hybrid cloud environments you can bet that interest in how transactions are performing across those environments is going to be a lot higher than it is today within the four walls of the traditional data center.

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