Knowledge Counts When Monitoring Applications

Frank Ohlhorst
The old adage, "It's who you know, not what you know, that leads to success," is sage advice for moving ahead in the business world. However, "what you know" is one of the most important elements for success in the IT realm.

Nowhere is that more true than with the health of the network where uptime and availability are two critical aspects of the job. Here, network managers, IT directors and even CTOs have turned to network monitoring tools to understand what is going on across the network.

While the market is flooded with monitoring tools, services and other elements that help give managers situational awareness, there seems to be a lack of tools aimed solely at applications that ideally offer a way to independently monitor the performance and status of an application in real-time.

After all, applications are the life blood of an enterprise network and everything else amounts to the moving parts that make applications happen. Simply put, if you are able to monitor applications, then you are able to understand how well the network is performing. The other various management tools are just there for troubleshooting the components that enable applications to function. It is almost impossible to minimize the role applications play on an enterprise network.

That said, application monitoring has become a critical capability, which must be addressed-something that network tools vendor SolarWinds seems to be tackling with a new product, called Application Performance Monitor (APM), a stand-alone product that does primarily one thing and does it very well.

The key here is to understand how applications traverse the network and how they perform, as well as gauge the end user experience. If you are able to do that effectively, then you are ahead of the game.

If application monitoring sounds like something you could use, take a look at my review of APM.

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