Precise Monitors Transactions in the Cloud

Michael Vizard


Although transaction processing management applications have yet to make the shift to the cloud, Precise at the VMworld 2010 conference said that it stands ready to help manage them once they get there.

The company launched Precise for Cloud, which monitors the performance of transaction processing applications running on top of virtual machines in the cloud.

Precise executive vice president Zohar Gilad said one of the biggest challenges IT organizations will face with transaction processing in the cloud is the need to dynamically provision and de-provision virtual machines while keeping track of the impact of various virtual machines as they move about the network using technologies such as vMotion from VMware.

Precise for Cloud is designed to provide a platform for monitoring the performance of these applications so as to assure the quality of service usually required by a service level agreement, he said.


Precise for Cloud is expected to be priced starting at about $50,000.



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Dec 2, 2010 6:12 PM Charley Rich Charley Rich  says:
Good article on the intersection of Cloud and Virtualization. I think another angle that needs to be added to this discussion is the usage of Complex Event Processing when monitoring applications and the transactions they invoke within Cloud environments as discussed here. The issues you mentioned about the Cloud's elasticity greatly exacerbate the problem of finding what you need to monitor and tracking them as they move within the Cloud. In addition many firms will choose to implement their applications in stages and as so many of these are SOA-based they can have part of their distributed composite applications running in the datacenter and others in the Cloud. When you add into the mix trading partners with their applications running in different cloud it can become very difficult to catch a fault before it cascades into a problem with business impact. By utilizing a Complex Event Processing (CEP) engine to analyze the stream of events and metrics coming from these applications and transactions you can take automated action before users are impacted and business processes are disrupted. Nastel AutoPilot�s monitoring of Cloud-based applications includes a CEP engine that provides this proactive approach and with its ability to dynamically describe problems as situations it can also prevent these problems from occurring in the future. Good article on the intersection of Cloud and Virtualization. I think another angle that needs to be added to this discussion is the usage of Complex Event Processing (CEP) when monitoring applications and the transactions they invoke within Cloud environments as discussed here. The issues you mentioned about the Cloud's elasticity greatly exacerbate the problem of finding what you need to monitor and track them as they move within the Cloud. In addition, many firms will choose to implement their applications in stages and, as so many of these are SOA-based, they can have part of their distributed composite applications running in the datacenter and others in the Cloud. When you add into the mix trading partners with their applications running in different clouds, it can become very difficult to catch a fault before it cascades into a problem with business impact. By utilizing a CEP engine to analyze the stream of events and metrics coming from these applications and transactions, you can take automated action before users are impacted and business processes are disrupted. Nastel AutoPilot�s monitoring of Cloud-based applications (http://www.nastel.com/cloud-computing_232_158.html) includes a CEP engine that provides this proactive approach, and with its ability to dynamically describe problems as situations, it can also prevent these problems from occurring in the future. Reply

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