Cloud

November 17, 2014

Depending upon your specific industry, the holiday rush can account for 75% – 85% of your total revenue. You cannot be caught unprepared and your systems have to be able to handle the surge in traffic. So how do you make sure your systems are not going to let you down?

November 14, 2014

APMdigest asked experts from across the APM industry for their opinions on how to best prepare for the challenges of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the Holiday Shopping Season. The final set of six technologies presented here includes tools to manage availability, capacity and resources ...

November 05, 2014

There are a lot of apps being developed and hosted in the cloud, and those teams have a significant need to monitor and manage app performance. But what about the customers of those apps and services – IT and business operations teams that purchase and maintain portfolios of cloud apps for their organizations? They still support users who expect them to maintain high application service levels regardless of where the app runs. Unfortunately, most APM solutions on the market today aren't well suited to their needs. This is why many organizations who already have a myriad of systems management and monitoring tools are seeking alternatives able to help them manage their cloud-based apps. It's this gap – and emerging IT business operations customer base for APM – that will define the APM landscape in the years to come ...

October 31, 2014

With Halloween here, it is a fitting time to take a look at some of the most critical challenges facing companies as they put systems in place to optimize application performance in order to deliver great experiences to end-users. Optimizing application performance to deliver high-quality, frictionless user experiences across all devices and all channels isn’t easy, especially if you’re struggling with these frightening issues ...

October 23, 2014

The challenge for the enterprise embracing the cloud is to build up the processes and resiliency necessary to build reliable systems from unreliable components. Otherwise, moving to the cloud will mean that your customers are the first people to notice when you are experiencing downtime ...

October 21, 2014

Organizations that are "extremely successful" in advanced operations analytics (AOA) are 20 times more likely to be "very successful" in their hybrid cloud adoptions than those who were only "moderately successful" or less in AOA, according to a new Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) Research Report, The Many Faces of Advanced Operations Analytics ...

October 13, 2014

Last month I introduced some recent — and I believe highly significant — research into the area of what EMA calls "Advanced Operations Analytics" or AOA. In that blog, I defined AOA as "big data for IT" and went on to explain how it transcends operations to include all of IT as well as some business constituents. In parallel, AOA also supports many multiple use cases.Now I’d like to share some of the "use case" insights and perspectives we learned from the research ...

October 09, 2014

Enterprises are moving more and more applications to the cloud. While the benefits of the cloud may be clear for applications that can tolerate brief periods of downtime, for mission-critical applications, such as SQL Server, Oracle and SAP, companies need a strategy for high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) protection. Separating the truths and myths of HA and DR in cloud deployments can dramatically reduce data center costs and risks. In this blog, I debunk the following five myths ,,,

September 18, 2014

Moving your businesses' infrastructure, including the application layer and associated APIs, to the cloud, is a daunting task given today's plethora of digital tools available and heightened concerns of data protection, application performance and data integrity. One of the most conveniently accessible options is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery via cloud computing, which offers businesses a reliable, cost-effective way to manage and track company IT consumption without the burden of managing physical servers. But leveraging the public cloud introduces inherent challenges in terms of quality of application delivery and performance because a company's data now traverses through a series of externally maintained systems and security controls. Accordingly, enterprises looking to move to a SaaS app-delivery cloud model should consider the following ...

September 12, 2014

In a recent survey, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise collected primary research among 1,000 members of its international customer base and 300 of its channel partners to identify the main challenges and opportunities for enterprises which have been created by developments in technology and behavior.

Called out here are four of the top findings concerned the following topics:

September 05, 2014

Today's common “hybrid” IT environment of legacy plus cloud plus custom is a pretty chaotic mash-up that is tough to manage, to say the least. One of the most difficult aspects, according to anecdotal evidence uncovered in our discussions with senior IT executives, is proactive visibility and control at the application level. Despite investments in tools and processes that are supposed to enable proactive and preventative support, senior IT executives say their day-to-day mode still tends to be crisis-driven and reactive. Additional layers of anecdotal or incidental feedback as well as “optical” or subjective input contribute to the reactivity ...

August 28, 2014

With the increasing proliferation of cloud-based applications and services, IT has to deal with newer management challenges such as high support costs and slow performance of applications. Almost 53% of IT professionals say that the biggest challenge with managing cloud services is troubleshooting or root cause analysis taking too long. To meet these new application management challenges, businesses need to use "cloud-ready" monitoring solutions that help pinpoint the actual problem and help reduce troubleshooting time. See the ManageEngine-EMA infographic for more interesting facts and figures ...

August 27, 2014

The good news - Cloud apps and services continue to gain traction in enterprises with both business users and IT departments. The bad - Big obstacles still remain including a lack of confidence about service performance and availability, a lack of management tools and continuing concerns about data security. These observations come from a recent survey of over 200 business executives and IT managers in North America to better understand their current and planned use of cloud-based applications and services, the drivers behind cloud adoption, and the obstacles that stand in their way. What may be surprising to the readers of APMdigest is the concern over cloud app performance and availability and the lack of good cloud management tools ...

August 26, 2014

Every vendor-hosted APM offering is different, and it is up to the consumer to go into the selection process with a clear understanding of what is most important to his/her company. For potential customers seeking a cloud option delivering a comprehensive, end to end APM perspective, the options are limited ...

August 22, 2014

Enterprise-grade APM solutions have traditionally had a reputation for being complex and difficult to deploy. Virtually every enterprise-sized company is supporting a mix of applications written in multiple languages, running on different OSs, anchored by exotic technologies such as caching and acceleration and increasingly extending into the public cloud. Monitoring each of these components in context to end-to-end execution can be a daunting proposition – which is why APM products tend to be more complex to deploy than, say, a server monitoring tool. That being said, an increasing number of IT organizations are seeking an alternative, and, not surprisingly, an increasing number of vendors are now offering "APM as a Service" ...

August 01, 2014

Because the typical IT environment is comprised of hundreds of applications leveraging hundreds of platforms and networks, a new generation of Application Management software that is application- and platform-agnostic will become increasingly valuable. Here is what we believe are the five requirements of this new breed of software ...

July 31, 2014

Bill Berutti, President, Performance & Availability, BMC Software, presents a vision of the future for Application Performance Management involving SaaS, mobility, cloud and Social IT ...

July 15, 2014

As organizations look for ways to bring their costs down, increase efficiencies and drive agility, they are increasingly looking to Converged Infrastructure as the preferred consumption model for their IT infrastructure. Zenoss recently released the findings of their second annual The State of Converged Infrastructure conducted during Q2 of 2014. Here are some key highlights from the Zenoss study ...

July 11, 2014

My wife loves to shop - and she likes to try before she buys. It got me thinking about my work and how often I come across companies who look at spending a lot of money to move their IT to a different environment such as Cloud or to a new datacenter, maybe virtualize their environment, without ever realizing that they could "try before they buy" ...

June 20, 2014

The Connected Cloud Summit is offering APMdigest readers an additional $100 off the already discounted early bird registration cost.

June 17, 2014

While Application Performance Management is the focus of APMdigest, we have always maintained a very broad coverage of technologies that relate to application performance and business service. Rather than only discuss APM tools, we feature articles, blogs, news and other content on a variety of related tools, most of which you will see on the list. With this list, APMdigest is cataloging the many valuable tools available – beyond what is technically categorized as APM – to support goals of improving application performance and business service ...

June 13, 2014

Performance analytics in cloud platforms is becoming table stakes amid intensifying price competition for increasingly commoditized services. The ability to effectively manage application performance is a key component of every infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider’s cloud monitoring strategy. As a result, cloud platform providers must continue to add functionality due to fewer opportunities to differentiate on raw compute or storage resources ...

June 11, 2014

The 2010 FIFA World Cup fever tested the Internet’s limits more than ever before. News site traffic reached a blistering 12.1 million visitors per minute. DevOps will be conducting some pretty rigorous testing to ensure their channels can hold up under what could be another record-breaking moment of traffic in Internet history. But, will this be enough?

June 04, 2014

A recent study with 740 senior IT professionals conducted by independent research and consulting firm Research In Action revealed that the vast majority of CIOs are dissatisfied with their cloud SLAs, feeling they are too simplistic, provide poor visibility, and don’t account for true business risks ...

May 30, 2014

Aruna Ravichandran, CA Technologies Vice President, Product and Solution Marketing, Application Performance Management & DevOps, discusses the benefits of APM and APM SaaS, and the differences between standard APM and APM for the cloud ...

May 29, 2014

Aruna Ravichandran, CA Technologies Vice President, Product and Solution Marketing, Application Performance Management & DevOps, discusses the company's new APM Business Unit and and Application Performance Management product portfolio ...

May 27, 2014

The lack of innovation in traditional data centers has given way to developments in the cloud. It offers flexible user models such as Pay As You Go (PAYG) and Multi Tenancy services for e.g. Amazon Web Services (AWS). The downside is that as the cloud’s capacity increases it is prone to more blackouts, security and compliance risks than we are led to believe ...

May 22, 2014

Nearly half of survey respondents are plagued by regular IT performance and availability issues, according to IT Growth and Transformation, a survey of UK CIOs and IT leaders ...

April 21, 2014

Tolerance for application downtime is decreasing, the cost of service slowdowns and interruptions is increasing, and the resources dedicated to manage the entire, complex, heterogeneous environment are flat at best if not shrinking. You don’t need a crystal ball to see that this is a recipe for disaster ...

February 27, 2014

A recent Infonetics Research survey indicated that adoption of hybrid clouds among enterprises is projected to more than double by 2015. However, the cloud abstracts important detail from the people who need to make sure it's performing as expected. As business-critical applications move to the cloud, IT professionals need to understand what's happening in the "black box" beyond their physical reach ...

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