If imitation is the highest form of flattery, consider us flattered. There’s been a LOT of talk in the IT management space of late about “network-aware” application performance management and the ability to scale to “large” environments, as if those are brand new ideas. Really? Let’s take a look:
CA Technologies has unleashed the next generation of application performance management with the availability of CA Application Performance Management (CA APM) 9.1, the industry’s first and only unified application, infrastructure and network performance solution. CA APM gives customers better control of the end-user experience by providing improved visibility across hybrid-cloud infrastructure. – CA Technologies Press Release, December 13, 2011.
As you can see, being able to tie transactions to the underlying network infrastructure isn’t really all that new of an idea. We’ve been providing that comprehensive view to our customers for well over 18 months. And, it’s not just the network – we provide view into the mainframe and can provide an external view of performance with CA APM Cloud Monitor. That’s a 360-degree view.
But, what customers with large, complex applications really want is to be more efficient at performance troubleshooting for those mission-critical applications. They need to be alerted to failing components before end-users and the bottom line are impacted. That’s why we’ve added Application Behavior Analytics to the new CA APM 9.5 release. Application Behavior Analytics automatically and without configuration mines performance metrics collected by CA APM (all metrics from network to mainframe as well) and looks for abnormalities in performance. It determines what is normal on its own without the need to set thresholds or teach the system about the application being monitored.