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Boundary provides a new kind of application monitoring for new IT architectures: one- second app visualization, cloud-compatible, and only a few minutes from setup to results. Boundary offers the industry’s first cloud-based capability that discovers and creates a visual representation of the logical application topology, and tracks changes to it in real-time. Modern IT applications are highly distributed and dynamic in nature, and operations/DevOps teams are finding it increasingly difficult to monitor and maintain those applications. Boundary helps to bridge that gap by replacing the “mental model” of the application topology with the “actual model.”
Unlike traditional IT monitoring tools that assume a fixed infrastructure, Boundary is ideal for dynamic environments that experience change on a massive and continuous scale including: Public/Private Clouds (including hybrid) as well as fixed datacenter; Software Defined Networks or traditional fixed networks; Highly Agile application development environments, characterized by continuous deployment; Single language or Polyglot applications; SQL or NoSQL clusters; Traditional or Big Data application stacks;
Boundary’s application discovery and visualization is made possible by Boundary’s unprecedented capability to monitor every packet that flows to/from every server instance, whether in the cloud, datacenter or hybrid environments. Thus, instead of relying on a periodic re-discovery of the topology or an outdated CMDB, Boundary is showing in real-time the actual and true communication between application tiers.
Layered on top of the application topology, Boundary highlights another new capability: the latency or response time between the different tiers of an application. This additional new capability is essential to ensure that both performance and cost are optimized across the application and that changes to the application code or the environment do not have negative effects
Boundary Application Monitoring
While I was at Gartner there was a trend towards distributed analysis of the network and host metrics; this trend was something we decided as a group to call AA-IPM and has since become IPM. In the research note How to Leverage Application-Aware Infrastructure Performance Monitoring to Simplify Root Cause Analysis (Gartner client access only) these products were explained and profiled. IPM tools tend to work from the server layer and provide a more agnostic and less user-focused visibility of infrastructure performance, allowing for isolation of performance issues down to the server. In the past 18 months since this note was published several things have happened:
- Digital business transformation has become front and center for most organizations, creating the need to focus on the user and application, with less focus on the infrastructure.
- The combination of legacy systems with new systems of engagement to create new digital business moments.
- Mobile has exploded creating a need to delve within devices and applications.
- Cloud (public and private) has created massive growth both in applications, languages, and complexity.
These key trends have caused APM to be increasingly critical and strategic for most organizations while IPM has become less relevant. In the Gartner research note the future prediction was that IPM would fold into APM; this shift has already begun. We’ve seen the likes of Blue Stripe acquired by Microsoft to fold into System Center at some future date. We’ve also seen the recent fire sale of assets from Boundary to BMC.
Identity-based access for zero trust security
In the shift to the cloud, organizations need secure access to targets beyond their own perimeter.
Boundary provides a secure way to access hosts and critical systems without having to manage credentials or expose your network, and is entirely open source.
Free and Affordable Application Monitoring Tools
Free application monitoring tools are the go-to options for small organizations with limited IT budgets. However, with the number of tools available, which ones should you use? In this article, let’s analyze several free application monitoring tools that allow you to effectively pinpoint application performance issues.
When your system fails or performs poorly, you need a feature-rich APM solution. These solutions should drill down to the exact line of code and provide insights. For instance, finding which code or plugins are contributing bottlenecks in times of high demand is a huge advantage.
Finding the right solution is challenging. However, you can start by considering the size of your organization and the preference of your IT department. As for APM’s attributes, there are tons of choices.
Application performance management (APM)
There are varying definitions of the term “application performance management tools,“ and different vendors use various contexts to define it and answer the What is APM question.
Application Performance Monitoring (APM) is done to ensure that your business applications are performing as expected, at all times, with proper tracking and reporting of performance issues. The end goal of an application performance management software in any business is to ensure that the supply of services to end users is uninterrupted and that the quality of delivered end user experience is supreme.
Let us try to understand the various concepts of an APM system and see why they are gradually becoming an inevitable part of IT Ops and DevOps teams across different businesses.
Let us split the operations of IT teams broadly into three primary components:
- Server & infrastructure
- End user experience
As we examine these three components in detail, the boundaries of APM tools will become increasingly clearer. While operations across mentioned teams are often overlapping, it is important to understand the precise scope of these operations and their importance in ensuring a smooth application lifecycle process with minimal performance hiccups.
Application performance management for servers and infrastructure.
The role of IT Ops teams is to solve internal as well as client needs by ensuring the infrastructure and operational environments supporting application deployments are in order. Application Performance Management therefore becomes extremely crucial in maintaining a continuous and smooth flow of operations. Monitoring CPU usage, load, memory, server uptime, etc. are some of the primary steps involved in infrastructure monitoring which is a part of application performance management. These are some of the key metrics that IT admins rely on to understand and optimize server and network performance through thorough network application performance management, and plan capacity upgradation as well as resource allocation:
In today’s digital market, modern apps have to not only bring value but provide around-the-clock availability, fast responses, and real-time problem-solving. Because all businesses rely on software applications their performance is one of every organization’s main concerns and biggest headaches, especially if their applications are not just a part of their business, but the business itself. This is where APM comes into play.
In this guide, we are going to dive deep into what is application performance monitoring, how it works, and why and how to use it to help you troubleshoot performance issues faster and ensure peak app performance and flawless user experience.