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Complex Event Processing for Application Performance Management

Regardless of the complexity of network and web applications, the use of complex event processing, or CEP, plays a direct role in increasing productivity and ensuring infrastructure and operations run as smoothly as possible. Along with protecting the functionality of applications, complex event processing serves as a direct line of defense against fraud and malicious attacks against your network and infrastructure.

Complex event processing is directly responsible for the development of secure and advanced IT environments. Because of CEP, application performance management tools are able to work with a wide array of applications and architecture types, such as SOA and legacy applications. This is made possible as complex event processing engines are not limited to working with a single source for its data. It’s able to accurately correlate information from a wide array of sources, which allows it to delve deep into how IT errors and issues directly affect the key performance indicators in business metrics.

Complex event processing allows APM tools the ability to:

  • Establish enterprise-level standards across all data platforms
  • CEP allows testing models and troubleshooting to be done in a safe environment (virtual simulation)
  • Allows for simple and effective establishing of event pattern expectations, which may be used to design and create processes based upon contextual delivered information.
  • Enhances the ability for network scalability without fostering a vulnerable security environment.
  • Enables wide aspect event harvesting, which allows each event/transaction to be visible not only on the IT level, but also at the business level. This feature allows businesses to understand how each transaction is affecting their business functionality and performance. It’s only with this information that effective changes can be implemented.
  • Recognize established patterns based upon the parameters set forth by the network administrator. By showcasing patterns across multiple platforms, or applications, administrators are able to view trends in application use as well as spikes in abnormal behavior, which may otherwise go unnoticed. Enacting a company-wide policy that includes some type of application performance monitoring┬áis one way to ensure that these things don’t go unnoticed.

Overall, complex event processing allows data gathered through an APM tool to be delivered in such a way that IT organizations are able to improve application performance, availability (uptime) and visibility to all users. Its insightful conclusions are a must-have for all businesses who desire a means of reducing the impact of application errors while simultaneously working to the detect anomalous behavior, which could indicate fraud or a malicious attack.

Establishing a stable and high-performance application environment is not a simple task. However, with the use of complex event processing within your application performance management solution is able to streamline necessary information to help decrease the time spent troubleshooting application errors and issues. While not every business requires the use of CEPs, if you’re seeking a stable application environment, this is an essential component to any network infrastructure.

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Insights Into Cloud Application Performance Management

Unlike standard APM, cloud application performance management, or CAPM, handles instances in a much different manner. If your business has begun implementing cloud-based applications, it’s essential that you understand not only the differences within how these applications operate when compared to their static server counterparts, but also how the monitoring of such applications differs.

Application Performance Monitoring and Resource Monitoring

Traditionally, application performance management solutions monitor the CPU, memory and disk utilization of applications; also referred to as the end-to-end latencies of performances. While this is an essential aspect of application monitoring, cloud application performance management focuses primarily on the user experience for any application. By combining the back-end functionality with the user-experience element, CAPM tools is able to ensure the performance and usability of applications is as effective and streamlined as possible.

Cloud APM Components

CAPM is a complex process as it allows IT organizations to monitor an application from the inside-out. Generally, CAPM tools begin with identifying response times between each request and analyzing latencies that users experience from the beginning of a process to the very end. The most effective tools are those that allow you to not only monitor real-world occurrences, but also virtual simulations to ensure each process functions as it should. At the cloud instance, it’s essential to be able to separate each performance component within a network, which provides a deeper look into the application to determine the root cause for issues and errors altering the performance of each application.

Understanding the Unpredictable Elements of Cloud Applications

When a business utilizes the cloud as part of its communication mechanism, it’s introducing a vast array of unpredictable and unknown performance markers. The only way a business is able to achieve accurate performance measurement is by analyzing a large number of instances, or transactions, and then averaging them. As you utilize the Internet as a primary portion of your application, or network, infrastructure , the pathway of your network can unexpectedly change. It’s this unpredictable nature of cloud applications that many businesses fumble with. Cloud application performance management solutions take into account the non-stable environment the cloud provides, and utilizes advanced and complex monitoring elements to provide the deepest level of performance management and issue identification.

While utilizing the cloud to host applications is becoming a requirement due to the complex and ever-evolving IT industry, monitoring and analyzing cloud application performance is just as complex and demanding. CAPM tools, resolve many of these challenges as they allow IT organizations to focus on not only the end-user experience, which is vital when dealing with cloud based applications, but also back-end processes by assigning specific monitoring agents over each process. When combined with a thoughtful infrastructure and continual management, the performance and dependability of applications are significantly increased.

 

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