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App performance management in the distributed computing age

Application performance management is back in the spotlight. But it's not that enterprises had put APM on the back burner. After all, app performance management -- and monitoring the uptime and availability of essential applications -- is a critical requirement of today's enterprise networks.

But in today's world of distributed computing, app performance management has become more challenging. It's not just ensuring that users can access the applications they need. It's also making sure that each of the components comprising those applications -- which in many cases encompass multiple third-party elements and complex back ends -- are performing in sync.

IT's multi-platform environment poses additional challenges. Users rely on a myriad of devices and operating systems. And users can be anywhere -- and anybody. Application performance must be just as crisp for the accountant in the cubicle at the branch office in Salida, Colo., as it is for the CEO in the corner office in Chicago.

To that end, enterprises need robust APM tools capable of measuring several important performance benchmarks that go beyond end-user experience. These include application discovery and dependence mapping and the ability to identify the transactions that have the most business significance. APM products must also provide comprehensive analytics and reporting, and these tools should also dovetail with other network management monitoring systems used at your organization.

If you're wondering how to establish a strong APM foundation, then this technical guide will examine what you need to know. App performance management is no longer a "like-to-have" ability. Indeed, in today's distributed world where access to features and services is a must, APM is a critical weapon in your IT arsenal.