What you need to know about application performance monitoring tools

Last updated:April 2015

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More complex, more distributed and more dynamic than ever before, the modern IT environment needs application performance management (APM) that matches its agility. Inadequate application performance can directly affect a business, hurting brand image or cutting into revenue as customers struggle to complete transactions.  

In this guide, SearchNetworking brings together knowledge from experts on why application performance is so crucial for businesses and how to approach the task effectively. Read about the distinctions between network and application monitoring and why finding the right network monitoring tool and deploying APM for cloud and mobile apps are so vital to the health of an organization.

1Find the right monitoring tools

Network engineers are like doctors. They safeguard the network’s health from end-to-end – all the way from the infrastructure and backend to user applications. Choosing the right network monitoring and APM tools requires learning the differences between products and features. It calls for an understanding of the network – its benefits and faults – and grasping the various application performance management metrics needed to determine how the technology can meet the business’ needs.

Once the network engineer understands the different approaches, making application performance monitoring a priority is critical to match the network’s complexity. Businesses rely on quick data collection and analysis to predict when an application might fail. Ensuring IT decides what performance metrics are important for application performance tests, and keeping an eye on other technologies such as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) will be crucial towards guaranteeing the network delivers on its promises. Examine these resources for more information.