What you need to know about application performance monitoring tools

Last updated:April 2015

Editor's note

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.

2Deploy APM for cloud, mobile apps

APM tools are an essential “must have” technology as organizations migrate their business to a public, private or hybrid cloud model. This requires cloud application developers to pay close attention to the software lifecycle to ensure the application performs well and network engineers to closely monitor those cloud applications. Addressing any performance challenges from cloud applications will enhance the Quality of Experience for users in the organization.

Businesses also require network engineers to have greater visibility into mobile application performance. Bring your own device and the consumerization of IT demand APM tool suppliers to deliver software offering the ability monitor mobile applications for a growing mobile workforce. Read more about APM for the cloud and mobile applications.