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Riverbed APM gets easier to deploy and use for enterprises

Riverbed introduced SteelCentral AppInternals 10. The latest APM product features a new, single interface and can be deployed in minutes.

Riverbed retooled its flagship SteelCentral AppInternals application performance management analytics app, making it significantly easier to deploy and use.

Application performance management (APM) is notoriously complicated for many enterprises.

Like many other APM tools on the market, previous versions of SteelCentral AppInternals required the installation of multiple modules that had to be maintained. Enterprises need APM, but they don't want to have to consistently dedicate staff and other resources to ensure their APM tools stay up and running.

SteelCentral AppInternals 10 has been completely rethought and rewritten, and the final product is closer to a brand new tool rather than an updated version, said Julie Craig, analyst for Enterprise Management Associates.

The upgraded Riverbed APM software can be deployed once on a virtual machine and set up in 15 minutes, according to Nik Koutsoukos, Riverbed's senior director of product marketing. AppInternals won't require specialized staff to operate or to interpret reports, he said.

AppInternals 10 features a new, Web-based dashboard that can be accessed via PCs or mobile devices. The portal gives businesses a singular view into their applications network and infrastructure performance. Available on June 23, AppInternals 10 supports both mobile and desktop-based APM.

"This update modernizes [AppInternals], and makes it a lot easier for businesses to install and maintain," Craig said.

Digging deeper with Riverbed APM

As applications become more complex, problems are becoming more challenging to identify. As opposed to only storing snapshots of user activity, the latest version of SteelCentral AppInternals is engineered with new analytics capabilities that can examine every transaction at a minute level. Most other APM tools today allow IT to see what is happening in real-time, but not necessarily activity from just before a problem occurs.

"Now when a problem occurs, IT can do a replay of sorts to recreate the problem at a granular level -- even down to the user -- in order to fix it," Craig said. "The level of detailed monitoring is not available in all [APM] products on the market."

The transactional and user metrics collected by AppInternals 10 are easier to digest than in past versions of the software, said Krishnan Badrinarayanan, Riverbed's senior product marketing manager.

"Previously, we had up to six user interfaces based on each separate sub-product; now we have one [interface] that can show you [information like] where your users are coming from on a map, and what traffic was like now, compared to days ago," he said.

Let us know what you think about the story; email: Gina Narcisi, senior news writer, and follow @GeeNarcisi on Twitter.

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