Application performance awareness — An ingredient for the best of networks.
Understanding what’s running on the network is all about having the right perspective.
If you are a firewall administrator, you need the visibility provided by your firewall deployment to ensure they are configured properly. If you are an application developer, you need the visibility of a pure APM tool that can analyze individual database transactions and help identify the bottlenecks slowing down your application. And if you are dealing with the LAN, WAN, and the performance ability of applications across these mediums, you need powerful, pervasive visibility to ensure everything is operating at its peak efficiency.
With managed WAN services struggling to meet the needs of an increasing business pace, Gartner has identified Application Performance as a vital self-service capability for service providers that want to enable new areas of operational agility.
Application Aware Network Performance Monitoring (aaNPM) tools such as Sinefa can provide that perspective. aaNPMs provide a focus on application performance from a network point of view, leveraging not only packets but network flow data as well. Put succinctly, aaNPM shows the impact of the network on an application’s performance.
Having the correct tools to process the flow of data, properly analyze that data, and present the resulting information in real-time, can be the determining factor between a smooth user experience and an overwhelmed help desk. This is true whether you are dealing with legacy applications running in a local data center, dynamically routing traffic between branches via SD-WAN over MPLS and the Internet, or cloud based web applications accessed from around the world. If you can’t see it — you can’t report on it.
Today’s IT organizations are moving faster, handling more types of data, storing and accessing data in more locations, and have a greater dependency on that data than ever before. Relying on the wrong visibility tools can be the difference between employees working at peak efficiency and maintaining high customer satisfaction, and failure.
Using a dedicated aaNPM solution makes it possible for you to separate network based application visibility from the more specific visibility provided by other types of devices. Having this capability as on over-the-top technology which is agnostic to carriers and security infrastructure ensures complete network coverage unaffected by network changes. This gives exactly the right information to those who need it, allowing them to rapidly address both ongoing expansion and performance needs — as well as the pesky problems that crop up from time to time.