Application Inspection Triggers Give Users the Flexibility to Customize Application Performance Management without the Business Disruption of Legacy Agent-Based SolutionsSEATTLE, WA – May 5, 2011 – Enterprise IT environments are increasingly complex and dynamic, and until now, performance monitoring products have lacked the speed and flexibility to keep up. ExtraHop Networks, a leading provider of network-based application performance management (APM) solutions, today unveiled version 3.5 of the ExtraHop Application Delivery Assurance system, featuring Application Inspection Triggers technology. This new technology brings an unprecedented level of customization for real-time network and application management, empowering IT personnel for the first time to customize performance monitoring of business-critical applications without the overhead and deployment headaches of agent-based technologies.
"Many of our customers claim that their monitoring infrastructure is more complicated than the applications they are monitoring. As IT transitions from static to dynamic, it's critical that IT Operations teams have visibility into these hostile environments. Unfortunately, legacy tools that rely on static configurations and agent-based technologies need to be constantly recertified and redeployed on every system," said Jesse Rothstein, CEO and co-founder of ExtraHop Networks. "With Application Inspection Triggers, IT personnel gain the flexibility to select the performance metrics that are most relevant to their unique applications and environment. It's time for your vendors to stop telling you what's important and instead give you the flexibility you need."
While other customized monitoring products use filters and expressions, Application Inspection Triggers introduce a framework for real-time analysis based on scriptable event processing at the application-protocol level. Perhaps best described as a network-monitoring scripting environment, Application Inspection Triggers offer a level of analysis at 10Gbps that has become feasible only recently. Now, IT personnel can perform sophisticated analysis and define additional metrics for their specific environment without waiting for product enhancements from application performance management vendors.
"A major barrier to realizing the full value of application-oriented performance monitoring has been the inability of those systems to keep up with the dynamic nature of the applications themselves," said Jim Frey, Managing Research Director, EMA. "In most enterprises, the most important applications to be monitored are those that have been developed in-house and thus are least likely to be supported out of the box by performance monitoring tools. With this new capability, ExtraHop adds to its considerable solution strengths in application and transaction performance analysis by embracing and supporting these custom applications in an innovative and highly effective manner."
The new Application Inspection Triggers technology satisfies frequent customer requests and frees users from the locked-in approach offered by other APM vendors. In any IT environment, Application Inspection Triggers provide a wide range of benefits and possible uses. In scenarios requiring client segregation, ExtraHop customers can focus on a subset of the client population for additional detailed analysis. Our customers also can leverage the Application Inspection Triggers technology for transaction exclusion by suppressing the analysis of certain transactions according to specific criteria. For deterministic multi-tier correlation, IT teams can trace transaction linkages across tiers using embedded tags or session IDs; they also can achieve HTTP experience monitoring, measuring the time from first to last request in a session. With the Application Inspection Triggers technology, the possibilities are endless for the most-advanced and customizable application performance management solution on the market today.
The ExtraHop Application Delivery Assurance system is a real-time, passive network appliance that monitors and analyzes every business-critical transaction from L2 to L7 across network, web, database, and storage tiers, spanning physical and virtual environments. The massively scalable ExtraHop system combines the troubleshooting capabilities of Network Performance Managers with the superior application-level visibility of User Experience Monitors to perform sophisticated network-traffic analysis. While many tools rely on legacy technologies such as NetFlow collection, SNMP polling, custom performance agents, or active service checks, the ExtraHop system performs full-stream reassembly and full-content analysis to extract and archive valuable performance and health metrics in a real-time datastore.
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