Application Performance Management

Charles Rich

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Four Reasons Why Microservices Resonate We just finished the first O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference and the overwhelming most popular topic was microservices. Why all the hype about an architectural style? Microservices are the first post-DevOps revolution architecture. The DevOps revolution highlighted how much inadvertent friction an outdated operations mindset can cause, starting the move towards automating away manual tasks. By automating chores like machine provisioning and deployments, it suddenly became cheap to make changes that used to be expensive. Some architects properly viewed this new capability as a super power, and built architectures that fully embraced the operational aspects of their design. The Microservice architectural style prioritizes operational concerns as one of the key aspects of the architecture. Microservice architectures borr... (more)

How a “Momentum Oscillator” Helps with Performance Monitoring

Your day is going great.  Traffic was light, coffee is good this morning and the application release that you’ve been working on forever is being released today. One more acceptance test run and it’s a go!  Life is good….. until the call from server support. During final testing, the application started hoarding resources, otherwise known as a leak. Abnormal usage continues to rise.  Support had no idea that there was a problem. The server has failed.  Everyone from the CIO to the guy in the mailroom is in a panic.  This has happened more times than anyone wants to admit. In mos... (more)

Are You Riding the Java Performance Rollercoaster?

We all wish we could predict the future.  It would be wonderful to tell when a stock was going to go up before it did.  Unfortunately, most of us are not psychic.  In order to be successful in the stock market, you need to be lucky or spend a lot of time analyzing the behavior of the stocks.  Wouldn’t it be valuable if you were able to predict the up and down performance behavior of your Java applications and make adjustments to avoid unfavorable impacts on your company?  We find that one of the biggest impacts of not being able to predict application behavior, is that companie... (more)

APM Fade Away? NO WAY!

Recently an article came out stating that APM was going the way of the space shuttle.  Too expensive, outdated, not needed and so on.  There were statistics given indicating that APM products were growing out of favor as well.  Balderdash! To my experience most customers don’t even use the acronym APM or what it stands for, application performance monitoring. Many enterprises have shared services, IT operations and application development groups and they all monitor or test the performance of their respective resources. Statistics are a funny thing.  Depending on when you ask som... (more)

Sorting Through the APM Clutter

Alexander Podelko, a performance expert working with Oracle, recently wrote a blog post in which he takes a look at the current state of the APM market and what he thinks needs to change in order for companies to get the most out of their solutions. In his post, Alex discusses the vagueness around the term APM – is it Application Performance Monitoring or Application Performance Management? The APM market is fairly crowded and not well defined – every solution claims to be the best at monitoring all of your application performance needs; however, that just isn’t the reality. And... (more)