Compuware adds free Internet service assessment to on-premises application performance monitoring.
Compuware has released CloudSleuth, a free cloud and web service performance monitor that develops an independent view of how well services on the web are running and gives that feedback to a related application-monitoring system in the data center. The combination tells a business manager what his business service looks like in the end user's browser window.
CloudSleuth provides a picture of how effectively the distributed parts of an application are working together, no matter where they are located, and appears to be a prototype of what is likely to be a new crop of tools for managing composite applications across web services and cloud operations.
It comes from an unlikely source, Compuware in Detroit. CloudSleuth marks a switch in strategy for a company that once made its fortune by supplying automakers with sophisticated software requirements-management and development tools.
Its application know-how is being reapplied to the Internet, where CloudSleuth combines feedback from 300 active monitors on the Internet backbone, while at the same time analyzing load-test data generated by 150,000 "headless" users. The so-called headless users are client machines located on the last mile of the Internet where their periodic, automated pings to web services, such the Microsoft search engine Bing, Internet advertising servers, or content delivery networks, give CloudSleuth feedback on where delays may be occurring among web services.
Compuware's on-premises performance analyzer, Vantage, can use the data to predict what an end user might be seeing in the browser window, as a composite application tries to assemble all its moving parts.
CloudSleuth is intended to monitor the performance of modern "borderless applications" that frequently tie into services outside the enterprise, said Doug Willoughby, Compuware's director of cloud strategy, in an interview.
CloudSleuth can tell how well an application is performing to an end user looking at a Microsoft Explorer window versus Mozilla's Firefox. It can tell if application running on a server in Amazon's EC2 data center in Virginia is performing up to speed, or for that matter, application components in the GoGrid, Microsoft Azure, or Google App Engine clouds.
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