Research: APM Reaches for the Clouds

Sep 30, 2010


Virtualization or Not, APM Is Hot

If you’re like most business tech professionals, you’ve moved some of your company’s mission-critical applications to a virtual environment—the time savings and budgetary benefits far outweigh any disadvantages—and you’re considering migrating even more apps to public or private clouds. But no matter how much you’ve improved efficiency by going virtual, you still have to monitor and manage the performance of your apps and share performance data with users and business partners. And that’s not easy, especially in situations where you have limited access to a service provider’s related applications and underlying infrastructure—you can’t determine the root cause of many problems if you can’t get a complete picture of the user experience.

As more vendors enter the APM market and existing APM vendors rush to revamp their offerings to accommodate organizations taking their apps virtual, InformationWeek Analytics polled 379 business technology professionals in its 2010 Application Performance Management Survey. Our goal: to find out how organizations are updating their APM strategies in context of virtualization and cloud computing, to ensure efficient delivery of required metrics as the market evolves. We also set out to identify trends emerging since our 2009 APM survey, and to explore why some companies are holding off on APM altogether—for now. (R1591010)

(Don’t miss “APM Deployment Options,” our companion report done in conjunction with Network Computing, for an in-depth assessment of new APM implementations.) 


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