How we came up with jKool, a SaaS solution for Streaming Analytics

jKool - Streaming Analytics - "Talk with your data"jKool LLC, a new company, spinning-off from Nastel Technologies is a highly scalable, SaaS solution for streaming analytics of Big Data. The jKool API is used to add real-time analytics to applications which will now be able to stream data into the service at jKoolCloud.com.  The service analyzes the data as it arrives, delivering its users instant insight.

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Goodbye OpTier

optierUnusual for a company’s demise, OpTier quietly disappeared without press fanfare or news reports.  According to Gartner Analyst Jonah Kowall, they ceased operations in May 2014. Over the years, we crossed paths with them many times, competing in large deals some of which we won and some we lost.  We both had NY offices, traded employees several times and at one trade show our booths were right next to each other.  However, even though they were a competitor it was sad to learn they were gone.

The Application Performance Monitoring (APM) market has been rapidly evolving and customers are expecting more out-of-the-box than ever before.  OpTier had driven the Business Transaction Monitoring message for many years until their switch to a Cloud, Big Data analytics story.  They also followed Nastel in providing real-time analytics using Complex Event Processing. However, the Cloud messages appeared to be more about vision then install-able product and even with the $100 M invested in them they were unable to sustain profitability.

Nastel has been offering real-time monitoring and analytics for over 20 years. As a privately funded company it need only listen and respond to its customers and is not beholden to investors. It has a large portion of the biggest banks as well as many of the major Healthcare Payers and major high-tech retailers as customers.  Nastel remains focused on providing real-time monitoring, analytics and self-service to its customers.

If you are an OpTier customer, you might consider discussing with us how we might help.  We would be glad to provide a free assessment and establish a rapid plan for migration. For more analysis on this take a look at the article in ZDNet entitled “Nastel on competitors and company philosophy” by Dan Kusnetzky.

Customer Case Study: Private Cloud with WebSphere App Server

Nastel will be in booth #510 at IBM Impact 2014

Check out our New Customer Case Study on Private Cloud

We sponsored a customer case study at IBM Impact 2014, “How Technology is used at a Nastel Customer for Proactive Monitoring in a Private Cloud“. The session speaker was  Karolyn Schalk, VP IT Infrastructure.  It is now available on-demand here.  Check it out and let us know if your found it valuable.

APM TechTalks 2014

Nastel TechTalks on APM for 2014Nastel is announcing its 2014 APM TechTalk lineup. The sessions are led by Albert Mavashev, CTO and Richard Nikula, VP Development and cover topics such as: analytics, tracking, performance monitoring, self-service, log analysis and middleware.

Please join us at one or more of the sessions and be sure to bring your questions.   The APM topics include:

  • Smart Logging for DEV, Test, QA & Production.
  • Tracking Messages Through DataPower
  • How to handle cascading problems with applications interconnected via middleware
  • Self Service for MQ II
  • Nastel AutoPilot – tracking, monitoring and analysis: a demo
  • Message tracking through multi-middleware
  • Use analytics to detect anomalies in composite applications
  • The Security Model in WebSphere MQ
  • Real-time Monitoring for Auditing and Compliance

If you miss any of them live, they will be available on-demand the following day at the same link.  Hope to see you there! The link for the TechTalks is here.

Self-service, the DIY for WebSphere

DIY or do it yourself for WebSphere MQ (WMQ)

 

The DIY (do it yourself) movement while ageless, is experiencing a rising tide of popularity possibly due the economy’s lethargic performance.  You can judge it’s popularity yourself, just based on the number of cable channels dedicated to building anything from a bookshelf to an entire new house.  Homeowners needing to do more with less take on tasks that previously they would have called in an expert or specialist to do.  With a little help from the DIY channels, they get the job done.   What about IT Ops and DevOps?  While company profits have increased, the budget’s for many IT teams has remained flat. And yet, there is still work to do. The concept of “self-service” is the IT world’s answer to DIY.  One area needing self-service is WebSphere management and monitoring.

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A Thanksgiving APM Adventure

Thanksgiving, after dinner with my extended family drinking coffee and nibbling on the many desserts everyone brought to our house seemed a great respite from the hectic days working for an APM software vendor.

Thanksgiving APM Adventures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But alas, peace and tranquility was lost as the smart phones, tablets and laptops appeared on the table next to the flour-less chocolate cake and pumpkin pie.  Suddenly, we were all shopping for Hanukkah and Christmas presents. And then the phrase recently only associated with healthcare.gov was heard, “That &#%!@ website!!!” Continue reading

Getting to the Root of Root Cause Analysis

Root cause analysis in often referred to as the “Holy Grail” of monitoring.

Getting to the root cause of APM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, if I have my Arthurian legends straight, it was never found.  We won’t count the Indiana Jones re-write of the legend… In fact the Holy Grail is more of an ideal and not something you ever fully accomplish.

Nevertheless, it was considered the most worthwhile pursuit; even if it is always a bit out of reach.  The same holds true for application performance monitoring. Continue reading

Join Nastel at Gartner Symposium

Visit with Nastel at Gartner Symposium booth #404Nastel will be in booth #404 at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, October 7th – 10th.  Please stop by our booth, #404 to enter a drawing for a Tablet, spin our wheel and try to win some cool prizes and talk to our experts on Application Performance Monitoring (APM).

We will demonstrate AutoPilot’s capabilities for Self-service, Preemptive Analytics for APM and real-time compliance monitoring.  In addition we have new version of our UI we would love to show you that was specially designed to run on mobile devices. And we have some new customer wins we would be happy to tell you about.

We hope to see you at the show!