Making a Happy Marriage of WebSphere & TIBCO Infrastructures (Part 5 of 6)

Monitoring Message Flow - Middleware transactions (Fifth of a six-part blog series that describes how a team of IT pros and managers at one of the world’s largest global banks accommodated a bank acquisition and mastered a complex messaging environment.) Continue reading

Monitoring the Middleware-centric Enterprise

Middleware is like the nervous system interconnecting your applicationsWhat happens when an unexpected weather event suddenly drives demand for your product causing a shudder throughout your supply chain? What about a system bottleneck that threatens to disrupt customer service during a peak period? Business success and continuity depends on immediately knowing about situations like these. If your business-critical applications run in a composite application environment spanning web and legacy tiers, events like the ones above require intensive situational management. With growing external regulatory pressures such as Dodd-Frank and ever increasing internal requirements for compliance, this level of management is a necessity for survival.  Continue reading

Unraveling the Mystery: How to Anticipate Application Performance Problems

Complexity vs application performance monitoring

Monitoring application performance is simple…as long as the application and the deployment architecture are also simple.  The mystery appears as the complexity of the application architecture grows and begins to span from an isolated Java or .NET silo into a full-blooded composite application spanning web, middleware and mainframe tiers. Continue reading

The best view, is a unified view

A unified view across all middlewareMany enterprises utilize middleware as the “glue” linking their application infrastructure together. This application fabric is usually comprised of bespoke and commercial applications, some of which are sourced within the company and others obtained through acquisition. For these enterprises, middleware lets it all work together. Unfortunately, the middleware solutions are often used on a department or division basis with a box of overlapping tools to monitor and manage them.  As IT is still for the most part organized in silos (see Silos of Shame), this can be costly at best providing a technology-specific view of status and with little overall visibility of the application, itself.

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M&A – Merging Your Acquired IT Management Tools

One tool to rule them allGood news: Your company has just gone through a merger.  But surprise, surprise: you have also acquired a whole new set of management tools, along with a whole new set of applications.  Also included, at no charge is a fresh set of application problems.  Oh boy.

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What Does Your IT Department Fear This Holiday Season?

What does your IT team fear?What Does Your IT Department Fear This Holiday Season?

Children and even older folks can live in fear of Halloween ghouls, ghosts, goblins, witches and warlocks.  To most of us, it seems a little irrational. It’s all just make-believe right? Yet, it’s a major Hollywood industry to turn out movies that scare your shoes off, especially at this time of year. They’ve learned there’s money in keeping the public at least a little suspicious that all these things are real.

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On any given Sunday, football teaches a lesson on why monitoring your investment is critical to success

Football, APM and Nastel“Fourth down and inches from the goal line, I’m wondering what they’re going to do here?” asks the play-by-play announcer.

“They’re going to take a time out and think this over; they’re wise to do that,” replies the color commentator. “I think they’ll decide to go for it, for a couple of reasons.  They’ve got a big, sturdy offensive line that’s been pushing their opponents all over the field today, and this team invested a lot of money in that stud of a tailback in the off season. They need to prove themselves, and punching it in from inside the 1-yard-line is the way to do that.”

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The True Costs When IT Is Silo not Application Centric

The development of IT environments have naturally led to complexity. Put it down to the very nature of capitalism. Different vendors working together to achieve a common goal isn’t a common occurrence. Each vendor has over the years developed its own monitoring and reporting systems. This is all well and good for each specific application or system. It doesn’t work effectively when applications are executing across an IT enterprise comprised of everything from mainframe to cloud.

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Still not sold on APM? You need to look to the stars for the answer

This week we witnessed the final landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the end, for now, of U.S. manned space missions.

Taking a page from NASA on monitoring application performanceSending the shuttle to space requires over 1 million pounds of propellant and 500,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen to boost the 4.4 million pound machine into orbit. Talk about an engineering feat beyond all others!

But we at Nastel Technologies are not in the business of sending vehicles into space; we’re in the business of providing solutions for application performance management. So while knowing how much fuel it takes to travel into orbit, how much heat the sensitive tiles on each shuttle can withstand, or how the payload doors are designed is intriguing, we’d rather hear about the real guts of NASA’s shuttle program, the software applications that bring it all together, how they’re monitored and how diagnostics are provided when something is about to go wrong.

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“Hey, are they related” – DNA Testing for Transactions

Ever look at a two people and ask, “Are they related?  They have to be siblings!”  One sure way to determine if two people are in fact siblings is to compare their DNA.
DNA and correlating transactions

The same scenario can also be applied to transaction monitoring.  Having observed two unique messages, you’d like to know if these messages are “related”.  In the transaction monitoring world, “related” means two or more messages that belong to the same transaction.  To determine this, we compare the “DNA” of the messages.

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