The next generation shift in hybrid infrastructure has arrived: organizations worldwide are adopting cloud computing and its trends to drive growth. Cloud application performance management is one of the key areas of IT infrastructure that businesses have been focusing on.
Running applications in the cloud has its benefits, but monitoring performance and the resources that applications are using is critical. As more organizations move away from traditional application performance management, businesses have to adapt to new changes.
Here are some expert views on cloud APM:
Your Application Must Be Right for the Cloud
Not every application will perform well in a hybrid environment. IT teams must always check suitability before migrating to the cloud. Applications need the right architecture to perform effectively. You have to consider factors like network latency, performance requirements, service profiles and resource volatility.
According to Stackify.com, a company that offers application performance management tools, organizations must perform rigorous cloud readiness checks in advance to identify the best applications to migrate. Those that require high resiliency are usually the best for cloud migration.
Seek a Unified View Across the Entire Business Service Stack
With the rising complexities of the business servicestack, organizations are abandoning the efforts to pick and chose performance monitoring tools that fit both traditional and cloud infrastructures. To proactively manage application performance, organizations have to shift their focus on monitoring cloud-enabled applications from end-to-end.
This is best done by seeking a unified view across private cloud, public cloud and traditional business services in a way that provides real-time visibility into core business processes to deliver quality services and optimal end-user experience.
Deploy Automated, Analytics-Based Monitoring Solutions
Private cloud infrastructure comes with its own challenges including limited visibility. This is further complicated by the multiple third-party services that enterprises run.
To achieve a dynamic view and insight into today’s complex applications, organizations need to deploy automated, analytics-based monitoring solutions that correlate all data to detect performance issues before they impact critical applications. Go for end-to-end solutions that provide a holistic view across the entire IT environment.
Monitor Application Performance from the End-User Perspective
When it comes to cloud APM, it’s not longer about monitoring applications from data centers. Organizations have to focus more on the end-user experience no matter where or how the applications are accessed. To monitor and verify the performance of applications and services, you have to combine performance metrics from existing IT infrastructure and cloud applications.
The ability to track application transactions in real-time and measure performance from an end-user’s perspective gives a better picture of how applications are supporting business demands. Effective user experience management can be achieved by moving monitoring points closer to end-users – such as devices or web browsers.
Track Performance Behavior Over Time
Cloud application performance management is most effective when you track individual application transactions and behavior across multiple platforms, services or the entire IT infrastructure over time. An understanding of your application behavior metrics enables you to identify issues that could affect application performance and business services.
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