Like BMC before it, Compuware has been taken private. This is likely because neither the old mainframe business nor the new APM business has shown any growth. Being private will create an opportunity for its APM division to reinvent itself and fully participate in the new high-growth APM markets. We can only hope that the new owners of Compuware will give the APM division the opportunity to join the new leaders in APM.
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What is still missing here is any kind of an end-to-end view of infrastructure latency that is also real time, deterministic and comprehensive. The marrying of the SAN point of view with the IP network point of view is the obvious combination. The hard issue here will be the identification of the applications so that these view of infrastructure performance can be surfaced on a per application basis. In summary, we have a long way to go here, and this just might be why so many of those virtualization projects for business critical and performance critical applications are having so much trouble getting traction.
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The news today is that Compuware has acquired dynaTrace. This is an extremely significant development as this is the first example of one of the “traditional” systems management vendors (IBM, HP, CA, BMC, Compuware, Quest), stepping up their game to acquire one of these new innovators that address these new use cases and requirements.