The traditional view of APM is that APM has been 1) all about custom developed applications, and 2) all about finding the problem in the custom developed code that is creating the performance, throughput, or availability problem. However, as more an more applications are being put in highly distributed, shared, dynamic (virtualized), and cloud based environment, it is increasingly becoming the case that problems in the infrastructure are impacting the applications.
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At VMworld 2012, VMware announced the vCloud Suite, two editions of which (Advanced and Enterprise) include vCenter Operations. VMware has therefore now signaled that monitoring at the operations level is just a feature of a larger suite. Prior to VMworld, VMware also announced that it had acquired the Log Insight technology and team from Pattern Insight. While nothing was said at VMworld about the future integration of Log Insight into vCenter Operations, one has to make the reasonable assumption that this will occur. VMware also said nothing about integrating its APM solution (vFabric APM) into the suites, but we have to also make reasonable assumptions that this is a matter of when and not if. Now ExtraHop Networks and Splunk have partnered to create an entirely different kind of suite.
A very interesting thing happens as your vSphere environment scales up. That every interesting thing is that the larger your environment gets, the more frequently you need data about its performance, capacity and configuration state. This is simply because the more things that there are in the environment, the more likely it is that something is wrong with one of them at any moment in time.
One of the important questions that we should all frequently ask ourselves is, “How will virtualization and cloud computing be different this year and next year than they have been in the past”? One of the answers to those questions involves the kinds of applications that you are virtualizing, and/or putting in clouds (public or private). The short version of the answer is that the applications that are left to virtualize, are for the most part, very different from the applications that have been virtualized to date.
In “VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance“, we detailed the strategy the VMware announced at VMworld Las Vegas in the fall of 2011. The cornerstone of that strategy was to open up a new ROI for virtualization. This new ROI is based upon OPEX savings that come from automating IT Operations, in contrast to the CAPEX savings that come the server consolidation that has fueled the virtualization industry so far.