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APM – that’s only the half of it!

Think of when you are driving your car on a commute. You are emulating an application winding its way from user to data centre, doing some work, and then returning.

On your car dashboard you have the speedometer (think of this as the Application Performance Monitor (APM) that lets you know how fast you are going and helps you comply with the law. The other dials on the dashboard tell you about how the car’s infrastructure is performing and alert you to any problems. You may also have satellite navigation, linked to traffic flow, that keeps you running in the most expedient way and avoids trouble spots and bottlenecks on route (think Infrastructure Performance Manager (IPM).

If you have a inexpensive car you may only have a speedometer – although unlikely these days. In a performance car you have multiple gauges, both physical and virtual, that help you manage the vehicle. APM, like the speedometer, is a good indicator of external application performance but doesn’t give you any insight into the infrastructure or help you with the journey. That is where IPM comes in.

A good Application Centric – Infrastructure Performance Management platform gives you the ability to comprehensively monitor, analyze and optimize the performance, availability and cost of the IT infrastructure that services your enterprise applications. App-centric IPM solutions continuously capture, correlate and analyze—in real-time—the system-wide performance, utilization and health of heterogeneous physical, virtual and cloud computing environments in the context of the application.

As application performance and cost reduction become more important, in an increasingly hybrid data centre, you should know what the infrastructure is doing rather than guessing. IT teams can measure and guarantee performance-based service level agreements (SLAs), increasing the value of the infrastructure to the business.

A combination of APM and IPM ensures the smooth, trouble free and optimised running of the data centre – and because the application performance is stable the business and end users are happy. Imagine driving a commute, in a performance car, with no hold ups or problems – now, in the data centre world, that doesn’t have to be a dream.