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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. 

Situational management for these applications is accomplished by Middleware-centric Application Performance Monitoring (APM).  As these composite applications consist of functionality drawn from multiple applications interconnected via middleware such as WebSphere MQ, enterprises that use them are considered to be “middleware-centric”.  Middleware, akin to the nervous system that interconnects the various organs in the human body here integrates the various applications in the middleware-centric enterprise.

Of course, each member of a composite application may have its own behavior and initiate its own set of messages. But, the advantage in looking at these holistically, “stitching” these together into a traceable path across tiers and profiling their performance is the ability to provide root cause analysis. Middleware-centric APM provides deep-dive visibility into specific situations as they develop – absolutely necessary when IT transparency is required.

But, the most striking outcome of middleware-centric APM coupled with analytics is that early warning can be delivered and as a result greatly minimize user impact.

For more information on this topic, please read our white paper on situational management.

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Charles Rich is Vice President of Product Management at Nastel Technologies, a provider of middleware-centric application performance monitoring for mission-critical applications from the datacenter to the cloud. He is a software product management professional who brings over 27 years of technical hands-on experience working with large-scale customers to meet their application and systems management requirements.

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