EMA APM Radar Part 2: “Cloud-readiness” and Application Performance Management (APM) vendors
Cloud adoption is challenging traditional application management models and the APM solutions that support them. Private Cloud drives new requirements for depth of visibility to virtual environments and to dynamic change. Public Cloud presents unique management challenges since APM solutions engineered for visibility to on-premise-hosted apps often lack visibility to public Cloud environments. Hybrid cloud generates new requirements for transaction tracing and mapping, visibility to integrations, and component tracking. And, although the primary purpose of enterprise management solutions in general is to deliver visibility and control, the bottom line impact of Cloud is to obscure visibility and limit the customer’s control.
Not surprisingly, IT organizations recognize these challenges and are moving to “tool up” accordingly. “Cloud readiness” has become a factor in developing Requests for Proposal (RFP’s), with more than 40% of companies currently re-assessing the Cloud-readiness of their management tools supporting:
• SaaS (35%)
• PaaS (29%)
• IaaS (29%).
Some of the best minds in the industry at today’s leading “Cloud-ready” vendors are tackling the “Cloud Challenge”. EMA’s “Application Performance Management (APM) for Cloud Services” Radar Report, to be released later this week, discusses the challenges of managing public, private, and hybrid Cloud application environments in detail. It also highlights the Cloud-ready features of eighteen leading vendors with a wide breadth of APM functionality.
Participating vendors include:
• Single Component/Point solutions: AppDynamics, AppFirst, Aternity, INETCO, Netuitive, New Relic, and Splunk.
• Multi Component/Suite solutions: CA, Compuware, Correlsense, eG Innovations, HP, IBM, Nastel, OPNET, OpTier, Quest, and SolarWinds.
In general, “Point” solutions address a targeted functional APM capability while “Multi Component” solutions cover more breadth and depth. In fact, the solutions profiled in the research vary widely in terms of depth and breadth of coverage, form factor, and mode of deployment. Cloud-based and on-premise solutions, those with private and public Cloud management capabilities, and hard and soft appliances are all included.
Participation required a significant commitment on the part of each vendor, starting with a comprehensive survey consisting of nearly 100 questions and over 500 data points. The survey questions covered the five key functions common to all EMA Radar Reports, which include Architecture, Functionality, Deployment and Administration, Vendor Strength, and Cost Advantage.
EMA also conducted lengthy interviews and demos with each vendor to clarify product capabilities and direction. Finally, EMA conducted more than 40 interviews with customers using the products. Each of these steps required significant levels of vendor engagement and ongoing dialogue with EMA analysts.
Because nearly thirty vendors were offered the opportunity to participate in this rigorous study, EMA sees the eighteen vendors who did participate as the most Cloud-ready in the industry. Although this is still an early market, these vendors all have distinctive capabilities for managing private, public, or hybrid Cloud environments which can deliver significant value to companies of virtually any size or in any industry.
An EMA webinar covering the findings of the study will take place at noon Mountain time on Tuesday, February 7. We invite you to register at: http://research.enterprisemanagement.com/application-performance-management-radar-blog.html.