AppMon™ | Software-Defined Network Telemetry and Performance Monitoring

Real-time monitoring of network and application performance across hybrid and multi-cloud environments

 

Introducing AppMon: Alleviate the challenges of end-to-end network visibility and performance monitoring across software-defined and cloud-based architectures

With increasing network complexity and the move toward cloud-based and software-defined architectures, tools that provide visibility into the performance of network, infrastructure and application components, as well as end-user experience, are critical for monitoring complex IT environments.

Apcela’s AppMon™ is a network telemetry and monitoring agent that constantly scans and reports network and application performance giving insight into performance issues and optimization opportunities. Through network instrumentation, AppMon gives enterprises the ability to identify application performance information across underlay and overlay networks, enabling infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams to locate application-specific performance problems faster, thereby reducing time-to-diagnose and accelerating time-to-repair.

“The ability of the network to assist in a feedback loop to the applications is a novel enhancement to the network infrastructure as compared to traditional enterprise networks.” 

Source: Cisco

AppMon + EAP

Real-Time Insight into Network, Infrastructure and Application Performance

Monitoring application performance across the entire network can often lead to multiple performance management tools and point solutions giving limited visibility to specific aspects of performance without a centralized, end-to-end view of network and application performance.

Integrated with Apcela’s Enhanced Analytics Platform (EAP), AppMon addresses this crucial requirement for enterprises operating mission-critical applications in the cloud, providing the necessary visibility into networks and applications across hybrid and multi-cloud environments through a single pane of glass.

AppMon monitors and communicates the state of the network in real-time, providing a critical linkage between network infrastructure and application performance. Deployed across the enterprise, each AppMon sensor runs a configurable set of synthetic network and application performance tests. These tests deliver a continuous stream of telemetry data over Apcela’s high-performance,a low-latency backbone for analysis and proactive remediation via EAP. Data can also be collected at the user and application level for transmission and processing by the analytics platform.

EAP provides several types of analytical capabilities, including trend reporting, alerting, and anomaly detection. By running these tests from a fleet of strategically distributed AppMon sensors, infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams can dramatically improve the precision with which they instrument, monitor and maintain their application delivery infrastructure. The result is real-time, end-to-end network visibility and improved application performance delivered with zero additional infrastructure footprint.

 

Network Infrastructure Monitoring for Software-Defined and Cloud-Based Architectures

Performance Management Challenges

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Limited Scope

Currently network operators do not have the ability to manage application performance across their networks with pinpoint clarity

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Poor Visibility

Poorly performing applications are difficult and costly to identify and repair

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Costly and Inefficient Resolution

Limitations in application performance visibility lead to costly and time consuming incident resolutions

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Unclear ROI on Cloud Investments

Inability to monitor application performance inhibits initiatives for cost optimization and efficiency gains

AppMon Benefits

De-Risk Network Elements

Simulate and fine-tune voice, video and other traffic patterns to assess performance demands on network infrastructure and assure network performance and capacity for real-time services

Solve Issues with Agility

Accelerate issue diagnosis by instantly measuring link/connection quality between any two sites or internet destinations

Gain Insight into Network Usage

Design your own application performance simulations to test user access control models, policies and scenarios

Maintain a Tight Grip on User Experience

Actively monitor user connectivity to business-critical applications and course correct before IT escalations

AppMon Use Cases and Deployment

AppMon enables I&O teams to gain near-time visibility of infrastructure and application performance, monitor SaaS and IaaS solutions from a user’s point of view, validate reported issues and integrate cloud-based and on-premises application performance monitoring. AppMon is designed to meet the requirements of highly distributed enterprises, or organizations with a significant number of applications deployed in cloud or hybrid environments. 

Cloud Application and Network Monitoring

With AppMon, users can automatically instrument and baseline network and application performance across underlay and overlay networks

Accelerated Issue Identification and Remediation

Tracking individual applications across a distributed network opens opportunities for identifying issues quicker and deploying remediations accurately – whether they’re SaaS-based, on-premises or in hybrid configurations

Deeper Insights on Network Usage

Integrating AppMon data with other cloud components enables network operators to manage cloud environments with pinpoint clarity

Improved User Experience before Mission Critical Problems Occur

AppMon enables network managers to monitor user connectivity and usage of mission-critical applications and predictively respond to issues before they impact business results

AppMon Deployment

AppMon is designed to immediately support zero-touch provisioning and can be fully configured and deployed within 2-4 weeks. The AppMon test suite is quickly extensible and provides a readily expandable monitoring footprint across enterprise networks, becoming a crucial component for delivering a highly available application acceleration platform. Together, these solutions allow I&O teams to maintain a transparent and timely awareness of user-facing application issues with the ability to quickly adjust application and infrastructure elements before issues arise.

Featured Resources

Data Sheet

AppMon Solution Overview

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Enhanced Analytics Platform

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