In this report Aberdeen’s research findings look at the current state of network and application performance management, WAN optimization and network hardware.
Boost Application Performance with End-to-end Visibility and Optimization
Lost in a Sea of Performance Data
In the world of technology, organizations can find themselves lost if they don’t understand how their applications are running, what the load being put on the network is, or how end-users are experiencing the services delivered to them. With the right management and monitoring tools, businesses can get the total picture of their IT infrastructure.
Weathering the Rough Application Performance Seas
Managing, understanding and optimizing application today is often an exercise in dealing with blind spots. For businesses used to the old data centre model of everything on premise, the lack of visibility that legacy tools have into cloud applications, mobile users, and virtual systems leaves these companies with huge gaps in their knowledge of how their applications and network are running.
These problems aren’t going away anytime soon. When organizations were asked to list some of the top obstacles they face when it came to understanding and managing application and network performance, two of the main themes were rising demand and limited visibility.
Clearly, many businesses are headed for a disaster if they don’t understand how their applications are being used and performing, and can’t do anything to optimize their IT infrastructure. But there are key strategies and capabilities that organizations can leverage to get deep, end-to-end visibility into their applications and ensure that their entire environment is reliable and high performing.
Battening Down the Application Performance Hatches
One of the main problems that companies face in monitoring and managing application performance is the fact that many of the tools they are using were built for the application environments of several years ago, when they should be leveraging modern management systems that are specifically designed to meet the challenges of today’s applications and networks.
Organizations that are successful when it comes to application performance and optimization are those that have taken the steps to utilize new strategies and capabilities. Looking at Figure 2, one sees the important capabilities that the Leaders are leveraging in order to build these high performance IT infrastructures.
With these capabilities, leading organizations are able to effectively weather the storms of rising user expectations and increased bandwidth demand and deliver smooth sailing for their critical applications and services.
Advantages of Being an Application Performance Leader
Tools and systems that provide real-time and end-to-end visibility into all areas that can impact application performance reliability provide a real edge for organizations.
As shown in Figure 2 above, companies that are leaders in application performance are far more likely to take advantage of these key capabilities, giving them a deep understanding of application performance, the state of the network and how end-users are being impacted.
As the Table below shows, the payoff for being a Leader is better availability for business critical applications, which in many ways is due to a faster ability to find the root cause of application issues and achieve quick mean time to repair (MTTR).
As one would expect, reliable and high performing applications lead to happy end-users, as Leaders were able to reduce end-user complaints (something Followers completely failed to do) and are more than twice as likely to have very or extremely satisfied end-users.
To make your organization a leader in application and network performance and optimization, implement these Best-in-Class strategies:
- Boost visibility into key areas that impact performance.
By extending monitoring and visibility across all areas that touch application performance, organizations can get a complete understanding of their application infrastructure.
- Get your application infrastructure up-to-date.
Companies can become a leader in application performance by updating their infrastructure to hardware and management systems that are designed to handle the challenges and requirements of modern business.
- Extend and improve your performance management infrastructure.
Organizations can boost the capabilities of their network and application management infrastructure by leveraging hardware with built-in performance management capabilities, such as leveraging WAN optimization appliances for cost-effective branch visibility.
- Optimize performance in real time.
Top performing IT organizations implement tools that detect when performance issues are about to occur and fix them before they impact end-users, which is why these leading businesses are more than twice as likely to have satisfied users.
- Manage performance across the hybrid enterprise globally.
Leading businesses implement hardware and management systems that provide visibility, control and optimization to all branch offices and company locations anywhere in the world, as well as the cloud.
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