Riverbed Improves Application Performance Management

Former OPNET Application Performance Management (APM) technology gets rebranded and expanded under Riverbed's leadership.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Jun 18, 2014
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Riverbed is expanding its reach into the Application Performance Management (APM) market with a new release of a product formerly known as OPNET AppInternals Xpert, now called SteelCentral AppInternals 9.0.

Riverbed acquired OPNET in a $1 billion deal back in 2012 in a bid to expand its APM product portfolio.

Nik Koutsoukos, senior director of product marketing for Riverbed SteelCentral, explained to Enterprise Networking Planet that AppInternals consists of two components. The first component involves collector agents that are deployed and the second component is a collector that aggregates the performance information the agents send back. The collector sends the data to the SteelCentral AppInternals web-client management console dashboard for display and stores all of the information collected in the AppInternals Big Data-based repository.

"The 9.0 version of AppInternals extends the powerful ITOA (IT Operational Analytics) and the mobile device monitoring capabilities first introduced in AppInternals 8.5," Koutsoukos said. "The AppInternals big data repository has been expanded to store a nearly unlimited amount of high definition analytics (HDAnalytics ) as well as collecting in-depth business metrics."

Koutsoukos added that AppInternals 9.0 is also integrated with SteelCentral dashboards, which combine End User Experience (EUE), Network Performance Management (NPM) and APM views to provide a comprehensive view of the entire ecosystem, something OPNET could not do on its own.

Koutsoukos explained that AppInternals views the network as an integral component of the application delivery chain.

"It provides an out-of-the box dashboard that monitors network infrastructure as it relates to application performance," Koutsoukos said.

Koutsoukos added the caveat that AppInternals isn't a network monitoring solution. That is to say, it doesn't capture packets and analyze them. It is, however, fully integrated with the other components of SteelCentral that provide the necessary network-level analysis to provide complete End User Experience and Application and Network-level monitoring capability.

The core challenge that AppInternals helps users to solve is that of transient application performance problems.

"AppInternals achieves this by capturing the most granular performance information (1-second intervals) of any APM product because it uses Big Data technology instead of the more common RelationalDatabase/SQL implementations," Koutsoukos said. "This enable users to find the very difficult 'needle in the haystack' problems extremely quickly."

From a developer perspective, Koutsoukos noted that AppInternals interfaces with popular development IDEs including Eclipse and Visual Studio. As such, identified software issues can be fixed using regular development workflows.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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