Performance Management tools cater to either networking or application management, or they offer a converged toolset that reviews both networking and application performance. All three options — application performance management (APM), network performance management (NPM), and unified performance management (UPM) — monitor and provide insight into computing processes to solve issues.
The introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) will more than likely lead to an evolution of performance management tools. We expect to see companies offer more UPM solutions than solely APM or NPM to solve network and application issues simultaneously as these processes continue to merge.
View the list of the top APM, NPM, and UPM tools available on the marketplace currently.
The Top Performance Management Tools
Top APM Tools
APM tools are focused on user experience. The purpose of this tool is to localize any issues with an application’s performance and resolve the issue quickly for the end user.
IBM APM: A traditional APM tool, except for the fact that it also monitors and manages hybrid applications.
AppDynamics APM: A real-time APM solution that focuses on end-to-end management.
TrueSight App Visibility Manager: Provides insight into not only application performance, but also into infrastructure to resolve any issues in the delivery chain.
New Relic APM: A scalable solution that provides real-time data to an application’s performance.
Foglight for Virtualization: A Quest product that’s purpose is for application optimization, but it also integrates APM into its services.
Top NPM Tools
NPM tools focus on network traffic and congestion. As network bottlenecks bog down a network, it’s imperative for IT professionals to detect events that cause a network bottleneck. NPM provides IT experts with the visibility to spot these traffic jams so they can solve the issue.
CA Network Operations and Analytics: This solution encapsulates all issues affecting networks, from causation events to fault management.
Kentik Detect: This big data solution scales to analyze network traffic analytics in real-time.
Arista’s CloudVision: Arista’s CloudVision simplifies network visibility and management into a centralized view.
Cisco’s Tetration: A solution that provides “hop-by-hop views” in order to detect potential traffic congestion in a network.
Spirent Lumos: A tool that automates monitoring processes in order for IT professionals to target and resolve network issues.
Top UPM Tools:
UPM combines APM and NPM into one complete monitoring system to analyze performance. As applications and networks co-exist and operate together, a UPM offers a one-stop source to review all issues that might cause a problematic experience for the end-users.
InfoVista Ipanema Advanced Application Visibility and Service Assurance: This tool provides application visibility and control with wide area network (WAN) optimization and security.
Apcon IntellaTap-VM for VMWare: Centered on virtual machine traffic, this product provides 24/7 monitoring services with a virtual assistant and a centralized management platform.
Big Switch Networks Big Monitoring Fabric: Also known as Big Mon, this scalable solution uses pen Ethernet switches to monitor an organization’s network.
Datadog Cloud Scale Monitoring: This performance management solution for cloud scale comes with highly customizable dashboards.
Dynatrace Digital Performance Platform: An artificial intelligence (AI) tool that monitors stacks and systematizes root-cause analysis.
ExtraHop Platform: An AI tool that tracks processes for security, network, IT ops, and the cloud.
Riverbed Steel Central: This UPM tool’s intent is to provide end-to-end monitoring of the user’s digital activity.
Uila: This performance management solution specializes in data center analytics and monitoring