It is anticipated that more providers will turn to a network performance management (NPM) and application performance management (APM) converged tool, deemed unified performance management (UPM), and also referred to as infrastructure performance management (IPM). This convergence, according to the SDxCentral 2017 Next-Gen Software-Defined Infrastructure report, “blends together performance data across layers, network domains, technologies, and applications to provide a more comprehensive assessment of the application performance, and impact on the network.”
Performance management tools help IT professionals discover root causes of network or application issues. Currently, enterprises maintain separate NPM and APM services to keep a pulse on and to solve issues for individual vendors, technology, or domains. The convergence of NPM and APM will remove the necessity for domain-specific tools and processes. Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) stated in a white paper that “siloed APM and NPM systems are problematic. They discourage collaboration, and they complicate efforts to correlate and analyze IT monitoring data up and down the infrastructure stack.”
Converging APM and NPM tools into one platform also provides IT professionals with comprehensive visibility of their platform and issues impacting their services. Discover more about ‘what is unified performance management’ by reviewing the converged tool’s intent below.
The Intent UPM/IPM: Proactive Issue Detection
The purpose of providing a comprehensive performance management tool is to be more proactive with networking and application issues, rather than being reactive. Normally, enterprises using six to 10 NPM tools doesn’t prevent issues from bogging down a network. It only gives them visibility after an issue has occurred. The intent of UPM/IPM is to provide the foresight to detect issues before they hinder performance, which, as stated by eG Innovations, this proactive management “ensures user satisfaction and productivity.”
Riverbed advises IT professionals on what to look for when considering UPM/IPM product. The company denotes these three items:
- NPM with end-to-end visibility and analytics. VMware also recommends the NPM to include troubleshooting tools and management.
- APM needs to have routine transaction capture and root-cause analysis.
- A console that shows both the APM and NPM tools in action.