In today’s cloud-based, virtualized IT infrastructure, applications and networks are deeply intertwined. These interdependencies are driving the need for a more holistic approach to performance management. Consequently, vendor approaches to performance management are shifting, spawning new sets of tool sets that combine APM and NPM functionality in order to provide an accurate picture of end-user experience and performance across the entire application delivery environment.
Understandably, a lot is in flux. Traditional APM and NPM vendors are trying to expand the reach of their product portfolios, new players continue to enter the market, and new terms have emerged for converged solutions, including: application-aware NPM; network-aware APM; and application-aware infrastructure performance management (AA-IPM). Vendors are busy both buying and building out their solutions, and market consolidation continues apace. Here we highlight key trends in the market.
Consolidation is likely to continue in the APM/NPM market as vendors seek to buy key capabilities to round out their product lines. For example, both Microsoft and BMC Software beefed up their AA-IPM chops last year, buying up BlueStripe Software and Boundary Networks, respectively. For its part InfoVista, a CSP and large-enterprise-focused NPM provider, acquired Ipanema Technologies as a means to expand its APM capabilities, particularly for VoIP and UC.