AppNeta Performance Manager (APM) has application delivery monitoring capability. When we talk about application delivery, we’re talking about assessing the condition of the networks over which application data is transported, and the net effect of those conditions on end-user experience.
Consider two applications attempting to communicate via a public or private network: the series of hops that packets take from one host to the other is a path. The end-to-end performance of that path, in terms of capacity, latency, data loss, etc., is the result of a complex combination of geography, network capabilities, priorities, and limits.
To ensure a positive end-user experience, APM continuously monitors the various metrics that impact the delivery of application data all along the application path—from the source, through the network, to the destination. It does this using devices equipped with a proprietary technology called TruPath.
These devices are deployed to various locations within your network as surrogates for actual end-stations. Once deployed, TruPath periodically sends out bursts of packets to a user-determined target and collects timing data about the packets after traversing the network.
That timing data reveals several characteristics about the application path like latency, jitter, and capacity. Regardless of the underlying network technology—from complex, multi-layer LAN and WAN, to hosted MPLS and beyond—TruPath can provide a level of visibility into network health and performance not achievable with conventional tools.
Deep dive: If you’re interested in understanding how TruPath works and how capacity is measured here is a detailed explanation.
In addition to continuous monitoring, APM also has supporting diagnostic, test, and assessment capabilities.
- A hop-by-hop analysis of a path, using the same TruPath technique as continuous monitoring. This analysis enables you to determine where and why a path is performing poorly.
- Assess the health of an entire network, rather than just a single path. It rates on a proprietary readiness scale how paths would perform if they were loaded with user-generated application data.
- Path Plus
- A collection of basic network investigation tools, e.g., ping, traceroute, and nslookup, plus a stress testing tool called PathTest.
- A toolset specifically for ensuring good voice quality.
- A tool for testing video conferencing quality.