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Convergence of NPM, APM Solutions Can Improve Network Performance

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July 18, 2013

Convergence of NPM, APM Solutions Can Improve Network Performance

By Ed Silverstein
TMCnet Contributor

Networks are subjects of concern for many businesses. For instance, some 60 percent of companies in Australia identify “network problems” more than five times a week, according to a recent survey conducted by Compuware (News - Alert).

Also, 63 percent of companies say that cloud-based services have impacted the troubleshooting of network performance.

This kind of data show how important it is for organizations to have sufficient quantitative reports on applications and to see if they meet business objectives.

One option is base-level Network Performance Monitoring (NPM). But it does not provide a complete set of answers. Another option is network-aware APMs. It too has its limitations.

But there is still another option.

“A more holistic and therefore successful approach is the convergence of NPM and APM (News - Alert) solutions, ultimately producing what is best described as a new generation of UEM and aaNPM solution,” according to a recent report from Mike Hicks, a senior product manager at Compuware, appearing in the Technology Spectator.

“Network performance monitoring is a necessary discipline in the context of an APM solution,” Hicks added in the report. “On its own, it can produce important metrics for reporting, but to contribute to the overall delivery story it must be combined, viewed and reported in conjunction with the other elements and data provided by an APM solution.”

In addition, the converged NPM/APM solution provides businesses the information needed to respond to commercial changes or when implementing new technology.

Also, APM/NPM combinations can speed up the troubleshooting process. In addition, such an approach provides information about the system’s potential, identifies problems before they impact the system, improves the mean time to repair (MTTR) and lets organizations make better decisions about their investment choices, as well as use and allocation of IT equipment.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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