Analyst Watch: The diverse market for performance management
July 13, 2012 —
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APM in relation to cloud computing is a highly active area of solution enhancement by nearly all the APM vendors recently reviewed by Ovum. While some vendors can offer APM as SaaS, others are waiting to see how this market grows or are busy building such features. Taking APM into the cloud for private clouds is less of an issue than doing so on public clouds where there are limits on what can be deployed. Using agents that accompany applications to public clouds is a common approach. APM for cloud service providers is another user category, and an essential one as these providers look to differentiate themselves.
APM solutions therefore need to keep pace not only with the changing nature of the data center, the transition to cloud services, the use of server virtualization, messaging, virtual desktops, and so forth, but also the categories of users who will use the performance information.
Finally, there are two areas closely related to APM that Ovum believes will see increasing activity within the APM market: application performance testing and application security performance. The former is of interest to QA and testing professionals, and APM tools that target this audience will include synthetic and real-user load-testing. The second area has become an application-level concern as enterprise users increasingly work on devices that sit outside the firewall, such as browsers and mobile devices. This is an opportunity for the APM market to address.
Michael Azoff is Principal Analyst at Ovum, where he has been working as an IT industry analyst since 2003, researching software development and life-cycle management.