Compuware tool helps teams pinpoint app-performance problems
November 20, 2012 —
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Addressing the modern need for mainframes to support real-time systems of engagement like those used in the banking industry, Compuware in October announced Compuware APM for Mainframe, which the company said is the first application performance-management solution that distributed-system and mainframe teams can both use to monitor the performance of Web, mobile and cloud applications.
“The way that these applications and these groups have traditionally been managed is, you had a team that worked on mainframes and knew everything about the mainframe, and then you had a whole other completely different group that worked with distributed, Web-based systems,” said Jeff Loeb, VP of global marketing for Compuware’s APM Business Unit. “They didn’t share the same tools to look at how applications are managed. It was the classic case of, when these two worlds collided, there was lots of finger-pointing. So now what we’ve done is married the world of the Web-based, distributed system with the world of the mainframe.”
Compuware APM for Mainframe is available in two versions: PurePath for z/OS Java, for monitoring mainframe Java applications; and PurePath for z/OS CICS, for monitoring Customer Information Control System (CICS) application transactions in interconnected CICS systems.
Compuware announced its new solution amid two growing trends: that applications are becoming more business-critical and mission-critical; and that the mainframe world has changed considerably as business systems need to be increasingly responsive to these applications. "Typically, when organizations have mobile, Web or business applications that put performance pressures on the mainframe, they are blind and can't trace transactions from the distributed tiers deep into the mainframe,” said Bob Paul, CEO of Compuware.
But, by combining its dynaTrace PurePath technology with the mainframe application-management capabilities of its Strobe solution, the company said that this solution not only gives both distributed system and mainframe teams the same end-to-end visibility into application activity, but it helps both of them resolve performance problems faster, postpone hardware upgrades, and accelerate time-to-market for new applications.
Compuware APM for Mainframe can also help companies reduce mainframe MIPS (millions of instructions per second) costs. “The cost of the software that runs on mainframes is based on how many MIPS you buy,” said Loeb. “The more MIPS you buy, the more capacity you buy. It not only costs you more on hardware, but it costs you more on software as well. Companies that run mainframes are really concerned about using the mainframe very efficiently. So one of the problems that this solution solves is it allows you to control mainframe costs by delaying or deferring investments in additional hardware.”
Nowadays, as the app environment becomes more complex, with more people accessing apps over different kinds of devices, and as cloud services and other modern forms of application architectures take root, Loeb said using a solution such as this can help guarantee that your applications are delivering great user experiences. “The mainframes of old would handle more batch transactions, so they would run overnight and crank out lots of calculations, lots of numbers,” he said.
“But they weren’t so connected to a specific user doing something. All that has changed now. Now, if you’re a bank, you’re allowing people, through mobile devices, to transfer money, and those transactions have to go through a mainframe. The mainframe world has changed dramatically as the systems have to be responsive to these asynchronous transactions.”