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Also new in OPNET AppInternals Xpert 8.5 is end-user experience monitoring tools that give application support teams visibility into how applications are performing from end-users' perspectives. It works by tracing front-end application performance and then tying that information back to the exact transaction or code responsible for that experience, letting IT identify the root of the problem if apps are running slowly.
Riverbed said the end-user experience monitoring functionality can be leveraged for Web-based applications, including those hosted in the cloud. The functionality is achieved by integration between Stingray Traffic Manager, Riverbed's application delivery controller, and OPNET AppInternals.
It's also enabled by what Riverbed calls its "big data approach" to APM. Release 8.5 of OPNET AppInternals Xpert is able to stores thousands of different types of raw data and performance metrics related to application performance and provides analytics tools for application support and development teams to analyze that data. OPNET AppInternals Xpert indexes all transactions through its Transaction Trace Warehouse, from which IT can perform open-ended searches on their data.
"With the move to NoSQL, unstructured data and big data approaches, it is now possible to actually keep up with and store all this information in real time, and then that allows [application teams] to continue with all these very powerful, retrospective searches over what could be billions of transactions," Riverbed's Elsner said.
Elsner said OPNET AppInternals Xpert 8.5 and Riverbed's acquisition of OPNET allow both Riverbed and its channel to round out their portfolios of network performance management solutions with application-specific functionality.
"It's really extending the scope of performance management solutions that Riverbed and its channel can deliver, especially in a very fast-moving, and quickly growing segment of monitoring -- the APM side," Elsner said.