The Lowdown: Aternity is tackling the tricky world of application performance monitoring with its Frontline Performance Intelligence Platform (FPIP). Now in its fifth version, Aternity's platform "redefines end user experience management by … effectively transforming every desktop -- real or virtual -- into a self-monitoring platform that is user experience aware," the company says. Basically, the FPIP collects and analyzes application usage and transaction data, which can be leveraged to improve the user experience. And FPIP 5.0 adds an incident impact analysis tool that lets managers gauge performance down to user levels to determine what is causing application hang-ups. And Aternity is looking to target the channel, as well, The company has said that 55 percent of its 2010 sales were channel-led via VARs, ISVs and outsourced service providers. In an interview with CRN earlier this year, CEO Trevor Matz said he expects channel sales will total 60 percent of Aternity's 2011 revenue, a figure that could hit 70 percent in 2012.