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What is application monitoring?

Application monitoring leverages advances in web server hardware, "big data" architecture, and load balancing on cloud networks for detailed analytics of software code in production. Application monitoring is based on real-time I/O packet scanning of data transmissions on a network. Event logs can be used to debug problematic software code or database queries. Network diagnostics assist resource planning, hardware allocation, and elastic web server automation to be more cost efficient.


Types of application monitoring

Application monitoring includes a series of dashboards for network analytics, hardware utilization, and software performance. Data-driven charts display the relationship between virtual machine usage across multiple international data center locations. Systems administrators can monitor system failure, auto-recovery, server health diagnostics, network traffic reports, error logs, and historical metrics. Application monitoring is considered a key element of DevOps support for production software in live operations.


Measuring application monitoring

Application monitoring is conducted by real-time packet scanning of I/O requests across a cloud network. Virtual machine resources such as processing requirements or bandwidth are monitored with real-time visualization of usage. This allows administrators to see the percentage of CPU engaged on each VM or the fluctuation of network traffic requests by bandwidth and IP addresses over time.

Application monitoring can also collect detailed information on users, such as the operating system, device, screen size, location, time spent on site, and products purchased. Third-party network utilities provide more robust features for sales and marketing reports. Businesses need to build custom solutions by installing application monitoring software independently on their networks and web servers.


Application monitoring best practices 

Most enterprise companies invest in application monitoring software from an IT major that is integrated with the data center management platform. VMware vRealize Hyperic and vRealize Operations are industry leading software which work in conjunction with either vCloud or NSX Data Center installation. Google offers StackDriver. AWS has CloudWatch. Microsoft has many professional application monitoring tools available for Visual Studio and Azure. Startup companies like Nagios, Zabbix, and New Relic compete with the IT majors for enterprise-ready application monitoring solutions that can be installed on cloud networks for DevOps support.

Related Topics
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