August 13, 2012
Are you getting the most out of your Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows Azure-based applications? A new addition to the Quest Software Foglight application performance management (APM) portfolio will help IT administrators monitor the performance of Azure-based apps.
Foglight for Windows Azure Applications has entered its beta-testing phase. With cloud application monitoring becoming increasingly more important to make sure apps are functioning at the level they need to be at, Quest is promising a variety of features in this latest incarnation of Foglight, including:
Insight at a glance of current and historical application availability, as well as the health of the app and supporting infrastructure.
The ability to drill down into performance to understand the impact and cause of problems.
Insight into users’ quality of service with at-a-glance views of response time to show normal behavior and draw attention to outliers.
A geographical view of performance and user location to illustrate problems affecting particular geographies.
Information into performance related to browser types, mobile devices and other user agents so IT administrators can identify compatibility issues and view how users are accessing apps.
Alarms that only go off for “truly important matters,” but that can be forwarded to email clients so IT staff are notified when critical issues arise.
As part as application performance management goes, Quest is longtime provider of APM software, having been providing APM solutions for the last two decades. A variety of versions of Foglight are available, but this marks Quest’s first real foray into monitoring specifically for cloud-based applications.
Steve Rosenberg, vice president and general manager of performance monitoring at Quest Software, noted in a prepared statement that the Foglight product for Windows Azure applications monitoring gives IT organizations “the ability for extremely rapid and cost-effective application delivery.”
Those in the channel that support customers’ Azure-based apps should be able to find opportunities to make good on SLAs and proactively solve any potential bottlenecks or performance problems. Combined with other Foglight monitoring tools, partners will be able to monitor customers’ different systems and provide extra value in their service offerings.
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