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Often times big enterprises have difficulty keeping pace with changes in technology. This means more often than not operations teams are responsible for legacy systems and are constrained by the monitoring tools that were built to support those legacy systems. Just because your technology hasn’t changed in decades, however, doesn’t mean you can take advantage of the latest in production monitoring tools.
Last month we introduced AppDynamics X to enable developers and third parties to build extensions for AppDynamics Pro. In this post we will highlight one of our most recent integrations for working with mainframes. Our partnership with DG Technologies enables enterprises to get deep monitoring of their legacy systems with MEAS and AppDynamics Pro.
Organizations that have any dependency on zOS applications will now have the ability to leverage the most innovative, quick to value and scalable approach to Application Performance Monitoring. AppDynamics gives companies the ability to solve very complex problems quickly instead of spending time and consulting dollars configuring and maintaining legacy APM products that have been the only option until now. The integration between AppDynamics and MEAS is game changing for the enterprise mainframe market.
The MEAS Mainframe Monitoring Extension integrates the MEAS system with AppDynamics Pro to give users visibility into key events and metrics for applications that execute on the Mainframe z/OS platform or traverse both open and mainframe platforms. The operations team can utilize a single tool and methodology to monitor both open and mainframe applications plus applying policies against all metrics. Leveraging AppDynamics and the MEAS Mainframe monitoring extensions provides:
- Visibility into mainframe applications or mainframe applications called from distributed systems
- Complete end-to-end application topology mapping and performance monitoring
- One product to manage open systems and mainframe application performance
AppDynamics/MEAS provides visibility into the following:
- DB2 Database metrics
- CICS metrics
- z/OS metrics
- RMF metrics
Find out how to get started on AppDynamics X or see the integration in action below.
Custom Event Notifications
Business Transaction drill-down to DB2 backend
“The partnership with AppDynamics is very exciting and game changing for our clients and our company! Organizations that have any dependency on the zOS platform will now have the ability to leverage the most innovative, quick to value and scalable approach to Application Performance Monitoring. AppDynamics gives these companies the ability to solve very complex problems quickly instead of spending time and consulting dollars configuring and maintaining legacy APM products that have been their only option until now.” Deb Gannaway, CEO, DG Technologies
Managed Service Providers have a big task these days. A few years ago applications were much less complex and understanding those application architectures and dependencies before on-boarding was much more simple. These days we have applications that combine classic architecture, service oriented architecture, cloud architecture, big data components, etc… On-boarding a new customer application can be risky and if it goes wrong can leave a bad taste in your new clients mouth.
The risk alone is cringe worthy so to minimize that risk most MSPs seek out and pay top dollar for experts that know about the particular type of application they need to on-board. This is a pretty effective solution from a risk perspective but from a cost perspective this takes away from the MSPs bottom line.
Reduce Risk Without Driving Up Cost
Some of the best MSPs out there have figured out that there is a way to substantially reduce on-boarding risk, time and cost. Here is the secret recipe these MSPs have discovered:
- Automatic discovery and rendering of all application components (Figure 1)
- Automatic discovery and correlation of application dependencies (Figure 1)
- Automatic detection and identification of application problems (Figure 2)
- Automatic discovery and correlation of application load and resource consumption. (Figure 3)
The recipe above is all about letting the right tools collect, analyze, correlate, and visualize the important application aspects that every MSP needs to know before they attempt to on-board a customers application. The alternative is spending a bunch of time and money trying to manually piece together this information from tribal knowledge, log files, shell scripts, trouble tickets, etc…
Verification and Validation
An awesome side effect to using a tool for all of those tasks above is that you can use the same tool to prove to your new customers that you successfully moved their application onto your platform. Verifying the architecture, response times, stability, and dependencies is critical to calling any application move a success so if you use the same tool for your before and after analysis you are way ahead of the game.
All of the functionality mentioned in this blog post is available today in AppDynamics Pro. If you plan on moving an application you need to see for yourself how much AppDynamics Pro can help. Click here to begin your free self-service trial of AppDynamics Pro today.
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