Server monitoring is now an essential part of any data center monitoring architecture in order to build a holistic monitoring platform successfully. However, server monitoring alone cannot help you in monitoring applications properly.
Unix system administrators use tools like vmstat, sar, topas, nmon, netstat and top to monitor servers in real time. While in the case of the Windows, world admins use perfmon for real time monitoring needs.
The fact of the matter is that server monitoring tools do not provide any information regarding application performance. They can't tell you any of the following:
The advanced Application Performance Monitoring (APM) tool is the apt solution to this problem. The APM tools comprehend the inner workings of your applications that include code execution, the transactions running through and over multiple application components,the entry and exit calls to the application, exceptions and associated impact.
The APM products offers various benefits that include: