Most organizations today leverage several applications that are at least in part java based. Many times, these are the applications that you've either developed in-house or had customized for your specific use. Java is great in this way as there is a wealth of development talent available for it and there is strong community support as well. The difficulties start when you suspect that you're having performance issues with the java apps but you don't have any way to tell for sure or to proactively watch for these occurrences.
Solving these problems was a big part of why APM 4.2 (the SolarWinds Application Performance Monitor) was released. Within this new release you'll find improved capabilities in several areas but especially focused around more intensive monitoring for java based applications and components. Jeremy Morrill, or AlterEgo as many of you know him, highlights the improvements and provides some screenshots here.
One of the strongest trends that we see within organizations today is a desire to tie all of their monitoring needs and strategies together into a single, cohesive set of processes and tools. Java application monitoring is one of the areas that is typically included within these projects. The new version of APM, integrated with the rest of the SolarWinds monitoring products like the Network Performance Monitor, Storage Manager, and Virtualization Manager, offers compelling capabilities to significantly reduce the number of management consoles within your operations center while adding depth of monitoring.
As always, you can download free versions of these applications from the SolarWinds website to try them out and have them up and running in about an hour. That said, regardless of whose applications you decide to implement and purchase, be sure that the solutions are solving your monitoring problems and not creating new ones...
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