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Web Peformance Monitor 2.0 (SEUM) Release Candidate is Here!

Level 15

The release candidate (RC) for Web Performance Monitor 2.0 is officially here.  All WPM customers on active maintenance should have the RC waiting for them in their SolarWinds customer portal.  We'd love for you to try it out and post any feedback you have on the WPM RC forums here.

The first thing you'll notice is the name change; SEUM is out, Web Performance Monitor is in.  Hopefully you'll all agree, this is a much better name and describes what the product actually does in a less esoteric context.  Now to the features.  Thanks to Mr. and the WPM dev team, this release is full of exciting new features and functionality that continue to improve the product.  Let's dive in.

First, we've added support for Java applications.  This means you now have the ability to measure and monitor user experience and availability of your web-based Java applications.  You can find more detail on that here from one of aLTeReGo's previous blog posts.

Next, we've added waterfall charts that give you a new level of visibility into the the performance of each of step in a given transaction.  These charts provide insight into all the different elements that make up a webpage and the order in which they're rendered in the browser.  Screenshot below, and you can find more detail here.

WPM_waterfall_charts.png


We've also added a new All Locations resource that includes a player load indicator.  This indicator will show you current load, and we've added a resource on the Locations Detail view to show you historical load. In addition, you can now create alerts based on player load.

WPM_player_load_indicator.png


Another extremely useful feature we've added is the ability to edit recordings.  This will save you the hassle of having to re-record transactions when small changes or tweaks are needed for a given recording.  For example, if a minor change is made in the navigation flow for a given application or page, you now have the ability to edit the existing recording vs. having to create a new one.

WPM_edit_recording.png


Next, we've added the ability to install the WPM player to remote locations directly from the WPM web console.  Select 'Install location on my network' when adding a transaction.

WPM_install_remote_player1.png

Then specify the IP address(es) of the machine(s) where you want to deploy the player.

WPM_install_remote_player2.png

Last, specify the appropriate credentials.  Test to ensure the credentials are correct, then you're ready to deploy the player.

WPM_install_remote_player3.png




And that's not all.  We've also add the following new features and capabilities:

  • Improved Recorder
    • Edit previously saved recordings
    • Define content matching criteria after recording
  • Unmanage Transactions
    • Unmanage transactions from within the WPM Web Console
    • Unmanage transactions on a reoccurring basis with the Unmanage Scheduling Utility
  • Automatic Player Update
    • Centralized and automated player updating to future versions of WPM
  • Enhanced WPM Security
    • Dedicated WPM administrator role independent of Orion admin role.
  • Basic Transaction editing from WPM Web Console
  • Individual proxy settings per transaction.
  • New charting with warning & critical thresholds
  • Disable screenshots on a per transaction basis
  • Player support for proxy authentication
  • WPM support in Multi-Object Chart Resources
  • Top X Locations by Duration now supported in Custom Object Resources
  • Frequency and Description fields added to Transaction Monitor settings
  • SQL 2012 Support

Again, any customers on active maintenance should already have the RC in their customer portals.  Go download and check it out; it's fully supported and we'd love to hear your feedback.  You can find the WPM 2.0 RC forum on thwack here.

4 Comments
Sohail.Bhamani
Level 13

Sounds excellent!  Its always nice to see these products continue to gain features and abilities.  Im looking forward to checking it out.

Sohail Bhamani

Loop1 Systems

http://www.loop1systems.com

familyofcrowes
Level 16

Is there a marketing PDF that would shouw the capabilities and benefits to this tool?  I want to provide some information on this to my server team to see if they could use this (and pay for it!)

Sohail.Bhamani
Level 13

I have found that this tool is one which developers seem to love the most.  They are able to then see the impact of changes to code in web apps being monitored.  If you can get the development teams in on this one, I think you may be able to maximize its use in your environment.

Sohail Bhamani

Loop1 Systems

http://www.loop1systems.com

macnugetz
Level 15

You can find a Datasheet and other collateral here that should help you make your case.

Hope this helps,

Craig

About the Author
Let me introduce myself.  My name is Craig McDonald, and I come from the land of video games and stock trading, sprinkled with identity management, and, by the way, I like to write.  Checkered past, you say?  How did you end up in network management, you ask?  Perfectly valid questions; I will connect the dots for you and it will all make sense shortly. I studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin where I had the opportunity to write for The Daily Texan and Texas Monthly.  Upon graduation I was faced with two options: move to a small town and start my career at an even smaller newspaper, or make a home in Austin and see where this crazy tech town would take me.  I chose the latter, and ended up working in support and managing QA for a popular MMORPG called Ultima Online (this was before WoW was a sparkle in Blizzard's eye). After a few years of policing the haXXorZ, overseeing a few in-game weddings, and shipping several expansion skus, I decided it was time for a change.  I remember the advice from one of my journalism professors when I asked about pursuing a graduate degree; his suggestion, "Go to business school!"  I heeded his advice, got accepted to the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, and started working on my MBA. While finishing my MBA at McCombs, I was presented with an opportunity to work for a company that developed online trading software (Charles Schwab, formerly CyberTrader).  This may seem a stretch from video games, but the client/server infrastructure and the uptime requirements for an MMORPG and a securities trading engine are quite similar.  Although the content and use cases are obviously very different, both require fast connections and the ability to allow users to log into the service at any time.  My next career move was into the enterprise software arena where I worked as a product manager for Sun Microsystems in the Identity Management space. Fast forward to today, I'm your newest product manager at SolarWinds.  I will be managing Toolset, VoiP, and eventually the Kiwi products.  Outside of the SolarWinds 'Borg' (assimilation is swift and definitive), I keep busy with my lovely wife, two beautiful kiddos, and a pug named Marley.  When they go to bed, I'm either watching a movie, reading a book (working on Atlas Shrugged, and it is work, indeed), or staring at the red circle of death on my XBOX 360.    
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