Without proper application monitoring, you might not discover what causes a slow mail-server or long loading times for the website. This is probably because you are only monitoring the network devices. Application performance monitoring is central to ensure the productivity of your business and gives you a complete view of the performance in all layers in your network.
To understand your network, you need to understand how your applications perform both at “normal” levels and at peak loads.
The type of checks can be divided into four levels:
- Check that the underlying hardware/infrastructure is in normal operational status.
- Check that the processes included in the applications are functioning normally.
- Run specific checks on the functional status of the different applications.
- Run generic process checks that will show you the overall performance of a complete service (function).
You need to check and measure the overall performance from all four levels in order to assure quality and up time.
End user application monitoring
Synthetically pinging your services is not enough if you want to know how the application is performing for a user. Performance monitoring with the op5 Monitor will let you track the response time for how users experience your services and op5 Monitor will continuously provide you with the results. This keeps you informed about which parts of your network are not performing to your standards, and help you decide where you need to take action..
"op5 gives us the flexibility to monitor to a higher level in the OSI stack, which allows us to monitor our applications in an efficient manner"
Logs provide valuable information and can give early warning to the application monitoring system if something is starting to fail. The op5 Logserver Extension gathers logs from all systems in one place, providing a good overview with search and filter capabilities, thus making the data more understandable, and potential problems easier to catch.
In addition to application monitoring, log monitoring can be used to configure automatic alarms to be triggered from log filters or log events showing any abnormalities. From a security perspective, correctly collected log data in a central server, is essential because it makes tampering with log files, in case of intrusion, useless for hiding tracks.