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By Paula Musich  |  Posted 2002-10-03 Print this article Print

: Aligning IT With Business"> The new Optane suite, which will pull together Mercurys application testing, performance monitoring and reporting tools and application tuning tools, takes a more "holistic view" of the application lifecycle, rather than conducting development and operations activities as disconnected processes, according to Zohar Gilad, vice president at Mercury Interactive in Sunnyvale, Calif. The components of the Optane suite will share testing scripts and data to reduce the cost of using the technology and be able to feed production data back into the development organization so developers can see how their applications behave in a production setting.
The initiative also calls for Mercury to work hand-in-hand with systems integrators to deliver the suite as a set of services.
The first deliverable in the suite is the Topaz Business Availability interactive "digital cockpit." The tool presents vital performance indicators of mission-critical applications running in real-time. The cockpit shows a common, shared view into how IT is meeting business goals. LOB managers get an integrated view of the health of business applications, and IT users can use it to drill down to view the underlying infrastructure associated with the business application. Such infrastructure can include data centers, technology clusters or geographic locations that all deliver the business application. By seeing which applications are affected by performance degradation or outages, IT can better prioritize troubleshooting and problem solving. "It provides vital performance indicators in business context and powers real-time decisions based on impact," said Gilad. Topaz Business Availability is architected in four layers, beginning with the data collection layer where metrics are collected from a variety of sources including Topaz back-end monitors, industry enterprise management systems, Web Services, XML and management APIs. The second data bus layer aggregates collected data through an event server that can process up to 400 inbound events per second. The third layer is made up of a business rules engine and data modeling capability that can be customized by users. The fourth presentation layer provides a common set of integrated views. TBA can be used to do real-time service level agreement monitoring. "It provides an indicator based on trending and what if scenarios—i.e., in 50 minutes you will breach the service level if you dont fix this alert," described Gilad. TBA, due in the fourth quarter, will start at $250,000, depending on the number of applications to be managed. Mercury Interactive is also planning to add a tuning element to the suite along with a testing tool. No time frame was given for those components.


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