Dirig Software Inc. last week announced a management tool designed to help IT find the causes of Web application failures without having to sift through reams of unrelated performance data.
The Nashua, N.H., companys new Pathfinder add-on can speed trouble-shooting of J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) application failures by mapping transaction dependencies across multiple components that deliver the application, including Web servers, load balancers, back-end databases and more.
Pathfinder, which works with Dirigs Fenway Web application monitoring tool, can map the business logic in a J2EE application by identifying its components, as well as how those components link to one another. Pathfinder also traces "every possible path through the logic you could take," according to Dave Wilby, vice president of product management at Dirig.
That full view across multiple components is hard to come by, according to Pathfinder beta tester Greg Whitehead, lead systems architect at Aether Systems Inc., in Owings Mills, Md.
"There are many companies that just monitor one server as a single entity. But when you try to look at the system as a whole—we didnt feel anyone else was really doing that," Whitehead said.
Pathfinder provides an observation feature that allows users to put collected monitoring data in context to look for abnormalities.
Pathfinder, due next month, is priced starting at $40,000 for a view into six applications. It requires Dirigs Fenway monitoring and trouble-shooting tool.