Gauging Web App Performance Gets Easier

ProactiveNet extends its Web applications performance management software.

ProactiveNet Inc. next week will continue its movement up the food chain of management software with a new release of its ProactiveNet Web applications performance management software.

The Santa Clara, Calif., company, with a new underlying architecture for its tool that emphasizes correlation and root cause analysis, is expanding the range of data sources that it can draw from in measuring and analyzing performance of both Web applications as well as client/server applications. The self-learning tool baselines the performance of all the attributes it learns about to determine what a normal operating environment is for each attribute.

ProactiveNet 5.1 specifically adds a new adapter for Mercury Interatives Topaz that allows the tools correlation engine to draw on URL and transaction measurement data gathered by Topaz. Earlier this year ProactiveNet added adapters for BMC Software Inc.s Patrol and Computer Associates International Inc.s Unicenter TNG. ProativeNet also shortly will add adapters, dubbed Variable Attribute Monitors, for Tivoli and NetIQ tools, according to David Langlais, vice president of marketing in Santa Clara.

"This lets us bring in low-level data—not just events. We use the raw data to set intelligent thresholds," said Langlais.

Release 5.1 also adds a new SQL Query Monitor Wizard that integrates data from SQL database management systems along with a new Simple Network Management Protocol Trap Receiver that allows the tool to gather SNMP trap events from other third-party SNMP-based tools.

By leveraging its "strong correlation engine" with more data from other vendors tools, ProactiveNet is evolving to compete more with the likes of a Mercury Interactive or a Smarts Inc. than with its current competitors such as Dirig Software or Wily Technologies, believes industry analyst Corey Ferengul with Meta Group in Chicago. "This is a signal that Web applications are going more mainstream and are not just a Web niche anymore in the enterprise," he said.

ProactiveNet also dressed up the new release, due out next week, with the ability in its digital dashboard interface to graphically present real-time data in the form of gauges or pie charts.

The new Change Tracking feature allows change control events to be integrated into the correlation and analysis of abnormalities in a customer environment.

ProactiveNet also in its "maturity" release increased the depth of the tools Web applications performance diagnostics, Langlais said. The tools Diagnostics Wizard now includes the top 10 Enterprise Java Beans for WebSphere, top 10 servlets for WebSphere, top 10 process by CPU for AIX and Linux and more.