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Application Dependency Mapping for Performance

Challenge

In today’s application driven world It’s critical to have real time operational awareness of how and where your most critical business applications are deployed and what the dependencies are around each of the underlying infrastructure resources. However, operational visibility has traditionally been obscured by organizational silos and complex correlation challenges making it impossible to visualize in a dynamic way. Lack of visibility makes it difficult or impossible to know where applications are running, and what specific consequences would result from infrastructure failure. This is only more challenging given the complete transformation with every layer of the stack scales out and becomes virtualized and dynamic.

Solution

FixStream Meridian™ provides a highly automated way to build integrated dependency maps at many different levels within each data center. You can drill down from the highest business service level to the individual application and lowest levels of infrastructure (VM, VLAN, LUN) and every level between to see where and how each of your applications is running.

Meridian builds these dependency maps based on agent-less discovery of application services and infrastructure resources. Meridian uses advanced Flow2Path data modeling and correlation techniques to discover the flows of communication between application services. It then provides a highly automated way to group services and their associated virtual and physical infrastructure resources into groups based on business and operational priorities.

Meridian has the unique capability to overlay different types of external data types and sources on top of the integrated maps.  For example, it can layer End User Performance metrics (# users, transaction type, latency) on top of the same flows used to build the integrated maps.  These extra layers of contextual information enrich the user experience and accelerate performance and troubleshooting across domains.

Meridian Answers

  • Which application services and infrastructure resources are included in each business application?
  • How are higher level business services built out of individual applications?
  • What are all the available paths and specific paths of communication between services inside each application?
  • What is health for each entity including faults, alerts, performance and tickets?
  • What is the real time and historic performance of each entity
  • Visualize physical and virtual infrastructure elements supporting each application?