Modern Application Monitoring

Best Practices for Modern Application Monitoring – An Exploration

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Regardless of your website or business, the use of Web applications for critical communication or business transactions is ever-growing. Because of the importance and influence applications have on digital reputations, and even business revenue, it’s essential that these applications are continuously monitored for performance, stability and availability. In order to establish a stable and high-performing environment, it’s imperative that you adhere to several application monitoring best practices.

Number of Applications

Perhaps one of the most damaging mistakes system administrator’s make is utilizing an application monitoring solution incapable of effectively monitoring their entire application library. With more than one-third of online businesses supporting over 10 internal applications, it’s imperative that your enterprise utilize an application monitoring solution capable of supporting this large number of applications. On the other hand, if you’re only hosting a handful of applications, then you may not need the scope of monitoring offered by select solutions.

Application Hosting Location

For years, Web applications were hosted locally on private or shared servers. However, as the complexity of applications grew, the need for equally complex/dynamic hosting also grows. Because of this, many application developers chose to host their applications on the cloud. Therefore, traditional monitoring solutions designed to monitor locally hosted applications may not be a viable option. While the latest research suggests 58 percent of applications are hosted on local servers, a staggering 56 percent of applications are hosted on private cloud systems. However, there is a unique trend among cloud-based applications. Out of the all applications hosted on non-local servers, 46 percent of applications have moved from private cloud services to the public cloud, which introduces a whole new set of unique monitoring requirements.

Integrated Monitoring Solutions

The use of integrated monitoring solutions is among the most effective ways to effectively monitor and manage your Web applications. In fact, 80 percent of application developers who utilize integrated solutions are able to correct errors before it has time to affect the end-user experience. When you compare this to only 48 percent of standalone monitoring solutions, it’s clear that integrated monitoring solutions offer faster error recognition as it learns and grows within your infrastructure, not alongside it.

Moreover, when you compare the actual time it takes from an error report to be sent to a correction being implemented, the difference between integrated and standalone monitoring solution is staggering. In fact, 52 percent of error reports sent via an integrated solution were corrected within one hour, while only 32 percent of standalone solutions were able to correct errors within the same time window.