Complex event processing comes to cloud management

Nastel aims to prevent and predict performance problems with cloud-based applications

Nastel aims to prevent and predict performance problems with cloud-based applications.

If ever a need for complex event processing (CEP), application delivery across a cloud infrastructure might be it.

CEP, which continuously and rapidly analyzes events and metrics, can help ferret out performance problems as applications wend their way across enterprise data centers and into the one or more public cloud environments. CEP is a core function of Nastel Technologies’ newly released AutoPilot for Cloud application performance management software.

Application performance management hot, hot, hot

Visibility, of course, becomes critically important as applications leave the corporate data center and spread out over the cloud. “There are so many places transactions can be running. If performance degrades, the issues get more and more complicated,” says Charley Rich, vice president, product management and marketing, at Nastel.

With AutoPilot for Cloud, Nastel has focused on providing end-to-end visibility and, using its CEP engine, helping to prevent and predict problems – “something that’s just ever more important in the cloud area,” Rich says.

“While the cloud makes it simple to grow and brought elasticity, under the covers the cost of that is complexity in architecture, and someone has to be responsible for ensuring performance meets the needs of these companies,” he adds.

Toward that end, Nastel has pre-configured AutoPilot for Cloud as a virtual appliance that IT managers can provision with applications deployed out to the cloud, Rich says. That means no lag in monitoring of those applications and, because the virtual appliance also uses Nastel’s built-in grid support, the monitoring can scale up or down as necessary, he adds.

In addition, AutoPilot for Cloud comes with a self-services capability that provides the ability for different sets of users to interact with the product in different ways, Rich says. For example, line-of-business managers would get one view into AutoPilot Cloud while enterprise architects another and application developers a third.

Lastly, Nastel has built a Twitter interface over which the AutoPilot for Cloud can communicate that application problems have been addressed.

“The real truth is, we don’t know over time what devices folks will have for receiving business transaction management alerts, but we are assuming a social network/mobile future,” Rich says. “Using something like this allows the communications to be abstracted from whatever device might be in use.”  

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