Cisco is looking to bolster its enterprise application management suite by buying cloud-based application-performance firm Epsagon for $500M.\nFounded in 2017, the Israel-based Epsagon develops cloud-based application monitoring software focused on scrutinizing cloud microservices and applications.\n\nBusinesses are adopting cloud-native technologies, microservices, and containerized components on a large scale while leveraging an extensive web of traditional components, third-party services and application programming interfaces, wrote Liz\u00a0Centoni, Cisco\u2019s\u00a0chief strategy officer and general manager, applications, in a blog about the acquisition.\u00a0 \u00a0\n\u201cThis has led to a significant increase in complexity in IT environments,\u201d Centoni stated. \u00a0\u201cMultiple teams are involved in figuring out how to monitor the performance, optimization and security of every digital experience, by examining each component, such as application services, networks, infrastructure, cloud and databases, and understanding the insights gathered and their impact to customers\u2019 digital experiences. Traditional domain-centric monitoring tools address only some of these needs and for a single area at a time,\u201d Centoni stated.\nThis is where integrated Epsagon technology and Cisco\u2019s full-stack application management suite, which includes AppDynamics, ThousandEyes, and Intersight, will come into play as it will let IT teams monitor and troubleshoot app and microservice environments, Cisco says.\nThe Cisco management suite that Epsagon will bolster includes Cisco\u2019s AppDynamics performance-management platform, which uses a series of agents and controllers to monitor the performance of application code, runtime, and behavior. Agents are deployed across the enterprise on devices, containers, and host-application locations.\nAppDynamics uses AI and machine learning to correlate information from across different domains to better understand application performance and infrastructure dependencies and quickly identify problems. The system supports analytics to help IT teams understand why things are not working optimally, analyze the root causes, and predict when problems will occur.\nThousandEyes software analyzes performance of local and wide-area networks and the internet. By utilizing its world-wide system of software and agents, it provides insights into cloud, enterprise, and endpoint services that can let network, application, and cloud teams work together to quickly isolate and resolve problems\u00a0 Cisco recently added a ThousandEyes agent to its Catalyst 9300 and 9400 Series switches that monitors performance of applications and network components on campus and branch-office networks.\nThe last piece of the management suite is Cisco\u2019s Intersight, the company\u2019s cloud-based systems-management offering, which includes the ability to manage Kubernetes containers. The idea is with Intersight Kubernetes Service, infrastructure teams can automate the lifecycle management of Kubernetes and containerized applications across any environment, Cisco says.\nIt supports observability across the entire stack of applications, network infrastructure and security with real-time insights correlated across domains and integrated with business context powered by AI and machine learning, Centoni stated.\n\u201cThis gives all the involved teams full visibility across the stack so they can take quick actions. Teams are then able to tie performance back to core business metrics and prioritize actions based on business impact,\u201d she stated.\nEpsagon is Cisco\u2019s fifth acquisition this year, including industrial-IoT expertise from Fluidmesh, vulnerability management from Kenna Security, and software-defined networking from Sedona Systems.\nWhen the acquisition closes, Epsagon will be part of Cisco\u2019s Strategy, Incubation and Applications group.