SOURCE: dynaTrace


March 02, 2010 11:34 ET

IT Organizations Cite Heterogeneous Application Platforms as the Greatest Threat to Performance, Scalability and Stability

Companies Are Using a Hybrid of Both Java and .Net in Application Architectures, Making Identification of Issues More Time-Consuming and Difficult

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) -  More than half of US IT organizations cite heterogeneous architectures as a leading cause of application performance, scalability, and stability problems, according to a global survey of more than six hundred respondents. Increasingly, companies are using a combination of Java and .NET to build and operate enterprise applications, which the survey found causes the most frequently identified obstacle to delivering acceptable results -- even more so than virtualization or service-oriented architectures.

While exchanging data between Java and .NET platforms can be relatively simple, it is more difficult to understand the behavior of heterogeneous systems from an end user's perspective. Even when user monitoring technology is deployed to identify slow transactions, traditional approaches to application component monitoring fail to deliver actionable insight into the underlying cause of the problems. This is because traditional application monitoring tools were designed a decade or more ago, when Java was the dominant enterprise platform for new business-critical applications and .NET was still in its early stages of acceptance. 

Microsoft has increasingly embraced the reality of heterogeneity, as evidenced by its announcements about improving platform interoperability at JavaOne and PDC in 2009. These statements, along with the expanded capabilities and maturity of Microsoft's .NET platform, have been important contributors toward the increasing use of .NET by developers. In some cases, organizations decide to leverage the unique benefits of both .NET and Java to build new applications. In other cases, the availability of skill sets and acquisition-driven IT integration projects drive the growth of application platform heterogeneity. Both situations are causing IT organizations to increasingly realize the need for detailed visibility into every transaction executed by their complex, heterogeneous application platforms, so they can quickly identify and resolve performance, stability and scalability issues.

"Technologies are increasingly more diverse, as enterprises employ a mix of development languages and deployment platforms for advanced applications," said Andreas Grabner, technology strategist at dynaTrace software. "While many companies used to rely solely on Java, the growth of .NET is making it common for applications to include both technologies in a single application. These heterogeneous architectures are causing performance issues not seen before. As a result, IT organizations need to rethink the tools and processes they employ to solve these new types of challenges."

The survey, hosted by application performance management (APM) vendor dynaTrace software, found virtualization, cloud computing, service-oriented architectures and SaaS to be other challenges IT organizations encounter, in their efforts to improve application performance.

As businesses continually deploy new technologies to reduce costs and deliver a more compelling end-user experience, application performance issues are becoming harder to identify, diagnose, resolve and prevent. As enterprises' dependence on applications grows, addressing these problems quickly and efficiently becomes more vital to their success. Proactive APM solutions that provide transaction-level visibility into the inner workings of complex, heterogeneous application platforms can reduce time spent locating and repairing problems, and enable organizations to cost-effectively deliver high-quality applications.

About dynaTrace software Inc.
dynaTrace is the innovator and emerging leader in application performance management (APM). The company offers the only continuous APM system on the market -- one that can monitor all transactions at all times and one that is used by all key contributors to application performance -- architects, development, test and production. Industry leaders such as UBS,, Renault, EnerNOC, Fidelity, and Thomson Reuters use dynaTrace's patent pending technology to gain deep visibility into application performance, identify problems sooner and reduce the mean time to repair issues by 90%. Leading companies rely on dynaTrace to proactively prevent performance problems from happening and quickly resolve those that do occur - saving time, money and resources.

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