"Over the past year and a half, more companies have become aware of the need to move beyond infrastructure and network management to actual application management. The trend is being driven in part by cloud, and in part by new application architectures," she says. "These applications are way too complex to manage without application-specific management technologies. It simply takes too long to diagnose and fix performance issues manually."
Both executives pointed to these issues as top priorities for their companies, as well as the growing acceptance of e-commerce and adoption of the agile development life cycle for applications. Nyman says although the problems of monitoring and maintaining application performance in a complex environment are nothing new, what has changed is the recognition that APM can be simplified.
BlueStripe, AppDynamics, and their customers, though, are hardly the only to have realized this, with competitors likely to catch up fast. Jonah Kowall, research director at Gartner, says the current marketplace is beneficial for innovators that have broken the mold, but as more light is shed on the opportunities, larger vendors that have so far remained idle will not be dormant for long.
"We are seeing a growing trend for SaaS delivery and other changes in the buying centers as well as the approaches that are being taken to capture end user experience, and deep-dive diagnostic capabilities," Kowall says. "These are shifting attention from many of the incumbent vendors to innovators in the market. Naturally the larger vendors are working to develop and acquire these capabilities to broaden their portfolios."
Colin Neagle covers Microsoft security and network management for Network World. Keep up with his blog: Rated Critical, follow him on Twitter: @ntwrkwrldneagle. Colin's email is email@example.com.
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