2012 Parting Shots 1of2: APM, Cloud Security And Scaling
Application performance management is broken, said BlueStripe COO and Co-Founder Vic Nyman. “APM was exactly the solution needed when code and code maturity was the problem. Today… where do transactions go when everything has become virtual?” BlueStripe provides transaction monitor solutions with its flagship product FactFinder, which automatically discovers, maps and monitors all business transactions running across the infrastructure.
APM customers say they’re getting much more data than they need, too much to figure out what’s wrong, he said. One of his customer described the problem: they’ve got every tool you can name and when they know which part to fix, they can fix it, but when they don’t know where the transaction goes, they can’t.
Hosting external applications is the single biggest reason (41%) for using public cloud, followed by internal applications (36%), according to a recent survey by CloudPassage, a cloud server security vendor. “Businesses today have less trepidation about launching business-critical applications into the public cloud,” said Andrew Hay, Chief Evangelist, CloudPassage. “Security concerns are beginning to fade – just 23% said they are concerned about the lack of perimeter defenses and network controls in the public cloud.”
One interesting finding is that the people responsible for enterprise security are not necessarily the people responsible for public cloud security. “This breaks all the rules for security. Traditionally these people have been tasked with getting servers and applications as fast as possible. They’re not trained to do security, nor is it their job to do.”
Application developers are struggling to scale databases in step with demand, according to ScaleBase, which focuses on increasing app performance for data-intensive, or big-data transactions. Most companies polled (64%) have considered ripping out and replacing their underlying databases in order to meet growing demand for apps; 48% were adding new hardware (scaling up), a short-term, band-aid fix, that’s extremely costly; 13% are manually distributing data across their databases, both time intensive and mistake-prone; 13% are changing their underlying infrastructure; and 26% are doing nothing.
“All these companies were worried about how do you scale,” said Paul Campaniello, VP Marketing, ScaleBase. The result is a bit of a wild, wild west with next-gen apps, he said.