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SDxCentral Releases 2017 Next-gen Software-defined Infrastructure Assurance Report

APM and NPM solutions need to evolve to serve new software-defined architectures characterized by virtualization, automation and programmability.


SDxCentral announces the availability of a new report: The 2017 Next-gen Software-defined (SDx) Infrastructure Assurance Report that examines the evolution of Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Network Performance Monitoring (NPM).

As SDx (software-defined everything) infrastructure takes root within today’s enterprise, cloud service provider and communications service provider data centers, the need for a new generation of capacity management, monitoring and troubleshooting tools becomes more critical.

APM and NPM solutions need to evolve to serve new SDx architectures characterized by virtualization, automation and programmability. These new architectures that include heavy use of virtual machines (VMs), container and other cloud infrastructure technologies need an adapted approach.

The report will cover these trends, along with infrastructure moves to SDN (software-defined networking) and NFV (network functions virtualization) and what they mean for APM and NPM solutions. Other items covered include changing user requirements, critical gaps and potential opportunities for growth. The report will also include the examination of converged infrastructure performance management approaches and the use of network packet brokers (NPB) as part of NPM deployments.

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Report Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction – the Changing APM and NPM Market
  •      Network Performance Management (NPM)
  •      Application Performance Management (APM)
  •      Why APM and NPM are Both Important
  • APM and NPM – State of Market
  •      Common Use Cases: Enterprise and Cloud Data Centers
  •      Common Use Cases: Telecommunications and Cable MSOs
  •      Evolution of APM and NPM – Key Observations
  • NPM and APM Solution Architectures
  •      Network Packet Brokers
  •      Converged Performance Management Platforms
  •      End-to-End Management Platforms
  •      Software as a Service (SaaS) Deployment
  • Customer-Driven Performance Management Requirements
  •      Data Collection and Storage
  •      Data Analysis
  •      User Interface
  • What Lies Ahead? APM and NPM Futures
  • APM and NPM Survey
  • Conclusion
  • APM and NPM Vendor Products

Covered Companies and Organizations

APCON, AppDynamics, Arista Networks, Big Switch Networks. BMC, CA Technologies, Cisco Systems, Corvil, Datadog, Dynatrace, EXFO, ExtraHop, Gigamon, IBM, InfoVista, IXIA, Kentik, LogicMonitor, Micro Focus, Microsoft Corporation, Nagios Enterprises, Netrounds, NETSCOUT Systems, New Relic, Pluribus Networks, Quest Software, Riverbed Technology, Spirent, Uila

About SDxCentral

Launched in 2012, is the fastest-growing and leading B2B digital media company for Cloud, Enterprise, and Telecom IT Infrastructure. SDxCentral serves an audience of over 200,000 unique monthly audience members generating over half-a-million page views a month. The site provides cutting-edge coverage of software-defined infrastructure including 5G, IoT, Edge Computing, SDN, NFV, Cloud, Containers, Security and AI/Machine Learning and connects technology buyers with its clients in the most effective way. SDxCentral’s client list reads like the who’s who of technology infrastructure, ranging from leading Fortune 50 companies to rapidly growing startups looking to revolutionize software infrastructure.

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