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Microservices architecture compartmentalize the application by function allowing for greater application flexibility

What’s new in CA APM 10.1

By Amy Feldman

Microservices architecture compartmentalize the application by function allowing for greater application flexibility, portability and an increase in update/changes. This architecture introduces new layer of monitoring challenges to an already complex application environment.  The strides and enhancements we made in CA APM 10 with APM Team Center Perspectives, Timeline views and Differential Analysis has helped us to make strides in solving these challenges of monitoring microservices that include:

  • Reduce complexity – Since microservices introduces many new smaller applications components to an already complex application environment.  Often times it is difficult to understand the performance and health of each component and their impact to other services.  With the increase in components it becomes difficult to understand application environments and every components relationships using the traditional application service maps.  CA APM Team Center Perspectives helps to reduce this complexity with its patent pending innovation of pivoting on attributes, allowing users to view application relationships and health that are relevant to their role and task.
  • Understand change – Microservices architecture offer developers a new level of flexibility allowing them deliver updates and changes more frequently. With the increasing rate of change it becomes difficult to understand if that change has had an impact on the performance of the application.  CA APM Team Center Timeline view allows users to view not only change but the impact that change has had on the application health. By scrolling back in time users can quickly and easily find the initial root cause of an issue which is key in triaging an application issue.
  • Know when and where to act – In new modern applications that utilize a microservices architecture, failure takes on a whole new meaning.  In many cases the application is designed for failure and is resilient, meaning the app should fail and restart in a new environment without impacting the end user.  In these environments, determining what application issue needs immediate attention is difficult.  CA APM Differential Analysis looks at performance trends to help you take the noise out of events and determine when and where to act allowing users to focus on the real issues before they impact the end user.
  • Elegance at scale– In these new modern environments, components come and go with greater frequency and scale resulting in an increase in monitoring data collected.  Not only does the monitoring tool need to scale with the scaling needs of the application but it needs to be easy to understand the complex and vast set of data.  CA APM provides smart instrumentation allowing you to collect what you need when you need it, monitoring at scale and a simple view into complex application environments.  These help the users to gain control of a sprawling application and information.


Attend our upcoming webcast with Jason Bloomberg to learn more about how CA APM monitors applications using a microservices architecture.  To learn more about CA APM 10.1 please refer to the CA APM 10.1 release notes.

To read the entire article, please go to https://communities.ca.com/community/ca-apm/blog/2015/10/15/what-s-new-in-apm-101-monitoring-modern-apps-nodejs-cloud-foundry-docker-containers.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).