Consolidating Information and Achieving Next Generation Application Performance with Enterprise Data Grids

Driven by increasing business demands and the availability of innovative new technologies, large organizations are turning to enterprise data grids to accelerate, optimize, and scale their IT infrastructure. Enterprise data grids allow the consolidation of siloed information into a single image that is updated in real time and accessible with low latency by many applications. This paper describes the architecture of an enterprise data grid and gives common applications. Learn how to overcome the challenge of efficiently moving information from data sources to the various application consumers in the data grid and coordinating data flow between data grid instances.

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A modern performance management solution must be easy to use, include comprehensive alerting, and offer reporting that correlates data from each component of an application and the underlying infrastructure. Application-aware network performance management (AANPM) tools aim to provide a holistic view of the performance of interdependent applications, servers, and networks. Such cross-platform visibility enables the IT department to ensure high-performance delivery of critical business applications.

This white paper describes the trends in application performance and network diagnostic tools and the drivers of AANPM. You’ll learn about best practices for implementing AANPM and discover some enterprise use cases. Read More

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