Getting that Strobe effect

Compuware has released two enterprise application performance management products - Strobe 3.1 and iStrobe 2.0. They are designed to help customers effectively manage application performance in complex environments.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  August 2, 2004

Compuware has released two enterprise application performance management products - Strobe 3.1 and iStrobe 2.0. They are designed to help customers effectively manage application performance in complex environments. The products achieve this by locating and eliminating sources of application inefficiencies, allowing customers to meet important business objectives such as controlling cost and supporting corporate growth. "Increasing deployment of applications in J2EE environments brings many new challenges to IT organisations," says Tim Grieser, vice president for system management software research at IDC. "Identifying and fixing performance problems requires specialised tools such as Compuware Strobe and Compuware iStrobe that can be used to monitor and diagnose bottlenecks in J2EE-based applications," he adds. The products support Java WebSphere application server and DB2 V8. DB2 V8 support is important as IT departments migrate their DB2 V7 applications to DB2 V8, or as they develop and deploy V8 applications. Strobe is designed to help users quickly find and fix performance problems in applications using DB2, enabling them to migrate to DB2 V8 with confidence. "DB2 V8 is one of the most significant DB2 releases ever. It is critically important for organisations to understand the performance implications of migrating to, and using DB2 V8," said Bruce Klenk, product manager, Compuware. "Compuware Strobe 3.1 and the iStrobe SQL Analysis capability are one of the few tools available today to help customers understand and improve the performance of their DB2 V8 applications," he adds. In addition, Compuware Strobe 3.1 provides support for WebSphere application server, complementing its existing support for Java, enabling users to manage and improve the performance of Java and WebSphere applications. Compuware Strobe 3.1 also provides unique information on how Java and WebSphere applications interact with CICS, DB2 and other z/OS facilities. Compuware iStrobe 2.0 has a web server architecture that can runon both mainframe and distributed web servers. This is designed to improve centralised access and reduces requirements for user workstations. In addition, Compuware iStrobe 2.0 improves profile management, allows users to document and share their own performance hints, provides enhanced Java support and improves report sorting. Compuware iStrobe 2.0 also integrates with Compuware Application Reliability Solution (CARS) and Compuware VantageView 9. "These major enhancements in Compuware Strobe 3.1 and Compuware iStrobe 2.0 demonstrate Compuware's commitment to support customers as they utilise the latest technologies, including exploitation of 64-bit technology," says Klenk. "The Compuware Strobe product line provides unprecedented breadth and depth that users need to understand and improve their application performance," he adds. “Traditionally, network performance analysis has focused on utilisation and latency. Network managers often cite a figure of 80% or 90% utilisation as the reason for poor performance,” says Michael Allen, EMEA director of performance solutions, for Compuware. “Although utilisation and latency are important factors, they only skim the surface. If network and application performance are to be optimised, network managers need to drill down and look at how applications are performing and the bandwidth they are using,” he says.

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