Fixing app performance woes

With an eye toward helping customers manage distributed, Web-based application performance, Panacya Inc. this week updated its flagship application management software with Web services technology support.

Panacya bolstered its bAware 2.0 with prepackaged rules for managing application components, such as for BEA Systems Inc.'s WebLogic and IBM Corp.'s Websphere application servers. It also tracks the operation of databases, operating systems and network devices - in other words anything that might impact application performance, the company says. The company added support for the XML, Java Management Extensions (JMX) and Web services technologies such as the Simple Object Access Protocol and Universal Description, Discovery and Integration. Panacya says the added technology enables customers to manage the performance of a distributed but integrated applications.

The bAware central component runs on a Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris or Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT or 2000 server, and from there, lightweight software agents are pushed out to the devices to be managed. The agents each contain Web server software to let network managers access real-time performance data, such as response time and availability, via a Web browser. The performance data collected on each agent also is stored in a central repository for long-term trending and historical reports.

Predefined rules analyze and correlate the performance data collected by the software agents to detect any known abnormalities in application performance. Panacya also gives users a chance to create and customize these software modules to watch over known performance problems or specific applications.

"Panacya is good at managing an application server-based environment. It can balance and juggle all the different elements of that environment," says Paul Bugala, senior analyst with IDC. And despite its name, Panacya is not looking to solve all users' management problems. Bugala says the company will not be competing with network management players such as Hewlett-Packed Co. or IBM Corp.'s Tivoli Systems Inc. Available now, pricing for bAware 2.0 starts at $100,000.

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