EMA Recognizes Leading Application-Aware Network Performance Management (ANPM) Solutions

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New EMA Radar Report™ examines 24 leading ANPM solutions.

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today announced the release of its newest EMA Radar Report™, Application-Aware Network Performance Management 2013: Illuminating the Pipes. Created to assist IT professionals in selecting the right network performance management products, the EMA ANPM Radar Report identifies the leading vendors in this space based on key criteria defined by EMA VP of Research, Jim Frey, and EMA Principal Research Analyst, Tracy Corbo.

The days when network managers could simply be concerned with interoperability and uptime are long past, and the focus has turned towards recognizing and eliminating performance degradations. This demand has also elevated and coalesced around gaining a direct understanding of how applications and services – the life’s blood of IT-enabled organizations – are performing from the network perspective. Management products that address these objectives are known as Application-aware Network Performance Management (ANPM) solutions and are increasingly becoming essential technology for enterprise network management and operations teams.

For this EMA Radar Report, focus was placed specifically on core capabilities and features associated with network engineering and operations’ need to recognize, characterize, troubleshoot, and communicate details of how applications and services perform as they transit the network. Three common use cases – capacity planning, sustained monitoring, and troubleshooting – were examined in detail for solutions that are based (at least in part) on inspection of network packets and/or collection and analysis of flow records such as NetFlow, IPFIX, and sFlow.

“The field of options for ANPM solutions has been growing rapidly,” said Frey. “We conducted detailed reviews of each vendor offering, assessing both the scope/depth of product capabilities as well as the resources required to procure, deploy, and maintain the solution. In general, we found many solid and cost-effective options, though each has its own particular strengths and weaknesses. Our intent is to help organizations seeking to improve network and application performance visibility to understand the choices and accelerate the selection process.”

A detailed, comparative study of products from the following 24 vendors based on the aforementioned criteria is included:

CA Technologies
Dell (Quest)
Fluke Networks
Help/Systems InterMapper
Net Optics
NetScout Systems
Network Instruments
Plixer International
Solana Networks

The complete EMA Radar for Application-Aware Network Performance Management is available at: http://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php/2538/EMA-Radar-for-Application-Aware-Network-Performance-Management-2013:-Illuminating-the-Pipes

The summary is available at: http://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php/2512/Report-Summary---EMA-Radar-for-Application-Aware-Network-Performance-Management-2013:-Illuminating-the-Pipes

A free on-demand Webinar highlighting key findings from the report is available at: http://research.enterprisemanagement.com/network-performance-management-radar-report-on-demand-webinar-pr.html

About the EMA Radar Report
The EMA Radar Report delivers an in-depth analysis of industry-leading vendors and vendor products, including their overall market position in comparison with other vendors. This information is laid out in an easy-to-decipher, detailed Radar Chart, making it simple to see how vendors measure up in the market, as well as against other vendors. The EMA Radar report also provides a detailed discussion of methodology and criteria, a high-level market segment overview, and a comprehensive analyst write-up on each vendor.

About Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)
Founded in 1996, EMA is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help its clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at http://www.enterprisemanagement.com or blogs.enterprisemanagement.com.

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