Network Instruments, a provider of network and application performance monitoring technologies, announced that its infrastructure monitoring system, Observer Infrastructure, now provides visibility into public and private cloud components and in-depth cloud performance tracking.

Observer Infrastructure, for example, can now give customers a view into infrastructure-as-a-service performance of cloud providers such as Amazon, Google, Rackspace, GoGrid and, by using cloud vendor APIs.

Managers can view key performance metrics including CPU, disk activity, user experience and memory within the context of overall IT operations, Network Instruments says. Using the Observer Infrastructure platform, they can view cloud performance alongside internal network, application and infrastructure performance to quickly isolate and resolve the source of problems.

“As operations teams outsource services to the cloud, they often sacrifice visibility to successfully manage performance,” Jim Frey, managing research director of Enterprise Management Associates, an industry analyst and consulting firm, said in a statement. Offerings such as Observer Infrastructure “play a critical role in ensuring IT teams have an end-to-end view of service delivery and can proactively identify performance problems before they impact users,” Frey said.

The latest version of Observer Infrastructure also provides the ability to monitor many of the key components associated with multi-tiered application environments. For example, network teams can now proactively monitor database response times and behavior through SQL scripts on Microsoft SQL, Oracle, MySQL, Sybase and DB2 databases.

Monitors have been added for servers including GlassFish, Java Runtime, Lotus Domino Server, Microsoft .NET and Sharepoint and IBM WebSphere Application Server.

Network Instruments says Observer Infrastructure leverages the Intelligent Platform Management Interface standard to obtain infrastructure configuration metrics, even when connected devices are powered off.




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