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Time to be Cool (DevOps and APM research published)

by Jonah Kowall  |  April 15, 2013  |  3 Comments

As the summer approaches for many of us, it’s important to stay cool. When looking for technologies it’s also important to investigate vendors who are taking a unique and innovative approach to some of the problems IT professionals face day to day. At Gartner we publish many cool vendor reports which get wrapped into a special report that publishes in May every year.

Last year we kicked off the APM Cool Vendors report, and we’ve published the second annual version:

http://www.gartner.com/resId=2427315

We highlighted several vendors this year across the APM space including AppNeta, who offers both APM and NPM products as a service. Crittercism, who offers a SaaS based mobile APM solution (look for more mobile APM research to publish in the next 90 days). Extrahop networks offers a network packet based APM solution. Kataskopeo provides APM solutions for carriers and telco providers. Renesys is the final vendor covering performance not from an application perspective, but based on the delivery medium of the Internet.

Aside from the research I’m leading I also participated in several other cool vendor reports including the Cool Vendors in DevOps research published last week:

http://www.gartner.com/resId=2419215 (Sorry clients only)

 We highlighted Boundary which is a product that straddles APM and NPM features, but is focused on those running rapid release infrastructure, normally associated with cloud deployments. My colleagues Ronni Colville and Colin Fletcher included Electric Cloud covering application release automation (ARA). Ronni and Jim Duggan covered Kubisys, which offers technology assisting with cloning production environments for testing purposes by using thin capture technology. Ronni also covered Salt Stack, which offers open source configuration management and deployment technology similar to products such as CFEngine, Chef, and Puppet.

The final Cool Vendors research I assisted with is in the unified communications Cool Vendor research, but we’ll have to wait a bit until that one publishes.

Please feel free to leave comments.

Category: apm  devops  it-operations  npm  

Jonah Kowall
Research Vice President
3.5 years with Gartner
20 years IT industry

Jonah Kowall is a research Vice President in Gartner's IT Operations Research group. He focuses on application performance monitoring (APM), Unified Monitoring, Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD), Infrastructure Performance Monitoring (IPM), IT Operations Analytics (ITOA), and general application and infrastructure availability and performance monitoring technologies. Read Full Bio


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  1. […] As the summer approaches for many of us, it’s important to stay cool. When looking for technologies it’s also important to investigate vendors who are taking a unique and innovative approach to some of the problems IT professionals face day to day.  […]

  2. […] 2013 APM cool vendor Renesys was recently bought by Dyn […]



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