Jonah Kowall

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The State of APM in 2014 – Prepare for a Changing and Volatile Market

by Jonah Kowall  |  March 18, 2014  |  3 Comments

Due to the delays in our APM Magic Quadrant in 2013, we ended up publishing the research roughly 4 months late, hence we felt it was critical to get an additional note out which catches up with trends and movement we will see through 2014. The note goes into details around the market fragmentation, SMB [...]


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The Three Topologies in Applications and Infrastructure

by Jonah Kowall  |  March 9, 2014  |  6 Comments

We recently published some new research explaining how various topologies are used among different parts of IT organizations. Separate tooling and use cases provide this visibility today. Here are summaries of these three viewpoints: Application Performance Monitoring (APM) tooling allows for the view from within the application since these tools reside within the application itself. [...]


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Application Monitoring is not Application Performance Monitoring (APM)

by Jonah Kowall  |  February 14, 2014  |  12 Comments

There is a common issue I deal with when speaking to end users trying to monitor applications. This confusion is partially created by vendors who would like to position themselves in the hot APM market, yet they clearly don’t enable performance monitoring. These vendors are slowly starting to correct the messaging, but many have poor [...]


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Monitoring software sucks so I use Nagios, what’s a better approach?

by Jonah Kowall  |  February 6, 2014  |  36 Comments

Speaking to our clients, and other people at conferences and industry events I attend, Nagios is always top of mind. This is a battle covered many times, many people want to use or reduce the usage of Nagios. The question always comes up, what else is good for free? The answer to this question depends [...]


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Updated Research: Rating the larger IT Operations Management Vendors

by Jonah Kowall  |  January 20, 2014  |  1 Comment

Yearly Ronni Colville has been publishing a great note on the ratings and state of the broader ITOM market. As of late 2012 we introduced a sub-slice of her research focused on availability and performance specifically, which often consist of a large number of integrated or partially integrated tools. As many of you are aware [...]

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The Challenges of Monitoring Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop

by Jonah Kowall  |  January 20, 2014  |  1 Comment

This nostalgic note was my first published when I started at Gartner nearly 3 years ago. Vivek Bhalla has taken over as the lead of this research, updating and spending more time on this research. Vivek and I see quite a number of calls on Citrix specifically, so this research is still relevant, and needed [...]

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Web-Scale Monitoring and the Importance of APM

by Jonah Kowall  |  December 27, 2013  |  4 Comments

Cameron Haight (@cameron_haight‎) and myself recently published research on how monitoring is applied to web-scale environments. Companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook run their environments using different fundamentals than typical enterprise IT organizations. This includes changes in infrastructure, management software, and the applications running on the infrastructure (among many other things including people and [...]


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We’ve made it to the finish line.. 2013 Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Magic Quadrant

by Jonah Kowall  |  December 20, 2013  |  1 Comment

After long delays regarding the publication of this research due to a vendor escalation through our Ombudsman office we have finally come to an agreement and published the research. (Clients only, sorry) There are vendors who have already put copies online via other website if you aren’t a client. Our research is always meant to be [...]

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Preparing for Gartner Data Center Next Week

by Jonah Kowall  |  December 6, 2013  |  1 Comment

I wanted to post a little something as we get ready to kickoff our 32nd annual data center conference. I will of course be there, speaking about such topics as Unified Monitoring and APM. I will also be discussing other availability and performance technologies. We’ve seen a lot of growing interest in analytics, and the [...]

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Mobile APM Could Be Larger Than Server APM – New Research

by Jonah Kowall  |  August 22, 2013  |  2 Comments

With a potential for mobile APM to become larger than traditional APM over time these research notes investigate the current state of the market, and elude to future states. Full featured mobile APM is new, having emerged in 2013, which means they are immature and evolving quickly. With the rapid pace of mobile application development [...]


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