HPE ups its enterprise mojo with AppPulse analytics upgrade

HPE recently announced the general availability of AppPulse Trace, the newest addition to its AppPulse Suite. Here's what you need to know about the application performance monitoring tools.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been working heavily in the analytics space, launching products such as its Investigative Analytics tool in early February. Now, the company is putting the weight of its analytics capabilities behind application delivery.

On Wednesday, HPE announced the availability of AppPulse Trace, which uses analytics to help developers find problems in their applications. According to an HPE press release, it can pinpoint the issue "down to the exact line of code and server."

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The issue is this: Applications, especially mobile apps, generate an enormous amount of data, including log files. That's great, because it provides a window into potential problems, but it can be time consuming to manually sift through all those files to find a problem. The purported main value of AppPulse Trace is that it can help track down the problems for you.

"Slowdowns directly impact our traffic and ultimately our revenue. We have a distributed architecture involving many third parties, so the ability to trace transactions end-to-end is critical for resolving problems quickly," said Alex Krasov, R&D lead at Travelist, said in the press release.

HPE's AppPulse Trace contains three key features:

  1. Tracing exact line of code. By locating the exact line of code where a problem sits, it can show the developer how the issue has affected the user experience in other ways.
  2. 1:1 Server Correlation. AppPulse Trace also looks at app issues that may be associated with server-side problems, which would help data center personnel tackle any issues on their end.
  3. Codeless/Tagless instrumentation. The entire AppPulse Suite will adapt to any changes to the app itself, or the infrastructure around it.

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AppPulse Trace is part of the company's AppPulse line, and is the latest module in HPE's Application Performance Monitoring (APM) software suite. The AppPulse line is powered by HPE's Vertica, and is made up of three distinct parts: AppPulse Trace, AppPulse Active, and AppPulse mobile.

AppPulse Active is another diagnostic tool that performs synthetic monitoring. Basically, what this means is that it allows the developer to synthesize potential user behavior to find issues in the application.

AppPulse Mobile tracks mobile apps that are already in production. Using real-user data, it shows developers and operations employees the health of the app and how certain issues in the app are affecting employee performance.

All three of the HPE AppPulse tools are available now.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. HPE's new AppPulse Trace helps developers find issues with their application by tracing the code down to the individual line where the problem resides.
  2. AppPulse Trace also provides DevOps practitioners a way to track server-side errors and how they affect corporate applications.
  3. AppPulse Trace is part of the greater AppPulse suite by HPE, which provides developer tools for tracking mobile app usage, and for synthetic monitoring.

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