ExtraHop Makes Cloud Play with Microsoft Hyper-V APM Solution and New Analysis-as-a-Service

Cloud Computing — By on Monday, December 10th, 2012

Enables Confident Migration of Business-Critical Applications to Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Azure, and Eases IT Staff Shortages with Cloud-Based IT Operations Analysis

Gartner Data Center Conference 2012
ExtraHop Networks, the leading provider of network-based application performance management (APM) solutions, today announces two offerings that enable enterprises to more effectively leverage the cloud both for their own business-critical applications and to quickly augment their IT staff with ExtraHop’s cloud-based remote analysis service.

The First Agentless APM Solution for Microsoft Hyper-V
Gartner projects that Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization platform will account for 27 percent of the entire server virtualization market and 85 percent of the small-to-medium business server virtualization market by 2013. However, to trust these environments with business-critical applications, organizations must be able to deterministically monitor application performance within Hyper-V environments and correlate performance issues across all tiers of the application delivery chain—something that legacy, agent-based APM solutions cannot do.

Working with early-access versions of the new Windows Server 2012, which was released for general availability in September, ExtraHop announces the first agentless APM solution to run as a Hyper-V virtual appliance taking advantage of the new Hyper-V Virtual Switch capability. For the first time, Microsoft customers can achieve cross-tier operational visibility in a Hyper-V environment, correlating metrics across the application, network, web, database, and storage tiers. Enterprises can monitor both public and private Windows Azure cloud environments with the new enhancement and can even try the solution in these environments free for 60 days with the ExtraHop Discovery Edition download.

“Agent-based APM tools do not offer cross-tier visibility, which is required to provide capacity planning, pinpoint root causes in virtual environments, and understand application and end-user performance,” said Jesse Rothstein, CEO, ExtraHop Networks. “Our agentless approach is the first solution for obtaining complete operational intelligence for Hyper-V environments, and it’s the only way to do it without overhead or manual configuration, which are especially burdensome in dynamic virtualized environments.”

Cloud-Based Application, Network, and Infrastructure Analysis with ExtraHop Atlas Connect
With skilled IT workers continually cited as one of the top-five workplace shortages, ExtraHop’s new cloud-based Atlas Connect service enables enterprises to quickly and easily gain secure remote access to ExtraHop’s IT operations experts with a single click. With no network or security adjustments required, Atlas Connect provides organizations with timely application, network, and infrastructure analysis so they can focus staff resources on other important IT projects. The new cloud-based offering also enables cloud and managed service providers (MSPs) to deliver additional value to their own customers by offering them the same analysis-as-a-service options to help manage their IT environments.

“One of our major focuses is being more proactive with our IT services. I never realized how useful ExtraHop would be at enabling that,” said John Trainor, Chief Information Officer, Aaron's Inc. “With the Atlas service, we have a complete picture of what is going on across all of our infrastructure. The Atlas Services report supplements our team so that I don’t have to keep on staff a group of experts who look at performance all day, every day. Instead, we can focus on our business and on moving projects forward. I was shocked at how quickly we realized value from the service, and it just gets better as we resolve low-hanging fruit and move into more chronic, but hard-to-find, problem areas.”

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