NETWORK WORLD NEWSLETTER: DENNIS DROGSETH ON NETWORK/SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Vendors typically invest in one or at most two forms of analytics, but Panacya's BusinessAware hits almost all types.
Of course, "analytics" can mean very different things, and can include:
* Root-cause analysis across a network.
Panacya's BusinessAware touches all of these categories, with the exception of accounting. This is all the more interesting since Panacya has focused more on application performance than the network in and of itself.
The heart of Panacya's BusinessAware product is a peer-to-peer network of
agents called Behavior eXperts, or BeXs, that combines focused intelligence with
interfaces designed for data
At the recent NetWorld+Interop trade show, Panacya added support for BEA WebLogic, J2EE and Linux.
BusinessAware offers studios for extending the capabilities of existing BeXs
and developing new BeXs. BusinessAware combines root-cause analysis with
performance- and usage-related
Some of Panacya's synthetic approach has evolved from its natural market
focus on e-business. Panacya's BeXs are still weighted heavily to e-business, in
terms of types of
Fundamentally, BusinessAware redefines a company's environment. It discovers infrastructure components and then learns their behavior. It manages through time-slicing and publish-and-subscribe techniques, rather than static timers and threshold controls, in part because of its historical focus on the dynamic requirements of Web-based applications.
It has to be said that initial investments in BusinessAware are not cheap, although Enterprise Management Associatges has seen strong return on investment in mid-sized businesses and larger enterprises. Between software and hardware costs and some training and customization, you can expect to spend upwards of a half-million dollars.
On the other hand, if you have critical business services, and runway to
improve operational efficiencies (and who doesn't?), you can expect to see a
fast payback. Panacya offers a strategic
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