Compuware unifies two server performance tools

Compuware has unified two of its performance management tools, Strobe and Vantage.

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Compuware has unified two of its performance management tools so that customers can monitor the performance of applications running on distributed servers right through to mainframe computers, from one place.

The two tools concerned are Compuware's mainframe performance management tool, Strobe, and its distributed systems performance management product, Vantage. These are established tools in their own right, which allow IT management to "predict, isolate and resolve performance challenges from the end-user perspective."

Both tools will still retain their individual names, but will from now be available under Compuware's 'Business Service Delivery' banner.

Business Service Delivery is the process by which Compuware is looking to focus on ensuring that applications work well and deliver value by optimising end-to-end application performance. It hopes that by "extending visibility across platforms, IT management can now quickly understand and even predict performance challenges across their entire operation, allowing effective deployment of internal resources and increasing business satisfaction with technology investments."

"Compuware has a long heritage on the mainframe, and Strobe is a premier solution on the mainframe for trouble shooting problems on that platform," boasted Michael Allen, director of IT service management solutions for EMEA at Compuware.

"A lot of our mainframe installations are now being front-ended by modern applications and technology," he added. "For example, a legacy banking system may reside on a mainframe, but there is an online system sitting in front of that." This is where Vantage comes in as it looks at end user monitoring, what people are doing, what performance they are achieving etc, he said.

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