Oracle has bought Moniforce, a Dutch vendor of web application performance management software, for an undisclosed sum.
Moniforce's WebStress and WebProbe software can be used to measure the performance and availability of Web applications from the user's point of view, by monitoring network traffic. It is used by companies such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, or food retailer Ahold.
Oracle said it hopes to use Moniforce's software to add evaluation of the users' experience to the capabilities of its Enterprise Manager application performance management tools.
Key to this, it said, is a module of Moniforce's software called UXinsight, which can detect errors in application logic. Because of the way it works, it can monitor the performance of custom applications based on Oracle or non-Oracle infrastructure, Oracle said, making it of interest to its integration partners.
Other companies active in this field include Corvil, Quest Software, OpNet and Hewlett-Packard, which acquired some application performance management products when it bought Mercury Interactive last year.
Oracle will retain Moniforce's managers and employees, it said. The companies did not publish financial details of the deal.