Performance engineering has become a significant domain, which no organization can overlook anymore. We’ve come a long way this past year, with the pandemic becoming a harsh reality for each and every business – making a shift to the digital domain increasingly. Thus, ensuring that the performance of applications runs smoothly and without any bottlenecks, end-to-end performance engineering has become imperative. A key step towards enhancing performance engineering is through effective performance monitoring. This becomes a crucial metric in Application Performance Management or APM.
The importance of availing performance testing services can never be understated but at the same time, performance monitoring helps analyze the key pain points that users might face and for longer sustenance of the application. But before delving into the need for effective performance monitoring, let’s also understand the need for APM in the upcoming section.
The Need for Application Performance Management
For expediting the whole process of performance engineering, APM plays a pivotal role. In understanding an application’s performance and identifying the core bottlenecks, APM targets specific facets such as end-user experience monitoring, user defined transaction profiling, IT analytics operations, runtime application architecture monitoring, etc. These become the salient aspects in driving APM.
The indispensable need also arises because availing performance testing services is not enough. A comprehensive understanding of the application becomes imperative for eliminating all possible anomalies – which can be arrived at with end-to-end Application Performance Management. Under this umbrella, comes the need for effective performance monitoring.
Monitoring and measuring performance becomes extremely crucial for any application. Performance measurement indicators become the catalyst in meeting the set benchmarks and requirements. From effective data collection to optimizing the performance of applications, performance measurement and monitoring helps identify areas which need to be kept an eye upon for improving the quality of the overall application. It plays a key role in helping expedite the set processes in an augmented fashion.
The Way for Effective Performance Monitoring
As aforementioned, monitoring becomes the key for making any application impeccable – sans performance bottlenecks. Surely, using the right performance testing tools and strategy is significant, but monitoring helps enhance this process. The way for effective performance monitoring can, thus, be paved by keeping the following aspects in mind –
Testing and monitoring the production environment becomes significant to identify and eliminate any performance-related anomalies or deflections. Any existing bugs in this environment can lead to a loss of users’ allegiance with the application. Monitoring this environment can give realistic inputs on any bottlenecks and areas wherein there is a dip and which might affect other operations as well.
Load testing becomes crucial to ensure that there isn’t any lag in the load time of the application – a huge impact is felt on the production environment leading to loss of revenue as well. But testing on the production environment is not always suitable, for which the next point elucidates the reason.
What becomes significant is to focus on the pre-production environment as well. More often than not, organizations tend to put key emphasis on the production environment and neglect the importance of pre-production completely – which in fact, is the most crucial stage for testing and monitoring any performance deflections in the application. A pre-production environment offers a larger scope of rectifying pain points before going live.
This environment becomes the key in ensuring that the production environment doesn’t face any ramifications – to understand the effects of tests that are being run. In order to extrapolate what might happen in the production environment, monitoring the pre-prod environment becomes imperative – for future predictions and coherent analysis.
Choosing the Right Tools
This is another important aspect which helps make performance monitoring effective in no time. The right strategy always comes attached with the right tools.
A comprehensive set of tools, such as the TICK stack (Telegraf, InfluxDB, Chronograf and Kapacitor) with a blend of Grafana can do wonders in monitoring the performance of applications. These open-source performance testing tools come in handy – with zero-cost and minimal resources.
Areas to Monitor
There are quite a few metrics that become important to monitor in ensuring seamless performance of applications. These may include, but are not limited to, app, web or DB servers, test environment, load balancers, etc.
Monitoring these metrics comprehensively, not just in silos, would help identify areas which get impacted due to any performance anomalies and the devised solutions to mitigate those.
These key areas become important to focus upon for effective performance monitoring. A wholesome strategy for performance engineering should surely include performance testing services but should also take into account these measures and metrics that become the defining point of any application.
The need for such, even amidst a pandemic, has only increased – with frequent cases of application crashes, slow load time, laggard applications, etc.
Therefore, for delivering a seamless rich user experience, a comprehensive performance engineering strategy should be adopted with a key focus on performance monitoring and ways to expedite the same. In order to understand the nuances and core areas within, our upcoming webinar on “Effective Performance Monitoring” will delve deeper into the “how” of the topic.
Our experts, at QA InfoTech, will elucidate not just the need of APM and performance monitoring but a comprehensive understanding of how to do so, effectively and conveniently. The webinar will also shed light upon some key metrics that matter and the ways to analyze them, with examples and our very own experiences. So, stay tuned for an enlightening webinar and for paving the path towards effective performance monitoring!