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Solution Overview

OPNET Technologies, Inc.

AppTransaction TM

Deep Transaction Performance Analysis and Prediction

AppTransaction Xpert is a powerful tool for detailed analysis of individual transactions. In to- Compare AppTransaction Xpert
day’s complex application architectures, a single transaction can involve many tiers and require to Other Solutions
thousands of messages to traverse the network. This solution makes extensive use of visual- ■■ Broad range of out-of-the box analyses and
reports.
ization and analytics to accelerate troubleshooting in production, as well as pre-deployment
■■ Free, unlimited agents are lightweight, for
performance validation and prediction. In production, the combination of AppResponse Xpert™
very low overhead. Other packet capture
and AppTransaction Xpert is unmatched in the industry, providing a seamless workflow that agents commonly introduce significant
overhead on CPU and disk resources, and
spans monitoring, alerting, triage, root cause diagnosis, and remediation guidance. In pre-
may introduce substantial components,
deployment, AppTransaction Xpert is the industry-leading solution for application network such as a database.
readiness testing. ■■ AppTransaction Xpert is the market leader
for advanced transaction analysis with an
active user community and continuous
Benefits
product evolution.
■■ Accelerate application performance troubleshooting.
■■ Provide convincing information to support problem remediation.
“Prior to our work with OPNET, IT engineers
■■ Ensure the performance of applications prior to deployment. spent a significant amount of time analyzing
■■ Avoid the cost of unnecessary bandwidth upgrades. trace data and performance metrics, frequently
arriving at different and conflicting conclusions
on the cause of performance problems... We
Use AppTransaction Xpert to: want to spend less time firefighting and spend
■■ Analyze a single transaction to quickly and conclusively determine the root cause of a more time focusing on our strategic business
performance problem. goals. OPNET is a key enabler in this transfor-
■■ Visualize transactional behavior and performance and easily communicate information mation.”
to application stakeholders. Manager, Network Planning and Engineering
Financial Services Company
■■ Predict application performance prior to deployment.
■■ Accurately size access links. “Keep making intuitive products that help my
team achieve minimal network downtime and
■■ Test the effect of proposed application and infrastructure changes on application
I’ll keep buying them.”
performance (e.g., data center consolidation).
Associate Director
■■ Validate the effectiveness of proposed approaches to fix performance problems. Regional Health System
■■ Quantify the effects of WAN optimization on your applications prior to making an
investment. “In my entire IT career, I have never seen a prod-
uct with such a great ROI. In the 10 months that
we have owned OPNET, it has more than paid for
itself.”
Director of IT
Regional Health System

www.opnet.com “I think OPNET will change the way [the Agency]


does business.”
Network Operations Manager
U.S. Federal Agency
Solution Overview
OPNET Technologies, Inc.

Key Features
■■ Off-line, in-depth analysis leveraging packet traces obtained from a wide variety of sources. Related Solutions
■■ Powerful, graphical diagrams for visualizing application behavior. AppResponse Xpert™
End-User Experience, Network Monitoring
■■ Hundreds of application and network protocol decodes, including Citrix, SOAP, VoIP, SSL, SQL,
and Analytics
HTTP, etc.
AppResponse Xpert is an appliance-based
■■ Unlimited, free, lightweight and secure packet capture agents, supporting a wide range of
solution that monitors and analyzes end-
platforms.
user experience for all levels of transactions,
■■ Continuous capture capa- User Response Time and the underlying network. On-board
bility for troubleshooting Machine 1
analytics extract transactions from appli-
intermittent problems. packet loss cation flows and break down application
retransmission response time, identifying which parts of
■■ Coordinated multi-tier
Machine 2 .Net Application Tier the infrastructure are contributing most to
packet capture and auto-
delays.
matic trace synchroniza-
tion.
AppInternals Xpert™
Machine 3 Java Web Service
■■ Support for applications Deep Application Component Monitoring
hosted in virtual environ- and Analytics
ments. Mainframe
AppInternals Xpert delves into the complex
■■ Accurate transaction mod- software frameworks of modern servers to
eling in WAN-optimized Automatically construct a detailed transaction model. extract vast amounts of performance and
infrastructures. forensic data for all aspects of application
performance management from the server
■■ Automated diagnostic reports that pinpoint performance bottlenecks and summarize
perspective. AppInternals Xpert supports
sources of delay.
any type of application, but excels in Java
■■ Powerful “whiteboard” environment for “what-if” assessments of application modifications. and .NET environments. It automatically de-
tects cause-and-effect relationships among
■■ Out-of-the-box and customizable reports for key stakeholders including application develop-
thousands of continuously tracked system
ers, network engineers, and management.
and application metrics across multiple
tiers, to diagnose root cause.
Integration with Other OPNET APM Xpert™ Solutions
AppForensics Xpert™
■■ Isolate transactions of interest in OPNET’s real-time end-user experience monitoring solution,
Centralized Forensic Data Management
AppResponse Xpert, and drill-down into AppTransaction Xpert for root cause analysis.
AppForensics Xpert enables centralized
■■ Using data from AppInternals Xpert, analyze a unified view of a transaction’s dynamics,
management of lightweight AppTransac-
comprising both messages crossing the network and code-level call trees as the transaction
tion Xpert agents for secure web-based
passes through multiple tiers.
packet capture from end-user workstations.
■■ Centrally manage large-scale agent deployments with AppForensics Xpert. As a central repository for enterprise-wide
forensic information, it accelerates perfor-
mance troubleshooting.
Ask Us About...
■■ How our patented packet trace merge algorithms are able to automatically blend and syn-
chronize traces captured on multiple systems. About OPNET Technologies
■■ How our data collection technology can enable troubleshooting of performance problems OPNET Technologies, Inc. is a leading
that happen intermittently. provider of application and network per-
■■ How our expert analysis techniques au- formance management solutions. OPNET’s
tomate the process of troubleshooting solutions deliver broad visibility and
difficult TCP-related effects that create monitoring across infrastructure domains
bottlenecks. as well as deep data collection and analytics
■■ How our packet decoding capabilities to enable powerful root cause diagnosis.
restore visibility in the presence of WAN These solutions have been operationally
optimization. proven in thousands of customer environ-
Predict the impact of infrastructure changes on ments worldwide.
end-to-end response time.

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