ITCAM for Transactions 7.3: Introduction to Agentless Tracking
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In a previous post we announced the release of ITCAM for Transactions 7.3, and the introduction of an exciting new feature: Agentless tracking.
This post takes a look at some of the things are possible with this new feature.
Agentless tracking allows ITCAM for
Transactions to collect response time information from transactions
between components communicating over the network. The 'Agentless' moniker refers to the fact that this is done without the need
for instrumentation of the applications, or the servers they run on.
This is achieved by monitoring the network traffic between
applications and building a topology of connections between
applications. That means, as soon as ITCAM for Transactions is installed, you can see the transactions on your network in near real time. Agentless tracking is a complementary addition to the existing agent based data collectors available with ITCAM for Transactions.
The network traffic monitoring functionality is provided as an enhancement to the existing Web Response Time agent. This agent already has the proven capability to decode and analyze HTTP and HTTP/S traffic in complex environments. This new ability extends this to cover a wide range of TCP/IP protocols. Activating this new functionality is as simple as ticking a box.
ITCAM for Transactions - Agentless Topology
Right away, we can see the clients and servers on our network. Connections between these hosts represent communication between them. The label on the connection shows the protocol being used, and the average response time for that protocol.
In this example, we can clearly see 5 tiers to our topology:
The workspace can be customized to show any of the available metrics on the topology. Information shown in the host tooltips can also be customized to show more information about the Filters can be applied to only show specific hosts and/or application protocols.
The table below the topology summarizes the metrics for all of the interactions shown above. ITCAM for Transactions will automatically trend transaction response times and bandwidth rates over time and detect deviations as they occur.
As well as providing a topological view of the components of a composite application, there are workspaces that provide a detailed view of each server or protocol.
The Component workspace shows:
The Component Detail Workspace provides:
Component Detail Workspace
Previous releases of ITCAM for Transactions required instrumentation of application and middleware servers with data collectors to build the end-to-end topology of the composite application. These data collectors are still required to produce instance level transaction tracking data. The information gathered by these data collectors may be merged into the Agentless based topology to allow for deeper, instance level, transaction tracking. The agentless features remove the need to do this up front. Instrumentation of specific applications can be done when and wherever the need for instance level tracking is required.