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Ever feel like that? In a world of Acronym overload? Well you're not alone!

From time to time however, an important one comes along. Meet AANPM.

What is it?

AANPM stands for Application Aware Network Performance Management.

What does it mean?

AANPM is an emerging method of monitoring, troubleshooting, and analyzing both network and application systems. Historically, Network Management Systems have been network infrastructure focused, without collecting, reading, and interpreting the application traffic traversing these devices. Other than a few traffic utilization and capacity metrics, an NMS typcially does not perform analytics on application response time, TCP errors, and other issues that impact applications. 

With AANPM, this application-centric functionality is brought into the network management system, providing a one-stop shop for end-to-end visibility of the end user application experience. When a performance problem hits a key application, engineers have all the information they need to track down the root cause quickly - from the wireless environment, across WAN connections, through the network infrastructure (physical and virtual), and on into all tiers of the server and application environment.

How does AANPM save me money and IT headaches?

Since IT Departments are broken up into different departments with different skill sets and different tools, it is difficult to bring these components together when a problem strikes to find the root cause. Instead of domain isolation, engineers from different departments may use separate tools to prove why the problem is not in their area of responsibility. For example - the network has low utilization and no errors, so it's not the problem. Rather, with an AANPM solution, an unbiased view of the network and application structure can be provided to find the root cause.

Also, instead of buying support and training for multiple flavors of individual tools for each department, one tool system can be accessed and customized by all, with a correlated view of data of network and application performance. This represents a cost savings for the IT Organization as a whole, instead of chasing their tails keeping up with the myriad of tools necessary to see every aspect of the network and application infrastructure. 

Where can I learn more about AANPM?

A few vendors are coming on board with AANPM solutions. One is the Fluke Networks AANPM solution which provides performance visibility from the end user all the way to back end SQL calls.

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Chris_greerPacket Pioneer Logo Author Profile - Chris Greer is a Network Analyst for Packet Pioneer. Chris has many years of experience in analyzing and troubleshooting networks. He regularly assists companies in tracking down the source of network and application performance problems using a variety of protocol analysis and monitoring tools including Wireshark. When he isn’t hunting down problems at the packet level, he can be found teaching various analysis workshops at Interop and other industry trade shows. Chris also delivers training and develops technical content for several analysis vendors.

Chris can be contacted at chris (at) packetpioneer (dot) com.