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Advisory Note: Application Flow Management - What is it and Why You Should Care
Enterprise Management Associates, August 2007, Pages: 3
Application Flow Management (AFM) includes a range of technologies - from traditional pair-based flows, packet analysis, protocol analysis, application response time over the network, application transaction analysis - and other capabilities designed to take a fluid approach to monitoring how applications perform over a networked infrastructure. EMA believes that with the advent of new technologies such as VoIP on the one hand, and Web based applications and SOA and Web Services -AFM will come to dominate performance management across the networked infrastructure.
In July of 2005 EMA introduced a report entitled, 'Application Flow Management: A New Taxonomy to Capture New Market Trends.' With the term 'application flow' (or some better term if it should crop up), EMA referred to a whole range of management solutions spanning classic pairs-based flow analysis to look at traffic volumes, to protocol and packet analysis for application service performance and response information. What these vendors all have in common is that through one or multiple technologies, they are assessing application performance over the network in terms of flow-based analysis, in contrast to (or in some cases in addition to) classical SNMP polling.
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