Application and Transaction Management

SOA is used to build real-world business applications, delivering real business value and solving real business problems. Faults and performance problems in a Web service might not appear to be a huge problem, but they may lead to a failure to respond to a customer, a misplaced order, or a failure to invoice or collect on a service or product that has been delivered.

The distributed nature of service-oriented applications makes it difficult to identify and diagnose problems. For example, an unacceptable delay when a customer clicks a button on a commerce site might be caused by a connection timeout in an unrelated database that provides a logging function to a Web service that is indirectly invoked by another application called by the portal.

Application support and operations teams must be alerted to these issues and must be able to identify their root cause, debug, and fix them in near real-time. These teams are often measured against Mean-Time-To-Repair, so seeing problems before they occur, and quickly finding the cause is a critical goal.

Akana provides an industry leading Operational Governance solution for monitoring, transaction tracking, SLA management, Quality of Service, Event management, and root case analysis.

  • Monitoring – Last mile, first-mile and network monitoring of messages to collect real-time performance, usage, fault and message data for any service deployed on any platform. Akana’s Service Manager monitors services from the perspective of the consumer to ensure that consumer specific SLA’s and usage criteria are not polluted by traffic from other consumers.
  • Transaction tracking – Using standards like WS-Addressing, Service Manager can track the path of a transaction across multiple messages between different consumers, services, applications, and platforms. This allows customers to identify root cause for individual transactions as well as to build a map of a whole application and all the consumers and services it is made up of.
  • Service Level Agreement Management – Service Manager provides comprehensive SLA capabilities with the ability to manage and monitor SLAs for consumer contracts. This unique ability ensures accurate monitoring of services from the perspective of their different consumers – one application might make more complex and larger requests that take an average of 200ms to process, where the average response time for the whole service is only 50ms. In this case, it is essential that the application is monitored from the perspective of the consumer, in order to provide an accurate assessment of service level.
  • Dynamic Management – Service Manager implements a comprehensive dynamic management model that can automatically adjust the infrastructure to address exceptions and service-level issues. Using the monitoring and SLA management capabilities described above, Service Manager can identify potential problems and can reroute traffic, throttle low-priority requests, or even deploy new service instances to ensure continuous operation of service-oriented applications.

Akana’s products are used by Fortune 500 companies to ensure continuous operation of their service-oriented applications providing a state of the art application and transaction management solution.

Akana’s Service Manager provides a platform-independent, policy-driven SOA monitoring and management solution to ensure the performance and reliability of services throughout an SOA. It provides SLA management, real-time and historic reporting, alert and event management, transaction tracking, and dynamic management capabilities.

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