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7 Factors That Impact Application Performance

January 08, 2016 | Heroix Staff

As organizations become more and more reliant on the IT infrastructure for business success, it’s expected that the applications that run on that IT infrastructure always be accessible. Unfortunately issues and errors are bound to occur over time which is why it’s essential to utilize an application performance monitoring solution.

Here are 7 common factors that impact and slow application performance:

1. The Infrastructure

Applications are only able to operate efficiently if they are handled properly by the underlying infrastructure. If the infrastructure is not set up in a way that is compatible with the application and all of the different components of the application service, it will become unresponsive. Applications will only perform properly if supporting applications and the infrastructure that connects them all together is functioning.

2. The Network

The number of devices, users, and applications can affect the bandwidth of the network. If the bandwidth isn’t sufficient it will negatively impact the performance of the application.

3. Application Complexity

As technology continues to advance, applications have become much more sophisticated and complex. They feature a mixture of technologies and platforms that each have specialized functions and management tools. Applications are made up of components that are sourced from multiple places. There are many moving parts, all of which need to be tracked and monitored to ensure that they are all working as they should be.

4. Virtualization and the Cloud

Applications today are often running on virtualized hardware that is shared with other applications. The application structure is ever-changing. These virtualized environments are becoming too complex as applications no longer operate in silos. It’s necessary to utilize a solution that can monitor performance across virtual and physical domains.

5. Mobile

The number of people accessing applications from a mobile device is increasing at a rapid pace which has an impact on application performance. Mobile provides increased accessibility which means that applications are being engaged more often from a variety of devices, potentially putting a strain on the application.

6. Application Testing

Simulation labs where applications are often developed are very different than real-world networks. Testing should be done in the actual production environment and under varying conditions. This insufficient testing can result in major application performance issues down the line.

7. Not Proactively Monitoring

The IT department needs to take a proactive approach to application monitoring as opposed to a reactive approach when an issue pops up. A monitoring tool that can provide insights into all IT assets and workloads no matter where they reside is essential to keep critical business applications available and running at peak performance. Without a proactive monitoring solution, precious time is wasted in trying to find the root cause of the issue before it can even begin to be fixed.