AppNeta announces new performance tools for high-altitude cloud applications, partnership with National Weather Service

by Chris Erway on April 1, 2014

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Boston, Vancouver, and Providence (April 1, 2014) — Full-stack application performance management software maker AppNeta today announced a suite of new features aimed at helping developers and IT professionals understand the performance of apps deployed in the cloud — literally.

“We’re always watching the skies for new developments in the cloud space,” said Capt. Jim Melvin, CEO of AppNeta.  “Many of our customers are early adopters eager to leverage the latest platforms from providers like Amazon, Google, and Facebook.  And the question we keep hearing from pilot users of these new cloud platforms is: can you show us a 30,000-foot view of our app’s performance?”

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The new offerings are aimed at early adopters of emerging high-altitude cloud platforms such as Google’s Project Loon, which links users to the Internet via a network of balloons floating in the stratosphere.  Last Thursday, Facebook announced its acquisition of solar-powered drone maker Ascenta and revealed its own plans to develop “connectivity aircraft” that carry network traffic.  But perhaps the first signs of shifting winds in the industry came last December, when cloud heavyweight Amazon announced Prime Air, a new drone-based consumer delivery platform, inspiring Netflix to demonstrate its own “Drone 2 Home” project a few months later.

Through a partnership with the National Weather Service (NWS), AppNeta’s network performance tool PathView will incorporate real-time data on meteorological events to forecast their impact on key metrics such as bandwidth, latency, and chance of precipitation.  “We’re very pleased to work with the NWS, who have been leaders in cloud monitoring for decades,” said Matt Stevens, AppNeta’s CTO and Air Marshal.  “These guys really know which way the wind is blowing.  In fact they’ve been operating a network of aerial data collection drones since long before the advent of the Internet — their weather balloon program!”

AppNeta’s application performance product, TraceView, will also be updated to diagnose high-altitude performance problems.  “Our system helps you quickly find bugs, but often in these next-generation apps we’re hearing that birds can be a big problem, too,” said Dr. Chris Erway, TraceView’s chief meteorologist.

As part of the agreement, future NWS weather balloon launches will include a hardware module from AppNeta known as the Performance Information Gathering System (PIGS), based on the network appliance used by PathView and FlowView to collect network data.  The new features are scheduled for release as soon as PIGS can fly.

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