Rein in Shadow IT with Auto Discovery and Dependency Mapping

The evolution of shadow IT is a result of technology becoming simpler and the cloud offering easy connectivity to applications and storage. As this happened, people began to cherry-pick those things that would help them get things done easily. Shadow IT evolves not with but bad intentions to begin with. When employees take things into their own hands, they know what’s necessary to get the job done, to do whatever they were hired to do. However, there are risks associated if the sprawling Shadow IT is not reined in. Research group Gartner estimates that by next year (2020), one third of successful attacks experienced by enterprises will be on their shadow IT resources.

To bring Shadow IT under control, you must know about it.

GAVS product, AppEnsure provides Application Auto Discovery and Dependency Mapping (ADDM). GAVS AppEnsure automatically discovers and maps the applications and topology of the end to end deployment, hop by hop.

  • Auto discovery of applications and topology mapping
  • Auto baselining of response time and throughput of all transactions from all users on all applications for any given hour, day and month
  • The topology map shows the individual response times for each hop which can be drilled down on to see the actual process and ports in use

Application Auto Discovery & Dependency Mapping

GAVS AppEnsure supports all types of applications:

  • Web applications virtually delivered applications, Vendor Software such as SAP or Microsoft Exchange and Custom developed
  • Synchronous, Asynchronous and Batch Processing applications
  • Applications written in any programming language
  • SaaS applications that are part of the workload

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Zero Configuration

Discover Applications

Discover Multitenant Applications

Discover Multiple Instances of Application

Discover SaaS Applications

Discover Virtually Delivered Applications or Desktops

Discover Application Workload Topologies

Discover Every Tier of Every Multi-Tiered Application

Discover All Users of All Applications

Discover Anomalies with Applications

Zero Configuration

GAVS AppEnsure’s auto discovery features requires no additional configuration. GAVS AppEnsure discovers applications and maps topology upon installation based on new transactions that are directed towards the applications from the users.

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Discover Applications

GAVS AppEnsure uniquely and automatically discovers every Windows and Linux application in your environment, identifies it by name, and measures the end-to-end and hop-by-hop response time and throughput of each application. This works for applications installed on physical servers, applications installed in virtualized guest operating systems, applications automatically provisioned in private or hybrid clouds, and applications running in public clouds. It also works irrespective of whether the application was custom developed or purchased.

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Discover Multitenant Applications

On a logical web server like IIS, Apache or WebSphere, multiple applications can be installed differentiating by the URIs. GAVS AppEnsure auto discovers multitenant applications hosted on web servers and does not limit the discovery to the logical server level.

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Discover Multiple Instances of Application

It is a common practice for enterprises to service all its end users in the most responsive way, by running multiple instances of the same application load balanced amongst the instances. For example, it is quite common to have multiple Microsoft Exchange servers for servicing Email. Business critical applications may have multiple web servers front ending to receive requests to be serviced from the end users. GAVS AppEnsure auto discovers multiple instances of the same application and present them all as a group with the ability to drill down to the details of each instance of the application.

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Discover SaaS Applications

GAVS AppEnsure auto discovers any requests directed to SaaS applications such as Office365 or Salesforce and calculates response time and throughput to these applications from the enterprise.

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Discover Virtually Delivered Applications or Desktops

GAVS AppEnsure provides extensive support for Citrix delivered applications or desktops. GAVS AppEnsure automatically maps the topology of the delivered applications and VDIs, hop by hop and end to end. This visibility extends beyond the Citrix farm into the back-end infrastructure on which the delivered applications and VDIs are supported.

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Discover Application Workload Topologies

The GAVS AppEnsure architecture auto discovers application flows mapping topology and user response times from these flows to create the application topology and
update that topology in near real time as changes occur—all without user configuration. This allows for excellent “out-of-the- box” support for applications, including custom applications. These capabilities significantly reduce the resources required to configure service models and operate the product. This is a dynamic view that will update in real time to show all instances with their respective response times. The overall throughput of all instances of an application delivers a deterministic demand load profile, not an inferred one from resource utilization

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Discover Every Tier of Every Multi-Tiered Application

GAVS AppEnsure auto discovers the different tiers for every multi-tiered application and provides the performance of each tier. This allows for excellent “out-of-the-box” support for applications including custom applications. GAVS AppEnsure automatically maps the virtual and physical topology of each application to give clear visibility of all transactions through all tiers of the application and infrastructure. Each tier is discovered and named with the transactional throughput and response times shown for each tier. If there is an alarm for slow response time, the segment with extended latency will be clearly visible in the end to end transaction flow.

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Discover All Users of All Applications

GAVS AppEnsure identifies every user of every application and the response time experience that the user is having for each use of a given application.

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Discover Anomalies with Applications

As deployed, GAVS AppEnsure uses a sophisticated anomaly detection algorithm to automatically assess when a response time excursion is valid, then if a response is seen to exceed normal baseline or SLA performance expectations, deep diagnostics are triggered to analyze the event. In addition, the hop by hop segment latency is compared against the historical norms to identify deterministically which segment has extended latency and reduced application performance.

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