3 Reasons Why to Monitor Java Services with vRealize Operations

by bluemedora_editor on June 19, 2017

By: Lora Johnson


Performance problems in your Java services environments can make or break your client applications — often times, causing problems with deploying and implementing Java EE related technologies. No matter if you run a lightweight or large IT environment, these problems can wreak havoc on the functionality of your system across the entire stack.

To offer visibility into the performance of your Java services environments, Blue Medora today announced the launch of two new management packs — Apache Tomcat and JBoss EAP for vRealize Operations to extend monitoring to Java services environments.

In this blog post, I’ll cover three reasons why you should enhance vRealize Operations with Java services monitoring.


Dive Deeper with More Metrics

Between JBoss EAP and Apache Tomcat, access more than 350 new metrics to dig deeper into your Java services platforms. Key performance metrics include:

  • Average Response Time
  • Active Connection Count
  • Wait Count
  • Percent in Use
  • Active Sessions


Analyze these metrics in real-time to understand where issues may reside in your Java services environments, and access them in a series of out-of-the-box dashboards for deeper visibility.

Overview dashboard in Blue Medora's Apache Tomcat Management Pack
Figure 1: The Apache Tomcat Overview Dashboard in Blue Medora’s Management Pack


In addition to out-of-the-box dashboards, leverage vROps to create your own — allowing you to truly see what matters the most to you and your organization.


Map Key Relationships

Understanding how your Java services environments perform serves as a crucial component of performance across your IT stack. However, it can be difficult — if not impossible — to pinpoint specific problems if you don’t have clear understanding with how it interacts with other layers in the IT stack.

For instance, if you are experiencing timeouts with your Apache Tomcat environment, do you know what’s causing it? It could be an issue within your Java EE client applications, or perhaps it’s because the external systems — like the virtual layer — that it operates on isn’t providing sufficient resources for the environment. As a result, threads get stuck — and your client applications suffer.

Within vRealize Operations with the Blue Medora Management Packs for JBoss EAP and Apache Tomcat, you have the ability to see these key relationships — and drill down to the true bearer of problems to optimize performance.  


Understand Capacity… and Prepare for the Future

Experiencing an increase in CPU utilization? Is your current heap space overloaded? This might indicate issues with your capacity planning, which can cause issues now and in the future. Having visibility into your capacity definitions — and the ability to analyze current use — can help you plan for your future investment, while ensuring that your applications operate at peak efficiency.

Example analysis badge in the JBoss EAP Management Pack from Blue Medora
Figure 2: Sample analysis badge in the JBoss EAP Management Pack from Blue Medora


Within vRealize Operations, you can leverage predictive analytics to analyze key indicators of current capacity — such as thread pool, memory pool and connection capacity.

As a result, you can ensure your capacity meets the current needs of your Java services platform — while preparing it for future requirements.


The combination of vRealize Operations with Blue Medora’s management packs for Apache Tomcat and JBoss EAP gives you deep visibility into your Java services environment — ensuring optimal performance of your client applications, as well as your overall IT stack.

To learn more about the Apache Tomcat Management Pack and the JBoss EAP Management Pack from Blue Medora or to download a free trial, please visit the True Visibility Suite for VMware vRealize Operations page on Blue Medora’s website.


This blog post first appeared on the VMware Cloud Management Blog. Read the full post here.

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