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Intercept Studio 5.0 Monitors Apps

AVIcode releases the newest version of its AVIcode Intercept Studio, an application-monitoring and reporting suite for .NET dev shops.

The latest version of AVIcode Intercept Studio extends its application-monitoring and reporting features for .NET dev shops, adding robust visualization and deeper support for sleuthing issues in Web services and other connected-application environments.

Intercept Studio 5.0 adds what AVIcode Inc. calls Incremental Application Dependency Discovery, which maps the underlying application architecture to track down database and remote services dependencies. The new version also adds an improved dashboard interface for assessing app health, including problem tracking and load monitoring. Updated tools help development shops keep tabs on service-level agreement compliance across a range of performance, uptime and behavior metrics.

Sleuthing Tools
AVIcode Chief Technology Officer Victor Mushkatin says the dashboard interface and discovery features are critical for helping development managers sleuth issues in increasingly dependent environments.

"By looking at this dashboard, you'd be able to see if one service fails, how it affects the overall app," Mushkatin explains. "It allows you to understand what other systems are involved in providing services to this application."

Intercept Studio includes tools for diving into namespaces, classes and methods so configurations and metrics can be fine-tuned for specific environments and monitoring needs. Developers can also accrue performance data based on real-world loads and conditions, rather than relying on synthetic metrics, Mushkatin says.

New to .NET Space
Dennis Callaghan, enterprise software analyst for research firm The 451 Group in New York, says Intercept Studio 5.0 can help .NET development shops reach beyond simple troubleshooting to actively refine application behavior.

"When you have these kinds of tools in place, you don't want to just find things that are wrong in your system. You also want to be able to pinpoint things that you're not doing quite right and fix them, so you don't have to encounter them again and again," Callaghan says.

Callaghan notes that AVIcode faces little direct competition in the .NET arena, where enterprise application-monitoring has yet to emerge among the small and midsize businesses that have, to date, committed to the .NET stack. He notes that companies like BMC Software Inc. and Compuware Corp. provide robust application-monitoring solutions for Java.

Intercept Studio 5.0 supports Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista and .NET Framework 3.5. Pricing starts at $11,995 for a single monitoring console and server agent; additional servers are $3,995 each.

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