Web Network Architecture
Developing a System Strategy for Application Performance Management
by Lynn Nye, APM Advisors
Published February 2004, Posted March 2004




As an industry there have been some dramatic enhancements in application architecture, which is leading the path to the New Data Center. Increasingly powerful and flexible application environments are accelerating the realization of the "web world."


The focus of this paper will be to take a look at how to extend the power and flexibility within the application environments out to the users and customers it was developed for. Under the umbrella of what APM Advisors (APMA) is labeling the Web Network Architecture (WNA) the assumed goal is to maximize the efficiencies of the infrastructure to deliver a highly responsive and available IT system.


The foundations of WNA are:



Availability - Insuring that when applications are needed; they are available.


Responsive - Application transactions that drive business must perform.


Efficient - IT is an extension of the business and therefore must operate efficiently.


Flexible - Providing support for the wide range of web and "non-web" applications.


These foundations are also the fundamental attributes of an IT system that has applied Application Performance Management (APM) solutions successfully. Starting with the New Data Center and ending up at the user, there are many challenges in architecting a system that delivers the foundations above, but it's a worthy goal.



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About the author:


APM Advisors was founded by R. "Lynn" Nye Jr., who has nearly 20 years experience in the IT industry.


Lynn has an extensive and diverse background in the computer networking industry. Recently he has returned to independent consulting, after founding and developing Centrisoft Corporation. Centrisoft is recognized as being one of the most innovative companies within the rapidly growing Application Performance Management marketplace.


Prior to Centrisoft, Lynn ran a successful consultancy (NetResults), where he provided a variety of professional services to a variety of clients, wrote over 100 industry articles and columns, as well as developed and delivered seminars throughout the US and Europe.


Earlier at Sync Research, Lynn had the opportunity to assist a company evolve from an engineering organization to a product company. Developing the product plans, industry relationships and press contacts that established the company as a serious contender in the early 90ís. Lynn was a founding member of the Frame Relay forum and toured extensively speaking on the application of Frame Relay within enterprise networks.


His most valuable experiences came from his time at First Interstate Bank, where he obtained an extensive understanding of not only IT related technologies, but the critical relationship between business and IT. During his tenure at the bank, he led teams in deploying the banks first LANs, handling the shift in networking services during the divestiture of AT&T and implementing a PoS (Point of Sale) network.


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