AppFirst has come out with another great feature to make organizing and filtering your data easier: Server Sets!
How it works:
If you’re already familiar with Server Tags, then you know tags allow you to organize your servers into logical groupings (Production, Database, QA) to help you see and manage all your servers. Server Sets are the next step in organization.
Server Sets are a way of creating dynamic groups of servers based on the intersection of two or more Server Tags.
For example: Servers [1, 2, 3, 4] have a tag “Linux,” servers [5, 6, 7, 8, 9] have a tag “Windows,” and servers [3, 4, 5, 6] have a tag “Database.” A server set called “Linux.Database” would produce a server group of [3, 4]. “Windows.Database” would produce [5, 6], etc. If you later add a new server  with tags “Linux” and “Database,” server set “Linux.Database” would automatically produce [3, 4, 10].
How to get started:
From the Administration menu, select Server Sets. In the upper left hand corner click “Add Server Set.” A list of current Server Tags appear on the left. Select which Server Tags you’d like to include in your Server Set. Select the Server Tags in the order you would like them to appear in your Server Set (ie Select “NY”, “Production”, “Database” for a Server Set of “NY.Production.Database”). You must select at least two Server Tags to create a Server Set.
To read more about Server Tags and Server Sets, check out our Help Documentation.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Features and Pricing Structure Enhance AppFirst Offerings
Server Tags, Log File Data Collection and Tiered Pricing Bring Miss Nothing Data Capabilities to Businesses of all Sizes
NEW YORK, NY – August 15, 2011 – AppFirst, the next generation application problem resolution system offering the highest data fidelity in the application performance monitoring market, today unveiled a host of new features and pricing changes in response to customers’ needs. Server tags and log file data access extend the flexibility of AppFirst’s Miss Nothing Data collection technology, while tiered pricing delivers four distinct offerings to support a wide range of requirements. The new version moves into production today, and pricing options are available immediately.
“Creating a tiered pricing structure allows us to deliver solutions for businesses of all shapes and sizes,” said David Roth, CEO of AppFirst. “At the same time, we continue to add new features that allow application architects and DevOps to offer the absolute best application performance and reliability to their customers.”
Log File Data and Server Tags
AppFirst now automatically collects log file data that can be correlated with the company’s Miss Nothing Data collection, along with other data sources such as Nagios and the Windows Performance Counter data. Users simply select which log files to collect, and the output can be viewed in AppFirst’s application log viewer.
The addition of server tags gives architects and DevOps a simple way to group similar servers into logical clusters for easier visualization and management. For example, production servers may need to be managed differently than quality assurance servers. The ability to tag servers and quickly set different alert thresholds for each group simplifies server performance management and delivers a powerful, proactive way to troubleshoot issues related to server utilization, server performance and configuration.
“As the number of servers in an organization grows, being able to organize them into related functions, while also easily setting individual thresholds based on use, is critical,” says AppFirst customer Andy Piggott, managing director for Software as a Service provider Incutio. “Our DevOps team would spend hours identifying log lines from applications following a system event. But with AppFirst, the relevant log data is already presented for analysis along with the event we are investigating, which saves us many man-hours per investigation.”
Other feature enhancements, including user-friendly host names and international SMS alerts, have also been added by AppFirst, as well as support for Fedora 14, CentOS 5.6 and 6.0, and Debian 6.0.
Four-Tier Pricing Structure
AppFirst has established four offerings to choose from depending on the customer’s size and needs. Small companies can take advantage of the “Three for Free” Developer program, which includes all the power of AppFirst with one week of data retention for three or fewer servers. The new Standard option, for .75 cents per server per hour (equivalent to $5.40 per server per month), is specifically designed for users who want to focus on monitoring and alerts. The Standard option offers capabilities including:
- Consolidated view of all servers
- The new server tagging feature
- Ability to create and manage applications
- Unlimited alerts on 20+ resources
- Cloud provider management
- Nagios/Windows Performance Counters data collection
- API access
- 30-day data retention
- Email support
- iPhone/iPad/Android app
For customers who need monitor/alert capabilities, as well as troubleshooting and problem resolution capabilities, the Professional version, offered at a usage rate of 2.5 cents an hour or a bundled price of $49 a month, includes all Standard plan features as well as:
- Root Cause Wizard for intuitively resolving issues
- The new Log file data collection feature
- Multiple graph comparisons with different time frames
- Visual server network connections
- Data correlation from multiple sources:
- Miss Nothing Data
- Log files
- Nagios plug-ins
- Windows Performance Counters
- One-year data retention
- Email/phone support
The company also offers custom plans for users requiring a Private Cloud for monitoring, management and problem resolution of their own private cloud.
About AppFirst, Inc.
AppFirst is the leading SaaS-based application problem resolution service designed to provide mid-market application architects and DevOps complete visibility into their applications across the entire application stack. AppFirst is an agnostic solution, supporting a wide range of applications, regardless of language, application type or location (cloud, physical or virtual servers) and incorporates its patent-pending Miss Nothing Data capability. This unique feature is designed to provide clear insight into executing applications and quickly correlate with other data sources, allowing a proactive approach where IT professionals can see changes before they become problems, reduce customer churn, and drive down the cost of operations. Founded in 2009, AppFirst is a New York City-based company venture backed by FirstMark Capital and First Round Capital. For more information, visit http://www.appfirst.com. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/appfirst or subscribe to the AppFirst blog to stay up-to-date on the latest AppFirst news.
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