Scalable, High Performance Data Collection and Analysis | AppFirst
 

How It Works

Scalable | High Performance | Secure

 
 

Patented Collection Technology

Traditional technologies approach collection at one of two levels: the application component layer or the OS. Collection at the component layer inherently misses information—by design it captures only what it is told. Collection at the OS mixes information as it cannot understand the relationship with components. Only AppFirst’s patented collector intercepts every function call to resources—never missing an event on any server, VM, or instance.

 

High Performance Collection

Deploying an AppFirst collector is simple; get up and running with live production data in less than a minute without instrumenting any code.

The patented AppFirst collector was developed to collect and export data with less than 1% impact to production systems, allowing you to collect data from any and all applications without impacting their performance. Therefore, there’s never a need to stop collection when a system is struggling and becomes wobbly.

Gone are the days of logging into a production server to see what was going on. AppFirst collects all system and application specific information and presents that data to all the stakeholders who need to understand what is happening.

High Performance Collection
 

Built for Today’s Application

Modern application architectures are increasingly “wrapping” custom code around third party components, such as billing or email, producing compound applications that are part custom and part packaged. Code-level monitoring is unable to provide an end-to-end picture of the performance of these applications.

With AppFirst, the collector provides consistent coverage of your environment; data is collected from every language and application component without the need to instrument code or install multiple agents.

 

Enterprise-Class Scalability

Vendors have told the world “you can’t collect everything.” That it doesn’t scale. Collecting everything and managing terabytes of data per day was impossible. Until now.

Leveraging the latest technology, AppFirst’s backend ingests and aggregates massive amounts of system and application data and normalizes it using a universal time series. With a highly scalable collection and aggregation solution for the dynamic data center, IT can now enable world-class agility for the business.

Data Security

All performance metadata is compressed and sent over SSL to the AppFirst Cloud, which is hosted at a SOC-2 compliant facility with hardened servers. Our multi-tenant platform ensures that only you have access to your performance data.

Data Platform

Choose to program directly against all performance metadata via a rich set of APIs or view the data in the customizable AppFirst UI. This capability allows you to achieve “zero-config automation,” enforce policies, stream data into other existing technologies, charge back to internal users, and perform deterministic root cause analysis.

Deployment Options

Hosted

Deploy AppFirst on your servers and push that data back to the AppFirst SaaS backend.

Private Hosted

Deploy AppFirst on your servers and push that data to a dedicated cloud hosted by AppFirst.

On-Premises

Deploy our backend behind your firewall.

Supported Operating Systems

Windows
  • Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012
  • Windows XP (SP2 and higher, 32 bit)
  • Windows 7 & 8
Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu 9
  • Ubuntu 10
  • Ubuntu 11
  • Ubuntu 12
Red Hat
  • Red Hat 5
  • Red Hat 6
CentOS
  • CentOS 5
  • CentOS 6
Debian
  • Debian 6
Gentoo
  • Gentoo is supported through our partnership with Engine Yard
Solaris—BETA
  • Solaris 10 x86
  • Solaris 10 Sparc
  • Solaris 11 x86
  • Solaris 11 Sparc
AIX—BETA

beta

  • AIX 7
  • *Contact us if you’re interested in using AppFirst for your AIX servers.
FreeBSD 9.1
  • FreeBSD 9.1
FreeBSD 9.1
  • SUSE Linux 9, 10, 11
OS not listed? Contact us.

Supported Infrastructures

Cloud

AppFirst supports every cloud (public or private).

Virtual

AppFirst supports the following virtual platforms: VMware, Xen, and KVM.

Physical

AppFirst supports every physical box running one of the above operating systems.

Hybrid

AppFirst supports infrastructures that are using a combination of cloud, virtual, and physical boxes.

PaaS Integrations

AppFirst supports Engine Yard and Windows Azure. Interested in a partnership? Contact us