Compwuare Enhances Performance Analysis Tools

Where's the bottleneck?

This week mainframe utilities vendor Compuware announced updates to its application performance analysis tools Strobe 2.5 and iStrobe. The enhancements make it easier to detect problems in application performance.

Strobe 2.5 now offers the ability to automatically detect performance issues, says Bruce Klenk, Strobe product manager at Compuware. Older versions required administrators to seek out areas for optimization, but the latest version of Strobe can run in the background, detecting problems as they occur.

Rather than problems with hardware or the operating system, Strobe focuses on how application components interact with the rest of the system. For example, it can detect a SQL statement that takes an inordinate amount of time to complete or procedural calls that take too long to complete.

IStrobe is Compuware’s browser-based analysis engine for performance tuning. It reads an XML file containing data about performance bottlenecks and presents the information in a way easily read by a user. Klenk says the alternative to using iStrobe is analyzing printed sheets of mainframe data.

Both Strobe 2.5 and iStrobe are generally available today.

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Chris McConnell is Product and Technology Editor for Enterprise Systems.