Dynamix is the patented engine within JumpCenter that delivers a revolutionary approach to solving the application chaos problem. Dynamix simplifies the management of complex enterprise applications – regardless of technology or operating platform. Because JumpSoft has taken a fundamentally unique approach to solving this challenge, it can now be done without the need to create complex scripts or run books, but via a smart logic engine with a simple and intuitive interface.
How Dynamix Works
Applications are typically very complex, with many dynamic components. And applications are fragile due to the fact they are constructed with a very specific technical hierarchy, order, and dependencies between its application components, as well as within the IT ecosystem in which they run. And various application types have different architectures, as well as unique underlying relationships to their infrastructure. This makes the task of managing multiple applications in a run-time environment very challenging. It requires that the appropriate steps must be taken, and completed in the appropriate sequence, depending on the current state of an application. If not, it can cause serious problems, including:
- Data corruption
- Extended downtime
- Lost revenue
- Increased costs
- Decreased productivity
- And ultimately, customer dissatisfaction and longer-term brand damage.
The Problem with Infrastructure-Centric Monitoring
IT organizations manage run-time applications largely through an infrastructure-centric approach (network, server monitoring), which is then used to derive application health. The challenge with the approach is that it is not application-aware, and cannot tell you anything of the critical applications running on top of them. In some cases, application level monitoring is implemented, which provides analytics about an application’s performance. However, without the ability to intelligently respond, or empower staff to do so, these analytics will have limited benefit to ensuring the uptime of applications in their run-time environment. These tools tend provide a historical view, versus a responsive solution to addressing real-time issues.
In conjunction with this approach, IT organizations may couple monitoring with script-based tools (also known as Run Books) to help improve the efficiency of routine and pre-defined tasks. Scripts and run books can be effective to automate basic tasks with a known “start” and “stop”, however, they are not well-suited, nor are they scalable for complex, run-time environments. This is due to the fact that to address run-time application management with this approach, it requires scripts to be written for every possible scenario, and every possible combination of scenarios that may occur for each application – and they must be continually updated and adapted as the environment grows. Furthermore, this typically still requires manual decision-making. And if scripts are not run properly, based on the state, and in context of each application’s hierarchy and dependencies, they provide limited utility – and in cases may actually compound the application downtime and data corruption problems they sought to prevent.
Key Elements of Dynamix
Dynamix combines three critical elements:
Stateful awareness of the application
Through a combination of built-in application-centric monitor types, JumpCenter is aware of how an application is behaving, whether it is up, down, or partially impaired, including what parts of an application are impacted.
Understanding of the application’s architecture, its components, and related dependencies
Dynamix’ data model associates these elements with an understanding of the appropriate technical steps, in sequence, that are required to gracefully start or stop all, or parts of an application, in the context of its underlying IT infrastructure, in order to recover from, or work-around underlying issues impacting application operation.
Secure, policy-driven action
Dynamix is managed by configurable business rules, in conjunction with operational context of the given state of an application. This ensures that JumpCenter will only drive the appropriate and prescribed steps in order to get an application to a defined “best-state” in the face of virtually any issue, or combination of issues. This ensures that an organization’s best practices will be uniformly and systematically applied to recover from application issues, negating the likelihood of human error.
These combined elements enable Dynamix to intelligently identify and respond to any issue, or any series of complex events, resulting in rapid application recovery and service continuity. This includes items ranging from complete disaster recovery of an entire application, remediation of a failed application component, or providing an automated notification of performance degradation within an application.
A Unique Design Leveraging the Application Process Component Layer
In order to provide a solution that would solve this problem for applications of all types, across all platforms, Dynamix’ creators, once again, took a unique approach in their design. Where other tools tend to be built to support certain application types and technology, Dynamix is not. It instead leverages something common across all applications – what we refer to as the Application Process Component layer (also referred to as the OS Process layer). Application Process Components are the common building blocks by which applications are built and function, regardless of environment. This common framework provides the hooks that Dynamix leverages to achieve its cross-platform, application-agnostic type of “holy grail.”
Through support of these universal technical building blocks, applications running on various, but common operating systems, databases, and application frameworks can be readily supported within JumpCenter.
Dynamix Enables the JumpCenter Solution to Deliver:
- A new and breakthrough level of visibility and control.
- Across all applications, regardless of type (custom, COTS, SaaS) and platform (physical, virtual, cloud).
- The ability to work with next-gen frameworks and architectures as the application component gets “thicker”, with more capabilities and delivered functionality.
- The Application Process Component Layer, consisting of Application and Web Servers, provides an embedded capability to exploit next-gen Cloud infrastructure, SaaS deployment, elastic application scaling, and Dev Ops Integration.
- As well as providing broad support for legacy application environments.
- While leveraging existing tools, scripts, and run books, under the intelligent control of Dynamix’ logic and policy-based engine.
And deployed via simple configuration, versus complex customization and/or scripting.
To learn more about JumpSoft or our JumpCenter solution, please contact us here.