Slow server and application performance can be the bane of any business.
It can make your employees unhappy as they struggle to complete tasks that could be done in half the time. Your executive team will hound you for answers, asking you to solve these performance issues.
Despite IT budgets being on the rise, a KMPG survey says that improving business processes, delivering consistent and stable IT performances, and increasing operational efficiencies are still the highest priority for IT decision makers.
You want to move your business forward, but the performance in your infrastructure is holding you back.
So, how do you fix it?
What Causes Application Performance Issues?
First, we must identify the exact causes of performance issues. Every business is unique, and so might be your performance issues.
For example, application performance issues can come in the form of:
- Sluggish clients that leave a bad impression with customers and cause numerous headaches for employees
- Databases that require long downtime due to an overload of data
- Slow networking services — like an application that is making queries to a DNS server that does not exist
Meanwhile, on the server-side of things, a single weak link in your multi-tiered infrastructure set-up can slow down an entire application. You’ll need to identify any weak links in infrastructure, whether it be a front-end web server, middleware server, or any other vital piece.
Even just a single misclick when configuring a server’s BIOS settings can cause enormous issues.
The Pain Points of Slowed Applications and Legacy Servers
Chances are, you’re very familiar with the issues your slow applications are causing, and addressing the issues are among your top priorities.
But like other IT departments, you’re also fielding endless questions about why constant maintenance expenses are draining the IT budget, or why new technologies — like artificial intelligence — aren’t possible with your current infrastructure.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common pain points related to application performance.
|Does Your Organization Suffer From Any of These Pain Points?|
How to Improve Server & Application Performance
You’ve identified your specific pain points around your server and application performance, so let’s revisit the original question.
What are some tips to improving server & application performance?
Option 1 – Manual Troubleshooting
Manual troubleshooting is among the most common approaches to addressing application performance issues. This includes:
- Hours of troubleshooting and testing assumptions
- Running countless diagnostics
- Taking the platform offline for repairs
In fact, most organizations still spend the vast majority of their IT budget on maintenance.
Many justify the costs by agreeing they can’t afford any downtime or disruptions on their apps or servers. However, troubleshooting and running diagnostics costs time, and while it may solve the issue, it is more similar to putting a band-aid on an open wound.
Option 2 – Self Healing Servers & Automated Patching
According to a Spiceworks report, the need to upgrade outdated IT infrastructure is the primary driver for increasing budgets. Business leaders are more involved in IT decision making than ever before, and there is a serious need to adopt innovative technologies.
In the case of poor application and server performance, best in class IT departments are turning to predictive analytics and artificial intelligence to reduce maintenance and solve problems.
These IT departments never waste time troubleshooting. AI systems predict and patch issues before they occur.
The goal: to transform your IT department from being reactive to proactive.
Enter, HPE InfoSight.
Unlock Digital Transformation with Improved Net Application Performance
HPE InfoSight is the solution to automating performance fixes. HPE boasts that the platform is capable of automatically solving 86% of issues that arise, with 99.9999% guaranteed availability.
The platform provides visibility into storage performance, available capacity, and allows IT departments to monitor specific application and server performance.
How can you get started with predictive analytics? Read more about how HPE InfoSight can transform your business. As an HPE enterprise and platinum partner, PCM Canada is equipped to bring the transformative power of predictive analytics and AI to your infrastructure stack. Contact us today to learn how we can improve the performance of your applications and servers.