Nastel Technologies, a premier global provider of application performance monitoring solutions for mission-critical applications from the datacenter to the cloud, today announced the release of AutoPilot 6.5, the first unified platform to manage middleware technologies with a single solution. AutoPilot’s pattern-based analysis capabilities spanning both distributed and mainframe platforms can help firms make use of big data to improve service levels to their customers.
The new version of AutoPilot simplifies monitoring and management, automates the analysis of complex issues, improves IT staff efficiency, and reduces risk and overall costs. Middleware is critical as it holds the application infrastructure together, and as such, requires its own analytics to ensure peak application performance.  Nastel’s AutoPilot is the only solution that provides this safeguard by applying analytics holistically across all middleware.  In addition, unlike other monitoring vendors that have separate products for monitoring some of the different middleware solutions, AutoPilot 6.5 can consume monitoring data for all of these platforms in a single solution and analyze them in context with each other. This can help firms reduce both expenses and complexity via a single point of analysis and action and eventually de-duplicate their overlapping tools.
“As applications and middleware become more complex and distributed, powerful data collection and visualization technologies are insufficient for diagnostic, let alone predictive, tasks,” said Will Cappelli, Research Vice President, Gartner.  “Analytics engines capable of combining real-time complex event and statistical processing with symbolic reasoning will be necessary elements in any attempt to convert application performance data into actionable information.”

As business processes are increasingly supported by IT and the big data explosion problem associated with them continues, a solution to “mine” this big data is essential.  AutoPilot is unique in its ability to mine “big data” across web and mainframe applications, providing vital insight into problem cause and customer behavior.
In addition, to help improve the effectiveness of offshore teams and keep costs down, AutoPilot 6.5’s automation can end eyes-on-screen monitoring and false-positive alerts, enabling enterprises to allocate resources more efficiently. Furthermore, the unified platform of AutoPilot 6.5 and its single security model for all middleware can control privileged access, effect segregation of duties, and help businesses maintain compliance.
AutoPilot 6.5 now features:
• The industry’s first unified platform for monitoring WebSphere MQ and DataPower, TIBCO RV and EMS, Solace, CICS and homegrown middleware in a single solution
• Single security model for all middleware
• New Web-based GUI for ease of use and simplicity in management
• Enhanced z/OS monitoring, providing deeper operational support for System Z, CICS, WMQ and DB2
• Availability and Performance monitoring of Cassandra (NoSQL database used in Cloud-based systems)
• Tracking Business Process Flows and their status (milestones)
• WMQ 7.1 support
“The enhancements to AutoPilot in version 6.5 include the features and capabilities that specifically address the challenges that face our enterprise customers,” said Charley Rich, vice president of product management, Nastel. “With AutoPilot 6.5, enterprises can begin to master the exploitation of big data and as a result resolve problems faster, retain customers and better understand customer behavior.  These are powerful competitive advantages in today’s demanding marketplace.  AutoPilot is almost unique in its ability to understand application performance data and analytics, both web and legacy.”
Read about the AutoPilot Unified Platform for Middleware here.
Nastel is a sponsor for IBM Impact in Las Vegas, from April 30 – May 2 where it will demonstrate its AutoPilot 6.5 solution in booth Z-3.  Nastel is also sponsoring the thought leadership session, “The Case for Reasoning,” led by Stephen Neal, Director at TD Securities. The session will be held on Monday, April 20 at 10:45 a.m. in the Venetian – Delfino 4001A room. The session will describe how an application performance monitoring solution using Complex Event Processing analytics can be extended with Case Based Reasoning to deliver predictive, self-learning analytics for Operational Risk Management.