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Survey Finds Sizeable Application Performance Management Market for Environments Using Both .NET and Java Applications


Increasing Use of .NET in Business-Critical Applications is Requiring a Comprehensive Approach to Managing Environments that Employ Both .NET and Java Development Architectures

ISLANDIA, N.Y. – CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA) today announced the results of an independent survey on the state of enterprise .NET applications. The survey, conducted by Evans Data Corp. (EDC), revealed that enterprise .NET investment growth is outpacing Java investment growth. The CA-sponsored survey, which targeted enterprises with 1,000+ employees and queried 350 developers and managers involved in creating and/or managing business-critical .NET applications, also found that a strong market exists for integrated application performance management (APM) solutions that support the increased use of both development architectures in the same organization.

“These survey results confirm that .NET applications are pervasive in large enterprises and their acceptance and dependability is continuing to increase,” said Mike Allen, director of product management for CA Wily Technology, a division of CA. “This begs the question of how to effectively manage environments that use both .NET and Java. CA Wily advocates a comprehensive application performance management solution that addresses both with a single solution and helps key Web applications to meet business, customer experience and performance goals.”

The survey found that most enterprises have highly heterogeneous application environments and that .NET support teams are similar to Java support teams in terms of size, structure, problem types and times to isolate problems. A vast majority of respondents said their .NET and Java groups are integrated within their support organizations, highlighting the industry requirement for a comprehensive approach to application performance management. As with Java, management responsibility is spread across departments (development, operations, quality assurance, etc.), and equally required in both environments.

Further demonstrating that .NET applications are pervasive and continuing to grow, the survey found that:

* Nearly 60 percent responded that their .NET investment is growing, while 50 percent said they are adding new .NET personnel;
* 57 percent of respondents indicated that .NET expenditures comprise more than a quarter of their overall business-critical application investment; nearly 20 percent of respondents put that figure between 75 and 100 percent.

“An increasing number of enterprises are realizing the benefits of deploying applications built on both .NET and Java. However, with those benefits come the challenges of managing a heterogeneous environment coupled with the unique issues of both development architectures,” said Jasmine Noel, founder and partner, Ptak, Noel & Associates. “To help maximize ROI, IT organizations should use a single tool to manage the performance and availability of .NET and Java applications in the same environment.”

Additional key findings on the state of enterprise .NET applications include the following data points on problem causes and slowdowns:

* 54 percent of respondents said that development is the department responsible for .NET support, compared to 69 percent for Java;
* .NET users blamed changes (both to applications and backend connections) for slowdowns 75 percent more often than Java users did;
* Java users blamed memory leaks and out-of-memory conditions 75 percent more often than .NET users, though for slowdown (rather than failure) .NET users blame out-of-memory just as often as Java users do.
* .NET users blamed connectivity to transactions systems 150 percent more often than Java users and mainframe connectivity twice as often as Java users;
* Java users blamed bugs 50 percent more often than .NET users; Java users also blamed architecture and JVM (CLR) issues twice as often as .NET users.

CA Wily Technology, a division of CA, Inc., provides enterprise application performance management solutions that help companies to successfully manage the health and availability of their critical Web applications and infrastructure. CA Wily’s comprehensive approach helps enterprises to more rapidly detect and diagnose application slowdowns and failures, better assess the impact of application performance on business success and better manage the end-user experience. CA Wily helps customers to achieve better customer service, more stable revenue streams, and higher IT productivity.

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