Java Transaction Monitoring for Code-Level Visibility

Get total visibility into Java application processing (methods, queries, API calls, etc.) without making any code changes. Identify the root-cause of slowness and provide insights for troubleshooting and application optimization.

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Business Transaction Monitoring

A recent Gartner survey of enterprises indicated that user experience was the most important criteria when formulating application performance strategy. When user experience is reported as poor, discovering the cause of slow application transactions is paramount. But in today’s multi-tier, heterogeneous application architectures, it is challenging to determine what is causing a slowdown: is it the network, or the client, or the database query, or application processing, or an external web service call, etc.?

Monitoring and distributed tracing of business transactions provides clear visibility into which application tier is slowing down user access to applications and, in turn, affecting user experience.

Java Transaction Tracing - Why is the Transaction Slow?


Java Transaction Tracing - Why is the Transaction Slow?

Java application architectures have evolved to include several hardware and software tiers. Production applications involve multiple load balanced web servers, several tiers of Java application servers and middleware, backend databases, messaging servers, transaction processing engines and external services. And, many of these tiers are inter-dependent. Therefore, it can be extremely challenging to diagnose which tier is causing the transaction to be slow and why. IT operations and DevOps teams need answers to key questions, including:

  • Which application tier is causing slowness?
  • Is there a code-level issue and if so, what line of code, in what method?
  • Are there any calls to remote services slowing down the transaction?

Total Performance Visibility into Java Transaction Processing with
eG Enterprise

eG Enterprise provides complete visibility into Java transaction processing in every tier that supports the application. Using byte code instrumentation, it tags every transaction and traces it through the presentation tier, business logic tier and data tier. Method invocations, processing times and any exceptions are captured in the Java tiers, and any calls to non-Java tiers and external services are also tracked. For database accesses, the queries executed and the execution times are reported.

  • Metrics collected from all the different tiers are combined to present a holistic view depicting the entire transaction flow graph
  • IT admins, DevOps admins and application architects can easily isolate the tier responsible for causing high transaction response time
Java Transaction Processing with eG Enterprise
  • Issues in the application server and within custom application code can be easily identified
Licensed by number of operating systems, not by JVMs, eG Enterprise is one of the most cost-efficient application performance monitoring solutions in the industry.

eG Enterprise for Java Transaction Tracing

Get complete visibility into distributed Java transaction processing, so you can clearly identify and solve slow application response issues:

  • See a transaction flow graph that shows all the tiers processing a transaction; see response times at each tier
  • Identify if slowness is due to Java processing, SQL queries, external calls, web service API calls, etc.
  • See detailed diagnosis that points to the problematic method, exact SQL query or Java exception that is affecting user experience
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Visualize Runtime Architecture of Java Application

  • Using an advanced tag-and-follow approach, eG Enterprise learns all the different application tiers that a transaction passes through, and constructs the transaction flow path
  • Intuitive visual maps show the application runtime path for each request and the processing time spent at each tier
  • IT administrators and developers can easily and quickly pinpoint the root cause of transaction slowdowns in real time
  • Java business transaction monitoring using eG Enterprise is simple to deploy and non-intrusive. It does not require any special database access privileges, application topology configuration, or any code changes to trace transactions

Deep Dive into Application Code-Level Issues

eG Enterprise allows you to easily analyze transactions by breaking down request processing time hop by hop, as the transaction flows through each application tier. With this information, you can:

  • Isolate problematic Java code that is causing errors or exceptions
  • Identify methods that are responsible for high request processing time
  • Drill down to the specific database query that is responsible for database slowness
  • Track down specific HTTP, JMS or web services calls that are slow
  • Quantify enterprise application responsiveness by tracking calls to SAP JCO, Jolt and other application APIs
  • Monitor transactions from both web browsers and native mobile applications

In-Depth Monitoring of JVMs and Java Containers

For situations where Java application slowness is caused by bottlenecks in the Java container or JVM layers, eG Enterprise provides in-depth monitoring for most popular Java containers (Tomcat, WebLogic, JBoss EAP, WildFly, WebSphere, Glassfish, etc.) and JVMs (Oracle, Sun, JRockit, etc.). Using these insights, you can:

  • Correlate transaction slowdowns with performance issues in the application server
  • Diagnose memory leaks and out-of-memory exceptions
  • Optimize the heap and non-heap memory usage of a JVM
  • Measure CPU utilization of JVM and identify high CPU threads
  • Detect blocked and deadlocked threads
  • View the stack trace to find the exact line of code causing issues

Automated Root Cause Diagnosis

Because user experience can be impacted by many factors outside of application performance, eG Enterprise goes far beyond identifying code level issues alone. Its universal monitoring technology provides visibility into every layer and every tier of the infrastructure that the Java application depends on.

A patented, virtualization-aware, root-cause diagnosis technology automatically discovers inter-dependencies between infrastructure tiers, correlates performance data across these tiers, and pinpoints the exact cause of issues. This eliminates guesswork and finger-pointing and enables IT operations teams, DevOps teams and developers to see exactly where the problem lies and where its effects are.

Supported Platforms and Technologies

Java Component Supported Platforms & Technologies
Java Runtime Environments Java 1.5, Java 1.6, Java 1.7, Java 1.8, Java 9, Java 10, Java 11, Java 12, Java 13,
Java 14, Java 15, Java 16, and Java 17
JVM Vendors Oracle/Sun JVM (hotspot), IBM JVM, OpenJDK, Azul Zulu, Zing, SAP JDK
Application Containers Apache Tomcat, JBoss EAP, JBoss AS, WildFly, Oracle WebLogic, IBM WebSphere, Spring Boot, Jetty
Web Frameworks JSP, JSF, Servlets, Spring MVC, Apache Struts
Middleware Components Java EE (EJB, JMS Queue & Topic, RMI, JDBC, JavaMail, LDAP, JPA, Jolt, SAP JCO), Spring Application Framework
Web Services Protocols HTTP, SOAP, JAX-WS, JAX-RS, RESTful services
Web Services Implementations Apache Axis, Apache CXF, Jersey, Spring WS, Spring RS
Data Access Framework Implementations OpenJPA, Hibernate, iBATIS, Spring Data
Messaging Middleware Apache ActiveMQ, JBossMQ (HornetQ), WebLogic JMS, IBM MQ
Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Mule ESB
Databases Supported Oracle, Oracle RAC, SQL Server, MySQL, IBM DB2, IBM Informix, Postgres, MariaDB, HSQLDB
NoSQL / Cache MongoDB, Redis, Ehcache
Async and External Programs Runtime.exec()
Enterprise Applications JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, SAP NetWeaver, Oracle PeopleSoft
Digital Experience / Content Management platforms Liferay, Atlassian Confluence
Search Engine Elasticsearch
E-Commerce suite SAP Hybris

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