You might deploy various methods to capture traffic so you can monitor the end-user experience with a web application:
Traffic capture methods
The following topics summarize the methods you use to capture traffic.
A BMC Real End User Experience Monitoring Software Edition system consists of at least one Real User Collector device supplying data to at least one Real User Analyzer component.
The Real User Cloud Probe is a software-based agent that you can install directly onto a Windows or Linux OS to provide remote passive real end-user monitoring capabilities in environments where network taps or spanning ports are not accessible. The Cloud Probe collects performance data directly from the network interface of its host and forwards it to a Real User Collector component.
With this capability, BMC Real End User Experience Monitoring Software Edition can monitor applications that are deployed anywhere, including a public cloud environment, such as Amazon EC2, or in a private data center. The product can also support monitoring for applications with hybrid deployment models, leveraging a combination of private data-center infrastructure and cloud-based infrastructure.
The Cloud Probe service only captures HTTP or HTTPS traffic destined for the system on which it is hosted. The Cloud Probe cannot capture traffic going out of the system.
For more information, see How performance metrics are calculated in a Content Delivery Network.
The RIA Visibility toolkit enables you to measure the performance of applications that manage user interaction, display content without communicating with the server (for example, using Flash and Flex technology), and use the web primarily for data transfer. Such an application is sometimes known as a rich internet application (RIA).
For more information, see Measuring Performance for Rich Internet Applications.
Traffic capture can result in an overwhelming amount of information. To make it easier to monitor only the parts of your web traffic that interest you, you can define precise segments of web traffic to monitor, known as Watchpoints. Following are some examples of traffic segments for which you can define Watchpoints:
For each Watchpoint, the system aggregates traffic volume, availability, and performance metrics in 5-minute intervals.