Announcing Sonar Lite – Performance Measurement for SharePoint
One of the most frustrating aspects of SharePoint administration and development is the inability to get any sort of granular performance metrics for page objects (especially web parts). SharePoint can be a finicky beast – configure a setting wrong here, make the wrong object model call there, and performance slows to a crawl. Identifying which objects on a page are causing performance bottlenecks is more art than science, requiring a great deal of back and forth between development and IT, resulting in a tremendous amount of finger-pointing and lost productivity.
To meet this need we have created the Sonar suite of performance measurement tools for SharePoint. Sonar bridges the gap between the utilization reporting capabilities of MOSS 2007 and third-party analytic solutions by providing real-time component-level performance information for pages within a MOSS or WSS site collection. By delivering performance statistics at the object level, Sonar allows developers, administrators and IT support personnel to isolate and identify the root cause of page performance bottlenecks with high degree of certainty. By analyzing performance information at the server – before it is rendered to the client – Sonar can pinpoint trouble areas independent of the browser type, network connection or regional location of the user.
Sonar Lite, the first product in the Sonar suite of performance measurement tools for SharePoint, can be downloaded and installed in minutes on any MOSS 2007 or WSS v3 server. It employs a lightweight architecture that analyzes page performance in real-time without impacting overall application performance or placing undue stress on the server. Best of all, it leverages the SharePoint solution (.wsp) and feature framework to make deployment, installation and removal simple and hassle-free.
We created Sonar to serve our own needs as well as those of our customers and partners. As developers, we need tools that can help us insure that the code we write is as performant as possible. Our customers want assurances that their systems are operating under optimal parameters and that when performance issues do arise they can be effectively isolated and dealt with swiftly.
We’re betting that you feel the same way and will want to give Sonar Lite a try, so we’re offering it for a limited time as a free download. No trial period. No expiration date. Just free software to help insure that your SharePoint farm is performing up to its potential. Just don’t call us if you misconfigure your app pools or try to host 10,000 sites on a single box using SQL express – we’re developers not miracle workers!
Get all the Sonar information here (downloads, demos, screen shots, user manual, marketing stuff, and even a cool Silverlight intro – how ’bout that?). Let us know what you think of Sonar Lite. Post a comment, email us, or share your thoughts in the Sonar forums. Good, bad or indifferent, we want to hear it (really, we do).