AppDynamics Review
I chose AppDynamics for the Application Flow Map, Dashboards, Transaction Scorecards & Other Vaulable Features


Valuable Features

Application Flow Map, Operational Dashboards, Transaction Scorecards, Exception details (stacktrace, sql queries, etc), it provides all the information required to engage the issue, Metric browser, Information Points, Correlation Analysis.

Improvements to My Organization

We can evaluate the performance of an application by doing a few clicks and find bottlenecks very easily. Automatic alerts on resource exhaustion for DB connection pools, HTTP app thread pools, discovering unexpected performance difference between identical applications instances. We have become more proactive rather than reactive.

Room for Improvement

Charting is cumbersome; inability to do decimal fraction arithmetic in expressions (for alerts), so everything has to be done in % rather than as natural fractions. Can’t get response time by host for an given host group without laboriously setting it up in the chart widget.

Use of Solution

For seven months. We started with the controller hosted at AppDynamics servers, then we put the controller in an in-house virtualized environment and finally in a physical server in-house.

Deployment Issues

I didn't encounter any issues with deployment, stability or scalability.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

It’s good, they have really fast response times.

Technical Support:

Excellent in terms of commitment, response times and technical knowledge.

Previous Solutions

We haven't used any other solutions in past, this is the first APM solution we use for our Java based applications.

Initial Setup

It was pretty much straightforward, we didn’t face any big problems when setting up AppDynamics.

Implementation Team

We implemented through an In-house team.

Other Solutions Considered

Yes, I evaluated OPNET as well.

Other Advice

Scale the product properly within your system’s architecture to get better results in order to analyze your app's performance properly.

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2 Comments

kapilmalik1983ConsultantTOP REVIEWER

What are the products you have evaluated before using AppDynamics? What challenges did you face in in-house implementation?

28 June 14
Anton KasimovConsultantTOP 10

Hi Jose

Could you tell, what application you're monitoring (Java, .NET, etc) and how many nodes do you have? (if it's Java, it's JVMs)

05 July 16
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