AppDynamics Review

Companies maintaining strict compliance such as PCI can use it since it has a completely web-based interface and there is no client.


Primary Use Case

It is an excellent product for application performance monitoring.

Benefits

No visibility from application code-level failures: It used to take a lot of effort, but after we implemented this solution, we can easily determine the root cause of issues.

Valuable Features

Code-level deep dive analysis and automated application flow service models: Companies maintaining strict compliance such as PCI, etc., can easily use AppDynamics without any restrictions, because it has a completely web-based interface and there is no client.

Use of BCI (Byte Code Instrumentation) is also a key feature that helps AppDynamics to fetch maximum information via Java agents without consuming a lot resources on the application servers.

Room for Improvement

In the current version of AppDynamics, there is a correlated section, where we can see all servers’ performance along with application performance, but network performance is missing. Including network monitoring would provide an end-to-end correlated view of all factors in a single console view.

Use of Solution

One to three years.

Stability Issues

I have not encountered any stability issues.

Scalability Issues

I have not encountered any scalability issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Technical support is excellent.

Previous Solutions

Our Customers previously used APM solutions like DynaTrace, TMART, New Relic, etc.

Initial Setup

Initial setup was straightforward. Just install the agent; it will discover all of the relationships and communicate with each and every component of the running application.

Other Solutions Considered

We evaluated almost all other similar products, as per the Gartner report. AppDynamics is the best fit as an Application Performance Management solution.

Other Advice

Just go for it.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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