AppDynamics Review

It can instrument without developers having to do anything special or significant. It could use some work as far as load and distributed load.


What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the fact that it can instrument without the developers having to do anything special or significant. You can just install it on the same machine that it runs on with the application and it works.

How has it helped my organization?

We're using it to give an overall picture of health for certain applications. It gives a little higher-level view of our application health.

What needs improvement?

I don’t know about room for improvement. I think it's pretty good at what it's designed for. I think it does a great job at what it's designed to do, which is Java, JVM, instrumentation.

See my answer regarding scalability.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's stable. It's pretty good. The stability's good. It's got redundancy, failover, recovery of databases if one node goes down. It's pretty good. It's pretty solid.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability-wise, I think it's a little limited on an enterprise-wide scale. It's like a medium-class scale. As far as load and distributed load, I think it could use some work.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is great.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were guided towards it from an architectural standpoint. Another person guided us to use it, so we set it up and we installed it.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was both straightforward and complex in that most of the instructions worked fine, but then we had a specific situation where we had to go in and actually modify some files. That was the complex part.

What other advice do I have?

It looks very powerful, and it looks like you really need to spend some time with it to get to know it, so don't just expect results right out of the box. Spend some time with it and get to know how to use it.

I believe we are using APM with AppDynamics reporting service.
My rating reflects the fact that I'm kind of a tough sell, I guess.

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