AppDynamics Other Advice

Senior Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I see a lot of people migrate towards one product in particular in the market and they never really try the other APM vendors. They'll look at the page and they'll look at the price, but sometimes you just have to pay a little more. Importantly, it's the features that you get that make it worth it. I won't name the new products, the ones people migrate towards a lot - especially developers, it seems like that cohort instantly likes them - but AppDynamics and a couple of the other ones as well are really good for production. AppDynamics, in particular, excels on that. Don't just install AppDynamics, install a couple of them. Pick four or five and run them in production, pick a couple nodes even, and compare the interfaces and the ability to use the interfaces. Most people will quickly find that there is a real difference between them. Some people will gravitate, still, towards certain products rather than others, but I haven't seen a person yet, who has not loved the AppDynamics features and portal and how it does things. You can't just look at the feature list, spend five minutes on their web page, and then dismiss it. You have to run it on your app, see how easy it is and how much time it saves you. I have not used the marketplace version. I've used the traditional, agent-based licensing. The reason for that is partly to do with the affordability. I can take the same license for the on-prem and put it on AWS as well. We always use the same license, because we don't know where it's going to end up. In terms of integrating AppDynamics with other products within our AWS environment, the way to describe that is that we're using it to watch certain services. Obviously, if our database is using endpoints within AWS, which a majority of the apps are, such as Redis or RDS nodes, AppDynamics has seen those. All of the integrations that I can think of, except for the database, are web-based. We see the database integration and we see all the web-based integration. So we have integrated with other products. We haven't seen a case where we haven't been able to see the interaction between our app and the service. Just to be clear, I have seen other APM products that miss those integrations. You plug them in and you don't see your SNS calls. Usually, it's solvable, but you've got to troubleshoot and set up some special code and it becomes painful. I can't think of a case in AppDynamics where we just didn't plug it in and start seeing those calls right away. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. I've been using it for so long, and have used so many other APM vendors, and it really is the most stable one. It works with the most conditions that we encounter. The only reason I take off one point is the cost. I can't give it a ten because it is not a cheap product. None of them are. The price is fair, but I could use it on more projects if they had a lower price. View full review »
Sid Roy
Vice President - Operations & Client Support with 51-200 employees
Basically, you can't over-speak importance of deployment, configuration and infrastructure footprint because what happens is that people get excited when they see the output of various products (such as dynaTrace or CA Wiley). They say, "wow, it's very powerful, we've never had visibility, we're going to implement at all costs." Then they buy the solution and they realize they need 5X the amount of servers, a lot of storage, experts to manage it, etc. View full review »
Vice President at Works Applications Co., Ltd.
Depending on your use case, this is only a monitoring solution. If you don't have an in-house logging solution, or if your primary use case is to debug, you should consider choosing other alternatives. If only you want monitoring, AppDynamics will do. We are only using the AWS version. View full review »
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Global Lead Architect at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
In terms of advice, I would ask you to have criteria. Most of the time there will be some general aspects that are pretty common, that are covered by the various third-parties that provide industry ratings. But within that, you have to have customization of the features to match to your own infrastructure, the technical stack you have: mainframes, ICDs, modern platforms, cloud, etc. You need to compare the tools that work with your technical stack. The most important criteria, for me, when selecting a vendor are * flexible pricing * full coverage of monitoring of our technical stack, both on-cloud and on-prem * customer service. I would rate this solution at eight out of 10. I took away the two points for the two reasons I mentioned: being able to monitor both cloud and on-prem with a single dashboard and flexible pricing. View full review »
Carl Brahms Jr
Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
RUM, synthetics, mobile, network, and browser analytics make this a well-rounded tool. View full review »
Aimee White
Website and EComm at a local government with 10,001+ employees
We chose to procure this solution via the AWS Marketplace because you don’t need to buy physical hardware to use it. I would rate the solution at nine out of ten because you can edit the config files easily and make the reports your own. Also, it supports loads of AWS products: S3, Elastic MapReduce, EC2, DynamoDB, ELB, RDS, Route 53, etc. View full review »
Jordi Llorens
IT Manager at
AppDynamics is doing a very good job. We used it on-premise, then moved to AWS. On-premise is very similar to using AWS. View full review »
Manger Sr, IT Program Mgmt. at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Look at the whole picture. Take into consideration what you get for specific pricing models and how much it costs to add on things you may need later. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: cost. View full review »
Bryan Spencer
Engineer at Sirius XM Radio Inc.
I would highly recommend it. View full review »
Shekhar Sharma
Principal Engineer at Wyndham Hotel Group
It provides all the features that we need for on-premise applications. The product integrates with all of our applications, because it has be deployed on all the servers so it can collect data. AWS has not provided us the code. They will be moving it to their AWS services later. Right now, it is providing us a framework, like with Java. The AWS agents are able to capture all the information related at the code label, which is a benefit for us. Right now, this tool is very good for on-premise applications, but there might be an issue with cloud applications. View full review »
DevOps Engineer at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would definitely recommend AppDynamics. View full review »
Juan Luis Martinez Pino
IT FrontOffice & QA Manager at a retailer with 201-500 employees
This tool is so good to work with. View full review »
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