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Find out what your peers are saying about Accedian Skylight vs. Broadcom DX Application Performance Management and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"This solution allows me to have true visibility for any metrics when it comes to my cloud, and private."
"This solution makes it a lot easier to figure out trends within very different data sources, which makes it easy to see why something is misbehaving."
"The features I find most valuable is the querying and alerting capabilities."
"People are very pleased with the implementation."
"The most valuable aspects of the solution are its ease of use and its ease of implementation."
"No issues with stability."
"If [the problem] is something related to HTTP or VoIP, then I can have a quick look into the protocols, a process which gives me some good ideas..."
"The response times, with the performance, are really interesting too, where you can see the packet loss."
"Capturing traffic [is very interesting]. Currently, with our configuration, we don't capture the payload of the packets, just the header. But when we want the body, the payload of the packets, we can do a PCAP, and then analyze it within Wireshark."
"I always have the Skylight dashboard on one of my screens... Now you can create your own dashboard, specific to an application, specific to a server, or to something else."
"The ability to measure performance end-to-end across the cloud data center allows us to take corrective action to keep our channels online."
"The solution’s UI and single pane of glass is good. The new dashboard is modern with its new design. The look of it is not pretty, but it is efficient, which is good. It is user-friendly; you can find what you need on the interface quickly."
"This solution has helped to improve the interaction between our network, datacenter, and application teams. I have used other tools, but this tool can pinpoint the root cause of my application or network issue in the majority of the cases. So, it helps different divisions or groups in the IT department to troubleshoot together and get an issue resolved. This tool helps a lot in our day-to-day networking application and IT operations."
"It's a very stable product."
"For me, the most valuable feature is being able to check memory patterns. We check them when we do load testing or soak testing to see if there are any memory leaks."
"We receive good transactions from it with good graphs, as well, documenting the activities of total visitors on the site. We can pull the reports and provide them to the client, as required."
"Users no longer need to depend upon the console for a compatible Java version. Now, users can directly learn the version, perform all their actions, and see all of those performance-related issues."
"The time it takes to track problems in applications is the most valuable return that we have from this solution."
"The most valuable features are the low overhead, the ability to monitor production on 24/7 principle, the ability to decrease time to discover the point of failure in the IT infrastructure or the application environment in a short period of time, reporting for analyzing the performance of the application for improving the code optimizing process."
"Deep Dive and Transaction Analysis Triage capability."
"The features that I find most valuable are related to network monitoring."
"I would like to see integration with Kubernetes cluster and APIs so that you can manage the entire stack."
"I would like to see more out-of-the-box dashboards for in-depth application monitoring of standard products that are out there."
"In the new version, I would love to see more prediction capabilities. It would be great if one could see the alerts get a little more enriched with information and become more human-friendly instead of the technical stuff that they put in there. I think those would be really awesome outcomes to get."
"The implementation is a long process that should be improved."
"They could make it more easy to plug-in data so that a nontechnical person will be able to use it, like accountants or finance people. That way they don't have to ask us."
"It could use a URL document server. Everything in the market is moving towards automation and everybody's looking for the single click operations as well relational data locality."
"If you want a new version, you go to the website. The hardest part is finding the link, where is that .bin file? Sometimes it's pretty hidden in a document... it's hidden in the release notes or in another file somewhere. And it's usually not on the first page either."
"It's a bit slow. When I execute a query, something general with a short timeframe that covers one month, for instance, and I do not specify the IP source or IP destination, it can take ages because it has to query the whole database."
"This solution is expensive compared to some others."
"It needs the possibility to export data because it is not easy to see larger data sets, e.g., for one month. It would be interesting to export data into a PDF or dashboard to keep a history of the situation."
"For the PVX, they are in the process of getting the results to export to cloud and SaaS for analytics. They told me that this will happen later this year. Right now, for the most part, I create that data myself."
"There is no auto flow diagram, and the alert mechanism is not as good when compared to other tools."
"A CA APM agent takes a lot of memory. That is one disadvantage. If you configure CA APM correctly it will still consume around 15 to 20 percent of memory."
"Our users lag how to identify the root cause with this solution. If they could come up with a more user-friendly version, that would be a good thing, since other vendors currently have better features and more user-friendly products than CA APM."
"As applications move to the cloud, we need more cloud-based solutions from CA APM. This is currently unavailable."
"The reason it's not a ten is because they don't focus enough on improving over time like other competitors do who have a more modern and complete tool."
"You can sell licenses and install the full tool on service, you can show customers how to install, but how to use it and solve issues cannot be done without the experience."
"User Experience is a BIG one. Integration of all of APM components into one swift deployment."
"Technical support needs to be more responsive and address support tickets more quickly."
Pricing and Cost Advice
"Educational pricing is available for this solution."
"We were given a year's worth of service. It was included within our ELA. We were trying to do a proof of concept, which is almost over now."
"Different locations require different setups. In your terms, around 300 to around 400K USD."
"If you look into Riverbed, it's a licensing nightmare. You need to pay for every type of analysis... If you don't look into licensing, Riverbed and SolarWinds are pretty comparable. But if you look into licensing it would not be smart to go for either of them. On the pure, bare-metal basis, it's the same. But when you get the bare metal and a few basic licenses, then you need all those other licenses just to be sure that there's no issue... One of the great things about Skylight is you have them all, and you actually need them all."
"It's not for free, clearly. But on the other hand, it offers very interesting functionality. We pay around €100,000."
"Pricing is a little bit expensive."
"We understand there's a significant cost difference, but have yet to investigate fully."
"The pricing is cheaper than other competing products, which is better for our budgets."
"It provides value and the cost is not huge."
"Dynatrace is the most expensive of these tools followed by AppDynamics which is "medium-expensive." CA APM is a bit lower in price than either Dynatrace or AppDynanics... In my opinion, if you can afford it, go for AppDynamics instead of CA APM."
"All discounts are case by case to accommodate the client's budgets."
"Broadcom is a better and cheaper option from the financial perspective. It also depends on the DLP plug."
"The licensing costs are expensive."
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Can be deployed on AWS
Can be deployed on Azure
Can be deployed in a private cloud
Monitor on-premise applications in virtualized environments
Monitor applications running on AWS and Azure
Monitor applications running on Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Redhat OpenShift and HerokuSupport for Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Redhat OpenShift. Heroku is a future roadmap item.
Configuration and Infrastructure
Configuration and management through a single, web-based user interface
Automatically create a visualization of the entire application topology with all components.
Automatically discover business transactions
Automatically discover standard back end systems (database, web services, SAP etc.)
Discover and display non-standard backend systems through point-and-click configuration
Automatically baseline every component within the business transaction
Can be deployed in multi-tenant environment
Application Visibility and Control
Provide correlated views of distributed business transactions between tiers/services
Automatically baseline every component within the Business Transaction
Provide code level diagnostics (class & method-level visibility) of business transactions
Monitor JVM health information (heap, GC, generational spaces, etc.)
Monitor CPU utilization, OS memory usage, disk I/O, network I/O, other hardware metrics
Report application errors & exceptions
Automatically monitor entire call stack when application problems occur
Does not disable monitoring functionality as a compromise to limit product overhead
Historical performance monitoring and trending
Full view of infrastructure details without leaving context of business transactions
Single UI for server and application monitoring
Alert on deviation from baseline
Mean Time To Repair
Identify slow and stalled business transactions without manual intervention
Count, measure and score every transaction
Identify error business transactions without manual intervention
Identify slow SQL queries without manual intervention
Identify slow backend systems or external services without manual intervention
Automatically discover code deadlocks
Provide quick cross launching into problem areas within the UI through hyperlinked alerts
Automatically send email containing hyperlink to identified problem
Automatic analysis of end-to-end APM data to provide root cause analysis
Automatically discover business transactions
Automatically learn and baseline performance of discovered business transactions
Automatically count, measure and score every transaction
Discover synchronous, asynchronous and multi-threaded business transactions
Provide visibility into the impact of outages on business metrics
Capture business metrics (e.g. revenue, orders) from applications and background jobs
Enables creation of custom dashboards for business metrics and application behavior
Out of the box reports on business transaction summary and trends
Automatically correlate business transactions with environment monitoring (OS, JMX, etc.)
Browser-based web client
Automatic & dynamic baselining of all metrics to reduce false alarms
Include an online virtual collaboration space as a virtual "war room"
Visualize multiple applications and the connectivity / dependencies between them
Enable sharing of analysis/ visualizations without having to export data from the UI
Group transactions using a Session ID and display transactions in order of execution
Drill down from business transaction to correlated log file entries in single platformAvailable through CA's Log Analytics solution which can be integrated with APM
Trending with metric persistence to do historical analysis and compare to baselines
The ability to view and drill into Flow Map for extended periods up to 1 year
The ability to compare Flow Maps from different time frames for up to 2 years
Support for Agile
Dynamic instrumentation of the application
No need to reconfigure agent instrumentation when new app releases are deployed
Automatically pick up application configuration changes as a result of agile releases
Regression analysis to compare and highlight app performance improvementsAreas of poor metric stability (differential analysis) and architectural potential (high call ratio) for improvement are analyzed, but through more advanced logic than regression
Provide capability to compare business transactions flows for different releases
Pre-Production Performance Tuning
Identify the longest running methods in business transactions
Determine relationship between increased load and application response time
Identify worst backend calls (Database, Web Services, other backend) automatically
Provide business transaction performance change from one code release to the next
Scalability and Infrastructure
Support at least 5000 agents on a single platform without requiring data federation
Ability to support high availability APM infrastructure servers
Has steady network traffic between agent and APM server regardless of transaction levels
Encrypt data transmissions end-to-end across the environment
Single UI incorporating Analytics and APM modules
Analytics UI is web browser based with no locally installed client software
Analytics layer providing intelligence across data collected by APM modules
Scalable repository capable of collecting and storing large volume of metrics/events
In context drill down between analytics data and APM data
Graphical query builder for ease of use and broad adoption
Ability to adjust timeframe via click and drag on dashboard charts
Automated ranking (top N) of relevancy of every indexed field to current selection
Configurable to collect not all, but specific desired transaction data/fields
Alert off of metrics created in analytics based on search criteria
Analytics data collection does not require full call method stack data
No code changes required to pull custom (non-native) metrics into data repository
Data collected, stored and analysed in near real time (i.e. not hours, days, or weeks later)
API to input custom metrics
Ability to chart result set in custom dashboards
Granular role based access control (RBAC)
Ability to collect and store log files from monitored nodesAvailable via CA's log analytics solution which can be integrated with APM
Log file data through TCPAvailable via CA's log analytics solution which can be integrated with APM
Auto-inject business transaction identifier for each log statementCan be configured via custom tracer, requires integration with logging framework
Ability to extract any field from log file for processingAvailable via CA's log analytics solution which can be integrated with APM
Root Cause Analysis
Historical performance monitoring and trending - retain 100% of historical data
Report top database activities (e.g. Top SQL, Top Users, Top Programs)
Report database activity profile over-time (identify patterns)
Collect and store all database wait events and correlate with SQL/Stored Procedures
Collect and store SQL/Stored Procedure KPIs (CPU, Count, Reads/Writes)
Collect and store database instance level statistics (table size, row count, indexes)
Collect and store database server/host KPIs (CPU, Memory, �)
Ability to breakdown latency of stored procedure components
Collect SQL Explain & Execution plans
Collect and store performance data on database objects (Schemas, tables, indexes)
Ability to collect and correlate deep-dive storage information
Provide a real-time view of performance showing current database activity
Provide a holistic view of all database performance through a multi-instance dashboard
Ability to send pro-active alerts based on health and performance of databases
Static and dynamic alerting on collected database metrics
Monitor Machine availability
Monitor CPU usage
Monitor Disk performance
Monitor Volume usage
Monitor Machine load
Monitor Network Adapter(s)
Synthetic page checker
Identify JVM memory leaks caused by leaky collections
Enable tracking of object instantiations/destructions to troubleshoot JVM heap thrash
Integrated monitoring of Dockerized containers with application monitoring
Automatic discovery of containers
Support Docker attributes and perspectives
Visualize distribution of containers over cluster hosts
Autodiscovery of network topology and interdependenciesAvailable via CA network flow analysis, which can be integrated with APM
Report on throughput, packet loss, and RT ratesAvailable via CA network monitoring tools, which can be integrated with APM
Monitors network without need of TAP or SPAN portAvailable via CA network monitoring tools (without then need for TAP/SPAN), which can be integrated with APM
Single UI to drill from network to application and business transactionNetwork monitoring data integrated into APM can be displayed natively within APM dashboards alongside business transaction data
Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop monitoring
Server virtualization monitoring
Support for modern desktop browsers
Support for mobile browsers
Monitor all page requests
Monitor all iFrame requests
Full support for monitoring single page applications properly
Display response time status on Geo Map
Collect and display Navigation Timing API data for all poor performing requests
Collect and display Resource Timing API data for all poor performing requests
Correlate web transactions with server side transactions for drill down
Provide detailed browser traces for poor performing end user requests
Provide usage based analytics showing browser types and versions
Provide usage based analytics showing device and OS types
Provide customizable analytics area for troubleshooting and analysis purposes
Provide cache metrics for each page request
Show server side response time for all pages
Provide drill down from poor performing request to server side deep diagnostic session
Ability to generate a synthetic page request directly from the poor performing request
SDK for support of any Single Page Application (SPA) framework
EUM cross application correlation
Analytics built into EUM portion of UI
Custom user data available at the session and page request level
Page grouping at root level instead of individual pages for each set of parameters
Support for native mobile applications
Support for mobile browsers
See mobile app performance, http errors, and network error information
See the performance of API calls from your mobile application to the server side
Track crashes and exception
Provide crash analytics
Trace transactions from mobile device all the way to the server side
Correlate mobile transactions with server side transactions for drill down
Provide usage and performance analytics based upon device type
Provide usage and performance analytics based upon OS type
Provide usage and performance analytics based upon OS version
Provide unified user interface for mobile and server diagnostics
Integrated and correlated data between mobile, server, and infrastructure monitoring
Display response time status on Geo Map
Provide device and carrier diagnostic metrics
Track user sessions to understand user flows and behavior
Capture user interactions within each session
Alert based upon deviation from normal behavior for mobile metrics
Provide percentile metrics related to mobile performance
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Also Known As
|Wavefront, Wavefront by VMware, VMware Tanzu Observability||Accedian SkyLIGHT PVX, SkyLIGHT PVX, SecurActive, Performance Vision||DX APM, CA APM, CA NetQoS Performance Center, Wily Introscope, CA Wily APM, CA App Experience Analytics, CA AXA|
VMware Tanzu Observability provides metrics-driven analytics at massive scale, so you can get the most out of your cloud-native apps.
Accedian provides performance analytics and end user experience solutions for on-premise, cloud and hybrid IT infrastructures. Accedian SkylightTM delivers unified network and application performance monitoring (NAPM) visibility across the entire application and network chain, with best in class resolution and velocity. This enables Accedian customers to assure their business-critical digital infrastructure and unlock the full productivity of their users.
CA Application Performance Management (CA APM) is the solution global brands trust to proactively identify and resolve performance and availability issues across physical, virtual, cloud, and mobile applications. Patent-pending analytics provides expertise in the form of guided assisted triage workflows for in-depth, root-cause diagnostics across development and production applications, simplifying and speeding the time it takes to find and fix issues.
CA APM scales to your organization’s needs and automatically correlates multiple sources of data to help you sort through the data and act decisively, helping to improve user experience and application performance.
Learn more about VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront
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|Box, Intuit, Workday, Groupon, British Gas, SpaceApe, Marketo, DoordDash, Lyft||T-Systems, Thomson Reuters, Bordeaux Metropole, CGI, Citadelle Regional Hospital Center, Lorraine Institute of Oncology, Luxembourg Institute of Health, Groupe BPCE, Group S, Splitpoint, Horus-Net, Audatex, Indexis, Province de Liège, EASI, Spie Batignolles, Faymonville||Lexmark, Intermountain Healthcare, National Australia Bank, BBVA Compass Bank, Innovapost, Dansk Supermarked Group, U.S. Cellular, Orange, Cetip|
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Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm11%
K 12 Educational Company Or School7%
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider27%
Financial Services Firm40%
Comms Service Provider8%
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