AppDynamics APM vs. Splunk

AppDynamics APM is ranked 2nd in Application Performance Management (APM) with 74 reviews vs Splunk which is ranked 1st in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) with 47 reviews. The top reviewer of AppDynamics APM writes "I don't have to explain or "translate" transaction snapshots. It rules out the people I don't have to talk to". The top reviewer of Splunk writes "Monitors all machine logins and actions taken on those machines under each user". AppDynamics APM is most compared with Dynatrace, CA APM and New Relic APM. Splunk is most compared with IBM QRadar, LogRhythm NextGen SIEM and ArcSight.
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Being able to install it on-prem and monitor our on-prem infrastructure is important for us... Most of our infrastructure is on-prem. We have highly scalable systems and AppDynamics will help us monitor our load on-prem. Our systems range from simple to the most complex and it gives us the visibility across transactions, in one dashboard.It has improved our organization with its ability to catch issues quickly and fix them.It is used to test customer behavior on a website.It has improved my organization because we are able to proactively and reactively look at performance issues.We are able to correlate performance between tiers.Despite dozens of deployments across hundreds of applications- we have yet to see a case where AD is negatively impacting application execution or functionality.Has helped us to increase customer acquisitions and reduce revenue leakage.Autodiscovery of application topology, based on real user traffic.

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With good domain knowledge, one can build almost anything. If you throw in Alert Manager or an integration with ServiceNow. Then, you have your own SIEMOur clients are easily able to modify and evolve their implementations.Positive features include replication capabilities, software development kits, and the architecture.It is a one stop shop as a full monitoring and alerting solution for operations and application analysis for most of our back-end systems.We used it to create a custom anomaly detection data model to monitor the activity of our back-end services on an hourly basis relative to the past three months of activity.Splunk UBA is useful for fraud detection and for detection of APTs, advanced persistent threats.UBA, User Behavior Analytics, is a key feature.We can ingest and correlate data from virtually any type of system.

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I would like to be able to monitor both cloud an on-prem infrastructures, displayed in one dashboard.The QA and test environment need improvement.It needs strengthening in the database tiers.Additional support for NextGen mobile platforms also needs to be high in the roadmap prioritizationsThere needs to be an option to capture all the sessions for all the users, not just samplings.The GUI can be overwhelming at first to a novice Dev or Ops support person, and the possible root causes of an issue do not bubble up to the first screen you see.It would help to maybe have a more graphical interface and more user-friendly graphics.I’d like to see better out-of-the-box visual reporting so that we can roll this up to management.

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It needs a better way to export dynamic views without requiring a ton of code and user/pw.It needs integration with a configuration management solution.It needs integration with a configuration management solution.The solution could use a different licensing model.An improved user interface along with multi-tenancy support would be beneficial.It needs to improve the way to install third-party apps and enable installation without logging into splunk.com.I think the machine learning should be emphasized. Now, it's really important to analyze Big Data, data mining. A SIEM solution, like Splunk, needs an improved data mining solution, artificial intelligence.Missing capability for audio/video and image processing.

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I would like more flexible pricing: A pay-per-use model, rather than just a fixed-price model.The cost is prohibitive.It would be better if there were more solutions incorporated into the base price. ​The way it is structured in terms of price could be better. You pay for individual modules and that adds on to the cost, which detracts you from implementing those modules and slows you down.Take into consideration what you get for specific pricing models and how much it costs to add on things you may need later.​Because it is priced per JVM, the price can increase pretty fast, into the millions. We have had challenges because we had to justify the price to our clients, as well, when we are putting in certain tools.It could be cheaper. It's a little cost prohibitive. There are so many features that also show a lot of value, but it’s not always easy to justify the cost.It is not a cheap tool, but you also save in manpower to setup because it is easy and fast. At the end of the day, I think the revenue is much better. BUT, they have an awful co-term mode of licensing.

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It is possible to use a developer's license, which is up to 10GB per day of volume traffic, which is usually enough for most use cases.Free Splunk license for PoCs on personal machines and the ability to scale the PoC to an enterprise level app.It can be expensive, especially the licensing costs. However, there is added value in what it can do, not just log aggregation.Splunk is a bit pricier, but the benefits and ROI are huge.It is a pretty high cost solution, but if your organization has the funds, it can bring many benefits.Personnel costs are saved by not having to involve the domain developers from multiple teams when tracing a problem that spans multiple platforms.Truly evaluate the data you want to ingest and go slow. Pulling in data that can provide no use to your mission only wastes data against your license.Our ROI is high.

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Overview
Overview

AppDynamics is the Application Intelligence company. With AppDynamics, enterprises have real-time insights into application performance, user performance and business performance so they can move faster in an increasingly sophisticated, software-driven world. AppDynamics’ integrated suite of applications is built on its innovative, enterprise-grade App iQ Platform that enables its customers to make faster decisions that enhance customer engagement and improve operational and business performance. AppDynamics is uniquely positioned to enable enterprises to accelerate their digital transformations by actively monitoring, analyzing and optimizing complex application environments at scale. 

Splunk software has been around since 2006 and the company has since grown to become an industry leader. Splunk's vision is to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everybody. The company offers a wide range of products to turn machine data into valuable information by monitoring and analyzing all activities. This is known as Operational Intelligence and is the unique value proposition of Splunk.

Splunk is well-known for its Log Management capabilities and also for its Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions.

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Sample CustomersCisco, Sony, Nasdaq, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Edmunds.com, Puma, Fox News, DirecTV, Pizza Hut, T-Systems, Cornell University, OpenTable, BITMARCK, Green Mountain Power, Care.com, Overstock, Paddy Power, eHarmony, Kraft, The Motley Fool, The Container Store, and more See more customersSplunk has more than 7,000 customers spread across over 90 countries. These customers include Telenor, UniCredit, ideeli, McKenney's, Tesco, and SurveyMonkey.
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Financial Services Firm
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Aerospace/Defense Firm
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Comms Service Provider
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Media Company
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Retailer
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Energy/Utilities Company
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University
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Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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