Compare AppDynamics vs. Dynatrace

AppDynamics is ranked 2nd in Application Performance Management (APM) with 22 reviews while Dynatrace is ranked 1st in Application Performance Management (APM) with 259 reviews. AppDynamics is rated 8.0, while Dynatrace is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of AppDynamics writes "Traces are aggregated and organized, making it faster and easier to troubleshoot, to find a code hotspot". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dynatrace writes "I am confident in the tool's scalability because it easily deals with .NET Applets". AppDynamics is most compared with Dynatrace, Splunk and Datadog, whereas Dynatrace is most compared with Splunk, AppDynamics and New Relic APM. See our AppDynamics vs. Dynatrace report.
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After a major incident, root cause analysis is conducted and, most of the time, we understand what caused the incident and how it can be prevented from happening again.The most valuable feature is the detailed statistics, like the consumer count, for the ActiveMQ server.AppDynamics makes it much easier for us to detect problems or issues before they become problems. We have alerting on all of our business transactions.The most valuable feature is the ability to take a report, and in particular, a visual, and link it to actual application performance and then the consequences. This means you can show how an incident or action has an effect on the business.In AppDynamics, everywhere I go, there's some sort of grouping and aggregation function, or there's some sort of timeline that lets me zero in more quickly on the traces that I need. They go to more pains to aggregate and bubble the important ones to the top. That removes a lot of manual work.Autodiscovery of application topology, based on real user traffic.We previously had an operations team continuously monitoring applications. Now, they just have set things up and our developers can monitor, view, and act on them, accordingly.We set up alerts recently so we can fix any issues more quickly in production.

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With the Agentless monitoring and ability to create custom plugins, we've been able to transform the tool not just into a great APM solution but a really good enterprise monitoring solution too.Dynatrace helped us with root cause analysis of poor performing components of our applications.The product allows us to build preferred/customized business transactions to track complex transactions. UEM (User Experience Monitoring) agents track user experience on webRequests. The advantage is that Dynatrace correlates the measures on the devices with those on the backend servers, giving us an end-to-end view of the transaction, from the user's phone deep into the backend servers.It has helped us improve the performance of many of our applications.With the latest version, the AI engine highlights the root causes automatically.The major improvement was the ability to find errors immediately and predict future failures, or when resources reach the maximum capacity.The most valuable feature is the ability to perform synthetic checks for monitoring sites using click paths.Dynatrace helped us to get a better understanding of how our services are communicating with each other, as well as better problem detection before something really breaks

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The worst part is that the AppDynamics SaaS Environment has a lot of downtimes, and AppDynamics, despite our efforts, does not give us any feedback on these downtimes/incidents.Rolling out version upgrades is a difficult job at times.The UI could use a little help.It could do with more than one data centre/multiple AWS accounts in a pane of glass. Also, improved scalability to large environments would be helpful.I would like to see something that lets me set real dollar figures, not just to outages, but to the solutions as well... when I'm looking at problems and have found a problem that I know I need to address. I could flag it off and have AppDynamics estimate how long a person would have taken to find that without it. That would give me a lot of leverage for justifying the existence of APM, which I really need.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.They are using Flash for their website, which is very slow. We had hoped the website would be much faster to use, and that is definitely what we want to see.Their agents sometimes claim to be very lightweight, especially with databases, but they are very heavy. They can take up more compute than the actual work that we need to do.

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This solution could be improved with better compatibility with legacy applications.It would be nice if there were a way that it could be made simpler, given the complexity of the things that we're monitoring.This solution needs better support for security and monolithic batch processes.If the user interface were made more intuitive then it would really benefit the product.Sometimes it is hard to find the right setting for what you want to change.This solution needs improvement in terms of automation.We would like the AI to produce more scientific data with less configuration.The reporting is still too young and needs to be improved.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Our purchasing experience through the AWS Marketplace has been pretty painless.It is a more expensive APM among the competitors, which is fine because it also does a lot more on the auto-detection and the AI side... 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.Purchasing the product through the AWS Marketplace was good.We are looking forward to purchasing the solution on the AWS Marketplace.It is expensive. However, our time to recover has been reduced, and this product has helped recuperate costs and provided us with ROI.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. ​

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Our annual costs were about the same for both AppDynamics and Dynatrace.Pricing can be high, especially for Portuguese standards. But as one says, you get what you pay for.Setup cost is very low considering that it is an almost totally, automatic process.Licensing is very interesting, as you pay only for what is being monitored. A lot of things are given away for no additional cost. If you have a great IT consolidation, it will be pretty cheap. If you have a lot of servers, it will be heavier.I have not been able to observe more than 1% overhead, despite Dynatrace saying that it can be slightly higher in some situations.Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace is excellent.The pricing and licensing are very expensive.Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was a pretty straightforward process. We had no hiccups.

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What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for both Dynatrace and AppDynamics is for application performance monitoring (APM). The main reason for having application performance monitoring is, when we see something is running slowly, we can immediately look to see where the issue is at before our systems crash on us. So, one of the major roles it plays for us is the ability to keep our system performing in peak shape. Our ability to see issues coming, then quickly isolate and correct problems was our main use of Dynatrace. We are not there yet with AppDynamics. It has been ten months, and we are still spinning our wheels trying to set it up and figure out how it works.

How has it helped my organization?

When collecting data with Dynatrace, we saw every single transaction that happened in real-time. Whereas, with AppDynamics, they take snapshots, and we only see a tenth of the information that we did with Dynatrace. While the information is there, if an issue with an application happened in-between snapshots, it would not be readily identifiable. You would have to go hunt and peck for it. We don't have time for that.

What is most valuable?

Using Dynatrace, we collected application metrics within three hours, in most cases. The majority of our triage were within three hours, then we were able to discover the root cause of issues. With Dynatrace today, you have a single agent. You stick it on a server, and it doesn't matter if it's Linux, Windows, etc. It…
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Miriam Tover
IT Specialist at a government with 10,001+ employeesReal User

Dynatrace requires less infrastructure to set it up. For my organization, it was 3 verses 7 servers to monitor my applications.

Dynatrace has a single agent that does it all. AppDynamics requires several agents, the exact number depends on what all you want to see.

Dynatrace makes it much, much easier and faster to determine the fault domain and pinpoint the root cause analysis.

The Dynatrace dashboards, in my opinion, provide better data and they are easy to read. They are also much easier to customize for the “One pane of glass” view.

I would recommend Dynatrace for ease of installation and setup, ease of agent installation, and ease of interrupting and displaying data.

13 February 19
Emmanuel GalindoUser

The biggest difference is that Dynatrace is much easier to deploy and it has a much richer set of features.

I would recommend Dynatrace after evaluating both solutions.

06 February 19
Performance Architect with 10,001+ employeesUser

1. Dynatrace is running autosensoring 24x7.
2. Dynatrace is the only tool that provides what is called lookup option. You can open the source file.

The availability of the above features is a must for root cause analysis.

08 February 19
Venkateswara Rao PalepuUser

I would go with Dynatrace as its SaaS version if perfect suite for bigger organizations and ease of install.

08 February 19
Sandeep KanchalwarConsultant

Dynatrace is AI powered and best in the application performance management space.

07 February 19
Chinsheng ChenReal User

For these two products, Dynatrace provides more and detail monitoring result, you need to ding those information on its UI interface. Appdynamics delivery summary result and show consolidated monitoring detail information through its simple UI console. Dynatrace is focused on programmer concern to design its product. Appdynamics is based on IT operation needs to develop its products.

07 February 19

Technically speaking Dynatrace is more up to date but sometime not always enought mature, I do prefer the Saas version for this reason.
What ever your infrastructure, it's very simple to install and configure, zero conf and plug and play the active Gateway and One Agent are very effective but requires root/admin access rights which could be blocking in certain context. A good job has been done on the web interface very intuitive and the artificial inteligence engine avoid numerous drill down, very few click are necessary to target the problem, it's also easy to handle and share with the support teams. The cost model is now based on memory, one licence for every 16Gb, I recommend to calculate the complete cost of any APM tool already in place this one in very vertical it could replace several of them if you want make savings and offer a single interface for every users.

06 February 19
Amit BhasinUser

At QualityKiosk we look at the 'Beyond APM' visibility that the client is looking and what Unified Monitoring View needs to be provided to our stakeholders across IT and Business (mostly in large banks , FinTech's, Telco's ) While both AppD and Dynatrace are quite capable of providing ITOps and BizOps visibility it is those critical journeys that our clients are looking to mature on top of APM that may help us decide which platform is better. Also, we look at client preference and comfort on usability front and ease of integration with their existing data-sets from various tools. For example a clients preference for a certain scripting environment for automation will lend preference to one of these tools. A Performance Assessment Framework is used to evaluate and decide the criteria pre-deployment.

06 February 19
Product Features

What are the main differentiators of your solution?

AppDynamics automatically discovers and monitors every dependency and business transaction out of the box (no manual instrumentation required). AppDynamics proprietary Dynamic Baselining takes seasonality of your application into account and proactively alerts you on every slow transaction (not just the slowest) and does not require the disabling of monitoring functionality as a compromise to limit overhead. AppDynamics allows you to isolate and resolve issues all from one tightly integrated platform rather than stitched together products.

What are the most popular 3rd party integrations with your solution?

AWS, Azure, ServiceNow, Jira, Docker, PagerDuty, ElasticSearch, Jenkins, Chef, Puppet, Tibco, OpenStack, Splunk, Nagios, Vmware vSphere, RabbitMQ, Redis, BPPM, Pingdom, Hadoop, NGINX, HP Operations Manager, Apica, Rackspace, Slack, Atlassian.


On-premise deployment

With AppDynamics companies have the ability to launch agents via an on-premises install or SaaS deployment, depending on security and compliance needs.

Can be deployed on AWS

As a premier partner within the AWS Marketplace, AppDynamics provides end-to-end monitoring of cloud native applications on AWS, real-time performance monitoring across on-premises and AWS environments and helps accelerate and validate cloud migration.

Can be deployed on Azure

AppDynamics supports the following environments on Microsoft Azure: Azure Cloud Services (PaaS)(Including web and worker roles),Virtual Machines (IaaS), Remote Service Detection (Microsoft Azure Service Bus),Microsoft Azure Queue Microsoft Azure Remote Services (Azure Blob), Azure Queue (Microsoft Service Bus), Data Storage, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage.

Can be deployed in a private cloud

AppDynamics can monitor applications in private, public, and hybrid cloud environments.

Monitor on-premise applications in virtualized environments

AppDynamics can monitor applications in on-premises environments in virtualized environments. You simply need to have access to place an agent on the VM, and have external access to the AppDynamics Controller.

Monitor applications running on AWS and Azure

AppDynamics has partnerships with both AWS and Azure. You can monitor applications running in either environment and gather statistics specific to those environments.

Monitor applications running on Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Redhat OpenShift and Heroku

AppDynamics supports applications running on all major PAAS providers. For popular platforms like Pivotal we have a tight integration providing end users with visibility and control into an application infrastructure.

Configuration and Infrastructure

Configuration and management through a single, web-based user interface

AppDynamics can be implemented and configured quickly and simply and provides visibility into your entire application topology from a single intuitive web-based UI.

Automatically create a visualization of the entire application topology with all components.

The technology automatically determines what details should be shown and what details should be hidden as you zoom in and out on application flow map. The flow map allows users to visualize your entire web scale application. Users can also zoom in on any node for more details about the health of the associated components along with information useful for troubleshooting problems.

Automatically discover business transactions

AppDynamics agents will automatically discover and identify the methods, classes or web services that service transaction entry points. Requests that follow similar code paths are categorized as instances of a single business transaction.

Automatically discover standard back end systems (database, web services, SAP etc.)

Agent automatically discover common types of remote services as backend systems based on the exit point.

Discover and display non-standard backend systems through point-and-click configuration

If AppDynamics doesn't automatically detect the backend, you can manually define a custom match rule to discover specific backends in your environment.

Automatically baseline every component within the business transaction

Our agents watch every line of code and monitor application traffic patterns to update dynamic baselines of acceptable performance. When transactions experience slowdowns, Appdynamics can automatically trigger diagnostic actions based on health rules.

Can be deployed in a multi-tenant environment

Yes. Clients can also switch from a single-tenancy to a multi-tenancy mode. However switching from a multi-tenancy to a single-tenancy is not supported.

Application Visibility and Control

Provide correlated views of distributed business transactions between tiers/services

AppDynamics provides visibility into the transaction logs that can be correlated to specific business transaction requests. Log correlation visibility requires a license for both Transaction Analytics and Log Analytics

Automatically baseline every component within the Business Transaction

The AppDynamics platform automatically calculates dynamic baselines for your metrics, defining what is "normal" for each metric based on actual usage.

Provide code level diagnostics (class and method-level visibility) of business transactions

AppDynamics offers code-level diagnostics and end-to-end visibility.

Monitor JVM health information (heap, GC, generational spaces, etc.)

In addition to monitoring JVM head information you can also can set up health rules based on JVM or JMX metrics.

Monitor CPU utilization, OS memory usage, disk I/O, network I/O, other hardware metrics

Machine agents can monitor and report on memory metrics, disck and paetition metrics, volume metrics, load metrics, machine metrics, network metrics, process metrics, service avaiablitity metrics, disk usage metrics free/used memory metrics and viewing hardware metrics, amongst other things.

Report application errors and exceptions

The Controller UI presents information on errors and exceptions in various places in the UI, including in transaction snapshots, metrics, and dashboards

Automatically monitor entire call stack when application problems occur

AppDynamics automatically collects full call stack traces for slow transactions, stalls and errors, allowing you to drill down to the class and method level in your production environment

Does not disable monitoring functionality as a compromise to limit product overhead

By default, AppDynamics monitors your production applications for maximum visibility with the least operational overhead. In non-production environments where agent overhead is not an issue, you can enable development mode in AppDynamics. Development mode removes overhead-related restrictions so agents can collect more diagnostic data.

Historical performance monitoring and trending

Analyze and alert based on storage performance trends over time, and use this information to proactively tune performance to improve resource efficiency and optimize the end-user experience.

Full view of infrastructure details without leaving the context of business transactions

Infrastructure Visibility provides end-to-end visibility into the hardware and networks on which your applications run. You can use Infrastructure Visibility to identify and troubleshoot problems that affect application performance such as server failures, JVM crashes, and hardware resource utilization. When you add End-User Monitoring to Application Performance Management, you can correlate business transaction performance to the user experience for those transactions

Single UI for server and application monitoring

Regardless of how complex your application may be, AppDynamics allows you to monitor everything from a single UI

Alert on deviation from baseline

"AppDynamics provides default health rules for business transaction performance:

  • Business Transaction response time is much higher than normal

  • Business Transaction error rate is much higher than normal"

Mean Time To Repair

Identify slow and stalled business transactions without manual intervention

You may receive a notification email or SMS based on a health rule violation or see performance indicators in flow maps or transaction scorecards.

Count, measure and score every transaction

The business transaction list contains a high level look at the performance of the business application by transaction. You can click on a particular business transaction to access additional information on the business transaction, such as information on slow performing instances of this transaction, errors, and the transaction analysis view.

Identify error business transactions without manual intervention

AppDynamics will automatically detect application errors for each business transaction.

Identify slow SQL queries without manual intervention

You can monitor all your database platforms such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, DB2, SQL Server,etc and view all that your end users perform from the browser to the database

Identify slow backend systems or external services without manual intervention

AppDynamics automatically detects backend services and external calls. These can be seen in the application flowmap, transaction snapshots, and an individual component showing all remote services.

Automatically discover code deadlocks

By default the agent detects code deadlocks. You can find deadlocks and see their details using the Events list or the REST API.

Provide quick cross launching into problem areas within the UI through hyperlinked alerts

Within AppDynamics, you have the ability to set up custom health rules and actions. By doing this, you can be alerted when errors or latency is experienced in the application. Through a number of actions, you can be alerted with a hyperlink and jump straight to the issue through the link.

Automatically send email containing hyperlink to identified problem

In AppDynamics you can set up rules to automatically send alerts to a number of email

Automatic analysis of end-to-end APM data to provide root cause analysis

AppDynamics automatically detects transactions and the performance of those through our automatic dynamic baseline. From there, root cause analysis is performed and captured in the Transaction Snapshots for you to diagnose.

Business Transactions

Automatically discover business transactions

AppDynamics agents watch every line of code and monitor application traffic patterns to update dynamic baselines of acceptable performance. When transactions experience slowdowns, Appdynamics can automatically trigger diagnostic actions based on health rules.

Automatically learn and baseline performance of discovered business transactions

The dynamic baseline will automatically discover the performance of each transaction.

Automatically count, measure and score every transaction

AppDynamics automatically counts, measures, and scores each transaction that passes through the application server by performing byte-code instrumentation.

Discover synchronous, asynchronous and multi-threaded business transactions

AppDynamics supports the discovery of syncronous, asyncronous, and multi-threaded transactions with our business transaction discovery.

Business Metrics

Provide visibility into the impact of outages on business metrics

When you set up data collectors, you are able to pull out business data and report and alert of them. With our analyics, you can extend the visibility by running queries against all the data that is collected.

Capture business metrics (e.g. revenue, orders) from applications and background jobs

When you set up data collectors, you are able to pull out business data and report and alert of them. With our analytics, you can extend the visibility by running queries against all the data that is collected.

Enables creation of custom dashboards for business metrics and application behavior

AppDynamics has the ability to create custom dashboards to represent business and transaction data.

Out of the box reports on business transaction summary and trends

AppDynamics provides out of the box reports for transaction and application data. These can be generated on a schedule or on demand.

Automatically correlate business transactions with environment monitoring (OS, JMX, etc.)

AppDynamics automatically correlates business transaction data with the server and infrastructure data.


Browser-based web client

The AppDynamics UI is an HTML 5-based browser application

Automatic and dynamic baselining of all metrics to reduce false alarms

AppDynamics automatically calculates what constitutes the baseline for your application environment, that is, the prevailing performance characteristics for your environment. Once it calculates the baselines, AppDynamics can detect conditions that may be considered anomalies for your application.

Include an online virtual collaboration space as a virtual "war room"

Users can access war room creation within the troubleshoot navigation menu. Other widgets, and templates are also available.

Visualize multiple applications and the connectivity / dependencies between them

AppDynamics provides cross-app correlation to show transaction flow between multiple AppDynamics applications.

Enable sharing of analysis / visualizations without having to export data from the UI

There are a few ways to share data without having to export the data. One is to create a war room and discuss the issues between multiple people within the UI. Also, with Role Based Access Control, every user should have specific access into AppDynamics. You can share links to those that have a login, and the exact screen is loaded for the user.

Group transactions using a Session ID and display transactions in order of execution

You can sort transactions by session ID and transaction time among many other fields.

Drill down from business transaction to correlated log file entries in single platform

AppDynamics provides a way to correlate Business Transactions to associated Log entries.

Historical Trending

Trending with metric persistence to do historical analysis and compare to baselines

In AppDynamics, you can compare time frames or releases to understand performance changes over time. Also through dashboard creation, you can visualize performance trends in the baselines over time.

The ability to view and drill into Flow Map for extended periods up to 1 year

You can access AppDynamics performance data for up to a year in time.

The ability to compare Flow Maps from different time frames for up to 2 years

Up to 1 year

Support for Agile

Dynamic instrumentation of the application

When you instrument AppDynamics agents, the flowmap and data is automatically created and captured. As you scale your application up and down, AppDynamics will dynamically pick up the changes and present them in the UI.

No need to reconfigure agent instrumentation when new app releases are deployed

A user would only need to reconfigure an agent if they switched programming languages.

Automatically pick up application configuration changes as a result of agile releases

Yes. The flow map visualizations allow teams to see the differences in transaction flow between configurations, releases, sprints, etc.

Regression analysis to compare and highlight app performance improvements

Yes. User can create application deployment events, which can be used for regression analysis, root cause analysis and performance studies.

Provide capability to compare business transactions flows for different releases

Yes. In compare releases, you can compare performance for business transactions between two different time frames.

Pre-Production Performance Tuning

Identify the longest running methods in business transactions

In the Transaction Snapshots, you will be presented with the longest running methods.

Determine the relationship between increased load and application response time

In the AppDynamics graphs and snapshots, you can determine the relationship between load and response time.

Identify worst backend calls (Database, Web Services, other backend) automatically

AppDynamics will automatically discover the backends in the environment as well as categorize the slowest and most expensive calls.

Provide business transaction performance change from one code release to the next

Yes. In compare releases, you can compare performance for business transactions between two different time frames.

Scalability and Infrastructure

Support at least 5000 agents on a single platform without requiring data federation

AppDynamics can scale to up to over 5000 agents to a single platform. You also have the ability to run the controller on your premises or in the AppDynamics SaaS environment. If on-premises, you will have to size accordingly.

Ability to support high availability APM infrastructure servers

AppDynmaics provides a high availability tool kit to support HA.

Has steady network traffic between agent and APM server regardless of transaction levels

The AppDynamics agents constantly communicate with the controller no matter how much load is on the application.

Encrypt data transmissions end-to-end across the environment

AppDynamics encrypts data over HTTP(s) in transit but it does not encrpyt data at rest.

Agentless monitoring

AppDynamics Database Monitoring uses an agentless monitoring architecture that eliminates the management overhead and risk associated with deploying agents to database servers.


Single UI incorporating Analytics and APM modules


Analytics UI is web browser based with no locally installed client software

The AppDynamics UI is an HTML 5-based browser application

Analytics layer providing intelligence across data collected by APM modules

AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform allows you to monitor, automate and analyze your application infrastructure.

Scalable repository capable of collecting and storing large volume of metrics/events

You can size your controller accordingly to fit the amount of volume you expect to collect. You also have the ability to change the default values for storage time and data.

In context drill down between analytics data and APM data

From the searches that are mande in analytics, you are able to directly drill down into APM application data.

Graphical query builder for ease of use and broad adoption

The entire AppDynamics platform is built for ease of use and broad adoption across the enterprise. In our Analytics, there is a graphical query builder that enables you to build searches quickly and easily.

Ability to adjust timeframe via click and drag on dashboard charts

You have the ability through a drop down to adjust the time frame back to a year or select a custom time range.

Automated ranking (top N) of relevancy of every indexed field to current selection

By default, Appdynamics will categorize your transactions into different categories by response time, errors, etc.

Configurable to collect not all, but specific desired transaction data/fields

AppDynamics has auto detection rules, however, you have the ability to change those rules or create specific Custom Match Rules to discover transactions and data.

Alert off of metrics created in analytics based on search criteria

You can create a metric from an analytics search that uses count as the function in the SELECT clause

Analytics data collection does not require full call method stack data

Within the AppDynamics UI, you can create Data Collectors to pull out transaction data.

No code changes required to pull custom (non-native) metrics into data repository

C++ requires an SDK with a few lines of code

Data collected, stored and analyzed in near real time (i.e. not hours, days, or weeks later)

Organizations can see the business impact of performance issues and outages in real time, allowing them to make important decisions and prioritize fixes on the fly, reducing the cost of performance incidents to the business.

API to input custom metrics

The AppDynamics APIs let you extend and customize various aspects of the AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform

Search API

The AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform exposes various APIs for customizing and extending its features. Some APIs include: Accounts API, Application Model API, Metric and Snapshot API, Alert and Respond API , Configuration API, Configuration Export and Import API , Analytics Events API.

Ability to chart result set in custom dashboards

AppDynamics provides full support for creating custom dashboards. You can also import JSON templates and create dashboards from that.

Granular role-based access control (RBAC)

Yes. App analytics provide RBAC to enable control and protection of your data.

Log Analytics

Ability to collect and store log files from monitored nodes

Log Analytics collects, correlates, and analyzes your machine data to give you comprehensive real-time insights into operational performance.

Log file data through TCP

You have the ability to set up Log analytics by extracting analytics fields from syslog messages over TCP.

Auto-inject business transaction identifier for each log statement

Supported for two Java frameworks and requires a GUID configuration.

Ability to extract any field from log file for processing

Yes. The centralized log management UI enables you to configure your log files for processing

Root Cause Analysis

Historical performance monitoring and trending - retain 100% of historical data

Yes and by default, snapshots are retained for two weeks, and individual snapshots can be archived

Report top database activities (e.g. Top SQL, Top Users, Top Programs)

Features of the Database Reports Windows

  • Top SQL Report
  • I/O Report
  • Time Series Comparison Report
  • Top Activity Report
  • Top SQL Report
  • Wait State Report

Report database activity profile over-time (identify patterns)

The information within the UI includes the metric identifier, date and time of the observation, along with other key performance metrics

Collect and store all database wait events and correlate with SQL/Stored Procedures

With AppDynamics Database monitoring, you are able to see individual queries and any wait events that are associated.

Collect and store SQL/Stored Procedure KPIs (CPU, Count, Reads/Writes)

AppDynamics DB monitoring will collect and store all SQL and stored procedures that hit the database and the corresponding KPIs.

Collect and store database instance level statistics (table size, row count, indexes)

Within the Database monitoring module, you can view more administrative statistics such as error logs, user information, tables, indexes, etc.

Collect and store database server/host KPIs (CPU, Memory…)

You can configure AppDynamics DB collectors to capture the host level metrics from where the DB instance is running.

Ability to breakdown latency of stored procedure components

In the DB Monitoring, you will be able to identify the Stored Procedure and where latency may be coming from.

Collect SQL Explain and Execution plans

You have the ability to view and download the Explain and Execution plans from the UI.

Collect and store performance data on database objects (Schemas, tables, indexes)

With AppDynamics Database monitoring, AppDynamics will collect and store DB performance data and the database object information.

Ability to collect and correlate deep-dive storage information

In AppDynamics Database module, you can view the storage information in the object browser.

Database Monitoring

Provide a real-time view of performance showing current database activity

With AppDynamics' database monitoring, you can monitor and trend key performance metrics such as resource consumption, database objects, schema statistics and more, allowing you to proactively tune and fix issues before they affect end users.

Provide a holistic view of all database performance through a multi-instance dashboard

AppDynamics supports DB2, Oracle, Postgres, MySQL, and SQL Server, all from one central installation of AppDynamics. There's no need for separate database monitoring products for different databases -- with AppDynamics you see it all in a single pane-of-glass.

Ability to send pro-active alerts based on health and performance of databases

Get alerts when database thresholds are violated

Static and dynamic alerting on collected database metrics

You have the option to set performance alerts against both a dynamic baseline or a static threshold.

Server Monitoring

Monitor Machine availability

The Standalone Machine Agent (Machine Agent) collects and displays CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network metrics on the Node Dashboard Server tab of the UI

Monitor CPU usage

AppDynamics provides alerts on Business Transaction and infrastructure metrics. To ensure that you get alerts when they really matter, these alerts must be based on algorithms that assess deviation from normal behavior.

Monitor Disk performance

An AppDynamics Machine Agent extension to alert if disk space crosses a warning or critical threshold. If a threshold is crossed, the extension will create a custom event upon which you can trigger a Policy + Action to get notified.

Monitor Volume usage

The following describes the columns available for the Server Volumes window.

  • Disk Usage %: The percentage of storage space in use.
  • I/O Utilization %: The percentage of time spent performing read and write operations.
  • I/O Rate read: The number of kilobytes per second of data read.
  • I/O Rate write: The number of kilobytes per second of data write.
  • I/O Operations per sec read: The number of read operations per second.
  • I/O Operations per sec write: The number of write operations per second.
  • I/O Wait Time read: The percentage of time the CPU was waiting for read operations to complete.
  • I/O Wait Time write: The percentage of time the CPU was waiting for write operations to complete.

Monitor Machine load

Reported for each machine

Monitor Memory

Reported for each hierarchical group.

  • Swap Free (MB): The total amount of free swap space.
  • Swap Total (MB): The total amount of allocated swap space.
  • Swap Used (MB): The amount of swap space used.
  • Swap Used %: The percentage of used swap space.
  • Swap Free %: Percentage of free swap space.

Monitor SWAP

Reported for each hierarchical group.

  • Swap Free (MB): The total amount of free swap space.
  • Swap Total (MB): The total amount of allocated swap space.
  • Swap Used (MB): The amount of swap space used.
  • Swap Used %: The percentage of used swap space.
  • Swap Free %: Percentage of free swap space.

Monitor Processes

Process Monitoring Extension gathers process metrics from a Linux/Windows/Solaris/AIX machine and reports to AppDynamics Controller.

Monitor Network Adapter(s)

With AppDynamics Server visibility, you can monitor the throughput and packets or the individual network interfaces.

Dynamic Baselining

AppDynamics automatically calculates what constitutes the baseline for your application environment, that is, the prevailing performance characteristics for your environment. Once it calculates the baselines, AppDynamics can detect conditions that may be considered anomalies for your application.

Synthetic page checker

AppDynamics offers synthetics which can run and monitor dynamics selenium scripts or a simple webpage. These page checks can be set to run on a specific schedule or can be generated on demand.

Application Monitoring

Identify JVM memory leaks caused by leaky collections

Easily monitor the different memory pool sizes over time to understand just how close your application is to getting a Java memory leak so you can better fine tune your JVM memory settings and prevent Java memory leaks. AppDynamics automatically tracks the size and growth of Java Collections like HashMap, HashSets and ConcurrentLinkedQueues over time as data in your application is requested and persisted within JVM memory. AppDynamics uses intelligent algorithms to detect which Collections may potentially be leaking, and flags these Collections automatically so users can drill-down, and inspect the contents, to better understand what objects are being allocated, and how much memory these objects are consuming inside the Collection.

Enable tracking of object instantiations/destructions to troubleshoot JVM heap thrash

Allocation Tracking tracks all the code paths and those business transactions that are allocating instances of a particular class.

PHP monitoring

Supported Frameworks for PHP Monitoring:

  • Drupal
  • WordPress
  • Magento
  • Symfony 1 + 2
  • Zend Framework 1 + 2
  • CakePHP
  • CodeIgniter
  • Moodle
  • SugarCRM
  • Kohana
  • Joomla!
  • Laravel
  • Yii
  • Lightspeed
  • FuelPHP
  • Phalcon

.NET monitoring

AppDynamics Intelligence platform supports all common .NET monitoring frameworks including:

  • Microsoft Azure
  • WCF
  • MVC5
  • IIS
  • Managed Standalone Applications
  • Managed Windows Services
  • Microsoft Sharepoint Server
  • Message Queues
  • Remoting Services
  • Async Monitoring

Node.js monitoring

Node.js monitoring frameworks including:

  • Express
  • Kraken.js
  • Restify
  • Hapi
  • Sails.js
  • FlatIron
  • Geddy
  • Koa
  • Derby
  • Mojito

Python monitoring

Monitor your Python applications in real time, drill down into call stacks, correlate transactions traversing your distributed environment, and diagnose performance bottlenecks while running in a live production or development environment.

Docker Monitoring

Integrated monitoring of Dockerized containers with application monitoring

You can use the Standalone Machine Agent to monitor application nodes running inside Docker containers and to identify container issues that impact application performance

Automatic discovery of containers

Automatic discovery of entry and exit points of your microservice as service endpoints for focused microservices monitoring

Support Docker attributes and perspectives

AppDynamics provides visibility into applications and business transactions made out of multiple smaller decoupled (micro) services deployed in a Docker environment using the Docker monitoring solution. The AppDynamics Docker Monitoring Extension monitors and reports on various metrics, such as: total number of containers, running containers, images, CPU usage, memory usage, network traffic, etc. The AppDynamics Docker monitoring extension gathers metrics from the Docker Remote API, either using Unix Socket or TCP giving you the choice for data collection protocol.

Visualize distribution of containers over cluster hosts

AppDynamics provides visualization of the services path including traceability from end to end for each interaction, from the user through all of the services calls, along with the infrastructure

Network Monitoring

Autodiscovery of network topology and interdependencies

Auto-discover application and network topology and interdependencies, including reverse proxy load balancers

Report on throughput, packet loss, and RT rates

Detect network performance issues before they impact application performance:

  • Eliminate expensive packet capture/analysis appliances and associated SPAN/TAP hardware

  • Track network KPIs including throughput, packet loss, and RT rates

Monitors network without need of TAP or SPAN port

  • Does not require network taps or help by networking teams to install and operate

  • Eliminate expensive packet capture/analysis appliances and associated SPAN/TAP hardware

Single UI to drill from network to application and business transaction

All of AppDynamics is consumed in a single UI. Therefore, you are able to drill in from any component to another within the same UI.

Virtualization Monitoring

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop monitoring

The AppDynamics Apache CloudStack Extension for Citrix CloudPlatform provides the ability to monitor and manage your critical cloud-based applications, ensure application performance pre and post-cloud migration, and take full advantage of cloud elasticity with auto-scaling.

Server virtualization monitoring

Server Monitoring includes additional windows in the Controller UI that enable you to quickly see underlying infrastructure issues impacting your application performance

VDI monitoring

Due to the way Citrix technology is set up, AppDynamics is able to see a partial amount of VDI performance. There is some manual steps that need to take place to achieve this visibility as it is not acheieved out of the box. Please work with the AppDynamics representative to learn more about what is possible with your virtualized environment.


Support for modern desktop browsers

AppDynamics supports the current modern browsers:

  • IE6/7/8/9/10/11/Edge
  • Chrome, including Mobile
  • Firefox, including Mobile
  • Safari, including Mobile
  • Opera

Support for mobile browsers

AppDyanmics supports the current modern browsers:

  • IE6/7/8/9/10/11/Edge
  • Chrome, including Mobile
  • Firefox, including Mobile
  • Safari, including Mobile
  • Opera

Monitor all page requests

Users can receive detailed information of how each of your pages, Ajax requests, iframes, and virtual pages are performing over time within the Pages and Ajax view within the UI.

Monitor all iFrame requests

Users can receive detailed information of how each of your pages, Ajax requests, iframes, and virtual pages are performing over time within the Pages and Ajax view within the UI.

Full support for monitoring single page applications properly

Browser RUM supports single-page applications created using the AngularJS 1.x

Automatically detect JavaScript errors

Users have the ability to enable and disable reporting of JavaScript and Ajax request errors. When enabled, JavaScript and Ajax request errors are reported throughout the Browser Monitoring UI: in the geo page, in the user stats browser and device dashboards, in the page list, and in browser snapshots.

Display response time status on Geo Map

All Geo Dashboards display key EUM performance metrics by geographic location. You can quickly see which regions have the highest loads, the longest response times, and the most errors. You can understand at a glance which locations are active and of the active locations, which are slow.

Collect and display Navigation Timing API data for all poor performing requests

You can build custom health rules based on Browser RUM Page, Ajax, and iframe metrics in the health rule builder. Please refer to 4.2x documentation to see what metrics are available for both modern browsers that support Navigation Timing API and other bowers, as well as NavTime browsers.

Collect and display Resource Timing API data for all poor performing requests

AppDynamics can capture resource timing and can also help capture resource timing data when the browser stops collecting this information.

Correlate web transactions with server side transactions for drill down

With AppDynamics End User Monitoring, you can collect information on where in the world your requests are coming from and what devices and channels are being used, as well as the performance of your code once it's on your user's device. You can even investigate mobile crashes by seeing stack traces and other contextual data at the moment of the crash. And that data can be tied to business transaction data from the server side.

Provide detailed browser traces for poor performing end user requests

AppDynamics app agents discover requests to your application as entry points to a business transaction. The agents tag the request data and trace the request path as it passes from web servers to databases and other infrastructure components. AppDynamics collects performance metrics for each tier that processes the business transaction.

Provide usage based analytics showing browser types and versions

AppDynamics provides accurate browser-user insights to optimize web experiences based on large volumes of multi-dimensional data that includes user response time, first byte time, DOM ready time, device type and browser type, version, etc.

Provide usage based analytics showing device and OS types

AppDynamics provides accurate browser-user insights to optimize web experiences based on large volumes of multi-dimensional data that includes user response time, first byte time, DOM ready time, device type and browser type, version, etc.

Provide customizable analytics area for troubleshooting and analysis purposes

AppDynamics Application Analytics enables you to do real-time analysis of business performance that is correlated with the performance of your application software

Provide cache metrics for each page request

AppDynamics collects cache metrics for each of the request for you to view. You have the ability to define a specific cache endpoint for monitoring.

Show server side response time for all pages

Detailed storage and network pages for additional details required for troubleshooting

Provide drill down from poor performing request to server side deep diagnostic session

Retroactively troubleshoot and diagnose the root cause of infrastructure performance issues -- in a live production environment -- using fine-grained historical data

Session tracking

Using Browser RUM Sessions you can analyze sessionized results from all requests stored in the AppDynamics Events Service

Ability to generate a synthetic page request directly from the poor performing request

Browser Synthetic Monitoring uses geographically distributed agents to continuously test key user workflows in your application. This allows you to monitor the correctness and performance of multi-step flows independently of user-generated load. AppDynamics provide two way of using synthetics: Scheduled jobs and on-demand snapshots.

SDK for support of any Single Page Application (SPA) framework

Browser RUM supports single-page applications created using the AngularJS 1.x, commonly known as just Angular, and provides methods for monitoring Ember.js applications, but you can extend the JavaScript Agent to other Angular versions and non-Angular frameworks using the JavaScript Agent API

EUM cross application correlation

The cross application flow map lets you see shared points in your application environment. This allows you to organize business applications by the services, infrastructure, and software components in your environment in the way that best fits your needs, while still being able to see business application interdependencies.

Analytics built into EUM portion of UI

Application Analytics is built on the App iQ platform, which includes the Events Service, the unstructured document store for the platform. The exact components you need to install depend upon your environment and your requirements.

Custom user data available at the session and page request level

You can add user information that is specific to your application to a browser snapshot.

Page grouping at root level instead of individual pages for each set of parameters

You can configure the display names by which various pages and iframes are referred to and sorted in controller lists and dashboards.

Mobile RUM

Support for native mobile applications

AppDynamics Mobile Application Monitoring solution enables organizations to deliver a reliable, consistent mobile experience and protect increasingly important mobile device revenue streams and customer interactions, even under the most demanding situations. AppDynamics provides full support for iOS, Android and XAMARIN operating systems. Our Xamarin plugin makes it easy to instrument Xamarin apps for iOS, Android, and Windows.

Support for mobile browsers

AppDynamics Browser RUM Supported Environments include:

  • IE6/7/8/9/10/11/Edge
  • Chrome, including Mobile
  • Firefox, including Mobile
  • Safari, including Mobile
  • Opera

See mobile app performance, http errors, and network error information

As your end users interact with your application, the AppDynamics agent collects metrics and any error information on the application's performance and sends that information to the EUM Server, where it is processed. The EUM Server then makes the data available to the AppDynamics controller UI, where it is displayed in a series of dashboards and charts

See the performance of API calls from your mobile application to the server side

Yes. Platform allows users to enforce SLAs for APIs, content delivery networks, and other third-party services.

Track crashes and exception

Automatically capture stack traces to pinpoint code issues while, correlating crash events with user sessions to understand the cause of a crash and how to reproduce it.

Provide crash analytics

The Crash Analyze tab in the UI lists all the individual crash snapshots.

User tracing/breadcrumbs

If your application crashes, the agent also creates a crash snapshot with information to help you analyze what happened, including the crashed function, the source file containing the crashed function, the line number, if available, and a stack trace of the application at the time of the crash, along with various other identifying data. And if the server-side application with which your mobile app interacts is also instrumented, you can get correlated metric information for the entire round-trip request life cycle.

Trace transactions from mobile device all the way to the server side

Mobile RUM collects data on every network request that your mobile app makes, and it also takes detailed snapshots periodically in case performance issues have been detected. Over time, the network request metrics are rolled up, based on averages and percentiles.

Correlate mobile transactions with server side transactions for drill down

Yes. You can correlate mobile network requests with business transactions. The correlation enables you to map network requests made by your mobile application with an underlying backend application.

Provide usage and performance analytics based upon device type

Yes. Graphic representations of overall usage statistics by device, carrier, OS version, connection type, and version

Provide usage and performance analytics based upon OS type

Yes. Graphic representations of overall usage statistics by device, carrier, OS version, connection type, and version

Provide usage and performance analytics based upon OS version

Yes. Graphic representations of overall usage statistics by device, carrier, OS version, connection type, and version

Provide unified user interface for mobile and server diagnostics


Integrated and correlated data between mobile, server, and infrastructure monitoring

All application data is integrated into one UI, so users have a single paned view of the health of their application infrastructure

Display response time status on Geo Map

The Geo Dashboard provides high-level insight into how your application is performing across the world.

Provide device and carrier diagnostic metrics

Yes. Graphic representations of overall usage statistics by device, carrier, OS version, connection type, and version

Track user sessions to understand user flows and behavior

The crash snapshot list within the dashboard will provide summary information, contextual and user information, and a detailed stack trace from the crash.

Capture user interactions within each session

The crash snapshot list within the dashboard will provide summary information, contextual and user information, and a detailed stack trace from the crash.

Alert based upon deviation from normal behavior for mobile metrics

Resolve crashes faster by getting alerted when unique crashes occur.

Provide percentile metrics related to mobile performance

Parts of the Controller UI for Mobile RUM rely on processing done by the Events Service, including some of the widgets in the Mobile App Dashboard Overview, Network Requests Analyze, and Crash Analyze.
 For the Mobile App Dashboard, Network Requests Analyze, and Crash Analyze, you can choose widgets to display the metrics collected using either averages or percentiles: Specifically, you can:

  • enable or disable percentile display of metrics.

  • set up to four different percentile levels to be applied to metrics.
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