Dynatrace Scalability

Mark Kaplan
Senior Director IT at BARBRI Inc.
In terms of scalability, we don't have anything that it can't do. As we add to our infrastructure, it scales. Yes, every time we add a node, we're going to spend more. But it's up to me to decide if I want to monitor everything or a set of everything. My philosophy is to monitor all of production. Anything that is deployed to production is being monitored by Dynatrace. From a dev and test perspective we don't monitor like that. We keep a secondary Dynatrace instance that we use in the event that we need to troubleshoot something in development, but for the most part, our Dynatrace usage is relegated to production. And that's for cost reasons. We have four environments in our builds. We have production, where we cover everything. We have a development environment, which is a subset of production, with different copies. We have QA, which is where everything goes from development for final testing. And then we have staging, which is the final step before it's pushed to the production clusters. As we add to production, we add to Dynatrace. That is always going to be the plan. We will not deploy anything to production that doesn't have Dynatrace on it. I don't get involved in the minutiae, but from what the guys tell me, with Linux servers you don't even blink. They have to watch Windows servers a little bit more because it's more intensive. Windows itself doesn't tend to perform very well when you first build. You've got to massage it and get it to where you want it to be. Dynatrace helps us with that, but Windows is more finicky. We have about 50 users of Dynatrace between infrastructure, development, operations, and sales. View full review »
IT Technical Architect at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
At this point, we have about 1700 host units. We're monitoring 2000 to 3000 systems. We have 300 to 500 users a month using the systems with approximately 700 users overall. View full review »
Kevin McNall
Director, Digital Projects and Practices at Rack Room Shoes
It's extremely scalable. We're one of the small players. We're running with about 70 agents right now. We've been at Dynatrace's conferences and have heard of customers who can deploy 5,000 agents over a weekend and have no issues at all. For our small spec-of-sand space, it's extremely scalable. We are hosted on Google cloud. That's where all of our VMs are currently set up. Our database is there, our tax server is there. All of our application and web servers are there, and Dynatrace is monitoring all of that for us. We haven't encountered any limitations at all in scaling to our cloud-native environment. We can spin up new auxiliary servers in a matter of minutes and have Dynatrace agents running on them within 15 minutes. We're starting to play a little bit with migrating a version of our application into a Kubernetes deployment and using Dynatrace to monitor the Kubernetes containers as well. We have plans to increase our usage of Dynatrace. We just recently updated our hosts. We needed to increase the number of host units so that we could put Dynatrace on more servers, and we've already just about used up all of those. So next year, we'll likely have to increase those host units again. And we're going to start using more pieces of Dynatrace that we haven't used before, like management zones and custom metrics. View full review »
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IT Specialist at a government with 10,001+ employees
Dynatrace is very scalable. We grew it over the 12 years that we had it. So, that has proven that it is scalable. AppDynamics is scalable as the environment grows. However, we are still in the product's infancy, so we haven't seen this happen yet. A company with a single application over multiple locations, like a retailer, but only needs to worry about one application and monitoring it, this is the perfect fit for AppDynamics. If you have an organization with more than 40, you definitely want Dynatrace. AppDynamics is not a viable product for an organization with lots of applications. View full review »
CTO at Marketware
No issues with scalability. The solution is multi-tenant and based in Big data technology. What impresses me more is the ability to be able to analyze 100% of all activity going on, and do that with so low overhead. I have not been able to observe more than 1% overhead, despite Dynatrace saying that it can be slightly higher in some situations. I sometimes get the impression that overhead might be negative (underhead?), because you can get rid of inefficiencies like log dumping, that typically have high (disk and CPU) overhead. View full review »
Ruan Van Staden
Academic application support with 1,001-5,000 employees
Depending on how much storage you allocate, you can actually keep quite a lot of information in regards to your system. You can scale it yourself. The system doesn't force you into a specific storage medium. It's able to scale linearly and vertically. It doesn't matter how many systems you have. You can just plugin more collectors and agents. It does this very well. View full review »
Chris Green
Technical Lead at Royal Caribbean
It can scale very well and very high. We don't need it to scale as much right now. It is able to absorb a lot of the systems that we have with the agents and and the API Gateways. It seems like it can scale very well when we need it to, so scalability is good for us right now. View full review »
Gary Frank
CIO FNB Business Lending at FNB Business Lending
It is very scalable. Agents limit its own consumption, no longer impacting server hosts. View full review »
Gregor Liddell
Dynatrace Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I am in a small shop so I do not have direct experience with scalability, but I do know that it is one of their design goals. In our company, we have a couple of guys working on huge sites and scaling farms, so my impression is that the scalability is good, or even excellent. View full review »
IT Specialist at a government with 10,001+ employees
Dynatrace is highly scalable and works well in our hybrid environment. View full review »
Senior QA Analyst at Autodesk
There was an issue on-premise. We were trying to troubleshoot a production issue. We had to run a bunch of queries for different time frames to see where the issues were and how recently they had been seen. This crashed the Dynatrace server. We are now moving slowly moving in installments of the AWS version because our environments are not large enough right now. So, we haven't tested it yet. View full review »
DevOps Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The scalability ties into the Dynatrace controller, because there is just one which talks back to your on-premise. While it is nice to have just one point to talk to, when you start having a lot of apps and things trying to connect to the same thing, it can cause some issues. I do get it, it is just a networking thing along with design. View full review »
Abhiram Gandhe
Principal Architect at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees
It has quite a sleek architecture with respect to the number of instances that can become an agent. As for its environment, Dynatrace is ready to scale. Our environment is huge. We have EMR clusters ranging from 100 to 200. View full review »
Chin Yan Keat
Product Manager at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
I have not had any issues with the scalability of either New Relic or Dynatrace. They are both quite scalable. View full review »
We cannot properly address scalability yet. View full review »
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I would rate scalability at least an eight or nine out of ten. View full review »
Rohit Ray
Software Test Engineer at Enova International
Its capabilities are good. We have a couple AWS accounts that we are running on the cloud. Then, we have a lot of on-premises applications, as well. View full review »
Bill Masters
Principal Engineer at DISH Network Corporation
So far, scalability has been fine. We have not seen any issues related to it. It looks good. View full review »
Manager of DevOps at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use a cloud version for everything that we look into, so we have had no issues. Scalability is working well. View full review »
Alex Bielecki
Cloud Practice Specialist at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The scalability is amazing. It is the best. One of our customers is a massive healthcare customer. View full review »
This is a very scalable solution. View full review »
Kalyan Janaki
Staff Software Engineer at DISH Network Corporation
Scalability is good. View full review »
TitleICT management division director with 501-1,000 employees
Leo Yu
Development Architect at SAP Canada
So far, the scalability has been okay. Our customer base is hundreds of thousands. View full review »
System Integrator with 10,001+ employees
I would need to explore this further because I have not tested it further than our needs. View full review »
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