Every business is highly dependent on software these days. Ensuring that all of your organization’s mission-critical applications are running optimally at all times is priority #1! There is a wide range of application performance management and application monitoring tools on the market available for developers, DevOps teams, and traditional IT operations.
There is a lot of gray area as to what APM is and who it benefits within an organization. In this post, I’ll define what APM is, share some tips for selecting a tool, and list the top APM tools along with their features.
Defining Application Performance Management (APM)
To fully manage and monitor the performance of an application, it requires collecting and monitoring a lot of different types of data. An APM solution is like the black box of an airplane. Application monitoring tools ensure that developers are not flying blind!
Components of a complete application performance management solution:
Performance of individual web requests or transactions
Usage and performance of all application dependencies like databases, web services, caching, etc
Detailed transaction traces down to specific lines of code
Code level performance profiling
Basic server metrics like CPU, memory, etc
Application framework metrics like performance counters, JMX mBeans, etc
Custom applications metrics created by the dev team or business
AppDynamics caters to larger enterprises and offers a SaaS APM option as well as an on-premise option. Self-described as an application intelligence platform, AppDynamics monitors application performance and then derives insights into how application performance is impacting business operations. From data collection to processing and then deriving knowledge from your data, AppDynamics provides full visibility into exactly how application performance is affecting your business.
Languages: .NET, Java, PHP, C++, Python, Node.js
End-to-end transaction tracing
Code level visibility
Dynamic baselining and alerting
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