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AppDynamics

We execute various types of performance testing such as load testing, stress testing, endurance testing, and spike testing on the daily basis in various environments. It was tough to detect and monitor the performance issues for each type of performance testing, but using AppDynamics, it is possible to create a trend in bottleneck detection. When the performance testing projects integrated with CI/CD pipeline, then the AppDynamics plugin helps a lot. for example, if there is a performance degradation, it allows the job to be failed.
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Dynatrace Data Center RUM

It works really well on all things based on HTTP and the specific decodes it supports. There are guides for configuring but they are not "hard" as you can tweak and twist the decode with RegExs .For the other decodes included, the same applies. You also have full freedom to draw reports backwards and forwards as all data is exposed in the DMI (Data Mining Interface).It also sports a nifty Smartphone interface where you can control what is being published in a role-based setup, making sure your managers only get what they ask for and are spared the techie details.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

AppDynamics
7.9
Dynatrace Data Center RUM
8.3
Application monitoring
AppDynamics
8.0
Dynatrace Data Center RUM
10.0
Database monitoring
AppDynamics
7.5
Dynatrace Data Center RUM
8.0
Threshold alerts
AppDynamics
8.4
Dynatrace Data Center RUM
10.0
Predictive capabilities
AppDynamics
7.0
Dynatrace Data Center RUM
Application performance management console
AppDynamics
8.3
Dynatrace Data Center RUM
10.0
Collaboration tools
AppDynamics
8.0
Dynatrace Data Center RUM
4.0
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
AppDynamics
Dynatrace Data Center RUM
10.0
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
AppDynamics
Dynatrace Data Center RUM
9.0
Virtualization monitoring
AppDynamics
Dynatrace Data Center RUM
9.0
Server availability and performance monitoring
AppDynamics
Dynatrace Data Center RUM
10.0
IT Asset Discovery
AppDynamics
Dynatrace Data Center RUM
3.0

Pros

  • Integration with multiple frameworks (Java, NodeJS, .NET, etc). Good database monitoring tool as well as end-user and synthetic user monitoring tool.
  • Works great for on-premise and is always maturing and keeping up with industry trends.
  • It's been in Garter's Leader Quad for years now.
  • Very intuitive web UI and IT, Mgmt, QA, Devs, and Ops could easily use it.
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  • The ability to correlate Citrix users and their performance to an actual backend application.
  • Full insight into SAP over all the protocols as well as the customized code makes DCRUM a nice augmention to Solution Manager.
  • The high capacity to decode 20 Gbps traffic on a single box/probe makes it easy to slot in even in high density populated DCs.
  • In an effort to help understand and decode unknown traffic the configuration wizard helps and suggests what things to use in the datastream, since hardly any customers have documentation that covers the network traffic/protocol.
  • It's also very handy to be able to define specific traffic to/from a node as Software Services when they are a shared resource, such as a database, web farm or a DNS. That enables you to cherry pick from as many software services as you want when building the application delivery chain which makes up what a user perceives as "an application".
  • High capacity netflow processing helps you to get insight into devices that might be out of reach for various reasons.
  • One very convenient thing is the self-monitoring/maintenance of the system. Often the installations are left running for a very long time and there is comfort in knowing that they will maintain themselves with data rollup and cleaning tasks so you won't be met by a blank screen due to a full HD or the inability to restart without user intervention.
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Cons

  • SaaS is developed prior, then on-premise. We have reasons to need all of it on premise. They stay in step pretty well, and will fulfill promises to deliver. Sometimes, a new functionality is available only in SaaS until it's available for on-premise (2-8 months later depending)
  • It's not a real-time monitoring solution. There's a 90 second delay. That wasn't a problem for me, but I had a few that had issue with that.
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  • Major upgrades process is sometimes unpredictable.
  • The use of SQL Server should be evaluated for something else.
  • Easier SSL key handling.
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Usability

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Dynatrace Data Center RUM10.0
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Best of breed.
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Support

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Dynatrace Data Center RUM9.0
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The only thing missing for a 10, would be if they texted or called you back.
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Alternatives Considered

AppDynamics was trialled in a shoot-out between New Relic and Dynatrace and just about edged New Relic simply for the ability to drill down to the methods and lines of code in the error monitoring, which is an invaluable feature for a development manager. New Relic Insights provides slightly easier dashboarding and New Relic generally is easier to use, but AppDynamics just came out on top.
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There are a number of similar products in the field. Their challenge is that they are usually very hardware demanding or very narrow in terms of what questions they address as well as to what solution/protocol they can work with. Most of them are not so flexible as DCRUM and their support is traditional whilst the DevOps lab at Dynatrace is very agile and quick to respond.
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Return on Investment

  • Being able to see potential chokepoints throughout all of our systems helped from day one to optimise key areas.
  • The relational diagram for each system actually shown somewhere helps identify what relies on what.
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  • It has reduced the number of war rooms as well as the number of people involved to address issues.
  • It helps in utilization trending for network capacity.
  • It has prevented poor solutions from hitting production.
  • When the various business units launch own initiatives such as third party tools or new platforms, it's become extremly easy to detect.
  • The reports help in the field of continuous improvement as any changes are immediately discovered and can be compared to history. Deviations from what you have decided as a tolerance corridor can be used to trigger alarms, both positive and negative.
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Pricing Details

AppDynamics

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Dynatrace Data Center RUM

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details