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AppDynamics

40 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 101

Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring

11 Ratings
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Score 8.1 out of 101

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AppDynamics

We had slowness, but didn't know where. We quickly would find out if it was the network, database, app server, webserver, or otherwise. They don't like me saying this, but it's a great "finger-pointer".
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Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring

It adapts very well and automatically to essentially departmental applications, but with some difficulties in 'unpacking' with applications residing on the legacy host mainframe. Manages to build 90% of the reporting and dashboards completely automatically. Analyzes network traffic with a connector that recognizes, hops and correlates response times. It is very reliable.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

AppDynamics
8.3
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
7.8
Application monitoring
AppDynamics
9.3
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
10.0
Database monitoring
AppDynamics
7.3
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
8.0
Threshold alerts
AppDynamics
8.9
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
7.1
Predictive capabilities
AppDynamics
7.4
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
5.0
Application performance management console
AppDynamics
8.3
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
10.0
Collaboration tools
AppDynamics
8.4
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
6.3
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
AppDynamics
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
8.4
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
AppDynamics
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
9.0
Virtualization monitoring
AppDynamics
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
9.0
Server availability and performance monitoring
AppDynamics
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
7.8
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
AppDynamics
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
7.0
IT Asset Discovery
AppDynamics
Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring
6.0

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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  • Completely autonomous in the data import and OOTB construction
  • Breakdown dashboard of automated application times
  • Detailed reporting of the user response time
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Cons

  • It's just so complicated - it takes a while to get to grips with and needs careful thought and planning to get the most out of it. AppDynamics do provide excellent support for this though and will guide you.
  • It doesn't list out enough Database Transactions in the APM licencing model.
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  • Poor and sometimes insufficient documentation
  • Very rigid and expensive architecture for scalability
  • Cost of licenses
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Likelihood to Renew

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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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Synthetic Monitoring automatically does what other products do only through the use of other tools or through the development of user applications that still have a high cost of maintenance. The other products are not immediately usable and require many customizations. Through the use of configuration automatisms, you can be immediately operational and, in our case, we detected several imperfections in the applications.
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Return on Investment

  • AppDynamics isn't cheap, but it definitely helps to ensure our applications and APIs are up and running without issue. The alerting is usually good but occasionally mixed, for example sometimes flagging a single error as a critical issue since the API is usually completely error free.
  • The cost saving in terms of trouble shooting and analyzing issues in production is fantastic - to know about issues before they are reported by customers enables you to be proactive in resolving them and ensuring maximum up time for our applications.
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  • Controls the growth of power in departmental servers
  • Automatic discovery
  • Correlation times without having to use other tools
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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
Additional Pricing Details

Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring

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