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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)

I would say on 90% of our agent installs everything works without any modification. If the application however makes a large use of memory based cache and analysis that classes will need to be excluded from instrumentation or it will impact performance.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

AppDynamics
7.9
Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)
7.8
Application monitoring
AppDynamics
8.0
Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)
9.0
Database monitoring
AppDynamics
7.5
Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)
Threshold alerts
AppDynamics
8.3
Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)
8.0
Predictive capabilities
AppDynamics
7.0
Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)
7.0
Application performance management console
AppDynamics
8.3
Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)
8.0
Collaboration tools
AppDynamics
8.0
Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)
7.0

Pros

  • Check code for slow performance
  • Targeted results for any issues
  • Detailed information about code performance
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  • Agent level customization - For highly performant applications we can easily exclude instrumentation, yet still receive the benefit of historical tracking on common data points like CPU, Heap and GC cycles.
  • Support - In the 5+ years working with the product any HP solution engagements have been quick to provide a needed configuration solution.
  • Agent Diversity - Have used the product across 6+ differing middleware technologies comprising dozens of version (both middleware and java) combinations.
  • Agent installation - With its ability to support a silent type install, automating was a simple task.
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Cons

  • It's pretty slow to learn all of the capabilities
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  • The product does offer a lot of functionality - This can lead to a cluttered user interface and does take some time to become comfortable and proficient in its use.
  • Data Volume - We have had some issues in balancing the desire to keep all data and consuming infrastructure storage.
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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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While it has been several years since using BMC Patrol I like that HP doesn't require me to have a custom module added for every different type of product I would like to instrument.
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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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  • Performance Tuning - Product is fully integrated to provide baseline and drift across releases.
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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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Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)

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