AppDynamics

40 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 101

Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)

4 Ratings
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Score 7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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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
8.2
Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)
7.8
Application monitoring
AppDynamics
9.3
Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)
9.0
Database monitoring
AppDynamics
7.2
Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)
Threshold alerts
AppDynamics
8.9
Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)
8.0
Predictive capabilities
AppDynamics
7.4
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
8.4
Micro Focus Diagnostics (formerly HP Diagnostics)
7.0

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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

New Relic is only SaaS and keys off of AppDex scoring (i.e. industry baselines) and not on my application's baselines. Where most of our stuff is custom apps, going off of industry wasn't valuable to us. It was also cost prohibitive
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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

  • No noticeable ROI as such but that's mainly down to our application type. E-Commerce organisations and similar would benefit hugely.
  • Did provide us early visibility of failing calls which got stuck in a loop and spammed some of our servers.
  • Positive impact in terms of highlighting slow running queries.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

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