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40 Ratings

ScienceLogic

9 Ratings

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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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ScienceLogic

In settings where detailed performance monitoring is needed, EM7 excels. In settings where devices are being added and removed often, EM7 excels. In settings where graphs of performance data are needed, EM7 excels.In a setting where you need a qucik and dirty monitoring solution, something you can set up in a couple hours,EM7 would not be a good fit.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

AppDynamics
8.3
ScienceLogic
Application monitoring
AppDynamics
9.3
ScienceLogic
Database monitoring
AppDynamics
7.3
ScienceLogic
Threshold alerts
AppDynamics
8.9
ScienceLogic
Predictive capabilities
AppDynamics
7.4
ScienceLogic
Application performance management console
AppDynamics
8.3
ScienceLogic
Collaboration tools
AppDynamics
8.4
ScienceLogic

Pros

  • AppDynamics provides an excellent overview of all the interactions between all of your various applications, providing a high-level view of the overall health of the whole application and any interactions or elements that are unhealthy can be seen from here.
  • AppDynamics focusses on Business Transactions, rather than overall application or server performance, meaning you can quickly see if one part of the system is not working as it should, meaning production issues are shown clearly as isolated problems (if they are) rather than overall application health problems.
  • AppDynamics provides excellent functionality with regards to tracing coding exceptions - errors can easily be drilled down to the method or line of code that is problematic.
  • AppDynamics is hugely flexible allowing very fine grained configuration and customisation.
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  • Snippet dynamc applications. Simpler monitoring solutions don't make it possible to incorporate your own custom code into the monitoring application. Science Logic's EM7 allows you to write pythin applications that get executed by EM7.
  • Snippet alarms. When EM7 detects a problem and sets an alarm state as defined by my configuration, EM7 allows me to write custom python code that defines how to handle the alarm state.
  • Dashboards. EM7 makes if almost trivial to merge outputs from multiple dynamic applications or for multiple devices into a unified graphic dashboard.
  • Performance graphs. When using lower end open source monitoring solutions performance graphs are not integrated, and can be very inconvenient to install and configure. These graphs are built in to EM7.
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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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  • SNMP traffic generation. When you have a lot of devices being monitored with a lot of OIDs being monitored per device, the collector devices can generate a LOT of SNMP traffic. We have had instances of our internal routers blocking access to EM7 collectors, flagging them as denial of service attacks.
  • Performing upgrades that are anything more involved than simple security updates can be a bit challenging.
  • Technical support ranges from excellent (response in a couple hours or less) to horrible (tickets remaining open for years).
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Alternatives Considered

Appdynamics offered so much more functionality than New Relic, albeit at a more expensive price. The UI was easier to navigate in Appdynamics than in New Relic and it was considerably easier to configure and deploy AppDynamics than New Relic. We had extensive discussions with engineers at AppDynamics and they provided great support in getting us up and running.
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  • Nagios. Difficult to configure properly. Not able to add custom tests easily. Performance graphs aren't included without additional tools that require nasty configuration.
  • Zabbix. Reasonably easy to install, but non-intuitive in parts. Does not allow simple addition of custom tests. Graphs are included but without the click-to-adjust functionality of EM7.
  • Zenoss. Some comments as Zabbix.
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Return on Investment

  • It has had a positive impact because anytime there is an issue, we go to AppDynamics first to see what the root cause could have been.
  • We have been providing transaction snapshots to vendors for troubleshooting.
  • So far, I have had nothing but positive feedback from other team members on the functionality and how other team members are using the application.
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  • It has allowed us to effectively monitor device performance, which has allowed us to move quickly to head off issues that could trigger SLA penalties.
  • When we experiment with wetwork tuning to optimize performance, EM7 allows us to very quickly observe the effects our changes have.
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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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ScienceLogic

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