Top APM Tools

Application Performance Management (APM) is a way for companies to monitor and manage their software applications and performance. It is a critical function managed by DevOps, IT operations, application teams, developers, support teams, business managers, and other application professionals.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 70,000 views of the top APM tools by real users in the past year and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing APM vendors on IT Central Station.

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The most compared APM solutions for the first half of the year was CA APM v. New Relic with 774 comparisons by real users, while the most compared for the second half of the year was Appdynamics v. Dynatrace with 730. The most compared APM solutions of all of 2014 were Dynatrace v. New Relic, with over 1,127 comparisons on IT Central Station.

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The Weekly Roundup – Network Monitoring Software

This week’s roundup explores network monitoring solutions. There are so many solutions on the market and it’s hard to know which is best for your organization. Today, let’s see what our real users are saying about network monitoring solutions from Wireshark, Riverbed, and Solarwinds. Here are a few highlights direct from IT Central Station users:

Wireshark  was given an average of five stars from multiple reviews. Betty DuBois, owner of a network consulting firm, says: “The best thing about Wireshark is its community and ecosystem”. Aaron Leskiw, a networking expert for a technology consulting firm calls it a “must-have network analyzer”. Finally, Henry Steinhauer, an engineer for a technology services company calls it the “best general purpose tool for troubleshooting anything on the network”.


AppResponse Xpert from Riverbed systems weighs in with an average of 4.8 stars. PerformanceGuy, owner of a technology services company gave it 5 stars and says: “Excellent for strategic metrics and as a troubleshooting/analysis tool, but needs better integration with AppInternals Xpert”. User network274, a networking and communications expert for a technology services company gave it 4 stars and says: “Flexible and feature-rich, but support cases often require escalation to R&D”. Last but not the least, Henry Steinhauer, an engineer for a technology services company gave it 5 stars and says: “Perfect for seeing the impact of SOA and complex applications.”

Network Performance Monitor from Solarwinds has been reviewed 9 times so far with an average rating of 4 stars. Our user PerformanceGuy, owner of a technology services company gave it 5 stars and says: “Feature rich, nice interface, and relatively inexpensive.” NetworkEng957, a networks and communications expert from a university gave it 5 stars and says: “Solarwinds network performance monitor adds flexibility and ease of management. It monitors network devices and their states.” NetworkAdmin375, a networks and communications expert for a retailer gave it 4 stars and says: “The most efficient Network Performance Monitor with its added characteristics like sniffing, alerting system, and fault discovery.” Real user mgrntwrk381, a networks and communications manager for a healthcare company gave it 4 stars and says: “Orion NPM is a great real time network activity & performance tracking utility. Web interface is great, but needs minor improvements”. User teenajain, an IT services director for a techology company gives it 4 stars and says: “Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is the SolarWinds Orion entry in the monitoring and alerting systems market.” User nicodiablo, a networks and communications expert for a manufacturing company gives it 4 stars and says: “We moved from nGenius to Orion NPM about 3 years ago and are very happy with the performance, features, and pricing”. Lastly, user network185, a networks and communications expert gives it 3 stars and says: “Quick to get up and running, but not as granular out-of-the-box as you would expect.”

Dozens of real users have written reviews about the network monitoring tools they use every day. IT Central Station guarantees that all reviews are 100% genuine. We protect the privacy of the user community – we validate that the reviewers are real users of the products so that users can say what they really think and be heard!

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