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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Review Round-up for System Monitoring Solutions

This week we present a roundup of the latest reviews of system monitoring solutions from the IT Central Station community.

Making sure you use the right system monitoring solution for your organization can be critical to IT ops. There are many factors to keep in mind when evaluating the different system monitoring solutions. These include: configuration, supported protocols, performance and data access. Read what our real users have to say about these system monitoring solutions:

Oracle vs HP vs Microsoft vs EMC

System Monitoring

EMC UIMp – “I must say I have been a big UIMp skeptic. When I got my hands on a vBlock in December 2011 UIMp was around version 2 and it was crap! … Well things have improved dramatically since then…” Read the full EMC review.

Catchpoint – “Has everything you could want in a synthetic tool, and many things that you didn’t know you wanted but you are ecstatic to have. [However,] the only thing that occasionally bugs me about Catchpoint is some aspects of the UI … because of the large volume of data that they are presenting and the various ways to slice it, you can end up with a proliferation of windows when debugging an issue.” Read the full Catchpoint review.

Oracle Enterprise Manager –“We have different database platforms and being able to support and monitor all the different types of platform versions from one tool makes our life easier…. [but] I would like to see is the option of agent less monitoring … [and] monitoring only at LDOM level so if you are using Solaris zones you only monitor at LDOM level. Read the full OEM review.

Visit IT Central Station to read more reviews of system monitoring solutions, including HPInfrared360, Microsoft and many more.

APM: Running With a Renegade — DevOps

This week’s guest blogger is Larry Dragich. Larry is the Director of Enterprise Application Services at The Auto Club Group and an Expert Reviewer on IT Central Station. He is a thought leader in the APM field and brings with him 24 years of IT experience. Contact us if you would like to be one of our guest bloggers. lDragich

Much like electricity, APM will take the path of least resistance when entering into an organization, attracted to the area with the strongest need; lightning, as soon as it is triggered, needs to find ground. It may be brought in to help resuscitate an application that has recently become lethargic or assist the team in rehabilitating an intrinsic codebase. Once the goal is attained however, the propensity to pigeonhole APM as a point solution is high.

Now contrast this with DevOps which is moving forward with a momentum permeating IT and giving us a means to change the way we think and operate as a partner to the business. From a waterfall perspective the sprints in scrum may have tainted the stream, but DevOps disrupts the flow entirely, rerouting the way we do work. The exploration of DevOps springs from the need to keep up with the insatiable expectations from the business without losing a competitive edge or operational stability.

As the definition of DevOps is distilled and actions are outlined for a common practice (e.g. “The Phoenix Project”), APM has the opportunity to expand its role as a strategic initiative. The areas of Development, Operations, and Network no longer need their own monitoring tools and APM can help fulfill this consolidation.

My suspicion however, is that most IT organizations are still accumulating duplicative tool sets across each segment of responsibility and have not yet selected one monitoring solution to cover their entire application lifecycle.

On its best day, with win-win as a goal, APM becomes altruistic, providing value to everyone who engages with it, transcending the singular stereotype its earlier success has garnered.

Since it has roots in BSM and is a close cousin to BI, it has the potential to become a charming and vivacious host to the business supporting their key strategic initiatives. Serving up real-time monitoring metrics for business reporting and trending will go a long way in providing value across a broad spectrum of requirements.

Convincing the astute executive to advance APM to a strategic level can prove to be challenging. Demonstrating how APM can help Operations lower their MTTR and assist Development with efficient code deployments is essential. Highlighting the big picture with APM extending to all areas within the SDLC will likely get a more positive response from the visionaries. For insight on this read: 3 Tips to Gain Executive Buy-In on APM.

Conclusion

As the coalescence of Development and Operations continues, APM stands ready to bridge the gap and facilitate a mind meld of sorts, becoming more than just a monitoring platform. However, with dozens of point solutions for monitoring already dotting the landscape, the transcendence of APM to a strategic solution may be short lived if a mutual benefit does not surface. Ironically, that benefit may be derived from supporting the very thing that could denounce APM as a point solution, DevOps.

Read reviews of APM solutions from real users at IT Central Station. See reviews of HP, Oracle, and other APM vendors.

This article was originally posted on APMdigest.com.