Top APM Tools – 2016 Edition

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 95,000 views of the top APM tools by real users in 2015 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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If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our APM section on IT Central Station at https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/application-performance-management#top_rated.

Want to learn more about the top APM solutions on the market? Watch our recorded PeerPanel Webinar – APM Solutions: A User Perspective Roundtable.

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.

See all APM reviews here.

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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.

If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our APM section on IT Central Station at http://www.itcentralstation.com/category/application-performance-management.

Want to learn more about the top APM solutions on the market? Watch our recorded PeerPanel Webinar – APM Solutions: A User Perspective Roundtable.

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Review Round-up for Application Performance Monitoring

This week at IT Central Station we present a roundup of the latest reviews of application performance monitoring solutions from our growing community of real users. With so many APM products on the market, it’s hard to know which one is the right choice for your organization. Read what our real users have to say about these solutions: CA vs New Relic vs AppDynamics vs Fluke Networks.

Reviews of Application Performance Monitoring solutions From Real Users 

AppDynamics – “We have been able to proactively correct issues from newly launched applications without even receiving complaints from the end users, and the amazement of users when you notify them personally that an error they never reported has been corrected is priceless. AppDynamics is one of those rare companies that put the customer experience first. Once you become a customer you are appointed a technical account manager that helps you get the most out of your investment. I have a conference call with mine every other week and it really improves our understanding and use of the solution.” Read the full review here.

New Relic – “The database trace was the most useful service. This helped us to improve performance on our servers by more than 30%. I could spend less time verifying code and check for performance. I created accounts for my devs and integrated this into the KPI’s and also the test process. This in turn reduces the amount of money we were spending on our servers. The database performance was something we were able to greatly improve. The simple one line install was perfect and took us less than 1 minute to install. ” Read the full New Relic review.

CA APM – “Provided greater visibility to IT regarding necessary actions on its governance and relationship with suppliers and business areas. In the previous scenario, IT was surrounded by tools but did not possess a vision focused on quality of service delivery and end-to-end. With the adoption of CA APM, we have accurate mapping, we’re updated on what supports each business service and what, when, where an incident occurs and how it affects the business.” Read the full CA APM review.

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Fluke Networks – Application and network issues would inevitably arise within our infrastructure. These issues, no matter how minor, were hard to troubleshoot since each application integrates with multiple data sources. We evaluated multiple network monitoring solutions. Visual TruView was selected and deployed to solve our IT challenges and resolve the ambiguity associated with technical support calls.” Read the full review.

Dynatrace – “Dynatrace has made it extremely easy for us to identify the root cause of poor performing components of our applications. Generally their support is pretty good, but on occasion you can tell you get someone “new” in which you know more than they do.” Read the full review.

Visit IT Central Station to read more application performance monitoring reviews including, Performance Vision, DynaTraceProactiveNet,  Infrared360 and many more. You can also visit one of our APM comparison pages to see side-by-side reviews!

PeerPanel Webinar – APM Solutions: A User Perspective Roundtable

exchange-of-ideas-222788_640On January 8th 2015 IT Central Station hosted a PeerPanel Webinar on APM Solutions. The PeerPanel event series provides an online platform for real users of enterprise technology to share their candid, real-life experiences researching, selecting and using enterprise technology products and services.

Application Performance Management is one of the most dynamic categories at IT Central Station. APM Solutions provide a way for companies to monitor and manage their software applications and performance, managed by DevOps, IT operations, application teams, developers, support teams, business managers, and other application professionals.

The distinguished panel included:

  • Marty Smith, CIO of GreenSky, a leading company in the consumer finance marketplace. Marty has experience with CA APM, Riverbed, BMC, AppDynamics, IBM, NetIQ, Mercury and HP Openview.
  • Manish Parikh, Engineer at a large fortune 100 bank based in the U.S. Manish has experience with CA APM.
  • Gil Bahat, DevOps Engineer at Magisto, an SMB in the technology space. Gil has experience with New Relic.

The event was moderated by IT Central Station CEO, Russell Rothstein and included many interesting discussions raised by dynamic questions from the audience, including Mobile APM, Root Cause, Pricing and other interesting topics.

For more information and a full video of the PeerPanel Webinar visit: http://www.itcentralstation.com/articles/peerpanel-webinar-apm-solutions-a-user-perspective-roundtable

 

 

APM Convergence: Monitoring vs. Management

Today’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 has written extensively about APM and runs the APM Strategies group on LinkedIn. Contact us if you would like to be one of our guest bloggers. Larry D

APM is entering into a period of intense competition of technology and strategy with a multiplicity of vendors and viewpoints. While the nomenclature used within its space has five distinct dimensions that elucidate its meaning, the very acronym of APM is in question: Application Performance … Monitoring vs. Management.

It’s strange to think that we would not normally use monitoring & management synonymously but when used in the APM vernacular they seem to be interchangeable. This may be a visceral response, but I see the APM idiom converging on itself and becoming a matter of expectations vs. aspirations.

Application Performance Monitoring is the expectation of the tool sets themselves and the “how-to’s” to implement them.  Gartner provides five dimensions that describe these technologies which are not meant to be so “prescriptive” as much as they are “descriptive”.

Application Performance Management is the aspiration of what we want the APM space to become. It is the umbrella over the other disciplines (e.g. enterprise monitoring, performance analysis, system modeling, and capacity planning).

To illustrate this concept consider The Principles of APM which gives you a blueprint of the high-level elements to include when implementing an APM solution. Each element goes deep as a broad category, and each category encompasses specific monitoring tools that support the end-user-experience (EUE).

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The EUE is at the heart of it all, and has become the focal point that allows us to make the connection to the business and speak to them in a language that they can appreciate. Understandably, the technology overlap across the elements can leave even the savviest IT leader perplexed about APM and what it means.

Application Performance Management has the potential to become an IT discipline, however the overall concepts outlined here need to penetrate deeper into the IT culture in order for this to emerge as a discipline. Just as the ground will heave in a winter frost and then relinquish its state during the spring thaw, so will the monitoring technologies expand and converge as the market demands and new ideas are born.

No matter where you believe APM’s heritage has come from (e.g. BSM, BTM, NPM, etc.); monitoring and management will both have their roles to play in the APM journey. APM is the translation of IT metrics into business meaning (value). How that is actually accomplished however, is another story…

Conclusion:

It’s important to consider that APM is more than just an acronym but a journey, a movement, a new way of thinking, and a new frame of reference that is stitching together business value with IT metrics. APM is promising to become the conduit that helps IT cross the chasm of “an expense to be squeezed,” and land as a true business partner providing value.

Related Links:

For more information on the basic Principles of APM and how it can be applied to any monitoring initiative or strategic discussion about application performance refer to webcast on BrightTALK.com:  Solving the Performance Puzzle: A Simple APM Methodology.

 

Visit the APM page on IT Central Station to read reviews of HP, Oracle, Riverbed, New Relic and other APM solutions. Have experience with an APM solution? Share your experiences with the community by posting a quick review today!

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”.

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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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