AppDynamics Acquires Node.js Monitoring Solution Nodetime

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I’m excited to announce that the AppDynamics family just got a little bit bigger – we’ve acquired Nodetime, a monitoring and analytics solution for the Node.js platform. This acquisition allows us to offer the best Node.js monitoring solution on the market to our customers, and allow them to use AppDynamics to monitor Node.js alongside Java, .NET and PHP.

Why Node.js?

Node.js, for those that haven’t heard of it, is essentially server-side JavaScript. While JavaScript itself has been around for a while, the idea of using it on the backend is pretty new. So why would we choose to support Node.js instead of a more established platform like Python or Ruby? The answer is that we believe Node.js will be the next big thing in enterprise software and especially mobile applications. In the last year, usage of Node.js has more than doubled, and it’s already the 17th most popular application server.

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But it’s not just another trendy programming language – companies like LinkedIn and Walmart are already using it, and several of our bigger customers have already requested that we add support for the platform, including FamilySearch.

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Why is it so popular? Node.js has an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model, which means (essentially) it can service more requests with fewer resources than other major thread-based programming languages. This makes it a good platform for building scalable web applications, but what it’s really great for is mobile applications, which typically rely on an API server to service requests from thousands of devices at once.

So Node.js is great for building fast apps that scale well. The Internet giants like LinkedIn and eBay already know this, but the enterprise is catching on. Several of our customers have already requested Node.js support because they’ve realized how well Node.js aligns with their business requirements. We wanted to stay ahead of the demands of our customers, so we decided to add Node.js support to our application performance management (APM) solution.

Why Nodetime?

We chose Nodetime because it’s simply the best Node.js monitoring solution on the market. Nodetime monitors over a thousand Node.js applications, with customers like Kabam, Change.org, Condé Nast and more. Nodetime is easy to install and use (which meshes well with our existing product) and will allow us to offer our customers the best Node.js monitoring solution in the world very quickly.

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For the next few months, Nodetime will continue to operate independently. You can still go to nodetime.com and sign up to use the product for free. In the meantime, we’ll be working hard with the team from Nodetime to build the best APM solution for Node.js on the planet. Stay tuned!

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