Free .NET profilers like ANTS are a great way to troubleshoot performance issues in your .NET applications. However, there are some downsides to using .NET profilers in a production environment – the latency and overhead introduced by a .NET profiling tool are unacceptable for any production application.
AppDynamics is a production-ready alternative to free .NET profilers. With AppDynamics, you can quickly find root cause for application performance issues like slow SQL and slow web service calls, all without affecting the performance of the production environment.
Key Benefits for .NET Profiling:
- Identify Business Transactions
- Monitor response time
- Find slow SQL, hot spots, and bad code
- Get full call stack traces
Automatic Application Discovery
AppDynamics automatically detects and maps your application architecture, with no manual configuration required. As load flows through your application, AppDynamics shows you where the latency lies in your application topology, allowing you to get a sense of what database call or web service call is responsible for poor performance.
Business Transaction Monitoring
Unlike most free .NET profilers, AppDynamics helps you understand your application through your end users’ eyes. Business Transactions are essentially types of user requests. By categorizing all traffic into Business Transactions, you can see how long it takes for specific actions to be performed, such as Log In and Check Out. Business Transaction monitoring and alerting help you find, prioritize, and fix application performance bottlenecks before they impact your end users.
With AppDynamics, you can now set up alerts based on application, infrastructure and Business Transaction metrics. By setting alerts based on Business Transaction performance (instead of the average performance of the entire application), you can get rid of unnecessary alerts and alert storms. Most free .NET profilers and monitoring tools use universal static thresholds for alerting, which often trigger alert storms and occasionally miss developing problems.
Why Use AppDynamics for .NET Profiling?
- Easy to use
- Running in minutes
- Free forever
Platform Support for .NET Profiling
Supported .NET Versions:
- .NET Framework 2.0
- ASP .NET MVC 2 and 3
Supported IIS Versions:
- Microsoft IIS 6.0
- Microsoft IIS Express 7.x
- Visual Studio™ development server (Cassini)
Supported Versions of Windows operating systems in both 32- and 64-bit:
- Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 2008 R2, Windows 7