What’s the big deal with AppDynamics Azure Monitoring?

Let me guess: you’re probably expecting AppDynamics to be “another monitoring solution” for Windows Azure. You’re expecting it to show you basic server metrics like CPU, memory and disk I/O, along with a few CLR counters thrown in for good measure. Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you–but these metrics in isolation are about as useful […]

Monitoring .NET applications just got way better

A frustrated user calls to inform you that your .NET application is running slow in production. Pop quiz hotshot, what do you do? The most obvious choice would be to check system resource of your IIS web servers that run your application. For example, Performance Monitor (Perfmon) in Windows gives you visibility of how an application […]

Finding the Root Cause of Application Performance Issues in Production

The most enjoyable part of my job at AppDynamics is to witness and evangelize customer success. What’s slightly strange is that for this to happen, an application has to slow down or crash. It’s a bittersweet feeling when End Users, Operations, Developers and many Businesses suffer application performance pain. Outages cost the business money, but […]

The New Generation of Enterprise Java: Designing for the Next Big Thing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytmZ4SF3hKI There’s been a generational shift in how Java enterprise applications are created: they have been broken down from a monolithic architecture into multiple services, and they’re highly interconnected and distributed. How can Java developers and Operations teams adapt to these changes? This keynote will discuss the 4 Big Things that Java professionals need to […]

Travel Company Karavel Boosts Application Performance by 20% with AppDynamics

The X-Ray competition winner from last quarter came from an online travel company in France called Karavel who kindly documented their success with AppDynamics Pro. Karavel has been using AppDynamics extensively with custom dashboards, pro-actively alerting and also for optimizing slow business transactions in their production environment. Here is Karavel’s X-Ray case study as they […]

APM Market Disruptors – AppDynamics vs New Relic

Last week a performance engineer called Ben Bramley published a blog entitled “APM Market Disruptors – AppDynamics and New Relic“. The purpose of his article was to provide an overview of AppDynamics and New Relic, whilst also summarizing the key approaches each vendor/solution has taken to simplify and disrupt the APM marketplace. Firstly, we’re thrilled […]

Why Alerts Suck and Monitoring Solutions need to become Smarter

I have yet to meet anyone in Dev or Ops who likes alerts. I’ve also yet to meet anyone who was fast enough to acknowledge an alert, so they could prevent an application from slowing down or crashing. In the real world alerts just don’t work, nobody has the time or patience anymore, alerts are […]

AppDynamics Secures $20 Million in Series C Funding Led by Kleiner Perkins

When I joined AppDynamics less than a year ago, we were situated in a 6,000 sq ft “cozy” office on 2nd and Brannan. On my first day I was greeted with a MacBook Pro and was asked to find a spare desk amongst the boxes and carnage of a typical startup environment. To my left […]

France’s #1 Travel Site Karavel Selects AppDynamics for APM over Compuware Dynatrace & CA Wily

2011 was an amazing year for AppDynamics. We experienced tremendous growth and success, largely down to the many customers around the world who believed in our vision, technology, and ability to help Dev and Ops teams better manage application performance in production. The Application Performance Management (APM) market isn’t an easy market to succeed in, […]

What is normal application performance?

Peter Drucker proclaimed: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” Do you know what’s “normal” for your mission-critical application? Actually, wait a second–with Halloween having just finished up,  maybe the following Young Frankenstein reference is more appropriate. Whenever I focus on the word “normal,” the first thing that pops into my head (pardon […]

Online media company gets proactive with application monitoring in production

On Wednesday I delivered a keynote at WJAX in Munich. Everything went really well, but I was a little shocked at the response I got when I asked the audience “How many of you monitor the performance of your apps in production?” As I scanned the audience, I counted 9 out of ~950 developers had […]

Not Everyone is an Application Expert

The majority of us in IT are specialists, with the exception of a few VPs of engineering who are “special” in their own “special” world of being “special.” What I mean by this is that no single person has the skills or experience to do everything well in IT. IT is too big for me […]

Application Monitoring with JConsole, VisualVM and AppDynamics Lite

What happens when mission critical Java applications slow down or keep crashing in production? The vast majority of IT Operations (Ops) today bury their heads in log files. Why? because thats what they’ve been doing since IBM invented the mainframe. Diving into the weeds feels good, everyone feels productive looking at log entries, hoping that […]

Agent Intelligence

How intelligent is your monitoring agent? The agent should not do too much processing locally to ensure minimal impact to application performance by utilizing the smallest CPU and memory footprint possible. On the other hand, offloading some processing to the agent results in less network traffic and more scalability from the monitoring Mgmt Server.