Donon also appreciates the degree that AppDynamics has helped drive a DevOps strategy. In order to promote widespread adoption, Donon ordered customized dashboards for each development team, along with a central dashboard with all the important KPIs such as response time, errors rate, throughput, and user experience.
“Thanks to AppDynamics, all development teams are involved from the beginning to the end of the development cycle,” Donon says. “They monitor the behavior of their code in pre-production, and of course in production, once the code has been delivered. And even when we have unforeseen events in production, they are able to react very quickly and provide us with all the information so we can solve the problems as soon as possible.”
Fewer errors in production
Donon says one of his favorite AppDynamics features is the ability to compare two releases. Before deploying new code, the team carries out a load test on the current application. “Then we run exactly the same load test on the new code that we want to deliver,” Donon says. “Thanks to the “compare releases” feature, we can see if the performance is the same and measure the impact on databases and internal search engines.”
Once the code is deployed, the team relies on alerts triggered by the dynamic baseline functionality. “If we see a divergence—a 2% increase in the number of errors or a significant increase in load or response time—we can react immediately,” Donon says. “This saves us a lot of time because we do not need to set up custom metrics for each application, which would have to be updated every time an application behaved differently.”
The results add up to cleaner code. “Since deploying AppDynamics, we’ve experienced 68% fewer errors in production,” Donon says.
Positioned for growth
Looking forward, Donon says his mission is clear: “Our goal is to make the platform hold more and more simultaneous users so that the business can make more acquisitions and the company can grow,” he says. So far, he’s proud to say his team is on track. A recent AppDynamics load test analysis revealed a 325% increase in the platform’s capacity to serve simultaneous users. Privalia can safely fling open its virtual doors.