AppDynamics, Inc., the next-generation Application Performance Management
(APM) company, today announced the general availability of AppDynamics
version 2.0. Created specifically for the new world of cloud, virtual
and SOA environments, AppDynamics v2.0 delivers rapid problem resolution
for highly distributed applications and signals a breakthrough in
performance management best practices.
The release of AppDynamics v2.0 raises the bar for application
performance monitoring and management products by delivering unmatched
breadth, depth and ease-of-use in a single, integrated product that can
be up and running within minutes. Legacy APM tools – often referred to
as "APM 1.0" – were not built for distributed applications in cloud,
virtual, and physical environments, and as a result have proven to be
increasingly costly and inefficient for IT professionals on the front
lines of application support.
With today’s APM v2.0 product introduction, AppDynamics also emerges
from stealth mode. See accompanying announcement issued by AppDynamics.
Unlike the array of cryptic and hard-to-use APM 1.0 products,
AppDynamics simplifies the lives of IT Operations personnel by helping
them support distributed, revenue-critical applications in production
environments – and therefore represents the world’s first "APM 2.0"
Senior IT professionals have responded enthusiastically to this
comprehensive yet easy-to-use approach to application performance
management. "Our fully automated speech cloud returns results far
faster than platforms employing human transcription," said Rick Terrell,
VP Engineering of Yap Inc. "In addition to accuracy, transcription
speed is a key competitive differentiator for us. With AppDynamics, we
can view our entire system on one screen and quickly drill down into
platform performance metrics, catching issues before they develop.
AppDynamics lets us monitor and manage all of our nodes in one place,
which is very helpful for us."
In developing an innovative approach to application management
designed for today’s challenges, the leadership behind AppDynamics
adhered to five key tenets that they believe define the landscape of APM
1. Built for Distributed Applications. An APM 2.0 solution
should provide a visual map of the distributed application to illuminate
the application topology for IT Operations. To accomplish this,
AppDynamics delivers Application
Mapping to dynamically discover all application tiers and
back-end services, even when agile development introduces new code.
2. Business Transaction Centric. An APM 2.0 solution should
measure the health of what matters to the business – the business
transaction. No longer is measuring infrastructure and application
component health sufficient to effectively ensure service quality.
Flow Monitoring provides visibility into how each transaction
performs as it journeys along the distributed environment, a technique
that enables IT Operations to be extremely precise in troubleshooting
3. Deep Diagnostics. An APM 2.0 solution should be able to
deliver deep diagnostics in an "always on" capacity, delivering class
and method-level detail without introducing excess overhead in
production environments. AppDynamics’ Deep
on-Demand Diagnostics enables rapid root cause analysis
with no more than 2 percent overhead.
4. Policy Driven. To avoid false alarms, an APM 2.0
solution should accurately distinguish between consistent patterns of
poor performance versus one-time anomalies. It should also assess
business transaction health by learning each business transaction’s
historical performance pattern and comparing it to current performance.
engine and dynamic baselines provide an unmatched level of
5. Cloud Ready. An APM 2.0 solution should be able to both
monitor cloud-deployed applications and leverage elastic computing to
create capacity on demand. AppDynamics is the first APM solution with cloud
orchestration to enable companies to intelligently scale up and
scale down capacity as needed.
In addition to meeting each of these standards, AppDynamics believes
that APM 2.0 must be extraordinarily easy to deploy and use. Rather
than depend upon a horde of costly consultants, the solution should be
ready to deliver value to users within minutes.
New in AppDynamics v2.0
The release of AppDynamics v2.0 continues the wave of innovation with
three new features:
Cloud Orchestration. AppDynamics allows users to dynamically
provision application resources to respond to real-time demand and
service level requirements. By leveraging cloud and virtual
infrastructure on an as-needed basis, companies can eliminate the need
to over-provision to account for peak loads. Policy-driven workflows
can be triggered to automatically address problems and ensure the
continuous operation of application services. AppDynamics v2.0 ships
with a cloud connector to Amazon EC2 and a set or pre-defined workflow
templates to automate application provisioning and configuration.
Deep-on-Demand Diagnostics. APM users want a solution that
can accurately distinguish between anomalies and significant performance
problems. In addition, they require detailed diagnostics to be
automatically available when a problem is detected. To address these
needs, AppDynamics v2.0 includes Dynamic Baselines and Performance
Pattern Analysis. These two advanced technologies precisely detect
significant performance problems and capture detailed diagnostic
sessions to speed root cause analysis. AppDynamics’ Dynamic Baselines
technology learns the rhythm of an application and its transactions over
time, while Performance Pattern Analysis uses advanced heuristics to
detect critical performance incidents and capture code-level
Comprehensive Event Coverage. In addition to diagnosing
slow response and application errors, AppDynamics v2.0 provides
additional coverage for the most common performance problems that IT
operations professionals face:
-- Memory leaks -- Stalls -- Deadlocks -- Thread Contention Issues -- Database Connection Pool health
"Application monitoring and management tools are long overdue to
catch up to the new world of the cloud, agile development and SOA
architecture," said Steve Roop, vice president of Marketing for
AppDynamics. "While legacy APM tools continue to be inefficient and
ill-equipped for production environments, application support
professionals are still tasked with finding root cause problems fast.
With the release of AppDynamics v2.0, IT operations and developers now
have a powerful partner to support them in their efforts to maintain
application health and performance."