AppDynamics Looks to Unify IT Monitoring

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    To give IT organizations more visibility into application performance spanning multiple systems, AppDynamics today announced that the summer 2015 release of its IT monitoring software provides the ability to track business transactions from end-user devices through the application code, databases, third-party API calls, servers, and other infrastructure.

    Kalyan Ramanathan, vice president of product marketing for AppDynamics, says that to fulfill that vision, the company also announced the beta release of its server monitoring capability, which not only provides visibility into servers, but also into attached storage systems and networks.

    Finally, AppDynamics also introduced support for applications written in Python to complement existing support for Java,, Node.js and C/C++.

    Unlike other IT monitoring tools, Ramanathan says AppDynamics gives IT organizations the option to deploy the company’s IT monitoring tools in the cloud or on premise. Ramanathan adds that AppDynamics is also working on an implementation of its IT monitoring tools that can be federated across a hybrid cloud computing environment. In the meantime, Ramanathan says it’s relatively simple for organizations to share data between multiple instances of AppDynamics.


    In addition, Ramanathan says AppDynamics in the summer release has added support for synthetic monitoring to allow IT organizations to simulate application traffic while tracking actual transactions.

    Rather than monitoring individual pieces of infrastructure, most IT organizations today are moving to a more holistic approach to managing their IT environments. Naturally, each IT organization may take a different path to achieve that goal depending on where they are starting from and which compliance regulations may apply. The one thing that is for certain is that the IT organization as a whole is increasingly being held accountable for the performance of the entire application environment on an end-to-end basis.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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