AppDynamics Partners with Apica So DevOps Teams Can Ensure Flawless Application Performance

IDG research* suggests nearly a third of employees who resolve disruptions reside in application development teams. These developers are regularly challenged to deliver business critical applications that provide the best possible user experience with high reliability. While there are a wide variety of tools available to assist application developers and operations team, attempting to use them together often leads to a disjointed workflow and uncorrelated data, creating inefficiencies and reducing effectiveness in identifying and diagnosing issues prior to release.

To help address this challenge, we are excited to announce our partnership with Apica to provide an integrated load testing and application performance monitoring solution. Apica is a leader in performance testing for web, streaming, mobile and APIs, and Apica LoadTest enables developers to proactively identify and resolve performance issues in the development lifecycle and also refine platform sizing estimations. The integration with AppDynamics allows developers and performance engineering teams to generate test scripts and production level loads using Apica, and seamlessly visualize and trace issues in their applications arising from load testing down to the code level utilizing AppDynamics.

“Apica customers are developing and operating applications essential to their businesses and require a robust set of solutions and tools to enable their development teams to accomplish this effectively and efficiently,” said Carmen Carey, CEO at Apica. “Our partnership with AppDynamics provides customers with a seamless means of testing and resolving application issues before they are deployed in production, resulting in a better user experience and more time available for innovation.”

The Apica LoadTest integration with AppDynamics correlates the generated load with relevant business transactions captured in AppDynamics. As a test executes business transactions, AppDynamics follows them down to method level visibility. AppDynamics provides a complete list of all business transactions and metrics from the end user experience, code, and associated infrastructure including Docker and public / private cloud providers. Additionally, AppDynamics metrics for business transactions, infrastructure and end user experience are available in the Apica Portal and can be used as custom graphs to highlight performance of a specific transaction or test.

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Apica LoadTest Portal is used to generate production-level load on the target system.

AppDynamics provides a complete list of business transactions and metrics used in the test.

AppDynamics captures transaction snapshots triggered during the test and identifies issues.

Linking between AppDynamics and Apica enables data sharing and seamless navigation between solutions.

Our partnership with Apica builds on our previous collaboration and integration between AppDynamics and Apica Synthetic, and serves as another example of how AppDynamics is expanding its ecosystem to address the needs of application developers.

Start your free trial of AppDynamics now and be sure to visit Apica to learn more about Apica LoadTest.

*Source: IDG Market Pulse Research: Digital Transformation on behalf of AppDynamics, September 2016

AppDynamics Now Offers More than 100 Extensions

At AppDynamics, it’s been our mission to equip enterprises with true Application Intelligence. As the expanded application ecosystem grows, many enterprises are using a combination of legacy, contemporary, and cutting-edge infrastructure components. So today we’re proud to announce we now integrate with over 100 extensions so users can leverage performance insights like never before. We strive to create a seamless extension ecosystem to merge with your current toolset.

The Application Intelligence Platform is open, extensible, and interoperable to fit any business need. Through our extension ecosystem, AppDynamics Exchange, our community comes together to share knowledge and contribute back extensions that provide deep integrations to the tools modern enterprises frequently use.
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A few extension categories I’d like to highlight are:

Monitoring extensions – integration metrics from other monitoring systems and services such as Apache, RabbitMQ, CouchBase, IBM DataPower, and Apica.

Alerting extensions – allow creation of custom notifications to integration AppDynamics’ health rule violations and events with alerting or ticketing systems such as PagerDuty, VictorOps, ServiceNow, and Atlassian JIRA.

Cloud auto-scaling extensions – integration cloud orchestration functionality such as creating, destroying, restarting, configuring, and validating machine and image instances. These include Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

REST API & SDKs – enable retrieval of data from the AppDynamics system, including application and infrastructure metadata, metrics, events, and transaction snapshots. AppDynamics developer SDKs are available on Github. Through our API, you can download our Java SDK and the Python SDK.

With these integrations, users can monitor metrics within a business context, rapidly remediate issues, and automate baselining to detect glitches. Extensions also leverage the core Application Intelligence Platform including APM, mobile, and analytics.

Using AppDynamics and our slew of extensions, companies can help foster a DevOps culture and enable IT Ops, developers, and business professionals understand their application data, troubleshoot performance issues, and make strategic business decisions.

Come check out our community of extensions here, and download a FREE trial of AppDynamics today!

AppDynamics and Apica: A Partnership Made for Performance

AppDynamics and Apica: A Partnership Made for PerformanceAt AppDynamics we’re always looking to partner with vendors that can significantly enhance the visibility we provide our customers when it comes to managing application performance in production. One area we see synergies is in synthetic monitoring and load testing, specifically for the next generation of cloud and mobile applications. So when Apica, the performance and load testing company for cloud, web and mobile applications came to us to join forces, we were stoked.

On June 26th, Apica and AppDynamics announced a partnership to provide DevOps an integrated monitoring solution to gain 10x visibility into application availability and performance, with the power to identify the root cause of slow downs and outages in as few as 3-clicks.

We’ve seen how development agility can be directly proportional to production fragility. Reproducing complex, distributed production architectures in test is tough, because data volumes, computing resource and user behavior always differ. This is why many organizations are starting to test application performance in production, so they can stress test out-of-hours and pro-actively identify severity-1 incidents before end users and the business is impacted.

Monitoring visibility across geo-locations, browsers and mobile devices

Giving DevOps the visibility they need to see how their applications perform, in production, under load, across geo-locations, different browsers and mobile devices helps DevOps be pro-active in managing application performance. This is where Apica’s synthetic monitoring and load testing products helps organizations understand how an application is performing from an end user, location, browser or device perspective.

“Users expect a fast and reliable web, cloud, and mobile experience. Every second delay can cost businesses valuable customers and revenue,” says Sven Hammar, CEO of Apica. “Together with AppDynamics, we’re providing users with best-of-breed solutions to ensure uptime and availability for revenue-critical applications. They’ll have the most complete understanding available of the metrics that are powering or causing problems for their applications so they can take measures to improve performance.”

AppDynamics integrates with the following three Apica products:

Apica WebPerformance – Verifies the performance and availability of your mission-critical applications from over 80 different locations world-wide.

Apica ProxySniffer – Automates creation of load test scripts and scenarios by recording real end-user traffic

Apica LoadTest – A cloud-based load testing tool for your mission-critical applications

You can access the Apica portal via any web browser or mobile device. Thru this new partnership AppDynamics real-time monitoring data is now seamlessly available in Apica portal, so DevOps can now drill-down a level further to understand the root cause of slowdowns and availability issues.

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Apica WebPerformance

Like AppDynamics, Apica has similar synergies to application performance management (APM):

Complete Lifecycle Visibility – We have customers that deploy our solutions in both production and pre-production environments. For Apica, scripts used for load testing thru LoadTest can also be applied to WebPerformance as well to test application availability and performance in production.

Real-time monitoring – understanding the true end user experience 24/7; specifically around business transactions and the application infrastructure, so pro-active alert notifications can be sent to DevOps when service degradation is identified.

Built for the Cloud – Apica LoadTest is cloud-ready so organizations can automate load tests and find the optimal configuration for their cloud deployments.

Below is a short clip of the direct integration of AppDynamics with Apica allowing DevOps to monitor all of the business transactions and system resources in real-time. There is also contextual business transaction drill-down that takes a user from the Apica portal into the AppDynamics user interface so the root cause of performance issues can rapidly found.


You can start your free trial with Apica’s performance and load testing solution by clicking here. For more details on monitoring your applications with Apica and AppDynamics, please visit Apica’s AppDynamics partner page.