Introducing AppDynamics X and AppSphere

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The AppDynamics team is excited to announce the official launch of AppDynamics X, a new exchange for plugins, integrations and extensions for AppDynamics Pro, and AppSphere, an AppDynamics community portal for application management professionals to maximize their deployment of AppDynamics Pro.

AppDynamics X
AppDynamics is a flexible and scalable platform for application management data. That means that there’s a lot you can do with your data in addition to what we provide in our Pro product. With the AppDynamics APIs you can build your own extension of AppDynamics Pro to collect data from any component of your infrastructure (databases, caches, queues, hardware, etc.), integrate with other tools, or even auto-scale your application in your favorite cloud. In addition, you can use the AppDynamics APIs to build custom alerts, remediation mechanisms and visualizations for your application.

But why should you do all that work yourself if someone else has already done it? That’s why we launched AppDynamics X. AppDynamics customers and employees have already built a bunch of extensions and integrations for AppDynamics Pro, and now you can find them all in one place. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Submit a request for us to build it for you, or contribute an extension yourself.

Some of the more popular extensions already on AppDynamics X include integrations for PagerDuty, Splunk, Nagios and Boundary and cloud connectors for Amazon, Rackspace, VMWare and Windows Azure. Check out AppDynamics X to get started.

AppDynamics Pro Integration Points


AppSphere

The AppSphere community enables IT operations and developers to share best practices and introduce new innovations for application performance management.

AppSphere

AppSphere is an open community that serves as a one-stop learning destination for all AppDynamics users. It enables application support teams to trade ideas, share best practices, and explore new trends in application performance management as well as IT operations. Forums exist for AppDynamics Pro customers who wish to discuss insights on how best to leverage the solution, but any IT professional with a vested interest in application performance management can join in and engage with issues pertaining to managing complex applications, Java/.NET/PHP performance tips, DevOps, and more.

I believe this quote from Jyoti Bansal (our CEO) best describes the spirit of the community:

“The AppDynamics customer base is passionate, as evidenced by our Net Promoter Score of 81 and the worldwide demand for our solution. Therefore, we’re happy to further empower both AppDynamics customers as well as application support teams everywhere with our AppSphere community and AppDynamics X platform. We believe that the best ideas and insights are generated through conversation and collaboration, and that’s why we’ve made these communities available to those with a vested stake in the performance of critical applications. We look forward to seeing what new innovations arise from their engagement, participation, and dialogue.” — Jyoti Bansal, Founder & CEO of AppDynamics

Integrations in action

The process monitor extension in action showing cpu and memory utilization:

AppDynamics Process Extensions

The Splunk integration in action:

Splunk Integration

Here is what John Martin of Edmunds.com had to say about our Splunk integration:

“Being able to bridge two indispensable tools such as AppDynamics and Splunk Enterprise is absolutely essential to our day-to-day operations. The ability to go into one of these tools and click my way into one or the other at that exact point in time for an issue that I’m researching is just fantastic.” — John Martin, Sr. Director of Production Engineering, Edmunds.com.

Contribute or suggest your own extensions on the AppSphere.

AppDynamics selects AppDynamics to monitor AppDynamics.com

Today we announced a great milestone at AppDynamics: We have selected an application performance management (APM) solution to monitor our Drupal/WordPress website, and we decided to go with AppDynamics. In order to get a pretty sweet discount on the product we agreed to sell our souls and do a press release AND a video testimonial. Here are both of those (totally serious) marketing assets. Enjoy.

AppDynamics Selects AppDynamics to Monitor AppDynamics.com

Leading APM Company Chooses Leading APM Company to Ensure Performance of Company Web Site

Today AppDynamics announced that it selected AppDynamics to monitor the performance of its web site, AppDynamics.com. The company’s marketing team evaluated multiple potential vendors but chose AppDynamics due to its unmatched ability to identify bottlenecks and resolve problems in production web sites.

Chris Tiwald, Technical Operations Engineer at Conductor who uses AppDynamics, commented, “I don’t understand why the marketing team at AppDynamics didn’t talk to me for this press release. I’m an actual customer who loves AppDynamics, and I would have been happy to share that we’ve seen amazing uptime, performance gains, and ability to correct critical web site problems fast using their easy-to-use and deploy solution. But if they want to do the press release by themselves, whatever, I’m fine with that, I guess.”

The AppDynamics marketing team selected AppDynamics.com based on its ability to gain 100% visibility when monitoring their PHP environment, its rapid troubleshooting capability, and the solution’s overall ease of use.

“The AppDynamics.com web site drives a majority of the leads that ultimately become revenue for the company, and therefore it’s critical that we find and fix web site issues in record time,” said Greg Howard, Sr. Director of Marketing at AppDynamics. “We’ve found that AppDynamics for PHP does exactly that. Another plus was its simplicity and lack of required configuration—after all, I was a liberal arts major and I need my APM tool to be simple.”

“We evaluated other PHP solutions and found that they were hard to use, worked poorly in production, and had terrible looking dashboards,” said Stephen Burton, Director of Product Marketing and Technology Evangelism for AppDynamics. “Only AppDynamics met the requirements of the AppDynamics marketing team. And I play poker with the sales guy, so that was a plus.”

“If our solution is good enough for the likes of Netflix, Priceline, TiVo, AMICA Insurance, Hotels.com, StubHub, Staples, Insight Technologies, and Cornell University, it ought to be good enough for AppDynamics. Therefore, I’m pleased that the AppDynamics marketing team selected AppDynamics to monitor AppDynamics.com,” said Jyoti Bansal, Founder and CEO of AppDynamics. “As we continue to disrupt the market with our application management solution designed for production environments, we’re seeing companies flock to our new approach and throw out legacy vendors that are overly complex, expensive, and ill-suited for today’s highly distributed applications. Furthermore, this validates that the people I hire have very good taste.”