AppDynamics Closes $120 million in Growth Funding — The Best is Yet to Come

We’ve come a long way since 2008, when I was writing code in my home at night and pitching venture capitalists during the day. Six years later, we have more than 450 employees in offices across the world: San Francisco, London, Australia, Singapore, Tokyo, and India. Today we are proud to announce we closed $120 million in growth financing to accelerate our technical innovation and sales expansion.

AppDynamics has raised more than $200 million in total capital to-date. While growing AppDynamics, we always remained laser-focused on creating the world’s next great software company. Since our founding, we have kept a keen eye on the ways the world is changing, and we work tirelessly to anticipate the needs of businesses.

The Software-Defined Businessess have now emerged and many companies are embarking on a journey of digital transformation.  Software is now the primary source of differentiation for the modern enterprise. Companies have migrated from “systems of record” to “systems of engagement” in order to get closer to customers and compete to win. The anticipation of this fundamental shift was the genesis and the vision for the founding of AppDynamics and the technical thesis for the Application Intelligence Platform.

We have a big and bold technology mission – to “instrument” each and every line of application code and use that data to provide insights to Developers, Operations and Business users to optimize their business and deliver a great consumer experience. Our portfolio is uniquely built to optimize software operations in the most complex environments. As a result, we have secured more than 1,300 of the most demanding enterprise customers. This latest round of funding validates our position as the market leader in application intelligence, and recognition for our vision, strategy and execution.

This funding comes at a pivotal time in the growth of AppDynamics. While we will always maintain the zeitgeist of a startup company, we are no longer the new kids on the block and our customer centric culture is at the heart of everything we do.  We are immensely proud of our customer satisfaction and work relentlessly every day to earn and keep our customers’ trust. With an impressive list of customers, a stellar team comprised of the brightest minds in the industry, and an inspired and valued set of offerings, we are well on our way to becoming the world’s next great software company. While our upward trajectory is already the talk of the software industry, we are really just getting started — the best is yet to come.

AppDynamics Joins the Cloud Foundry Foundation

Today AppDynamics joins EMC, HP, IBM, Pivotal, Rackspace, SAP, and VMware in the Cloud Foundry Foundation to help create an open cloud ecosystem.

The Cloud Foundry Foundation is a non-profit community focused on fostering the growth of cloud-enabled business practices such as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). The Foundation is working towards an enterprise-adopted open PaaS, which can run from any cloud. As enterprise businesses continue to adopt agile processes, this open PaaS will continue to innovate and become an industry-standard architecture.

Pivotal CEO, Paul Maritz stated, “Support from exciting technology and industry users of Cloud Foundry will help ensure the growth and stability of the open PaaS movement, accelerating the development of an agile cloud architecture built for today’s enterprises,” said Maritz. “The broad ecosystem of partners, and the great user experience created through Cloud Foundry will engender new applications and services that will have a wide-reaching impact on people  and the world at large.”

AppDynamics is also joining the Cloud Foundry Summit happening this June to provide insights to a roundtable and lead the direction for an open PaaS and help innovate the IT model. Learn more about the summit here http://cfsummit.com.

“We are very honored to join the Cloud Foundry Foundation alongside the biggest brands and brightest minds in technology,” said Bhaskar Sunkara, chief technology officer at AppDynamics. “Defining the standards for Open Source Platform-as-a-Service will have wide ranging benefits for Enterprises adopting private and public cloud computing. AppDynamics is built from the ground up for cloud environments, and has seen tremendous growth this past year. Our customer feedback clearly points to cloud infrastructure supported by PaaS as a key IT operating model of the future.”

We look forward to furthering cloud enablement and defining the new IT model.  Get free monitoring for your cloud based apps with AppDynamics today.

Introducing AppDynamics Node.js Agent now in Beta

AppDynamics is excited to announce the Node.js agent is available in beta. The AppDynamics Node.js agent now supports all the core AppDynamics features users know and love including auto-discovery of business transactions, dynamic baselining, application flow maps,  and transaction snapshots.

Why Node.js?

Node.js, for those that haven’t heard of it, is essentially server-side JavaScript. While JavaScript itself has been around for a while, the idea of using it on the backend is pretty new. So why would we choose to support Node.js instead of a more established platform like Python or Ruby? The answer is that we believe Node.js will be the next big thing in enterprise software and especially mobile applications. In the last year, usage of Node.js has more than doubled, and it’s already the 17th most popular application server.

The AppDynamics Node.js agent supports almost all Node.js frameworks out of the box and supports Node.js 0.6+.

With process snapshots and complete call graphs you get complete visibility to find the root cause of performance problems:

The Node.js agent has built-in support for PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Cassandra, Riak, Memcache, and Redis backends.

But it’s not just another trendy programming language – companies like LinkedIn and Walmart are already using it, and several of our bigger customers have already requested that we add support for the platform, including FamilySearch.

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Why is it so popular? Node.js has an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model, which means (essentially) it can service more requests with fewer resources than other major thread-based programming languages. This makes it a good platform for building scalable web applications, but what it’s really great for is mobile applications, which typically rely on an API server to service requests from thousands of devices at once.

So Node.js is great for building fast apps that scale well. The Internet giants like LinkedIn and eBay already know this, but the enterprise is catching on. Several of our customers have already requested Node.js support because they’ve realized how well Node.js aligns with their business requirements. We wanted to stay ahead of the demands of our customers, so we decided to add Node.js support to our application performance management (APM) solution.

Get started today by signing up for the Node.js beta agent!

 

Announcing AppDynamics 2014 Spring Release

AppDynamics is excited to announce the  2014 Spring Release of the AppDynamics platform which continues our tradition of disruptive innovation and extends our leadership position through:

  • Expanded support for a wide range of applications and frameworks including Java, .Net, PHP, Scala, and now Node.js applications

  • Launches mobile application performance monitoring to include end to end visibility across iOS and Android

  • Launches support for Big Data + NoSQL databases with MongoDB and extensions for Cassandra, Couchbase, Hbase, and Redis

  • Launches Cloud partnerships with Azure, Amazon Web Services, Pivotal, and OpenShift by RedHat

  • Delivers over 50 new integrations and partnerships with infrastructure, and other 3rd party solutions including NetApp, Keynote, ServiceNow, Mulesoft, TypeSafe, Apica, Splunk, Boundary, Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine

“We chose AppDynamics because they are the proven leader in application intelligence,” said Ravi Nekkalapu, director of technology and infrastructure architecture, Wyndham Hotel Group. “The latest improvements including enhanced support for apps built in Java, .NET and PHP and brand new support for apps built in Node.js and Scala provide us better and deeper visibility into all our real time production applications and allows us to better manage and improve application performance 24/7. With AppDynamics Spring 2014 Release the company strengthens its leadership position in application performance management.”

At AppDynamics we strive to deliver an intuitive user experience that is useful not only for developers and operations professionals, but also the executive team as well. In this release we have improved the user experience of application flow maps to be more scalable for complex applications:

We provide the best APM solution in the market for Java, .NET, PHP, and now support Node.js, Scala, iOS and Android. The extensive new capabilities allow organizations to proactively monitor, manage and analyze the most complex software environments. All of this happens in real time, in production, giving increased visibility, understanding, and control across applications, infrastructure and user experience. By eliminating blind spots, IT can resolve issues faster reducing downtime costs.

AppDynamics Spring 2014 Release features expanded support for the Java ecosystem including support for the Scala language and the Typesafe Reactive Platform. Get complete visibility into applications built on top of Play/Akka:

“Our new partnership with AppDynamics provides end to end visibility into production applications running on the Typesafe Reactive Platform. With AppDynamics’ unique support of Scala, Akka and Play, developers will be able to build reactive applications in record time, troubleshoot issues in real-time, and most importantly be certain that every user has a great experience with their application,” said Dave Martin, Vice president of Worldwide Sales and Business Development, Typesafe

AppDynamics is now available for mobile apps running on iOS and Android. Through AppDynamics Mobile APM you can get complete visibility into the end user experience of your iOS and Android users globally in real-time.

  • Crash Reporting – Understand the root cause of application crashes and hangs

  • Network Request Snapshots with server-side correlation  – Get end to end visibility from the mobile device all the way to multiple tiers on the server-side

  • Device & User Analytics – Analytics on device, carriers, OS, and application versions

AppDynamics Mobile APM features crash reports and network request snapshots to get to the root cause of performance problems whether on the mobile device or the server-side.

AppDynamics Spring 2014 Release features beta support for Node.js applications with support for all the core AppDynamics features users know and love including auto-discovery of business transactions, dynamic baselining, application flow maps  and transaction/process snapshots.

Understand exactly what is happening in your Node.js applications with process snapshots and support for PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Riak, Cassandra, Memcache and Redis backends:

AppDynamics for Java continues to be the best APM solution in the market with new support for Google Web Toolkit, JAX-RS 2.0, Apache Synapse, Apple WebObjects. We have released Service Endpoints which enables customers with large SOA environments can define specific service points to track metrics and get associated business transaction information which helps service owners monitor and troubleshoot their own specific services within a large set of services.

AppDynamics for .NET continues to be the best APM solution in the market with new support for MVC5, RabbitMQ, and improved Windows Azure integration. We introduced support for async calls and added waterfall visualization to easily identify problems in your async applications:

AppDynamics for PHP is now available for PHP 5.2-5.5 with distributed transaction correlation. We introduced support for command line scripts, Redis and RabbitMQ backends.

 

AppDynamics End User Experience management has been greatly improved with client-side waterfall timing in browser snapshots and server -side correlation.

With the new waterfall client-side timings you get granular insight into performance on both the client-side and the server-side:

 

AppDynamics’ Spring 2014 Release includes new support for NoSQL Big Data stores including MongoDB and Hadoop, Couchbase and Cassandra.  NoSQL databases are growing in popularity because they allow for design simplicity, horizontal scaling and greater control over availability. AppDynamics for databases now supports MongoDB natively and can auto-detect replica sets and sharded clusters, monitor all queries and provides a drill down to query executions:

“Together with AppDynamics and MongoDB, organizations can now leverage application performance management solutions to gain further insight into their MongoDB-based applications. This partnership allows users end-to-end visibility for optimal performance in production, an important feature for companies as they scale their MongoDB deployments,” said Matt Asay, Vice president of Marketing and Business Development, MongoDB

AppDynamics formed strategic alliances with leading web infrastructure companies like NetApp, MongoDB, TypeSafe, and MuleSoft. The AppSphere community delivered over 50+ new extensions providing integrations to Keynote, ServiceNow, Splunk and Apica. Use our machine agent to track, graph, and correlate metrics from your underlying infrastructure (databases, caches, queues, hardware, etc.) in the AppDynamics metrics browser.

Enhanced support for major cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Pivotal, and OpenShift by RedHat. Monitor infrastructure and costs with Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine.  AppDynamics Amazon Web Services extension allows users to integrate CloudWatch into AppDynamics and have richer metrics around their Amazon cloud applications by combining both our own application metrics along with ones from CloudWatch. For example, by looking at CloudWatch’s billing metrics you can analyze the costs associated with various levels of performance.

“With our Spring 2014 Release, we are providing organizations enterprise-wide visibility into the performance and behavior of the applications that drive their software-defined business,” said Jyoti Bansal, founder and CEO of AppDynamics. “Once again, we are innovating with a new and enhanced set of capabilities that apply intelligence to instantly identify performance bottlenecks, anomalies, enable automatic fixes and continuously measure business impact. We do this in real time, in production, with cloud or on-premise deployment flexibility. This goes way beyond monitoring—it’s true application intelligence.”

We released far too many features and improvements to cover in one blog post so stay tuned for deep dives into what is new in Java & .NET, PHP & Node.js, and Mobile & End User Monitoring.

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