Diving Into What’s New in PHP & Node.js Monitoring

In the AppDynamics Spring 2014 release we added quite a few features to our PHP APM solution and announce beta support for Node.js applications. We now have the best APM solution in the market for PHP applications with support for PHP versions 5.2 to 5.5:

 

Our Java and .NET customers know and love our support for distributed transaction correlation and we are proud to announce we now have support in PHP. Through our latest PHP agent you can get complete visibility across complex distributed applications:

 

As of the latest release you can now track your PHP command line scripts via AppDynamics. With PHP Command Line Interface (CLI) support you can get visibility into your background tasks with each script showing up as a new business transaction:

We added Redis + RabbitMQ support for complete visibility accross all of your backend services in PHP:

With the Apache + Nginx extensions you can now track custom metrics via the metric browser to get visibility not only into PHP, but your web servers as well. The extensions enable you to capture metrics like active connections, total number of requests, resource utilization, and thoroughput:

 

In the AppDynamics Spring 2014 release we added beta support for Node.js applications. With the native Node.js agent you we have added support for all the core AppDynamics features users know and love including auto-discovery of business transactions, dynamic baselining, application flow maps,  and transaction snapshots. 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.

Take five minutes to get complete visibility into the performance of your production applications with AppDynamics todayGet started today by signing up for the Node.js beta agent!

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!

 

Introducing Nodetime for Node.js Monitoring

Node.js is rapidly becoming one of the most popular platforms for building fast, scalable web applications. According to a W3C tech survey, adoption of Node.js doubled in the last year alone, and the Node.js application server is currently the 14th most popular in the world. Today a range of organizations use Node.js to power their mobile applications, including LinkedIn, Walmart and Klout. With Nodetime you can monitor, troubleshoot and diagnose performance issues in your Node.js applications.

Nodetime reveals the internals of your application and infrastructure through profiling and proactive monitoring enabling detailed analysis, fast troubleshooting, performance and capacity optimization. Monitor realtime and historical state of the application by following multiple application metrics. Over three thousand organizations use Nodetime to monitor their Node.js applications, including Condé Nast, Kabam and Change.org.

“We’re very excited to see AppDynamics pursuing the latest and most innovative technologies with this acquisition,” said Nic Johnson, Web Architect at FamilySearch, a customer of both AppDynamics and Nodetime. “Both Nodetime and AppDynamics are essential parts of our toolset, and we’re very excited to see them united in the same product and the same great company. This will mean great things both for AppDynamics customers and for the Node.js community as a whole.”

Nodetime Dashboard for at a glance metrics of application health:

Nodetime Dashboard

CPU profiler showing a backtrace to find the root cause of a performance problem:

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Nodetime metrics cover operating system state, garbage collection activity, application capacity, transactions and database calls for supported libraries, such as such as HTTP, File System, Socket.io, Redis, MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Memcached and Cassandra.

Explore any application or OS metric via the Nodetime metric browser:

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Get started for free with Node.js performance monitor with Nodetime.

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Nodetime installation is exteremly easy:

npm install nodetime

Once the Nodetime module is available simply add the following to your node application:


require('nodetime').profile({
accountKey: 'xxx',
appName: 'MyApp'
});

Adding application performance monitoring for Node.js application has never been easier. Enjoy!

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