AppDynamics Spring ‘17 Enables APM for More Developers

There have long been silos of information and talent within enterprises as each team works on their part of the big puzzle, building applications to move the business forward. However, the pieces of the puzzle are getting bigger in number with the adoption of microservices and multi-cloud strategies, and more complex to assemble as multiple frameworks and programming languages coexist within an application. In this complex ecosystem, developers, operations, and business teams do their best to align and anticipate what the requirements and interdependencies are, but many enterprises don’t realize the full picture.

To build a successful business in this era of high velocity, high customer expectations, and increasing complexity, enterprises must create trusted teams across business, development, and operations (BizDevOps) to execute at peak effectiveness. Today, AppDynamics releases its Spring ‘17 release with features and capabilities that will enable closer collaboration between these teams.

Developer Toolkit

As part of Spring ‘17, the new Developer Toolkit brings APM into more stages of the software development lifecycle to let developers optimize for performance early in their process. Business Transaction (BT) developer mode enables a single BT to be isolated and captured so developers can test specific functionality or microservices without artificially increasing the overhead of the entire application. BT developer mode enables them to develop and release faster with less risk by tuning functionality early. Using Business Transaction Live Mode, operations and development can use sampled live application data to fine tune their BTs and ensure all business relevant values and interactions are captured.

For mobile developers, Spring ‘17’s toolkit brings an arsenal of new capabilities, including Xamarin support, allowing them to release these mobile applications faster and with confidence, having performance and crash information for this new framework. Additionally, mobile developers get automatically configured smart alerts that identify new crash types on each version of the application and alert them with aggregated root cause as well as each individual user and session impacted to resolve faster.

The AppDynamics Developer Toolkit also brings support for Go language for developers to instrument their applications. This new capability allows for full visibility into the entire application tiers so every single customer interaction is traced from touch to code to infrastructure.

Deeper and wider with Enterprise iQ

Enterprise iQ is at the core of the AppDynamics App iQ platform and allows it to scale with the largest and most complex environments. In Spring ‘17, we’re expanding agent and license administration capabilities to support our largest deployments with over 100,000 agents. The new Universal Agent for Java and Server allow for ease of deployment and upgrades across large or dynamic environments. New license management capabilities streamline administration across enterprises and give the ability to set license quotas and view consumption across the organization.

Bringing Business iQ to development

AppDynamics’ new Spring ‘17 brings a wealth of new features and capabilities to help teams build trust and align initiatives. From tying mobile application quality to business outcomes using the Developer Toolkit to providing streamlined administration and management across the largest and more complex environments with Enterprise iQ, the Spring ‘17 release focuses on enabling application success across the organization. With the App iQ platform, enterprises are able to stay at the forefront of innovation and release faster and with less risk to stay ahead of the competition.

Go for Performance with AppDynamics for Go

When Google gets frustrated with the complexities and slow speed of Internet technology, they do what Google does best — they solve for it. They set out to create a new language that was fast, worked on large server systems, scaled well, and could run concurrency smoothly. The result is Go. And, when our customers speak, AppDynamics does what it does best — we listen!

AppDynamics announces its official support for Go

We’re excited to officially announce our support for Go! In our Spring ‘17 release, application teams may take advantage of the AppDynamics platform now available for their Go apps. Monitor your Go applications in real time, correlate transactions across your distributed environment, and diagnose performance bottlenecks while running in a live production or development environment.

What Is Go?

Go was created in 2007 by Ken Thompson, Rob Pike, and Robert Griesemer, along with a number of contributors. One of the most prominent is Thompson, who also wrote the B programming language and was instrumental in the design and introduction of the Unix operating system.

Google formally introduced Go in November of 2009 and began using it in some of their production systems. Other companies soon began deploying it as well. There is an open-source version called “gc” that works on a number of platforms including UNIX, Windows, BSD, and Linux. As of the beginning of 2015, it also works on smartphones and mobile devices. A second version, “gccgo,” is a frontend component for the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC).

The language began as an experiment among several Google programmers. They wanted to create a new language that took care of some of the problems of other languages while keeping their positive attributes. They wanted it to be statically typed and highly scalable. It also had to be legible and productive, foregoing many of the keywords and repetition of other languages. They also wanted to handle networking and multiprocessing quickly and easily. The engineers who worked on the project had a deep-seated disdain for the complexity of C++. Go shares some of the characteristics of C, but is built to be simpler, safer, and more concise.

Go uses unique approaches to handle the problems common in other languages. It has built-in concurrency, channels, and lightweight processes called goroutines. The toolchain creates statically linked binaries with no dependencies from external sources. It uses an interface instead of virtual inheritance and type embedding rather than non-virtual inheritance. Go is statically typed, open-source, and compiled. Published under BSD licensing, it also has (among other features):

  • Memory safety components
  • Garbage collection
  • Concurrent programming
  • Structural typing

Built for Concurrency

Go is made for concurrency. While older languages were designed with only a single processor in mind, Go runs efficiently on today’s multicore processors with parallel processing.

Concurrent does not necessarily mean two processes are running at the same time (i.e., parallel processing). Concurrency refers to two tasks being able to begin, run, and end in overlapping periods of time (e.g., they may not actually ever run at the same time). In contrast, parallelism refers to two tasks operating at the same time, as you find in a multicore machine. An example of concurrency is when a single-core computer handles multitasking, which is what makes Go ideal for high-load systems such as an API handling massive amounts of requests from mobile devices or browser calls.

Extensive Libraries

Go is verbose. You have to use a lot of code to complete commands. It also has a lot of libraries, to name a few:

  • http
  • regular expressions
  • json
  • file CRUD operations

On the flip side, you have to import these libraries, because it won’t compile if you don’t. This was made to keep Go as lean as possible. It’s fast, and built-in concurrency lets you run a lot of simultaneous processes.

Companies Using Go

Thousands of companies around the world currently use Go, including:

  • Google (of course)
  • Twitter
  • BBC Worldwide
  • Comcast
  • eBay
  • IBM

Smaller companies are also on board, including:

  • MalwareBytes
  • Shutterfly
  • Square
  • Zynga

Here are some real world examples:

Dropbox

After using Python in the early years of its operation, Dropbox realized their success and growing customer base required a language that could scale better and handle bigger loads. In 2013, they began to move important backend operations from Python to Go. The goal was to improve their concurrency and execute code faster, successfully deploying 200,000 lines of Go computer code.

At the time, they were somewhat hindered by Go’s lack of deep libraries, a characteristic of its youth and newness. The Dropbox developers took on the tasks themselves and began to create libraries for Memcache, connection management, and other purposes. They contributed to the Go open-source effort by making the libraries available to other programmers and companies interested in building production systems that can scale quickly and effectively.

SendGrid

Around the same time Dropbox changed over to Go, cloud-based email service SendGrid decided to do the same. In the first years of operation, their backend consisted mainly of Perl/AnyEvent, later changing to Python/Twisted. They considered the Gevent/Python framework but realized it wouldn’t do what they needed. They narrowed it down between Go, Java, and Scala.

Because they handle more than 500 million email messages every day, one of their biggest challenges is concurrency. Go’s ability to handle concurrent asynchronous programming was a major factor in their decision to use it. At the same time, it was a language their developers were very interested in using, unlike others that they felt like they had to fight every day. In fact, several developers were so excited about it that they began to teach it to themselves and experiment on their own. This turned out to be a decisive factor because the company realized their team was already using it in their off hours and would be enthusiastic about using the language every day.

StatHat

Numerotron is a small firm that developed a program called StatHat to allow developers and engineers to track events and statistics right in their code. StatHat can be used in twelve different computer languages including Go and HTML, and it can be easily deployed by a wide variety of professionals including backend engineers and designers.

Patrick Crosby, founder of Numerotron, said they chose Go for StatHat because it met many of their criteria, including great performance, many connections on one machine, fast HTML templating, quick startup and recompilation, extensive libraries, and open-source.

Go Vs. Other Languages

Python

Part of the appeal of Python is that it is so versatile (e.g., scripting vs. object-oriented and functional programming). It can run on any platform that includes a Python interpreter. It is used worldwide for both large and small application development.

It is very verbose, and it’s made to solve specific problems without constraints. It lets you build programs rapidly and then modify those programs to create powerful solutions. It’s simple to learn but takes time to fully understand. One of Go’s major strengths is its ability to handle concurrency efficiently using channels and goroutines.

C

In many ways, Go is a new version of C. The Go creators attempted to clean up the problem areas of C and take out functionalities that were creating bottlenecks. Go is simpler than C, although the primitives are more detailed than those found in Java and C++.

Java

Go is a young language, so the contributors were able to incorporate features that make it extremely effective in meeting the demands of modern web-scale traffic. While Java continues to be one of the major languages used for application development, older, similar languages have some limitations in scale.

The Future Is Bright

Go is an effective solution for projects that need scale to handle massive amounts of traffic. As the amount of data continues to expand, Go is a modern solution to building applications that can handle the demand. Expect to see Go adopted more and more as the world moves forward to meet the demands of modern web-scale traffic.

Learn more about all popular programming languages and frameworks that AppDynamics covers, including Java, .NET, Node.js, PHP, Python, and C/C++ and now, Go!

 

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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