As IT architects and consultants, it is crucial to ensure a highly performing, stable and scalable production environment for you client applications. Proper monitoring along with a comprehensive capacity planning model is crucial in order to achieve such goals.
While most performance data can be extracted at runtime through various OS commands and open source tools, large and complex IT production environments often requires the deployment of commercial grade APM solutions for an efficient management of the operations.
Before providing recommendations to your client and purchase the first APM product you find on the Web, it is important to properly review the different APM solutions and compare their product capabilities vs. your client operation needs and budget.
A trusted source of information I have been following since a few years now is the Gartner Magic Quadrant report for APM. Gartner’s APM yearly report is essentially an extensive research of every vendor that meets their qualifications. The process also includes customer interviews. The final report places each vendor on two axes, Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute, and then places them accordingly on a Quadrant. If not done already, I recommend that you obtain your own copy of the 2013 report.
I will publish more articles this year and share my recent experience with top APM solutions such as New Relic, AppDynamics, Compuware DynaTrace and Dell Foglight.
Please do not hesitate to share your experience along with your constructive comments on APM solutions.