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Action

An action is an automatic response to an event, based on a policy. There are various types of actions including sending alerts, taking diagnostic snapshots, remediation through scripts, cloud auto-scaling, or custom.

Agent

AppDynamics agents collect data about application, machine, mobile, and web page performance and report it to a Controller. AppDynamics has app agents, machine agents, mobile agents, and a JavaScript agent. See App AgentBytecode Injection.

Alert

An alert notifies a recipient list of a problem or event; by email, SMS or customized to interface with external notification systems.

Alert Digest

An alert digest compiles alerts and sends the compilation sent by email or SMS to a recipient list at a configured time interval.

Anomaly Detection

Anomaly detection refers to the identification of metrics whose values are out of the normal range, where normal range is based on dynamic baselines that AppDynamics has created based on the previous performance of these metrics.

Ajax Request

An Ajax request is a request for data sent from a page using the XHR API. This API is used to send HTTP or HTTPS requests to a web server and to load the server response data back into the requesting page. The Ajax request is tracked as a child of the requesting page using EUM.

Application Performance Management

Application performance management monitors and manages the performance and availability of software applications in a production environment, focusing on relating IT metrics to business values.

According to Gartner research, application performance management includes: end user experience monitoring, application runtime architecture discovery and modeling, business transaction management, application component deep-dive monitoring, and application data analytics.

APM

See Application Performance Management.

App Server

An app server or application server provides software applications with services such as security, data services, transaction support, load balancing, and management of large distributed systems. Examples are a Java Virtual machine (JVM) or a Common Language Runtime (CLR).

App Server Agent

An app server agent or app agent monitors an application server. The App Agent for Java monitors a JVM. The App Agent for .NET monitors a CLR. See Node.

Application

See Business Application.

Application Dashboard

The application dashboard graphically represents high-level structural and status information for a single business application. The application dashboard includes a flow map, grid view, summary of key performance indicators.

ART

See Average Response Time.

Average Response Time

Average interval between the time the user request is received by the application server and the time that the response is returned to the application server. Does not include the network time for the request to reach the server or the time for the response bytes to reach the caller. Different from End User Response Time.

Backend

A backend or backend node is a software component that is not instrumented directly, but the flow of traffic to it can be monitored. Typical examples are a database or messaging service.

Background Task

A background task or a batch job is a scheduled program that runs without user intervention.

Baseline

A baseline provides a defined known point of reference for application performance. The baseline is established by configuration or by observing current performance. Baselines can be static or dynamic.

Baseline Deviation

A baseline deviation is the standard deviation from a baseline at a point in time. It is represented as an integer value. Baseline deviation can be used to configure health rule conditions based on the number of deviations. For example, you can configure a warning condition as 2 standard deviations from the baseline and a critical condition as 4 standard deviations from the baseline.

Baseline Pattern

A baseline pattern defines the base time period of data used to create baselines. It can be a fixed time range or rolling time range, in which the most recent x number of days is always used.

BCI

See Bytecode Injection.

Browser Snapshot

A browser snapshot presents a set of diagnostic data for an individual base page, iFrame or Ajax request. The data reports the end-user's experience starting with the Web browser. Browser snapshots are taken at periodic intervals and when certain performance thresholds are reached.

Business Application

An AppDynamics business application models all components or modules in an application environment that provide a complete set of functionality. A business application usually does not map directly to only one Java or .NET or PHP application, and often it maps to more than one.

Business Metric

See Real-time Business Metric and Information Point.

Business Transaction

A business transaction represents an aggregation of similar user requests to accomplish a logical user activity. Examples of these activities include: logging in, searching for items, adding items to the cart, checking out (e-commerce); content sections that users navigate such as sports, world news, entertainment (content portal); viewing a quote, buying and selling stocks, placing a watch (brokerage). A single request is a business transaction instance.

Bytecode Injection

Bytecode injection modifies a compiled class at runtime by injecting code into it immediately before it is loaded and run.

Call Graph

A call graph represents the calling relationships among subroutines in an application. It makes up a part of a transaction snapshot that is used to identify root cause of a performance problem.

Compute Cloud

A compute cloud delivers computing and storage capacity as a service. Examples are Amazon EC2, OpenStack, etc.

Controller

The Controller collects, stores, baselines, and analyzes performance data collected by app agents. A Controller can be installed On-Premise or you can use the AppDynamics SaaS model.

Detection

Detection is the process by which AppDynamics identifies a business transaction or backend in a managed application. Detection is also referred to as discovery.

Diagnostic Session

A diagnostic session is a session in which transaction snapshots are captured, with full call graphs. A diagnostic session can be started manually through the user interface or configured to start automatically when thresholds for slow, stalled, or error transactions are reached.

Discovery

See Detection.

Distributed Application

A distributed application runs on multiple computers in a network. Some of the computers can be virtual machines.

End User Monitoring

End User Experience Monitoring (EUM) provides performance information from the point of view of the client, whether that client is a web browser or a mobile native application. This is different from other types of AppDynamics monitoring, which typically begin at the application server.  EUM collects a different set of metrics than the server-side app agents.

End User Response Time

Average interval between the time that an end-user initiates a request and the completion of the page load of the response in the user's browser. In the context of an Ajax request, the interval ends when the response has been completely processed. Not to be confused with Average Response Time.

Entry Point

An entry point begins or extends a business transaction. An entry point is usually a method or operation in your application code. AppDynamics automatically detects entry points for common frameworks, and you can configure entry points to customize how AppDynamics detects business transactions.

Error

An error in AppDynamics indicates an unhandled exception in the context of a business transaction, a logged error of the appropriate severity, or any exception called during an exit call, which prevents the transaction from working properly.

Error Transaction

An error transaction is an error that occurred during transaction execution. An error transaction can be caused by a logged error or a thrown exception.

Exception

An exception is a code-based anomalous or exceptional event, usually requiring special processing. It can occur in the context of a business transaction and outside of a business transaction

EUM

See End User Monitoring.

Event

An event represents an action or occurrence detected by the system that can be handled by the system. There are different event types.

Exit Point

An exit point is a call from an app server to a backend database, remote service or to another app server. AppDynamics automatically detects many exit points and you can configure custom exit points.

Flow Map

A flow map graphically represents the tiers, nodes, and backends and the process flows between them in a managed application.

Health

Health in AppDynamics refers to the extent to which the application being monitored operates within the acceptable performance limits defined by health rules. Health is indicated by a green/yellow/red color scheme.

Health Rule

Health rules allow you to select specific metrics as key to the overall health of an application and to define ranges for acceptable performance of those metrics. AppDynamics supplies default health rules that you can customize, and you can create new ones.

Health Rule Violation

A health rule violation exists if the conditions of a health rule are true.

High Availability (HA) Cluster

A cluster of computers that hosts duplicate server applications with the purpose of reducing down time. The HA cluster, also called a failover cluster, is enabled by redundant systems that guarantee continued delivery of service during system failure.

Histogram

A histogram is a graphical representation of the distribution of data, shown as adjacent rectangles, erected over discrete intervals (bins), with an area proportional to the frequency of the observations in the interval. 

Home Page

The Web page you see when you first log into the AppDynamics Controller, before you have selected an application. See AppDynamics Home Page.

iframe

An iframe is an "inline frame", an HTML document that is embedded in another HTML document.  It is tracked as a child page using EUM.

Information Point

An information point instruments a method in application code outside the context of any business transaction. It is used for monitoring the performance of the method itself or for capturing data from the method's input parameters or return value.

Key Performance Indicator

Key performance indicators are main metrics that an organization uses to measure its success. In AppDynamics, the key performance indicators are assumed to be load (number of calls and calls per minute), average response time, and errors (number of errors and errors per minute.)

KPI

See Key Performance Indicator.

Machine

A machine consists of hardware and an operating system. It hosts application services and it can be virtual.

Machine Agent

A machine agent instruments a machine to report data about hardware and the network to the Controller. AppDynamics provides both a Standalone Machine Agent and an embedded machine agent in the App Agent for .NET. The Standalone Machine Agent functionality can be extended to add additional metrics.

Managed Application

A managed application is an application with servers that are instrumented by AppDynamics.

Match Condition

A match condition frames a test consisting of a match criterion (such as a method name, servlet name, URI, parameter, hostname, etc.), a comparison operator typically selected from a drop-down list, and a value. Used in many types of AppDynamics configuration to specify entities to be included in or excluded from monitoring.

Node

A node is an instrumented Java application server or an instrumented Windows .NET application (IIS, executable, or service.) Instrumentation is accomplished by installing an AppDynamics App Agent. Nodes belong to tiers. See Tier.

On-Premise

On-Premise refers to an AppDynamics Pro installation where the controller is installed on machines at your site. Alternatively, AppDynamics offers AppDynamics Pro as an SaaS.

Pageview

A pageview is an instance of a web page being loaded into a Web browser.

Policy

A policy consists of a trigger based on events and an action respond to the event. A policy provides a mechanism for automating monitoring, alerting, and problem remediation.

Real-time Business Metric

Metric that measures items such as revenue per transaction, number of orders, number of credit card purchases and so on. Differ from a performance metric, which measure the performance of the application. Implemented through Information Pointss.

Remote Service

A remote service provides a service to a distributed application outside of the JVM or CLR. Examples are a Java Message Service or Web Service. See Backend.

REST

The AppDynamics REST API is implemented using Representational State Transfer (REST) Services. You use the REST API to retrieve information from AppDynamics programmatically.

Request

A request is a single instance of a business transaction; for example, 500 requests per minute for the "Checkout" business transaction.

SaaS

SaaS is an acronym for Software as a Service. AppDynamics provides AppDynamics Pro as an SaaS where the controller is hosted on AppDynamics in-house machines and monitors your applications, communicating over the internet with app server, Java, .NET, infrastructure, and database agents installed in your environments. You can, alternatively, install the AppDynamics Pro controller on your own equipment, an installation type referred to as On-Premise.

Scorecard

A visual summary of the performance of a business transaction within a specified time range, covering percentage of instances that are normal slow, very slow, stalled or errors.

Service Endpoint

Service endpoints provide a subset of the metrics for a tier, focused on a specific application service. You configure entry points for the app service and AppDynamics provides metrics and associated snapshots specific to the service.

Task

A task codifies a unit of work as a set of instructions and is a component of a step in a workflow.

Tier

A tier represents a key service in an application environment, such as a website or processing application. A tier is composed of one or more nodes or one or more backends. See Node and Backend. An "originating tier" is the tier that receives the first request of a business transaction. A "downstream tier" is a tier that is called from another tier.

Tag, trace, and learn

Tag, trace, and learn is a methodology used for tracing code execution and discovering the business transaction context.

Threshold

A threshold is a configurable boundary of acceptable or normal business transaction or background task performance.

Trace, tracing

Tracing is following the execution of software code and recording information about the execution, usually for debugging or performance monitoring purposes.

Transaction Correlation

Transaction correlation is the internal mechanism that allows AppDynamics to do transaction tracing in modern web applications, tying together distributed components into a single entity, the business transaction, for monitoring purposes. 

Transaction Snapshot

A transaction snapshot depicts a set of diagnostic data for an individual business transaction across all app servers through which the business transaction has passed. The data reports the user's experience starting with the application server. A transaction snapshot is taken at a specific point in time.

Transaction Splitting

The process of using a dynamic value to customize how Business Transactions are identified.

Workflow

A workflow builds a sequence of steps in which each step consists of one or more tasks that are executed on a machine instrumented by a Standalone Machine Agent.