This page introduces you to the AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform.
The AppDynamics App iQ Platform enables you to monitor and manage your entire application-delivery ecosystem, from the mobile app or browser client request through your network, backend databases and application servers and more.
App iQ gives you a single view across your application landscape, letting you quickly navigate from the global view of your distributed application right down to the call graphs or exception reports generated on individual hosts.
At the tier level, AppDynamics gives you a view of the runtime operation of your code via an AppDynamics App Server agent. The agent detects calls to a service entry point at the tier and follows the execution path for the call through the call stack. It sends data about usage metrics, code exceptions, error conditions, exit calls to backend systems to the Controller, either a SaaS or on-premises:
To get started with application monitoring, see Install App Server Agents.
Most application environments consist of more than a single application server. They may contain multiple, distributed, and interconnected servers and processes that participate in fulfilling a given user request. In this context, AppDynamics tracks transactions across distributed, heterogenous services.
For greater visibility into your application delivery environment, you can add AppDynamics Database Visibility to the deployment.
App agents can tell you about calls to backend databases, including errors and call counts. The Database Visibility module extends that visibility to the workings of the database server itself. It gives you detailed information on query execution and performance, with an agent-less profile.
AppDynamics Server Visibility adds to your view of the data center, with rich information on the performance of the machines and networks in your environment.
In this deployment, the database agent collects information from the database servers and sends it to the Controller, which persists some of that information in the Events Service. Database analytics features may use the Events Service, the document storage component of the platform that is optimized for searching and storing of high volumes of information.
While server side monitoring can tell you a great deal about how end users experience your application's performance and especially how to improve that performance from the server side, end user monitoring can extend that insight all the way from the initial client request through to the response on the client device. With AppDynamics End User Monitoring, you can collect information on where in the world your requests are coming from and what devices and channels are being used, as well as the performance of your code once it's on your user's device. You can even investigate mobile crashes by seeing stack traces and other contextual data at the moment of the crash. And that data can be tied to business transaction data from the server side.
How does the overall performance of your application environment affect your business? Business iQ, powered by AppDynamics Application Analytics, can help you understand how the performance of your application environment and end user applications ties to the business data of the transactions. It lets you sort, order, and understand the data that composes the business transactions. It also lets you drill into the varieties of log data that your environment generates. See Overview of Analytics Data for information about how to install and user application analytics.
Use the Metric Browser in the controller UI to view all of the metrics that the agents report.
Most of the metrics relate to the overall performance of the application or business transaction (load, average response time, error rate, etc.) or of the application server infrastructure (percentage CPU busy, percentage of memory used, etc).
You can access all the metrics programmatically, as well query and manipulate the application environment, using the AppDynamics APIs.
The AppDynamics Platform uses both self-learned baselines and configurable thresholds to help identify application issues. A complex distributed application has a large number of performance metrics and each metric is important in one or more contexts. In such environments, it is difficult to:
For these reasons, anomaly detection based on dynamic baselines or thresholds is one of the most important features of the AppDynamics platform.
The AppDynamics platform automatically calculates dynamic baselines for your metrics, defining what is "normal" for each metric based on actual usage. Then the platform uses these baselines to identify subsequent metrics whose values fall out of this normal range. Static thresholds that are tedious to set up and, in rapidly changing application environments, error-prone, are no longer needed.
You can create health rules with conditions that use baselines, allowing you to trigger alerts or kick off other types of remedial actions when performance problems are occurring or may be about to occur. See Alert and Respond and Health Rules and Dynamic Baselines for more detail.
AppDynamics thresholds help you to maintain service level agreements (SLAs) and ensure optimum performance levels for your system by detecting slow, very slow, and stalled transactions. Thresholds provide a flexible way to associate the right business context with a slow request to isolate the root cause. See Transaction Thresholds.
AppDynamics uses dynamic baselining to automatically establish what is considered normal behavior for your application. Then you can set up health rules against those normal baselines (or use other health indicators) to track non-optimal conditions. A health rule might be "create a critical event when the average response time is four times slower than the baseline."
Policies allow you to connect such problematic events (like the health rule critical event) with actions, that can, for example, trigger alerts or remedial behavior, addressing the system's issues before your users are affected.
AppDynamics supplies default health rules. You can customize the default health rules and create new rules specific to your environment.
The out-of-the-box health rules test business transaction performance as follows:
For more information, see Alert and Respond.
While business transaction performance is the typical focus of a performance monitoring strategy, monitoring infrastructure performance can add insight to underlying factors in business transaction performance. AppDynamics can alert you to the problem at the business transaction level and at the infrastructure level.
AppDynamics provides preconfigured application infrastructure metrics and default health rules to enable you to discover and correct infrastructure problems. You can also configure additional persistent metrics to implement a monitoring strategy specific to your business needs and application architecture.
In addition to health rules, you can view infrastructure metrics in the Metric Browser. In this context, theand graphs can be particularly useful to understanding how infrastructure metrics can correlate or relate to business transaction performance.
AppDynamics provides many ways for you to extend AppDynamics Pro and integrate metrics with other systems. The AppDynamics Exchange contains numerous extensions you can download, and you can develop your own if you can't find what you need.
Extensions for AppDynamics come in the following categories:
For creating your own custom extensions and integration components for AppDynamics, see the AppDynamics API information.