AppDynamics vs Grafana: What are the differences?
What is AppDynamics? Application management for the cloud generation. AppDynamics develops application performance management (APM) solutions that deliver problem resolution for highly distributed applications through transaction flow monitoring and deep diagnostics.
What is Grafana? Open source Graphite & InfluxDB Dashboard and Graph Editor. Grafana is a general purpose dashboard and graph composer. It's focused on providing rich ways to visualize time series metrics, mainly though graphs but supports other ways to visualize data through a pluggable panel architecture. It currently has rich support for for Graphite, InfluxDB and OpenTSDB. But supports other data sources via plugins.
AppDynamics and Grafana are primarily classified as "Performance Monitoring" and "Monitoring" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by AppDynamics are:
- End User Monitoring
- Real-Time Business Transaction Monitoring
- Visualize & Manage your Entire Application
On the other hand, Grafana provides the following key features:
- Create, edit, save & search dashboards
- Change column spans and row heights
- Drag and drop panels to rearrange
"Deep code visibility" is the primary reason why developers consider AppDynamics over the competitors, whereas "Beautiful" was stated as the key factor in picking Grafana.
Grafana is an open source tool with 29.7K GitHub stars and 5.63K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Grafana's open source repository on GitHub.
Uber Technologies, DigitalOcean, and 9GAG are some of the popular companies that use Grafana, whereas AppDynamics is used by Intuit, Zalando, and Okta. Grafana has a broader approval, being mentioned in 577 company stacks & 325 developers stacks; compared to AppDynamics, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 11 developer stacks.