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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.

Advice on AppDynamics and Grafana
Susmita Meher
Senior SRE at African Bank · | 4 upvotes · 280.5K views
Needs advice
on
Prometheus
Graphite
and
Grafana

Looking for a tool which can be used for mainly dashboard purposes, but here are the main requirements:

  • Must be able to get custom data from AS400,
  • Able to display automation test results,
  • System monitoring / Nginx API,
  • Able to get data from 3rd parties DB.

Grafana is almost solving all the problems, except AS400 and no database to get automation test results.

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Sakti Behera
Technical Specialist, Software Engineering at AT&T · | 3 upvotes · 85.7K views

You can look out for Prometheus Instrumentation (https://prometheus.io/docs/practices/instrumentation/) Client Library available in various languages https://prometheus.io/docs/instrumenting/clientlibs/ to create the custom metric you need for AS4000 and then Grafana can query the newly instrumented metric to show on the dashboard.

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Farzeem Diamond Jiwani
Software Engineer at IVP · | 5 upvotes · 482.3K views
Needs advice
on
Dynatrace
Datadog
and
AppDynamics

Hey there! We are looking at Datadog, Dynatrace, AppDynamics, and New Relic as options for our web application monitoring.

Current Environment: .NET Core Web app hosted on Microsoft IIS

Future Environment: Web app will be hosted on Microsoft Azure

Tech Stacks: IIS, RabbitMQ, Redis, Microsoft SQL Server

Requirement: Infra Monitoring, APM, Real - User Monitoring (User activity monitoring i.e., time spent on a page, most active page, etc.), Service Tracing, Root Cause Analysis, and Centralized Log Management.

Please advise on the above. Thanks!

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Maik Schröder
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Instana

Hey Farzeem, here some recent research on why INSTANA is seen superior to the vendors you have looked at initially. https://www.apmexperts.com/observability/ranking-the-observability-offerings/.

If interested you can simply play with INSTANA in our public sand-box: https://www.instana.com/getting-started-with-apm/

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Needs advice
on
Site24x7
Dynatrace
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AppDynamics

Hi Folks,

I am trying to evaluate Site24x7 against AppDynamics, Dynatrace, and New Relic. Has anyone used Site24X7? If so, what are your opinions on the tool? I know that the license costs are very low compared to other tools in the market. Other than that, are there any major issues anyone has encountered using the tool itself?

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Lucas Rincon
Recommends
Instana

what are the most important things you are looking for the tools to do? each has their strong points... are you looking to monitor new tech like containers, k8s, and microservices?

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Decisions about AppDynamics and Grafana
Leonardo Henrique da Silva Paixão

I learned a lot from Grafana, especially the issue of data monitoring, as it is easy to use, I learned how to create quick and simple dashboards. InfluxDB, I didn't know any other types of DBMS, I only knew about relational DBMS or not, but the difference was the scalability of both, but with influxDB, I knew how a time series DBMS works and finally, Telegraf, which is from the same company as InfluxDB, as I used the Windows Operating System, Telegraf tools was the first in the industry, in addition, it has complete documentation, facilitating its use, I learned a lot about connections, without having to make scripts to collect the data.

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Leonardo Henrique da Silva Paixão

The objective of this work was to develop a system to monitor the materials of a production line using IoT technology. Currently, the process of monitoring and replacing parts depends on manual services. For this, load cells, microcontroller, Broker MQTT, Telegraf, InfluxDB, and Grafana were used. It was implemented in a workflow that had the function of collecting sensor data, storing it in a database, and visualizing it in the form of weight and quantity. With these developed solutions, he hopes to contribute to the logistics area, in the replacement and control of materials.

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Pros of AppDynamics
Pros of Grafana
  • 17
    Deep code visibility
  • 10
    Powerful
  • 7
    Real-Time Visibility
  • 7
    Great visualization
  • 6
    Easy Setup
  • 5
    Comprehensive Coverage of Programming Languages
  • 3
    Deep DB Troubleshooting
  • 2
    Excellent Customer Support
  • 79
    Beautiful
  • 65
    Graphs are interactive
  • 52
    Free
  • 52
    Easy
  • 33
    Nicer than the Graphite web interface
  • 23
    Many integrations
  • 14
    Can build dashboards
  • 9
    Easy to specify time window
  • 8
    Dashboards contain number tiles
  • 8
    Can collaborate on dashboards
  • 5
    Open Source
  • 4
    Authentification and users management
  • 4
    Integration with InfluxDB
  • 4
    Click and drag to zoom in
  • 3
    Threshold limits in graphs
  • 2
    Alerts
  • 2
    Simple and native support to Prometheus
  • 2
    It is open to cloud watch and many database
  • 2
    Great community support
  • 1
    You can visualize real time data to put alerts
  • 1
    You can use this for development to check memcache
  • 0
    Grapsh as code
  • 0
    Plugin visualizationa

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Cons of AppDynamics
Cons of Grafana
  • 5
    Expensive
  • 2
    Poor to non-existent integration with aws services
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