Application Performance Management or Monitoring (APM) is essential for any web application to provide a better user experience.

APM is a software that collects the various metrics data from your application and tells you what’s going on within your application. Metrics data can be anything, including transactions, analytics, availability, logs scrapping, which are presented in a beautiful dashboard.

APM can store the historical data and show you the real-time metrics of web applications, infrastructure, mobile applications, etc. There are two types of APM you can find.

Traditional APM – software which is installed in your premises to monitor & manage an application, infrastructure within your network/data center.

Cloud APM – you don’t need to buy the software; instead, you use the APM provider cloud instance to configure and monitor your applications.

If your application is running on a cloud platform, AWS, Google, Azure, etc. then, cloud APM would be a good choice. Cloud APM is also cheaper compare to a traditional one because you save your infrastructure cost.

There are multiple cloud APM product providers available in the market, and here are some of the best ones.

Elastic Observability

Elastic observability is part of Elastic Cloud.

Whether you use Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), or Microsoft Azure, Elastic Cloud helps you to find information, analyze data, and safeguard your technology assets. They can efficiently handle your solutions so that all your focus remains on gaining actionable insights to accelerate your business.

With Elastic Observability, you can leverage unified visibility through detailed metrics, APM traces, and logs in the same stack. This way, you can easily monitor events occurring in your ecosystem and react accordingly.

Elastic Security offers superior protection and integrates with endpoint security and Elastic SIEM to detect, prevent, and respond to online threats. Its Elastic Stack consists of Kibana, Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Beats, so you can take data from anywhere. You can then visualize and analyze in real-time.

Configuring and deploying Elastic Cloud is effortless. In addition, it also facilitates easy scaling, optimized architecture, and custom plugins. They provide regular backups by restoring your data and keeping snapshots.

Are you interested in learning Elasticsearch? Check out this guide.

Dynatrace

Dynatrace is one of the industry leaders in providing full-stack monitoring & management solutions for application & infrastructure from a cloud.

Dynatrace APM monitors end-to-end user experience, transaction, performance, and provide deep insights into your application stack in real-time.

With a single APM agent, you can monitor cloud infrastructure & application performance.

Example

  • AWS
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Docker
  • Tomcat
  • WebLogic/WebSphere
  • Nginx/IIS/Apache
  • Oracle/MSSQL/MongoDB

You can get it started with Dynatrace in less than five minutes. They offer 15 days FREE trial.

New Relic

New Relic APM supports a large number of application environments to monitor and error reporting.

  • Java
  • js
  • PHP
  • .NET
  • Ruby

With the help of New Relic, you get in-depth performance metrics of your application in real-time. Some of the top features of New Relic APM are:

Application Monitoring – monitoring everything you need to understand the application performance & capacity. For ex:

  • How much time take to load the page?
  • What is the most time-consuming transaction?
  • What is the throughput and error rate?
  • Monitor critical transaction with breakdown and traceback

New Relic also lets you deploy your application and compare the performance before and after. This becomes handy if you need to find out if the latest production deployment is causing any issue.

Along with the monitoring, you can do thread profiling, use Java performance analyzer for performance-related troubleshooting.

Database Monitoring – most likely, you will be using some database with your enterprise application, and you can do following out of the box with New Relic.

  • Track the slow running queries
  • How much time is spent on database requests?
  • Visualize database operation
  • Database call response time & throughput

Alerting – alerting is essential for a production environment. With the help of New Relic, you can configure the alert policies to notify when a threshold is breached. You can integrate alerting with the channel such as email, Jira, Pager Duty, etc.

You may sign-up for the New Relic APM trial to see how it works.

App Dynamics

App Dynamics now part of Cisco provide APM as SaaS (software-as-a-service) to discover, monitor, troubleshoot, and more.

App Dynamics APM supports many platforms, including Java, Node.js, Apache HTTP, Python, PHP.

If you are managing Java-based applications, then App Dynamics can automatically discover JVM and its dependency.

Troubleshooting becomes easier as App Dynamics isolate the performance-related issue between infrastructure and code. You get the exact problematic line of code, SQL query, and thread for faster resolution.

Unique to Java, it supports almost all the popular applications, framework and provides full JVM health & performance management.

  • IBM WebSphere, Oracle Weblogic
  • Tomcat, Jboss,
  • Spring, Jetty, Struts, Grails

App Dynamics offer 15 days trial without providing credit card info.

Datadog

Datadog provides next-generation APM to end-to-end application performance management. It monitors full-stack, including application & infrastructure, to provide visibility at each layer of the stack.

The powerful auto-instrumentation feature let you automatically track requests across many library & frameworks.

Datadog provides an advanced dashboard for visualizing the metrics matter to you. For ex;

  • Latency
  • Errors per second
  • Hits per second
  • CPU/Memory utilization

You can monitor cloud-based applications, premises, and hybrid – everything in one place. You can get it started in FREE to experience Datadog next-generation APM.

IBM APM

IBM APM is available on the IBM Bluemix cloud platform, and you can get it started in less than $30 per month.

IBM Application Performance Management provides better visibility on application and infrastructure to identify the performance bottleneck.

With smart predictive analysis, you can configure to receive an early warning and avoid the application outages.

Monitis

Monitis, a TeamViewer company, offer all-in-one application monitoring, and pricing is based on what you want to monitor.

Real user monitoring (RUM) – see how users interact with your application, including analytics.

  • Website – monitor uptime, full page load, transaction & also you can perform stress testing.
  • Server- Monitor CPU, memory, network bandwidth, storage, WAN links, TCP protocol, etc.
  • Application – get an insight of deployed applications,s including Tomcat, Node.js, Java/JMX, MySQL, etc.
  • Mail – end-to-end monitoring for SMTP, IMAP, POP3 & ERT

Monitis provides real-time views, an interactive chart, report, and monitoring history data is stored for two years.

Scout App

Send incident status automatically for any failure with Scout App APM. Scout App integrates with Github and lets you know which developer’s code is slowing down the web application experience.

Scout App analyzes the stack frame to find out memory bloat, expensive SQL statement, poor performance objects, and show that in the dashboard.

Performance comparison becomes handy with Scout App when you need to find out if the issue is after some release, configuration changes, etc. It supports Ruby, NodeJS, Python, PHP, and Elixir based applications.

Conclusion

The above listed SaaS-based APM should help you to get full application insight on availability & performance. Most of them offer a trial for around 15 days, so go ahead and give a try to see what works for you.