application performance management vs application performance monitoring

What Is Application Performance Monitoring and Why It Is Not Application Performance Management

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Over recent years, the term APM has become increasingly used by lots of vendors and tools. Some refer to it as Application Performance Monitoring and some as Application Performance Management. But what is the difference? As the founder of a company who creates these types of tools, I definitely have some opinions on Application Performance Monitoring vs Application Performance Management. …

Stackify Linux Agent 2.0 and Java APM 1.15 Release

Stackify’s Linux Agent 2.0 & Java APM 1.15 Release Is Here!

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Stackify is thrilled to announce our latest release, Linux Agent 2.0 and Java APM 1.15. We think you’ll be excited about this release, too, and here are just a few reasons why. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. What’s New in Our Linux Agent 2.0 and Java APM Release? In this latest release, we’ve added additional agent installation options and …

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Performance Tuning in SQL Server: Top 5 Ways to Find Slow Queries

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Stackify Product & Company Updates Leave a Comment

SQL performance tuning is a never ending battle. I’m not a DBA, but I am a developer who has pretended to be one for 15 years.  I have worked with SQL Server databases with terrabytes of RAM all the way down to Stackify’s massive fleet of little SQL Azure databases. I have seen a little bit of everything over the …

Key Application Performance Metrics

8 Key Application Performance Metrics & How to Measure Them

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If you are trying to figure out how to measure the performance of your application, you are in the correct place. We spend a lot of time at Stackify thinking about application performance, especially about how to monitor and improve it. In this article, we cover some of our most important application performance metrics you should be tracking. No worries, …

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Understanding & Profiling C# Async Await Tasks

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Microsoft and the .NET community have made asynchronous programming very easy with their implementation of async await in C#. The latest versions of ASP.NET heavily utilize it to improve performance. Many performance monitoring and profiling tools struggle to support and visualize the performance of asynchronous C# code. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. Stackify’s Prefix & Retrace products both have excellent support …

dvanced Web Transaction Monitoring with Retrace

Advanced Web Transaction Monitoring with Retrace

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Every application has specific functions that are mission critical. Including things like a customer’s ability to purchase something on your website or a REST API that handles thousands of requests per minute. Identifying and closely monitoring these key website transactions is a good best practice. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. Retrace enables deep performance monitoring of applications. You can monitor the …

Cloud Monitoring Tips

6 Reasons Cloud Monitoring Is Different Than Server Monitoring

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Traditional IT monitoring has revolved around monitoring the infrastructures and servers. As you move to the cloud, it is possible that you don’t have either of those things. You could deploy your app via a service like Azure App Services and rely on Azure’s hosted Redis and SQL offerings. You could literally have access to zero servers. No worries, no …

Application Dependency Mapping

Application Dependency Mapping & Performance

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Modern applications tend to rely on many application dependencies. Most applications use some form of database and external HTTP based web services. If you are not intimately familiar with the code, it can be very difficult to know exactly what the code does and what dependencies that it has. It is also very important to understand the performance of those …

Mistakes Implementing APM Solutions

20 IT Leaders Reveal the Biggest Mistakes IT Management Teams Make When Implementing Application Performance Monitoring Solutions

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Application Performance Management (APM) solutions are a must-have for Agile development teams, and when implemented correctly, they can save substantial amounts of time, create a better end user experience, and improve overall development operations. (Naturally, we’re big on APM – it’s what we do.) No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. The key to success, though, is implementing systems and solutions that are …

Software Quality

How to Evaluate Software Quality from the Outside In

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In a sense, application code serves as the great organizational equalizer.  Large or small, complex or simple, enterprise or startup, all organizations with in-house software wrangle with similar issues.  Oh, don’t misunderstand.  I realize that some shops write web apps, others mobile apps, and still others hodgepodge line of business software.  But when you peel away domain, interaction, and delivery …

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How to Monitor IIS Performance: From the Basics to Advanced IIS Performance Monitoring

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Need help on how to monitor IIS? This guide covers how to cover the basics including HTTP ping checks, IIS Application Pools, and important Windows Performance Counters. We also take a look at how to use an application performance management system to simplify all of this and get more advanced IIS performance monitoring for ASP.NET applications. No worries, no SPAM. …

Why Production Monitoring Can Come Too Late in the Development Process

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I’ve spent a number of years, now, writing software.  At the risk of dating myself, I worked on software in the early 2000s.  Back then, you couldn’t take quite as much for granted.  For example, while organizations considered source control a good practice, forgoing it wouldn’t have constituted lunacy the way it does today. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. …

How to Deploy ASP.NET Core Web App to Azure & How to Use Retrace With ASP.NET Core

Barry Luijbregts Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers, Live Queue Leave a Comment

ASP.NET Core is the latest version of ASP.NET. It is built from the ground up using .NET Core, the lightweight, composable new .NET Framework. Some people love it, some don’t. However, this is the future. Microsoft will move forward with .NET Core and in the future, the regular, full-fledged versions will go away. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. I …

How to Troubleshoot IIS Worker Process (w3wp) High CPU Usage

How to Troubleshoot IIS Worker Process (w3wp) High CPU Usage

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Having IIS performance problems? Do you have w3wp.exe high CPU usage? In this article, we will discuss some tips to identify what is causing high CPU usage for your ASP.NET web applications. There are a lot of reasons that your IIS worker process (w3wp.exe) could be using a lot of CPU. We will cover some of the top reasons and how …

3 Key DevOps Needs for Every Development Team

3 Key DevOps Needs for Every Development Team

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Agile development has created a process for developers to rapidly ship a new version of their code. DevOps is the next step in the process. It is the ability to help get that code to production as fast as possible. What do development teams need to embrace DevOps? No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. DevOps should be about empowering your development …

Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast: Application Performance Management and the New Development Mantra

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By Charles Araujo, Principal Analyst, Intellyx No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. In the mid-1980’s my dad ran SWAT teams for the LA County Sheriff. As a team leader, he had a simple mantra that he had learned while training with the Navy Seals and which he and his team repeated before every entry: “Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.” …

Azure App Services

Azure App Services: 3 Limitations & 9 Awesome Features

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Azure App Services make it really easy for developers to deploy and manage their applications. They take away all the complexity of dealing with servers, which greatly simplifies the life of a developer. The way that Azure App Services work creates a few limitations that all developers need to understand. This article highlights some of those. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out …

APM Investment

APM Investment: Understand APM Value By Department

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Virtually every business depends on mission-critical software to run their business. Any slight application slowdown or outage can lead to legions of unhappy employees or customers. Investing in Application Performance Management (APM) solutions monitors performance issues, but also help improve the customer experience. No worries, no SPAM. Opt-out anytime. APM is not just a tool for IT Operations. APM has …

Azure Service Profiler review – How does it fit in your toolbox?

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About a year ago Microsoft released the Azure Service Profiler which is designed to be a lightweight profiler for ASP.NET applications. They recently enabled it to work with Application Insights and it is easy to enable for Azure App Services. Since we use App Services and love anything to do with app performance, I thought I would give it a …