Back when APM got started, it was used to monitor complex applications that ran on relatively few servers and changed once a year or even less frequently. Now applications are distributed across thousands or even tens of thousands of servers, and they change daily. This requires management vendors to collect more types of data, and to collect this data more frequently which turns APM into a big data problem.
The AppDynamics Big Data Release
This week, AppDynamics announced its Summer 2014 release with a host of major new features. The most interesting of these features is that AppDynamics has decided to put its metric data into an open-source big data back end—Hadoop. This has several implications for the management software industry:
- Like ExtraHop, which has just announced that it has “set [its] data free,” AppDynamics is now taking a leadership position in letting customers use their data for any use case imaginable by putting that data in an open-source database.
- This sharpens the distinction between “commodity data” and “valuable data.” Commodity data is data that is collected by operating systems and devices and made freely available via management APIs, like the vSphere API, WMI, SNMP, and SMIS. Valuable data, like that which AppDynamics collects (detailed interactions of transactions with their application run times across an N-tier system), can only be collected the “hard way,” which is through world-class instrumentation designed with great care by people who really know what they are doing.
- If ExtraHop and AppDynamics are willing to set their “valuable” data free, then what justification is there for a vendor that just collects commodity operating system or network statistics to lock its data up in a vendor-proprietary data store?
You can read more about the new AppDynamics release at the links below:
Splunk no longer has the big data pond to itself in the management software arena. Both ExtraHop and AppDynamics have delivered significant innovations based on open source big data back ends.