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We performed a comparison between Apica Synthetic and Instana Dynamic APM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Performance Management (APM) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Apica Synthetic vs. Instana Dynamic APM Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The simplicity of the dashboard is very good.""Working with the solution is very easy. It's user-friendly.""There are many valuable features in New Relic APM. We developed some software applications and we are able to monitor the errors very easily. Their log security retention is very good.""The stability of New Relic APM is very good.""The most valuable feature is the ability to receive in-depth information about applications. It can detect a lot of important information.""We like the performance of the product.""One valuable feature is that the synthetic alert stays open until the issue is resolved. You can actually monitor whether your system is back up.""We appreciate the way that this solution allows us to monitor the ongoing status of the UI at any given time."

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"There are several features that are really good. The first one is the flexibility and the advanced configuration that Apica offers when it comes to configuring synthetic checks. It provides the ability to customize how the check should be performed and it is very flexible in the number of synthetic locations that it can use. It allows us to run scripts from different locations all over the world, and they have a really good number of these locations.""We see the benefit almost every day. It allows us to be alerted whenever there is a store that is not responding properly around the world. We do have a network operation center (NOC) who receives these alerts, immediately checking if everything is okay.""Our application SREs do script checks in such a way that closely mimic our customers' actions using the platform. Because there are so many different ways and options to be able to configure checks to closely mirror your applications' capabilities, it provides a lot of optionality for teams to create the right type of check that can notify when there are any issues. At the end of the day, we want our monitoring tools to be able to catch any outage before our customers do. This is where Apica Synthetic does a great job."

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"The detailing of our application behavior and user experience is most valuable. In case there is an issue, we typically use Instana to figure it out. We can drill down to the application and figure out what's going on and where the issue is.""The overall capabilities are the most valuable.""Instana is very fast to implement and deploy because the dashboards are automated and don't need configuration."

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Cons
"I haven't come across any features that are lacking.""They should bring the pricing down to be more competitive.""It would be nice if there were pre-made dashboards.""The solution is quite expensive.""New Relic APM could improve error debugging and the correlation with the logs. We are receiving some alerts or alarms but we need to correlate with the error log, but it is difficult if it is more than seven months retention period, it is hard to trace. We need this especially for getting historical information.""The solution could improve by having more network monitoring features, such as for all the infrastructure.""There has been some problem with the agent, and it is just not working well. It is not able to record information with the application server. They have been able to fix the issue, but it took quite a long time. This is the main issue in the APM products and also in New Relic. The mobile application monitoring has been pretty difficult to set up and also quite expensive. It should be a little bit easier and cheaper. Because it is pretty difficult and expensive, many customers don't take it.""Documentation could be improved in New Relic APM, so users would have more clarity on configuring the dashboard. If New Relic gave better guidelines, users would find it easier to understand the metrics and features of New Relic APM. Another area for improvement is integration with Kubernetes. Currently, the process isn't user-friendly. It's challenging and lacks documentation for users to understand how to integrate New Relic APM with Kubernetes quickly. With multiple levels of Kubernetes dockers and other DBs on different clouds, it's tricky to gather all into New Relic APM on a single dashboard. What I'd like to see in the next version of New Relic APM is a single dashboard where you can easily view which applications fall under specific APMs. If there's a search feature where you can type in a keyword to find out if an APM is related to a particular application, that would be great."

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"There are some components of the user interface that are not up to date. Just to give you an idea, today we have web applications that are called single-page applications that are much faster than the old style of web application. If we can move faster into the flow of the graphic user interface, and in a more effective way, it will save us a lot of time.""We have been focused on reducing polling times for synthetic checks. We have gone from 10 minutes down to five minutes for a pretty broad swath, but there is some appetite to reduce that further, which could be an improvement.""The reporting part that we use for our executives needs a bit more customization capabilities. Right now, you can use only the three main templates for reporting. We would like to be able to customize them."

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"We should be able to go back to scenarios during or before the issue. There should be something like a history playback. Such a feature or functionality would be good.""The integration could be improved with more plugins or open API.""The configuration of Instana Dynamic APM needs improvement because it requires quite a bit of work."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price was one of the reasons we chose this solution."
  • "The price of the solution could be less expensive. You have to pay a lot for each user. There is an additional cost for extra features."
  • "This is an expensive tool."
  • "The price of New Relic APM could be less expensive. We are using the New Relic APM pro account and it is more costly. When compared to competitors the solution's pricing should be much more realistic."
  • "If I remember it correctly, the pricing was based on the core, and the monthly subscription used to cost us $1,500 or $2,000. We had pre-prod and production services. Costing was different for pre-prod and production. For pre-prod, it was 40% less than the production service cost. It was a combined package."
  • "The pricing is fine."
  • "I think the pricing is reasonable."
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  • "License management is another area that Apica could do better. We have already had these conversations with our account teams. This is something that they are looking at largely improving in upcoming releases. I believe that this is already on their roadmap."
  • "The pricing is very reasonable, but it is not cheap."
  • "Another main difference between Apica and the other products was the cost. We really thought that the balance in Apica between the features and costs was the best among all the products on which we did a PoC."
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  • "Its pricing isn't a big pain point. Its pricing seems to be better than some of the other competing products in the market, but they also have some of the features and functionalities that are better than Instana."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:There are many factors and we know little about your requirements (size of org, technology stack, management systems… more »
    Top Answer:To me, the most valuable feature of New Relic APM is the traceability, mainly based on the time travel method, so you… more »
    Top Answer:Documentation could be improved in New Relic APM, so users would have more clarity on configuring the dashboard. If New… more »
    Top Answer:We see the benefit almost every day. It allows us to be alerted whenever there is a store that is not responding… more »
    Top Answer:When we started using Apica Synthetic, we lacked a very important feature that was readily available in the following… more »
    Top Answer:With Instana, the interface and the UI are very simple to use.
    Top Answer:I think that Instana should improve the university and the certification process, so the users can find experts in… more »
    Top Answer:We are a service provider with expertise in Dynatrace and Instana APM. We offer services for these two applications.
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    Overview

    New Relic invented cloud APM for application engineers. Today it is a leader in observability and source of truth for all engineers to make decisions with data across their entire software stack and the software life cycle.

    There are an estimated 25 million engineers in the world across more than 25 distinct functions. As every company becomes a software company, engineers are using New Relic to gather real-time insights and trending data about the performance of their software so they can be more resilient and deliver exceptional customer experiences. Only New Relic provides an all-in-one platform that is built and sold as a unified experience. With New Relic, customers get access to a secure telemetry cloud for all metrics, events, logs, and traces; powerful full-stack analysis tools; and predictable user-based pricing. New Relic has also curated one of the industry’s largest ecosystems of open source integrations, making it easy for every engineer to get started with observability and use New Relic alongside their other favorite applications.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “To me, the most valuable feature of New Relic APM is the traceability, mainly based on the time travel method, so you get the overall response time, which is pretty helpful for developers and ADR techs looking into issues on a deeper level. “ - Sreenivasula M., Sr. Engineer of Quality Assurance at a tech consulting company.

    The alert mechanism is quite accurate when something goes wrong in your system. For example, if you have hundreds of APIs on your server, and any of the APIs is not performing well, you get an alert. When there is a drop or change in the threshold value, the beauty of New Relic is that within a fraction of seconds, all the stakeholders who are configured in the New Relic system will get an alert. That's one good thing.” - A PeerSpot user who is a Middleware Specialist at a tech services company.

    Apica Synthetic is a powerful monitoring tool built for enterprises seeking predictive insights into the performance and uptime of websites, applications, APIs and IoT. By simulating user journeys from locations across the globe, IT and DevOps teams are able to proactively monitor applications around the clock, identifying performance and availability issues before they affect internal or external end-users.

    Instana’s Enterprise Observability Platform, powered by automated Application Performance Monitoring, discovers and maps all services, infrastructure, and their inter-dependencies automatically. Instana ingests all observability metrics, traces each request, profiles every process, and updates application dependency maps in real-time to deliver the context and actionable feedback needed by Dev+Ops to optimize application performance, enable innovation, and mitigate risk to help them add value and efficiency to the pipeline. Learn more at https://instana.com.

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    Sample Customers
    Dow Jones, Microsoft, Nike, Groupon, NBC, Sony, Fox, Adobe, Best Buy, Walmart, and WebMD, Cirque du Soleil, FlightNetwork.com, France Télévisions SA, Hachette Book Group, Hy-Vee, Inc., Isolation Network, Inc., Lighthouse eDiscovery, Major League Soccer, NYC-DOT, New Zealand Media and Entertainment, Office Depot International in Europe, Royal Opera House, Adobe Systems Incorporated, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Citrix, Despegar.com, Eastern Bank Corporation, Fox Sports, Globosat, Hogg Robinson plc, iHeartMedia, Jive, Kent State University, Multiplus, NBCUniversal, Ocado, REI, Sensis, VenueNext, Yellow Pages Limited and Zenefits
    Linux Foundation, Sodexo
    Daxko Lifts Fitness Studios Through COVID Regulations with Quick Engineering PivotsAltissia Meets SLAs to Support Student DeadlinesImmocloud Unlocks Observability to Modernize Real EstateEnento Group Boosts Service Reliability with Real-Time Visibility into Application Performance Instana’s Observability for Amazon EKS Helps Yara Deliver Digital Farming Solutions
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Media Company11%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Government6%
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    Financial Services Firm57%
    Hospitality Company14%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Insurance Company14%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Insurance Company6%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise34%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise78%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise65%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    Apica Synthetic vs. Instana Dynamic APM
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Apica Synthetic vs. Instana Dynamic APM and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Apica Synthetic is ranked 24th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 3 reviews while Instana Dynamic APM is ranked 41st in Application Performance Management (APM) with 3 reviews. Apica Synthetic is rated 8.6, while Instana Dynamic APM is rated 6.6. The top reviewer of Apica Synthetic writes "Enabled us to set up business logic on the availability of our services, with multiple criteria to trigger an alert". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Instana Dynamic APM writes "We can drill down and figure out what's going on with the application, but the API monitoring and user experience monitoring aspects could be better". Apica Synthetic is most compared with AppDynamics, Datadog, Dynatrace and Splunk, whereas Instana Dynamic APM is most compared with Dynatrace, AppDynamics, Datadog, Elastic Observability and IBM Application Performance Management. See our Apica Synthetic vs. Instana Dynamic APM report.

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