AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring vs Grafana comparison

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We performed a comparison between AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring and Grafana 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 AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring vs. Grafana Report (Updated: May 2023).
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"It provides a lot of data, so it helps businesses identify their user base.""The feature we find most valuable, is that the solution creates a unified platform making it really easy to pinpoint a problem, and then drill down into a transaction to resolve the issue.""We used AppDynamics to identify gaps and bottlenecks in the software.""We can see the customer's path from their computer to the backend systems.""The best feature of AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring is that it lets you find errors in synthetic jobs ahead of the users. The solution shows you all front-end metrics. You can also see JavaScript errors and jQuery errors through AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring. You can also do a correlation between the front end and the backend, or from the user to the navigator, to the backend through the solution."

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"It has good stability.""The solution can scale well.""The best feature was the creation of graphs and trends.""The most valuable thing was that it had a good visualization tool.""It gives us the visibility we need. I like that when we add deployment markers or release markers, we know exactly when an issue arises. For instance, if there is an increased usage of CPU, we can link it directly to the deployment that might have caused the issue. It increases productivity and observability. We can now easily tell when a certain issue arises. It's way easier to debug because it can point you to certain things based on these markers, and we can debug easier.""The most important feature of Grafana is its alarm formatting capability.""Compatibility with Prometheus databases and the Spring Boot application make it the first choice when moving toward an SRE model.""There are multiple kinds of models there to create dashboards, which is quite useful."

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"While I am not expecting it in the next release, I would want more centralized management of the agent in the platform and better support.""We would like to be able to easily use this solution to monitor our Java script based browsers, which are currently blocked by the security settings.""The interface and user experience could be better.""What could be improved in AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring is for the synthetic jobs or synthetic agents, in particular, you can't do a lot of tests with just one agent. You have to install a lot of agents if you want to do more tests, so this is an area for improvement in the solution. Another area for improvement in AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring is that you're only able to see basic metrics in the absence of server or database visibility. For the SaaS version of AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring, my team just downloaded then installed the extension in an application in Azure to see the application on the controller, so if this can be done in the on-premise version of the solution as well, without needing to install the agent on the machine, then it would make AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring better. Currently, the .NET agent consumes the CPU or memory and clients usually raise this issue with my team, so it would be good if the on-premises version doesn't require agent installation on the machine. Another functionality I'd like to see in the next release of AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring is for it to receive updates from the file config without needing to reset IIS because right now when you do a modification in IIS, you have to restart IIS. When you add a service to the agent config, you have to restart IIS. For the product server, it's not possible to reset IIS after you make changes to the config file, so if this could be improved, then it would make AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring a better solution.""They do not have robust documentation."

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"We need different kinds of applications in our infrastructure to see information in Grafana.""It's difficult to see the trends on the graph when the range is too long.""Its UI features to create charts can also be improved. Some features could have a link to the documentation.""The look and feel of the charting and graph capabilities in Grafana could improve. If they provided a storyboard type of feature as they have in other solutions, such as PowerBI. The multi-tenanted and stitch metrics features could improve.""It is limited on the reporting type supported, which is important for managerial-level officers who want reports that are either general or specific.""The formatting could be better.""There are not a lot of plugins for financial market monitoring.""It would be helpful if they simplified the data source."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "AppDynamics does not usually do monthly payments. They do it on an annual basis, at the very least."
  • "We have two different licensing models for this solution. One of them is the agent based model, which requires payment per agent. The other is an infrastructure based model, where the price is based on the CPU core. For the infrastructure model wholesale level pricing applies. All of the up to date licensing prices for this product are available on the manufacturers website."
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  • "I use the open source model so it is free."
  • "My company uses the open-source version of Grafana, so it's free."
  • "We use the open-source version of Grafana."
  • "We are using the open-source license."
  • "I give the price an eight out of ten."
  • "You need to purchase the solution's license for its commercial use."
  • "The solution is expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It provides a lot of data, so it helps businesses identify their user base.
    Top Answer:They have licenses. Technically, AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring is a Cisco product. When using this application, we need to install the agents on each server, and there is a transaction… more »
    Top Answer:A problem with App Dynamics is that they do not have robust documentation, making it difficult for start-up organizations who may need guidance. In addition, their documentation is complex and not… more »
    Top Answer:Hi @Faustine Chisasa,  I will go with ELK + Grafana. Elasticsearch is highly distributed, scalable and fast. You got power of storage. Logstash is highly pluggable and rich in plugins. You can use… more »
    Top Answer:The most important feature of Grafana is its alarm formatting capability.
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    How do real users experience your browser-based applications? Using browser real-user monitoring follow their journey and optimize their experience with powerful end-to-end performance management that rapidly identifies application issues and relevant business transactions, and dramatically reduces MTTR.

    Grafana is an essential visualization tool for all application metrics in the environment, allowing teams to search and conduct application troubleshooting and monitor application performance, including CPU. Its most valuable features include its ability to create appealing graphs, cater to multiple use cases, integrate with other tools, and provide live monitoring and alerts. 

    Grafana has greatly improved organizations' observability and operational excellence by providing a centralized way to instantly see business, technical, and service metrics and find bottlenecks easily.

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    Sample Customers
    Sony, DirecTV, UBS, The Container Store, The Neta Porter Group, Nasdaq, Cisco, eHarmony, Hallmark, Overstock, Expedia
    PayPal, eBay, Staples,, Intel, NS1, TED, NetApp, Vimeo, RackSpace, SquareSpace, OpenTable, MediaMath, Fermilab
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Wellness & Fitness Company9%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business36%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring vs. Grafana
    May 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring vs. Grafana and other solutions. Updated: May 2023.
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    AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring is ranked 16th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 5 reviews while Grafana is ranked 9th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 28 reviews. AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring is rated 8.4, while Grafana is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring writes "End-to-end visibility, feature-rich, but the support could be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Grafana writes "Agent-free with great dashboards and an active community". AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring is most compared with Elastic Observability, AWS X-Ray, New Relic, Dynatrace and Akamai mPulse, whereas Grafana is most compared with Azure Monitor, Dynatrace,, Sentry and New Relic. See our AppDynamics Browser Real-User Monitoring vs. Grafana report.

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