AppDynamics vs Elastic Observability comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Jun 27, 2023

Categories and Ranking

Ranking in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability
Ranking in Container Monitoring
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Mobile APM (3rd)
Elastic Observability
Ranking in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability
Ranking in Container Monitoring
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
IT Infrastructure Monitoring (10th), Log Management (14th), Cloud Monitoring Software (8th)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability category, the mindshare of AppDynamics is 5.1%, down from 6.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Elastic Observability is 6.8%, up from 4.8% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability
Unique Categories:
Mobile APM
Container Monitoring
IT Infrastructure Monitoring
Log Management

Featured Reviews

Yacin  HATTAB - PeerSpot reviewer
Jun 22, 2022
Customizable, simple to set up, and helps make code more effective
You can use one module for each server, for each application, and for each API. It can monitor the income and the outcome. For example, when you have a website that has online payments, if there are bugs in the online payment for the provider, it will check it, see the problem, and send you an alert. If the development team makes a mistake with this tool, it points really the mistake and sends it to the manager and it provides also a solution too, as it monitors the code. It provides solutions to make the code more effective. The initial setup is simple. With the solution you can put add-ons on it and it's very customizable. You can customize it easily. If you want something that the tool doesn't have, you can add it easily. It is stable. The solution can scale.
John_King - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 4, 2022
Reasonably priced, user-friendly, and helpful technical support
Machine learning is the most valuable feature of this solution. Because it is an open, enhanced APR, no custom integrations are required. They're open, so it's an open-wear product that's simple to use and evaluate They need more skills in the market. There are not enough skills in the market. It…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"This is a stable product and we definitely plan to continue using it in the future."
"This solution not only provides answers but also provides sensor data. This allows us to quickly resolve issues that developers may take a long time to solve."
"Being able to install it on-prem and monitor our on-prem infrastructure is important for us... Most of our infrastructure is on-prem. We have highly scalable systems and AppDynamics will help us monitor our load on-prem. Our systems range from simple to the most complex and it gives us the visibility across transactions, in one dashboard."
"We set up alerts recently so we can fix any issues more quickly in production."
"The most valuable feature is having our services being available and healthy."
"It is a stable solution."
"Before we moved the code to AppDynamics, we had to compare the agile process and also had to make sure that they're following the standards."
"I have found the main feature of the solution to be its ability to analyze an application's code to see where there are issues. Additionally, it is easy to use and configure."
"It is a powerful tool that allows users to collect and transform logs as needed, enabling flexible visualization and analysis."
"It's easy to deploy, and it's very flexible."
"The price is very less expensive compared to the other solutions."
"We use AppDynamics and Elastic. The reason why we're using Elastic APM is because of the license count. It's very favorable compared to AppDynamics. It's inexpensive; it's economical."
"The architecture and system's stability are simple."
"I have built a mini business intelligence system based on Elastic Observability."
"Good design and easy to use once implemented."
"Machine learning is the most valuable feature of this solution."


"AppDynamics could benefit from greater integration with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning."
"I would like to see more of a unified platform. They're very, very new on the server side, machine agents. I want them to be more mature in this area."
"Their agents sometimes claim to be very lightweight, especially with databases, but they are very heavy. They can take up more compute than the actual work that we need to do."
"Regarding Search Guard functionality, there is room for improvement."
"They are using Flash for their website, which is very slow. We had hoped the website would be much faster to use, and that is definitely what we want to see."
"This solution is expensive."
"The agent deployment could be simplified by, for example, adding a GUI."
"We would love to see support for more types of agents in the mainframe world."
"Elastic Observability needs to improve the retrieval of logs and metrics from all the instances."
"The interface could be improved."
"More web features could be added to the product."
"Elastic Observability is difficult to use. There are only three options for customization but this can be difficult for our use case. We do not have other options to choose the metrics shown, such as CPU or memory usage."
"Elastic Observability is reactive rather than proactive. It should act as an ITSM tool and be able to create tickets and alerts on Jira."
"Improving code insight related to infrastructure and network, particularly focusing on aspects such as firewalls, switches, routers, and testing would be beneficial."
"Elastic Observability is an excellent product for monitoring and visibility, but it lacks predictive analytics. Most solutions are aligned with the AIOps requirements, but this piece is missing in Elastic and should be included."
"If we had some pre-defined templates for observability that we could start using right away after deploying it – instead of having to build or to change some of the dashboards – that would be helpful."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"It is a more expensive APM among the competitors, which is fine because it also does a lot more on the auto-detection and the AI side... It is not a cheap product. None of them are. The price is fair, but I could use it on more projects if they had a lower price."
"As a technical person, and as an application development team, they all understand that this is the right tool for us. But when it comes to budget and financial matters, it takes days and weeks to convince upper management to buy this tool. So they should do something more on licensing costs."
"Take into consideration what you get for specific pricing models and how much it costs to add on things you may need later.​"
"Our purchasing experience through the AWS Marketplace has been pretty painless."
"The solution is highly expensive"
"As compared to other applications, its price is moderate. Its price is neither very high nor very low."
"There is an annual cost to use this solution. The licensing model could be improved by making it more cost-effective."
"AppDynamics is priced on the higher side."
"Elastic Observability is cheaper than other similar solutions, such as Dynatrace. Its license calculation is based on various factors like data volume and physical infrastructure, particularly related to RAM capacity."
"Users have to pay for some features, like the alerts on different channels, because they are unavailable in different source versions."
"We will buy a premium license after POC."
"Pricing is one of those situations where the more you use it, the more you pay."
"So far, there are just the standard licensing fees. Several of the components are embedded in the license or are even open source. They're even free depending on what you use, which makes it even more appealing to someone that is discussing pricing of the solution."
"The price of Elastic Observability is expensive."
"Since we are a huge company, Elastic Observability is an affordable solution for us."
"One needs to pay for the licenses, and it is an annual subscription model right now."
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Top Industries

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Educational Organization
Financial Services Firm
Computer Software Company
Manufacturing Company
Financial Services Firm
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Questions from the Community

Any advice about APM solutions?
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Hi Avi! It's great to see your thorough approach to selecting an APM package for your MSP company. Considering your focus on SMBs and enterprises in Israel, Dynatrace seems like a solid choice with...
What do you like most about Elastic Observability?
Elastic Observability significantly improves incident response time by providing quick access to logs and data across various sources. For instance, searching for specific keywords in logs spanning...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Elastic Observability?
I rate the pricing a five out of ten. The product is not that cheap.
What needs improvement with Elastic Observability?
The tool's scalability involves a more complex implementation process. It requires careful calculations to determine the number of nodes needed, the specifications of each node, and the configurati...

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Sample Customers

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