AppDynamics vs Splunk APM comparison

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We performed a comparison between AppDynamics and Splunk APM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed AppDynamics vs. Splunk APM Report (Updated: May 2024).
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Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"We previously had an operations team continuously monitoring applications. Now, they just have set things up and our developers can monitor, view, and act on them, accordingly.""Once you get past installation, AppDynamics is highly stable and we get good results.""Transition tracing is the most valuable is pretty easy and useful, but the user experience piece is also good.""The most valuable feature is the live reporting on the current health\performance of our application""AppDynamics has been stable.""In AppDynamics, everywhere I go, there's some sort of grouping and aggregation function, or there's some sort of timeline that lets me zero in more quickly on the traces that I need. They go to more pains to aggregate and bubble the important ones to the top. That removes a lot of manual work.""Despite dozens of deployments across hundreds of applications- we have yet to see a case where AD is negatively impacting application execution or functionality.""We can make custom alerts in our system for specific issues like high CPU utilization or application downtime."

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"The most valuable features are troubleshooting and optimizing application performance.""The most beneficial aspect of Slunk APM is the ATM, which is the map displaying the inbound and outbound relationships of the microservices, as well as the traffic between these dependencies. This feature provides us with valuable insights and helps us understand the interactions between different microservices.""Splunk APM has helped us to standardize logging and monitoring procedures.""The volume it handles is very good, including the number of metrics, the volume number of traces, and more.""It is a good tool. It allows you to set alerts for application and infrastructure monitoring, and it allows you to create dashboards.""Detectors are a powerful feature.""This solution is very quick to deploy as it is a SaaS solution and integrates with tools like ServiceNow.""The features are pretty much ready out of the box."

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"There needs to be an option to capture all the sessions for all the users, not just samplings.""We have had downtime, which has been the result of config, application, or cord issues.""Needs more integration with applications suites, like Oracle Enterprise Server or BMC Remedy.""It could do with more than one data centre/multiple AWS accounts in a pane of glass. Also, improved scalability to large environments would be helpful.""The overall performance of this solution could be improved. The hot-hot infrastructure features could also be improved.""The resolution time takes longer than expected.""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.""An area that has room for improvement on the CR and ERP would be the addition of monitoring of the internal solution. For example, you can monitor the day-to-day and everything in the transactions with AppDynamics, but there's also a lot going on in the kernel itself that you cannot monitor. The automation needs to improve as well. As it stands, a lot of customization needs to happen before you can use AppDynamics."

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"They can improve the flow system and the keyword language. It has predefined keywords, but they can be improved.""The cardinality is pretty low.""Splunk's functionality could be improved by adding database connectors for other platforms like AWS and Azure.""Primarily, the logs in Slunk APM can be challenging to navigate and comprehend, making it difficult to understand the details within each log. Compared to other tools like LogDNA, which are more intuitive in this aspect, the logs in Slunk APM can require more effort to understand.""There are some predefined metrics.......we may want to create customized metrics.""Splunk APM should include a better correlation between resources and infrastructure monitoring.""The UI enhancements could be a way to improve the solution in the future.""It is essential for the monitoring tool to deliver quick response times when generating analytical reports, instead of prolonged delays."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The product’s licencing policy is competitive. However, properly identify and size your needs to get the best rate."
  • "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."
  • "It is not a cheap tool, but you also save in manpower to setup because it is easy and fast. At the end of the day, I think the revenue is much better. BUT, they have an awful co-term mode of licensing."
  • "It could be cheaper. It's a little cost prohibitive. There are so many features that also show a lot of value, but it’s not always easy to justify the cost."
  • "Because it is priced per JVM, the price can increase pretty fast, into the millions. We have had challenges because we had to justify the price to our clients, as well, when we are putting in certain tools."
  • "It would be better if there were more solutions incorporated into the base price. ​"
  • "The way it is structured in terms of price could be better. You pay for individual modules and that adds on to the cost, which detracts you from implementing those modules and slows you down."
  • "Take into consideration what you get for specific pricing models and how much it costs to add on things you may need later.​"
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  • "The price of Slunk APM is less than some of its competitors."
  • "The pricing is reasonable."
  • "Splunk APM is a very cost-efficient solution."
  • "Splunk offers a 14-day free trial and after that, we have to pay but the cost is reasonable."
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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, the scope of implementation). Our goal was to consolidate APM and infra… more »
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    Top Answer:The solution saves time and cost.
    Top Answer:Detectors are a powerful feature.
    Top Answer:We currently lack log analysis capabilities in Splunk APM. Implementing this functionality would be very beneficial. With log analysis, we could eliminate our dependence on Splunk Enterprise and rely… more »
    Top Answer:We use Splunk APM to monitor the performance of our applications.
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    Also Known As
    AppD, AppDynamics APM
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    AppDynamics is a leader in APM (application performance monitoring) tools. The solution is designed to help you spot application issues on the spot so you can get to the root causes of problems, all in real time. In addition, AppDynamics offers seamless traceability and is fully capable of enhancing application performance and visibility in the multicloud world. It uses AI to solve application problems and prevent them from occurring in the future. AppDynamics is a great tool that can help your organization make critical, strategic decisions and is ideal for businesses of all sizes.

    AppDynamics Features

    AppDynamics has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Code level visibility
    • Dynamic baselining
    • Powerful alerting
    • Visibility and control
    • Quick installation
    • Mobile real-user monitoring
    • Browser real-user monitoring
    • Application performance management
    • Database agents
    • Server visibility
    • Trend database performance over time
    • Data retention
    • Monitors multiple platforms
    • Troubleshoots performance issues
    • Synthetic monitoring
    • Continuously monitors in a high-volume environment

    AppDynamics Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing AppDynamics. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Deep insights: The AppDynamics solution can provide deep insights into your processes, including real-time insights into performance, user experience, objectives, and business outcomes.
    • Unified monitoring: With AppDynamics, six monitoring applications are combined into a single robust solution. In turn, you gain complete visibility and multi-channel user experience management. The solution’s unified monitoring also quickly produces previews that are more accurate.
    • Data-led customer experience: By using AppDynamics, you can ingest and analyze data across your entire technology stack and transform it into detailed visualizations. This allows you to easily make the right business decisions while enhancing the user experience and also driving better business results.
    • Advanced network visibility: AppDynamics allows you to gain insight across your entire technology stack. As a result, you have greater visibility of the external networks that your applications rely on, which enables you to quickly resolve issues with connections to Domain Name Service (DNS), Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the AppDynamics solution.

    Chandan K., Associate Director at a financial services firm, says, “The tracing is the most important aspect of the solution. The way it traces the information within the particular application or within the particular infrastructure is great. That actually helps. Apart from that, all of the data that's in the production APM is good.”

    PeerSpot user, Yacin H., Responsable Commercial at Zen Networks, mentions, “You can use one module for each server, for each application, and for each API”. He also adds, “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.”

    Another reviewer, a Head Of Information Technology at a mining and metals company expresses, "The solution helps us save a lot of time on certain tasks. The dashboards of the solution are excellent. The stability is good.”

    David G., Systems Engineer at a tech services company, states, “The solution has beneficial application analysis, is highly scalable, and has a great ROI.”

    Splunk APM is a comprehensive application performance monitoring solution that provides real-time insights into the performance and availability of your applications. 

    It offers end-to-end visibility across the entire application stack, from the front-end user experience to the back-end infrastructure. With Splunk APM, you can proactively identify and resolve performance issues, optimize application performance, and ensure a seamless user experience. 

    Splunk APM leverages machine learning and AI-powered analytics to automatically detect anomalies and provide actionable insights. The product supports a wide range of programming languages and frameworks, making it suitable for both monolithic and microservices-based architectures. It also integrates seamlessly with other Splunk products, allowing you to correlate APM data with logs, metrics, and other operational data for a holistic view of your application environment. 

    With its intuitive interface and powerful features, Splunk APM empowers developers, operations teams, and business stakeholders to deliver high-performing applications and drive better business outcomes.

    Sample Customers
    Cisco, Sony, Nasdaq, Reserve Bank of New Zealand,, Puma, Fox News, DirecTV, Pizza Hut, T-Systems, Cornell University, OpenTable, BITMARCK, Green Mountain Power,, Overstock, Paddy Power, eHarmony, Kraft, The Motley Fool, The Container Store, and more See more customers
    Sunrun, Yelp, Onshape, Tapjoy, Symphony Commerce, Chairish, Clever, Grovo, Bazaar Voice, Zenefits, Avalara
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm32%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm6%
    Educational Organization41%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Financial Services Firm33%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Pharma/Biotech Company11%
    Educational Organization11%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business8%
    Midsize Enterprise46%
    Large Enterprise46%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise93%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Buyer's Guide
    AppDynamics vs. Splunk APM
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about AppDynamics vs. Splunk APM and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    AppDynamics is ranked 5th in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability with 155 reviews while Splunk APM is ranked 13th in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability with 13 reviews. AppDynamics is rated 8.2, while Splunk APM is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of AppDynamics writes "Very good real-time monitoring capabilities, deep problem diagnosis, and transaction mapping". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Splunk APM writes "Provides great visibility, analysis, and data telemetry". AppDynamics is most compared with Dynatrace, Elastic Observability, Datadog, Splunk Enterprise Security and New Relic, whereas Splunk APM is most compared with Splunk ITSI (IT Service Intelligence), Sentry, Elastic Observability, Monte Carlo and Dynatrace. See our AppDynamics vs. Splunk APM report.

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