AppDynamics vs Splunk Enterprise Security comparison


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Executive Summary

Categories and Ranking

Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability (5th), Mobile APM (3rd), Container Monitoring (3rd)
Splunk Enterprise Security
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Log Management (1st), Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) (1st), IT Operations Analytics (1st)

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 Splunk Enterprise Security is 2.8%, down from 5.5% 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
Log Management
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

Featured Reviews

Venus Yaker Dalton - PeerSpot reviewer
Oct 5, 2023
Very good real-time monitoring capabilities, deep problem diagnosis, and transaction mapping
As for areas of improvement, AppDynamics could benefit from greater integration with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. This would allow the tool to automatically analyze and correlate application performance and behavior data to detect patterns and anomalies not evident to users. Additionally, the ability to track performance in multi-cloud environments would be valuable as many organizations are adopting hybrid cloud or multi-cloud strategies. In terms of additional features, it would be beneficial to include a capacity management module that allows operations teams to proactively plan and adjust capacity, avoiding performance issues related to lack of resources.
Jun 12, 2024
Makes it easier to read the index data
Its alerting is most valuable. We have alerts set up in our environment for certain attacks, such as an SQL injection attempt. We have a front-facing server for the website. It is out there, and anybody can access it. When those SQL injection attempts come in, we can detect that with the alert. We get the alert in our mailbox, so we can start looking at it right away. Generally, with a SQL injection attempt, there is way more to it than just the SQL injection. There could be another 15 or 20 different types of attacks attempted during the injection. They are just trying to see if there is any vulnerability, and then they can take a shot at it.

Quotes from Members

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


"It is a good monitoring tool. Its stability is very good."
"Technical support is helpful."
"From the performance management side, I like everything from business transaction work to tracking. On the database side, we can get a lot of insights from the database. On the server monitoring side, it helped us a lot to find out some of the issues on the VM side because VMs were creating a little trouble for us."
"Capacity planning is, in my opinion, the most useful."
"The business transaction that stands between multiple applications is proving to be most valuable."
"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."
"The transaction snapshots are the most valuable feature of AppDynamics"
"Autodiscovery of application topology, based on real user traffic."
"The ability to manipulate data in Splunk is unparalleled. Splunk’s powerful, flexible query language can morph difficult to understand log formats into usable data."
"Splunk works based on parsing log files."
"Speeds up root cause analysis and can help identify issues that your organization never realized were occurring."
"In the past we used the different application to collect logs. We used SurfWatch and VMware to do so. But, we found that the Splunk has more capacity to do more in less time. They provide a aster speed to index all the events , and this is a huge asset."
"We saw the granularity that we could get from Splunk far exceeded what we already had. We had the ability to have our security team really focus on the platform and stay within the platform, but they could correlate with a variety of other stakeholders, and our stakeholders were growing."
"It can log more logs than other solutions. It's a good way to troubleshoot problems."
"From the class that I took this week, being able to create notable events from whatever you find in the data set is pretty useful."
"Splunk's schema on demand is incredibly useful. I do not have to worry about what my users will need when we onboard their data."


"It needs strengthening in the database tiers."
"The QA and test environment need improvement."
"It is stable, but the only downside is the licensing part."
"At this time, we don't have much visibility on the virtual environment, monitoring, and all other things. We have visibility only for database monitoring, and we have noticed performance impact when deploying database agents on the database server. We got to know this from AppDynamics support also that we should not deploy database agents from the database server. When agents are deployed on the same server and the database is monitored from there, we are not getting database server metrics. Therefore, we don't have those insights, and sometimes, we struggle because of that. They can improve this functionality so that we do not have a performance impact, and we can deploy anywhere. This would help us a lot. In terms of end-user monitoring, currently, it is not working for us because there are some complexities. It is a little complicated, and it takes a little bit of time to understand where you need to make changes. It would be very helpful if they can provide some template designs for end-user monitoring. When our servers are running on VMs, we don't get many insights from the VM side. I don't know whether it is possible to have visibility beyond the database, server, and application and whether there are some features where we can deploy AppDynamics on VMs as well. Such functionality would give us more control over storage, VM, OS, and database. It will also provide complete visibility of our hardware and software."
"They need to improve the consolidation of agents for the agent's installation process."
"We would love to see support for more types of agents in the mainframe world."
"There could be some improvement in the constructions of the diagrams, it is too difficult currently."
"We constantly need to improve our alert mechanism because we get a lot of false-positive alerts. These are not real errors. In addition, for end-user monitoring, sometimes, we are not able to catch all user activities. Because of not being able to follow the user activity from the start to the end, we are missing out on the performance issues."
"It will be helpful for customers if they can create some real-world cases, and we can find a case study to align with. I know that Splunk has tremendous potential. We only include a tiny piece of it. There is a lot of stuff that we need to learn. If Splunk can provide more real-time examples, that will be helpful for customers."
"A lot of people are averse to using new tools so if they make it even more user-friendly than it already is, I think that could go a long way."
"Splunk Enterprise Security incurs a significant cost because of the amount of data we send, but we are fine with the value we're getting for that price."
"The difficult part is related to integration with sources of data that are used to create the logs as this depends on the infrastructure of the client."
"Splunk is more expensive than other solutions."
"It would be great if I could have a certain dialogue box in Splunk that uses innovative AI tools like ChatGPT, which are available now in the tech department."
"It can be tough to get a hold of somebody in technical support depending on the complexity of the issue."
"The analytics of Splunk could be improved."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"It is expensive. However, our time to recover has been reduced, and this product has helped recuperate costs and provided us with ROI."
"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 compared to other applications, its price is moderate. Its price is neither very high nor very low."
"AppDynamics is priced on the higher side."
"The product’s licencing policy is competitive. However, properly identify and size your needs to get the best rate."
"It would be better if there were more solutions incorporated into the base price. ​"
"There were no added costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
"AppDynamics is one of the most expensive solutions on the market."
"The Splunk Enterprise Security license is expensive."
"Splunk is definitely not a cheap solution. It is an expensive product."
"Splunk Enterprise Security is a worthwhile investment given the comprehensive range of features it offers."
"The solution is costly."
"Splunk is a bit pricier, but the benefits and ROI are huge."
"The pricing model is expensive and a nightmare based on the amount of data."
"While Splunk is more expensive than other solutions, we would still choose it because of its capabilities."
"I remember Splunk being relatively affordable. Kibana was more reasonable, but you get more with Splunk. If I was suggesting something, I would probably suggest Splunk because it is better to pay a little bit more and get a lot more."
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Questions from the Community

Any advice about APM solutions?
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 monitor...
APM tools for a Managed Service Provider - Dynatrace vs. AppDynamics vs. Aternity vs. Ruxit
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 SOC product do you recommend?
For tools I’d recommend: -SIEM- LogRhythm -SOAR- Palo Alto XSOAR Doing commercial w/o both (or at least an XDR) is asking to miss details that are critical, and ending up a statistic. Also, rememb...
What is a better choice, Splunk or Azure Sentinel?
It would really depend on (1) which logs you need to ingest and (2) what are your use cases Splunk is easy for ingestion of anything, but the charge per GB/Day Indexed and it gets expensive as log ...
How does Splunk compare with Azure Monitor?
Splunk handles a high amount of data very well. We use Splunk to capture information and as an aggregator for monitoring information from different sources. Splunk is very good at alerting us if we...

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