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What Is The Biggest Difference Between AppDynamics and Dynatrace?

Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is AppDynamics vs Dynatrace.

People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out?

What is the biggest difference between AppDynamics and Dynatrace? Which of these two solutions would you recommend to a colleague evaluating these solutions and why?

Thanks for helping your peers make the best decision!

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99 Answers

ITspe9886 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

Dynatrace requires less infrastructure to set it up. For my organization, it was 3 verses 7 servers to monitor my applications.

Dynatrace has a single agent that does it all. AppDynamics requires several agents, the exact number depends on what all you want to see.

Dynatrace makes it much, much easier and faster to determine the fault domain and pinpoint the root cause analysis.

The Dynatrace dashboards, in my opinion, provide better data and they are easy to read. They are also much easier to customize for the “One pane of glass” view.

I would recommend Dynatrace for ease of installation and setup, ease of agent installation, and ease of interrupting and displaying data.

Emmanuel Galindo - PeerSpot reviewer

The biggest difference is that Dynatrace is much easier to deploy and it has a much richer set of features.

I would recommend Dynatrace after evaluating both solutions.

reviewer141456 - PeerSpot reviewer

1. Dynatrace is running autosensoring 24x7.
2. Dynatrace is the only tool that provides what is called lookup option. You can open the source file.

The availability of the above features is a must for root cause analysis.

Venkateswara Rao Palepu - PeerSpot reviewer

I would go with Dynatrace as its SaaS version if perfect suite for bigger organizations and ease of install.

Sandeep Kanchalwar - PeerSpot reviewer

Dynatrace is AI powered and best in the application performance management space.

Chinsheng Chen - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

For these two products, Dynatrace provides more and detail monitoring result, you need to ding those information on its UI interface. Appdynamics delivery summary result and show consolidated monitoring detail information through its simple UI console. Dynatrace is focused on programmer concern to design its product. Appdynamics is based on IT operation needs to develop its products.

it_user968487 - PeerSpot reviewer

Technically speaking Dynatrace is more up to date but sometime not always enought mature, I do prefer the Saas version for this reason.
What ever your infrastructure, it's very simple to install and configure, zero conf and plug and play the active Gateway and One Agent are very effective but requires root/admin access rights which could be blocking in certain context. A good job has been done on the web interface very intuitive and the artificial inteligence engine avoid numerous drill down, very few click are necessary to target the problem, it's also easy to handle and share with the support teams. The cost model is now based on memory, one licence for every 16Gb, I recommend to calculate the complete cost of any APM tool already in place this one in very vertical it could replace several of them if you want make savings and offer a single interface for every users.

Amit Bhasin - PeerSpot reviewer

At QualityKiosk we look at the 'Beyond APM' visibility that the client is looking and what Unified Monitoring View needs to be provided to our stakeholders across IT and Business (mostly in large banks , FinTech's, Telco's ) While both AppD and Dynatrace are quite capable of providing ITOps and BizOps visibility it is those critical journeys that our clients are looking to mature on top of APM that may help us decide which platform is better. Also, we look at client preference and comfort on usability front and ease of integration with their existing data-sets from various tools. For example a clients preference for a certain scripting environment for automation will lend preference to one of these tools. A Performance Assessment Framework is used to evaluate and decide the criteria pre-deployment.

Chandan-Kumar - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

Recommendation: depends on your requirements and infra complexity.
Dynatrace can understand complexity easily. AppDynamics for Simple mainly target for web base application.

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