Back in September I wrote about an article than touched on the subject of server performance monitoring. Then just last month a LinkedIn connection asked: “I am using New Relic to monitor my cloud servers but need an alternative. Any suggestions?” I wanted to share and expand on my answer to that question here, as well as get some feedback on the tools being used. I haven’t thoroughly tested all of these services listed below. But have used more than half of them. Some, such as SolarWinds and Nagios I have been using for almost a decade.
Whether you manage web servers, develop web applications, SaaS products or even mobile apps this list should be of interest to you. You probably won’t find a more complete list of server monitoring and Application Performance Monitoring (APM) services listed elsewhere. Thus, my hope is that it serves to be both a useful and time saving page which we can all fall back on. Listed in alphabetical order…
20 28 Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring Solutions
(even more in the comments section below!)
1. Anturis – Cloud-based Monitoring Service for Servers and Websites, IT Infrastructure Monitoring
Anturis is a cloud-based (SaaS) monitoring platform built for both external monitoring of company web services and internal monitoring of IT infrastructure, such as servers and applications. The team is backed by a seasoned IT experts and software engineers who have all worked for leading global IT companies and startups including Parallels, Kaspersky Lab, Amdocs, Atempo, K7 Cloud, and jNetX.
2. AppDynamics – Application Performance Management (APM) & Server Monitoring
AppDynamics is the next generation application performance management & monitoring solutions that simplifies the management of complex, business-critical apps. AppDynamics customers include DIRECTV, AMICA Insurance, Hotels.com, StubHub, Staples, Insight Technologies, and Cornell University.
3. TraceView (previously AppNeta) – Application Performance Monitoring
Traceview provides full-stack application insight, comprehensive end-user monitoring and 360-degree network performance insight to assure exceptional end-user experience and the successful delivery of business-critical applications. Providing thousands of customers worldwide with easy-to-use, cost-effective performance management services, Traceview solutions are bridging the divide between applications and networks, and the IT organizations managing them.
4. Boundary – Server & Application Monitoring for DevOps
Boundary is Application Aware Infrastructure Performance Monitoring. Requires zero change to the application, is agnostic across languages and infrastructures, sits on every VM, collects massive amounts of performance data, consolidates data from other sources and puts it all in context with its unique, real-time application map.
5. CopperEgg – IT Infrastructure Monitoring
Server Monitoring and Website Monitoring for cloud infrastructure by CopperEgg. CopperEgg provides simple, unified, smart, and fast insight into your AWS cloud servers (EC2), websites, web applications, and services to optimize performance and troubleshoot issues in a single pane of glass. The CopperEgg unified dashboard updates every few seconds (not minutes) and reveals details that help uncover previously hidden information, like CPU Steal, and resolve problems before they arise.
6. Datadog – Cloud Monitoring as a Service.
Datadog is a monitoring service that brings together metrics and events from servers, databases, applications, tools and services to present a unified view of the infrastructure. These capabilities are provided on a SaaS-based data analytics platform that enables Dev and Ops teams to work collaboratively on the infrastructure to avoid downtime, resolve performance problems and ensure that development and deployment cycles finish on time.
7. Dynatrace – Applicationn Performance Management.
DynaTrace is an innovator and emerging leader in APM. The offer the only continuous APM system on the market, one that delivers a proactive approach to application performance that reduces the time to repair problems by 90% and eliminates the huge amounts of resources currently spent resolving performance issues. 4.
8. Gear5 – Website-performance monitoring and alerting system
Measure the load times and speed of your website as experienced by real users. Use performance data gathered directly from your users’ browsers to evaluate and improve the performance of your website.
9. Instrumental – Free developer accounts for application and server monitoring
Instrumental provides automatic data collection, real-time visualizations, and intelligent alerts across your application and servers. The query language lets you to transform, aggregate and time-shift data – in real-time. Instrumental’s extreme scale, over a million datapoints processed every second, insures we can handle as much data you want to send. And all signups include a free developer account for up to 500 metrics so you can get fully setup before paying a dime.
10. LogicMonitor – hosted monitoring of networks, servers, applications, storage & cloud.
LogicMonitor provides SaaS-based data center monitoring of physical, virtual, and cloud-based IT infrastructures. The software provides performance monitoring, historical trending, reporting, and email/SMS alerting to proactively warn IT staff of potential issues before they cause business interruptions. LogicMonitor provides pre-configured out-of-the-box monitoring for most vendors of switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, servers, applications, databases, VoIP systems, and storage from a single web-based console.
11. Munin – System monitoring, network monitoring and infrastructure monitoring software application.
Munin is a networked resource monitoring tool that can help analyze resource trends and “what just happened to kill our performance?” problems. It is designed to be very plug and play. A default installation provides a lot of graphs with almost no work.
Cost: Free and open-source
12. Nagios – IT Infrastructure Monitoring And Alerting
Nagios is a powerful monitoring system that enables organizations to identify and resolve IT infrastructure problems before they affect critical business processes. Designed with scalability and flexibility in mind, Nagios gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your organization’s business processes won’t be affected by unknown outages.
Cost: Free for Nagios Core
13. New Relic – Application Performance Management & Monitoring
New Relic offers SaaS Software Analytics Platform that offers Application Performance Management and Real User Monitoring for Cloud and Data Center deployed web applications implemented in Ruby, Java, .NET, Python, PHP, Node.js. New Relic also offers mobile monitoring solutions for iOS and Android applications.
14. Oracle Application Performance Monitoring
Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service provides development and operations teams with the information that they need to find and fix application issues fast. All your end-user and application performance information (with associated application logs) are brought together into Oracle Management Cloud’s secure, unified big data platform.
15. Panopta – Uptime Monitoring Software for IT Systems Management.
Panopta is changing the way businesses monitor their network, servers, and applications with our advanced infrastructure monitoring platform. The rapid emergence of hybrid infrastructure environments has put a significant strain on operations teams; managing multiple tools leads to increased diagnostic delay and increased costs. Panopta centralizes your public/private monitoring, alerting, and reporting into a globally available SaaS solution. Whether you leverage public cloud, private cloud, or on-premise infrastructure, Panopta provides a single pane of glass into your infrastructure’s health.
16. Pingdom Server Monitor (previously Scoutapp – Hosted Server Monitoring)
Flexible charts and alerting, deploy in five minute or less, 60+ monitoring plugins, and no ugly configuration syntax to memorize (do it all via our web UI).
17. Sematext – Performance Monitoring, Alerting & Anomaly Detection.
SPM Performance Monitoring, Logsene Log Management & Analytics, Site Search Analytics, and several other search-related tools. Sematext’s software products are modular, scalable, and available in the Cloud. Some products are also available in On Premise versions.
18. Solarwinds – Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring
SolarWinds products are used by more than one million network engineers to manage IT environments ranging from ten to tens of thousands of network devices. Comprised of fault and performance management products, configuration and compliance products, and tools for engineers, the SolarWinds product family is trusted by organizations around the globe. SolarWinds was founded in 1999. and has headquarters in Austin, Texas, with sales and product development offices around the world.
19. Stackify – Application Monitoring & performance for DevOps insight.
Stackify provides software developers, operations and support managers with an innovative cloud based platform that allows them to monitor and troubleshoot their cloud based applications and get DevOps visibility. Using Stackify businesses can easily detect and resolve application problems and ensure their customers’ satisfaction. The platform combine monitoring, errors, metrics, logs and secure remote access with the relevant context in one platform.
20. WhatsUpGold – Network & Server Monitoring Software.
Know exactly how your IT environment is performing with network and server monitoring. Use active, passive, and performance monitoring techniques to monitor the performance, availability and status of your network, servers, and applications.
Additional Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring Solutions
21. Manageengine Opmanager – Network Monitoring & Management Software.
ManageEngine is an innovative producer of Enterprise IT Management Software, offering high-end functionality of large network management frameworks at cost-effective prices to enterprises world-wide. Serving more than 45,000 Customers Worldwide, including 3 out of every 5 Fortune 500 companies.
22. Count.ly – mobile analytics platform.
Countly is an innovative, real-time mobile analytics application. It collects data from mobile phones, and visualizes this information to analyze mobile application usage and end-user behavior.
23. Bluestripe – Application Management for IT Operations
BlueStripe Software provides the next generation of transaction performance management solutions. BlueStripe’s flagship product, FactFinder, is the first management tool to monitor transactions and applications together with the underlying infrastructure, enabling IT Operations to know when transactions get stuck, where they get stuck, and why.
Cost: Contact them.
24. CA Technologies – Business Rewritten by Software
CA, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, licensing, and support of information technology (IT) management software products that operate on a range of hardware platforms and operating systems. The company has a portfolio of software products and services that address its customersâ€™ needs for mainframe and distributed environments, spanning IT governance, IT management, and IT security. It focuses on various areas that include infrastructure management, project and portfolio management, security management, service management, application performance management, and data center automation and virtualization.
25. Riverbed – IT performance company
Riverbed Technology, Inc. (Riverbed) has developed enterprise level solutions to the fundamental problems associated with information technology (IT) performance across wide area networks (WANs).
26. Icinga – Open Source Monitoring
Icinga 2 is a network monitoring system and parallel development branch to Icinga 1. It is a core framework replacement (no GUI) that seeks build on the success of Icinga 1 and deal with shortcomings inherited from Nagios as a fork. Icinga is Nagios compatible.
Cost: Free and open source
Zabbix is an enterprise open source monitoring solution for networks and applications, created by Alexei Vladishev. It is designed to monitor and track the status of various network services, servers, and other network hardware.
Cost: Free and open source.
28. Monit – Easy, proactive monitoring. (Thanks Dan!)
Monit is a small Open Source utility for managing and monitoring Unix systems. Monit conducts automatic maintenance and repair and can execute meaningful causal actions in error situations.
Cost: Free and open source.
Other user submitted solutions…
— Oracle Management Cloud – next-generation integrated monitoring, management, and analytics cloud services.
…suggest others in the comments section below.