20 Top Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring Solutions

UPDATE: 50 Top Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Solutions

Last Update – Fixed broken links. (including defunct, mergers, acquisitions, or changed links)

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. In random order…

>> 50 Top Server Monitoring & APM Solutions <<

20 30 Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring Solutions
(even more in the comments section below!)

Sponsored: Instrumental – Free developer accounts for application and server monitoring.

Instrumental 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.

Cost: Free for up to 500 metrics, then $0.10/month per metric


1. AppOptics by Solarwinds – Application Performance Monitoring & Server Monitoring

Application Performance Management Server Monitoring - AppOptics

AppOptics™ is the SolarWinds® next-generation, SaaS-based application performance management (APM) solution. Designed to address the challenges associated with disparate monitoring solutions, AppOptics is a seamless application and infrastructure monitoring solution with distributed tracing, over 150 integrations, and custom metrics that all feed into the same dashboarding, analytics, and alerting pipelines.

Cost: Free 14-day trial, starting at $7.50 per month, per host.


2. Datadog – Cloud Monitoring as a Service.

Datadog APM

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.

Cost: Free plan, or from $15 monthly.


3. Site24x7 – Monitoring Availability and End User Experience

Website Monitoring Website Monitoring Service Server Monitoring - Site24x7

Site24x7 is a full stack performance monitoring solutions company. It offers cloud monitoring for devOps and IT operations with monitoring capabilities extending to analyzing the experience of real users accessing websites and applications from desktop and mobile devices. The company assists DevOps teams to monitor and troubleshoot applications, servers and network infrastructure, including private and public clouds.

Cost: Free trial or from $9 per month.


4. Panopta – Uptime Monitoring Software for IT Systems Management.

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.

Cost: Free trial / starts at $49 per month.


5. Instrumental – Free developer accounts for application and server monitoring

Instrumental 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.

Cost: Free for up to 500 metrics, then $0.10/month per metric.


6. Exoprise – Office 365 | SaaS | Cloud | Monitoring

Office 365 | SaaS | Cloud | Monitoring | Exoprise

Exoprise CloudReady is a platform for end-to-end visibility into the networks and applications your organization relies on. Monitor and benchmark the end-user experience from inside and outside your firewall with crowd-sourced performance data. Easily deployed, no scripting required, with support for ALL of Office 365, any Web App, any SSO, SharePoint, Exchange and Skype/VoIP.  Find and fix problems fast, detect outages, observe trends and improve operations for your entire business.

Cost: Free Trial or from $100 per sensor/month


7. Tornimo – Real-Time Application Monitoring and Analytics

Tornimo - Real-Time Application Monitoring and Analytics

Tornimo provides real-time monitoring and alerts so you always know what’s going on and can act fast. Tornimo is hosted on AWS cloud that allows you to scale without dramatic price increases. AWS also provides a secure environment built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations. All this means you can focus on building your applications while we handle the monitoring.

Cost: Starting under a $1 per month


8. 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.

Cost: 30 day Free Trial. Then ask for pricing.


9. 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.

Cost: Free 14 day trial, then from $249 per month.


 10. Munin – System, network and infrastructure monitoring software application.

MuninMunin 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


11. 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


12. 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.

Cost: Free plan, then from $149 per month.


13. Oracle Application Performance Monitoring

Application Performance Monitoring Service Oracle Cloud

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.

Cost: Starts at $250 | Start a Free Trial


14. Pingdom Server Monitor – Hosted Server Monitoring)

Server Monitoring Pingdom Server Monitor

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).

Cost: 30 day free trial, then from $10 per server monthly.


15. Cisco Cloud Consumption Service

Cloud Solutions Cisco Cloud Consumption Service Cisco

Cisco Cloud Consumption as a Service discovers what cloud services you’re using and protects your organization by reducing risks and costs. You’ll gain a clear understanding of your organization’s cloud usage, allowing you to better meet the demands of your employees and predict future cloud needs.

Cost: Request a free quote.


16. IBM – Application Performance Management

IBM Application Performance Management APM

IBM SmartCloud Monitoring can help you manage the performance and availability of your virtual environments.

Cost: Various paid solutions available.


17. ITRS – real-time analytics & application performance monitoring.


ITRS Geneos provides real-time visibility of the performance of your technology. ITRS Insights provides big data storage and real-time analytics on your streams of data. Monitoring your applications, processes and infrastructure for instant visibility of the performance of the technology driving your business.

Cost: Contact for pricing


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.

Cost: Free 30 day Trial, then $2000+


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.

Cost: Free Trial, then from $15 monthly.


20. WhatsUpGoldNetwork & 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.

Cost: Free 30 day trial, then from $1,595.


Additional Server & 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.

Cost: Free 30 day trial, then from $2000+.


22. Count.ly – mobile analytics platform.

CountlyCountly 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.

Cost: Free Trial, then from $125 monthly.


23. Azure by Microsoft – Application Management for IT Operations

Microsoft Operations Management Suite

BlueStripe Software (acquired by Microsoft) 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 customers’ 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.

Have them contact you.


25. Anturis – Cloud-based Monitoring Service for Servers


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.

Cost: Free plan, or from $9.50 monthly.


26. AppDynamics – Application Performance & Server Monitoring

Application Performance Monitoring Management AppDynamics

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.

Cost: Free 14 day Trial, then from $230 monthly.


27. 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).

Contact a sales rep.


28. 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


29. Zabbix – Enterprise-Class Open Source Distributed Monitoring Solution.


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.


30. Monit – Easy, proactive monitoring.


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.

UPDATE: 50 Top Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Solutions

Other user submitted solutions…

— Cacti – The Complete RRDTool-based Graphing Solution. Free and open source. (Thanks Martin)

— OpenNMS – Free and open-source enterprise grade network monitoring and network management platform. (Thanks Stéphane)

Site24x7 – external website monitoring service from ZOHO Corp. Website & Server Monitoring Service. (Thanks Aarathy)

— Serverdensity – FreeBSD, Windows, OS X and Linux server monitoring with custom plugins. (Thanks Jonathan Sundqvist)

— Oracle Management Cloud – next-generation integrated monitoring, management, and analytics cloud services.

…suggest others in the comments section below.

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