Load test and performance test allow you to see the status of your services and the bottlenecks of these services, if any. In addition, Application Performance Management Tools (APM) provide you with database operations in your services, response times of your APIs, etc. along with many parameters where you are having trouble in details. At Loadium, we offer the support of New Relic and AppDynamics APM tools.
What Is The Application Performance Management?
APM enables business-critical applications to monitor performance metrics, receive timely alerts in case of performance issues, and generate reports for periodic performance analysis. In this way, it facilitates the cause and solution of the problems.
Management from a single console:
Application performance monitoring tools (APM tools) must combine the essentials—all-around monitoring, alerting, and comprehensive reporting—and eliminate the hassle of dealing with multiple tools to measure and optimize application performance.
Key Performance Indicator:
When we say KPI, we are talking about application performance metrics such as response times, requests per minute, thread and session details, CPU usage, disk and memory usage, error states. These indicators include the first set of key application and infrastructure metrics you check to measure the efficiency of your applications. Your application performance management system should be able to accurately present this data at regular intervals.
Warning and automated actions:
It is one of the basic requirements in APM tools. The thresholds for these alerts should be configurable for the application, as well as individual metrics. These alerts facilitate faster detection of application performance issues. However, these alerts should also be able to execute preconfigured actions for faster troubleshooting. Notifications (SMS, Email), restarting a virtual machine, executing MBean operation, stack dump/thread dump/Garbage collection etc. are some examples of automated processes.
Code-level detection and transaction tracking:
Most APM tools provide down-to-code review to help discover issues that may not have gone unnoticed until an end user reports it. Your APM solution should be able to take snapshots of individual transaction traces and allow them to view SQL queries in detail to detect lagging queries. Your DevOps team should probably be able to tell you how valuable such insights can be during application development.