As one of only a handful of Node.js monitoring tools, nabbing Nodetime is a coup for AppDynamics, whose claim to fame is simplifying the management of complex applications. Indeed, AppDynamics officials claim this acquisition helps solidify their claim that AppDynamics holds a leading position as an end-to-end APM provider for modern applications.
Nic Johnson, a Web architect at FamilySearch, a genealogy organization that is a customer of both AppDynamics and Nodetime, said he is pleased to see this move by AppDynamics. "Both Nodetime and AppDynamics are essential parts of our toolset, and we're very excited to see them united in the same product and the same great company," Johnson said. "This will mean great things both for AppDynamics customers and for the Node.js community as a whole."
Node.js has become a popular platform for building fast, scalable Web applications. According to a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) tech survey, adoption of Node.js doubled in the last year alone, and the Node.js application server is currently the 14th most popular in the world. Today, a range of organizations use Node.js to power their mobile applications, including LinkedIn, Walmart and Klout.
"We're proud to be a part of the vibrant and rapidly growing Node.js community," said Jyoti Bansal, founder and CEO of AppDynamics, said in a statement. "Many of our customers have requested Node.js monitoring, and it's clear to us that Node.js is rapidly becoming the next big thing in software. We're happy to be able to offer our customers the best Node.js APM on the market with Nodetime."
Dimitri Melkiyan, founder and CEO of Nodetime, said, "Our joint solution represents a huge benefit, both to our existing customers and the Node.js community as a whole. AppDynamics is already the best-in-class solution for Java, .NET and PHP." He added that he is looking forward to working with AppDynamics to build an integrated APM solution for Node.js.
AppDynamics has had an active year. In January, AppDynamics announced a $50 million Series D growth financing round. The round was led by new investor Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), and also included AppDynamics' existing investors: Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.
"AppDynamics is poised to become the leader in a multibillion dollar market with its unique technology and its customer-friendly sales model," said Steve Harrick, general partner at IVP at the time AppDynamics received the funding. "IVP is a believer with conviction in AppDynamics' vision, market opportunity and leadership team. The rapid growth and customer momentum at AppDynamics points to a bright future for AppDynamics. Supporting a company that solves practical, real-world problems in large markets fits squarely with IVP's investment strategy."
The combination of ease-of-use and the capability to solve complex application problems has led to phenomenal growth for AppDynamics, Bansal said. AppDynamics currently monitors more than 51 billion transactions per day among the customers of its Pro product, which includes companies such as Cornell University, Edmunds.com, ExactTarget, Glassdoor.com, Overstock, Priceline, Roku, StubHub, Staples, Taleo and TiVo.
Also during the course of this year, AppDynamics announced its ability to instrument the performance of native code running on mobile devices and carrier networks. The company also announced APM support for PHP applications, a new mainframe monitoring extension and a new database monitoring solution in AppDynamics for Databases, among other moves.