AppDynamics Delivers Performance Monitoring for Microsoft Windows Azure

AppDynamics announced new application performance monitoring capabilities for Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud computing platform.

AppDynamics, an application performance management (APM) solution provider, has announced a new partnership with Microsoft that enables Windows Azure users to monitor and scale their applications in Windows Azure.

Microsoft recently announced a slew of new June 2012 updates for its Windows Azure cloud computing platform. Enterprises running applications on Microsoft€™s cloud platform can now gain full visibility into their applications and rapidly troubleshoot performance problems, AppDynamics said.

The company said traditional monitoring tools provide some level of visibility, but they often have blind spots that limit their ability to rapidly pinpoint and fix performance problems. Yet AppDynamics enables Windows Azure users to gain full visibility into the end-to-end performance of every business transaction and quickly isolate problems with code-level diagnostics, AppDynamics officials said.

€œWe are excited about AppDynamics€™ solution on Windows Azure and look forward to working with them,€ said Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president, Windows Azure App Platform at Microsoft, in a statement €œTheir solution helps businesses gain greater visibility into the performance of their applications running on Windows Azure.€

AppDynamics officials said the company€™s automatic instrumentation and configuration make it a perfect fit for managing cloud environments with a high rate of change. In addition, AppDynamics€™ auto-scaling feature allows Windows Azure customers to automatically provision Windows Azure resources based on the performance and throughput of business transactions.

Windows Azure users will be able to try AppDynamics for free for 30 days through the Windows Azure Marketplace. With AppDynamics, Windows Azure users can monitor the health of their Windows Azure application, troubleshoot performance problems in real time, rapidly diagnose the root cause of performance problems, and dynamically scale up and scale down their Windows Azure application.

€œWindows Azure is world class, and we€™re looking forward to supporting their customers with an application performance management solution that€™s built from the ground up for cloud-based production applications,€ said Jyoti Bansal, founder and CEO of AppDynamics, in a statement. €œMigrating to the cloud can be a scary step for many application owners. We€™re happy to be able to give application support teams the confidence that their applications will meet their SLAs, as well as scale to meet the needs of their business.€

With the June 7 release of AppDynamics Pro 3.4.3, Windows Azure users can now monitor and troubleshoot applications that leverage Windows Azure Compute, Windows Azure Service Bus, Windows Azure SQL and Windows Azure Storage

To provide the best possible solution for Windows Azure users, AppDynamics has made available its multitenant Monitoring as a Service platform within Windows Azure itself. This minimizes the network bandwidth costs for Windows Azure customers using AppDynamics because they will not have to transfer monitoring data outside of Windows Azure. In addition, online support, documentation and training are all available directly through the Windows Azure Marketplace.

AppDynamics is available now on the Windows Azure Marketplace. Free trials of AppDynamics Pro for Windows Azure last for 30 days and then revert to AppDynamics Lite for Windows Azure, which is free indefinitely.