AppDynamics today announced the release of its AppDynamics Lite for .NET (News - Alert) tool, which is not only the first production-ready performance monitoring tool geared toward .NET systems, but is also the first ever performance management solution for .NET applications that has been released for free.
AppDynamics Lite for .NET allows users to troubleshoot problems at the production level. It can quickly identify and monitor an application's transactions, and can, as a result, provide an immediate look at key performance problems like slow SQL or slow response time. It's installed directly on an instance of IIS, and can be installed in as little as 90 seconds based on AppDynamics' figures. Not only can AppDynamics Lite provide quick information about common problems a system may be facing, it can also provide greater overviews of less common problems, including a look at how their application will perform over time.
What's particularly telling about AppDynamics Lite, however, is that it's offered on a freemium basis, meaning that the basic AppDynamics Lite itself is offered to users at no charge -- a process referred to as "borderline crazy" by Nick Koning, Technical Architect for Best Practice -- while enhancements can be had at additional costs. The practice is commonly used in video games and has begun expanding out to other types of software as well.
Founder and CEO of AppDynamics, Jyoti Bansal, describes the success of AppDynamics Lite as a demonstration that "IT Pros need a free monitoring solution for their production applications," and that "they need far more than simple system monitoring tools like Perfmon." Bansal further described AppDynamics Lite as "a production monitoring tool that provides insight deep into the application layer."
Considering that AppDynamics already counts major names like StubHub, Hotels.com, Staples (News - Alert) and travel site Priceline among their current clients, it's safe to say that they can handle production applications monitoring for most any size business. While the freemium pricing model is an unexpected deviation from the norm, it's likely also a welcome deviation as well, providing businesses with the opportunity to tailor the program to their needs without putting up a substantial initial investment. So for those businesses looking to get a better handle on their production applications, AppDynamics Lite is almost certainly going to be worth at least a try; the price is certainly right.
Edited by Rich Steeves