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Is it possible to run the AppDynamics controller within my own Microsoft Azure IaaS?

“Is it possible to run the AppDynamics controller within my own Microsoft Azure IaaS?”

I hear this question fairly regularly and would like to walk you through how to host the controller in your own Azure cloud. First off, the pros of having AppDynamics with Azure:

  • Have full control and ownership of the data collected by AppDynamics
  • Provide additional security to access the data (for example, lock it down to a corporate VPN only).
  • Enable easy integration between AppDynamics and your services, such as Active Directory for authentication or internal bug tracking system for alert notifications. These would typically require opening custom ports when you leverage the AppDynamics SaaS environment.
  • AppDynamics works by placing an agent running on your servers which reports to the controller. It’s common to have several agents monitoring your applications. To further the ease of use, we monitor Java, .NET, PHP, Node.js, and now, C++ all in one single pane of glass. Your Azure architecture might look something like this:

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    A unique feature for AppDynamics is flexible deployment. Typically, legacy APM solutions rely on on-premise deployment, whereas newer companies are Saas-only. At AppDynamics you can run the controller on-premise, leverage the AppDynamics SaaS option, or deploy a hybrid mixture.

    To run the controller in your Azure IaaS you can leverage the security of the on-premise deployment option and install the controller the same way as if you would in your datacenter. This allows you to have full control over the your data and be the gatekeeper to access that data.

    Important to note:

  • Properly size the controller — you can estimate the CPU/memory/disk requirements based on number of agents you are going to deploy. This is covered in the AppDynamics online documentation [link].
  • Configure the VM for maximum I/O.
  • The second is very important to configure as the controller installs a database which requires high I/O throughput. The recommended best practice is to treat the VM the same as you would be running a SQL server on it. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn133149.aspx

    If you forget to do this, you run the risk that the performance of the controller will slow down. This will not slow down your monitored applications as the agents are implemented to be non-blocking. However, the slowness will cause controller UI to lag and hard to visualize the collected data.

    Hope this helps and you can choose the option which works the best for your organization! Try it out now, for FREE!

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    Our upcoming November 4-6 event in Santa Clara, California will present a total of 10 simultaneous tracks by an all-star faculty, over three days, plus a two-day "Cloud Computing Bootcamp" presented by Janakiram MSV, an Analyst with the Gigaom Research analyst network, where he covers the Cloud Services landscape.

    Cloud and Big Data topics and tracks include: Enterprise Cloud Adoption, APM & Cloud Computing | Hot Topics, Cloud APIs & Business, Cloud Security | Mobility, Big Data | Analytics.

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    Now that we have published the full conference schedule, please check back for daily updates as we finalize new session abstracts by working with our distinguished faculty members. For your questions please contact us at events (at) sys-con.com. Last but not least we will announce our keynotes on the hottest subjects to be delivered by world-class speakers!

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    The 1st International Internet of @ThingsExpo was launched this June at the Javits Center in New York City with over 6,000 delegates in attendance. The 2nd International Internet of @ThingsExpo will take place November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, with an estimated 7,000 plus delegates attending over three days.

    @ThingsExpo is co-located with 15th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading IoT industry players in the world. In 2014, more than 200 companies will be present on the @ThingsExpo show floor, including global players and the hottest new technology pioneers.

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    @ThingsExpo New York 2015 'Call for Papers' Now Open
    The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York announces that its 'Call for Papers' is now open. The event will feature a world class, all-star faculty with the hottest IoT topics covered in three distinct tracks.

    Track 1 - Consumer IoT and Wearables: Smart Appliances, Wearables, Smart Cars, Smartphones 2.0, Smart Travel, Personal Fitness, Health Care, Personalized Marketing, Customized Shopping, Personal Finance, The Digital Divide, Mobile Cash & Markets, Games & the IoT, The Future of Education, Virtual Reality

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    Track 3 - Developer IoT: WebRTC, Eclipse Foundation, Cloud Foundry, Docker & Linux Containers, Node-Red, Open Source Hardware, Leveraging SOA, Multi-Cloud IoT, Evolving Standards, WebSockets, Security & Privacy Protocols, GPS & Proximity Services, Bluetooth/RFID/etc., XMPP, Nest Labs


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    Chris Matthieu Named @ThingsExpo Tech Chair

    Internet of @ThingsExpo named Chris Matthieu tech chair of Internet of @ThingsExpo 2014 Silicon Valley.

    Chris Matthieu has two decades of telecom and web experience. He launched his Teleku cloud communications-as-a-service platform at eComm in 2010, which was acquired by Voxeo. Next he built an open source Node.JS PaaS called Nodester, which was acquired by AppFog. His latest startups include Twelephone. Leveraging HTML5 and WebRTC, Twelephone's BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to become the next generation telecom company running in the Web browser. Chris is currently co-founder and CTO of Octoblu.

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