Just before the holidays, we made a pair of big announcements: in addition to our first year on the Magic Quadrant for APM, we’ve just increased TraceView’s data retention to an industry-leading 90 days of full data. But we’re constantly releasing new features, and we didn’t want those stories to overshadow the launch of Comparison Views for AppView Web. While I’m only now writing about it, it’s actually been online since before Christmas!
Synthetic monitoring is a valuable way to baseline your application’s performance. But users around the globe will access it through different browsers and networks, so it’s often advantageous to have multiple baselines. Many of our customers are using AppView Web Global to monitor from an ever-expanding list of cloud-hosted locations, while others use AppView Web from our microappliances to get performance data right from their remote offices.
This is exactly the use case we had in mind when we developed Comparison View. Using the same data we’ve already been collecting, you can easily check whether any monitors stand out. Displaying the data like this makes it obvious whether you’re looking at persistent slowness due to a different regional network quality, or an intermittent issue that only affects one site.
You can also view breakdowns of your data similar to what’s displayed for individual AppView Web paths. Segmenting by milestone lets you see whether you have a problem that affects some parts of your application more noticeably than others, such as an asset that needs to be served from a different CDN. Alternately, you can segment by end user experience to examine trends in network, server, and browser latency on a monitor-by-monitor basis.
If you already have some paths set up, it’s simple to create a comparison. Select the paths you’re interested in and then choose Compare from the Bulk Action dropdown. Or, if you’ve already created a group for the paths you’re interested in, just press the Compare button.
If you don’t have any paths yet, why not give AppView Web a try? We’d be glad to set you up with a trial so you can check out this feature. Use our script recorder and you can be monitoring your site from locations around the globe in less than 5 minutes!