SaaS – Software-as-a-Service – has seen a lot of success over the last 5 years, but it has not grown that much in the field of APM like it has in other markets. However, as cloud computing gains momentum, you are likely to see the SaaS APM adoption increase considerably as more apps are deployed to the cloud. Here are the top benefits of SaaS-based APM.
1. Time To Value
If a SaaS-based APM were to be installed in your organization within the next few minutes, you would get to experience the benefits of APM without interacting with any sales person. All you have to do is create an account and assess whether the APM can meet your needs.
Most cloud providers are collaborating with vendors to implant agents within the servers that they provide for customer apps.
2. Cost Of Hardware, Licenses, Maintenance, And Admin
Subscription-based licenses are more versatile, affordable, and less risky than owning perpetual licenses. The subscription usually includes an annual maintenance fee and the cost of supporting and managing APM infrastructure that is necessary for monitoring your apps. You do not have to purchase hardware to run your APM server or pay someone else to manage it; you just have to deploy the agents and you are done.
In the same vein, you would not need to sign up for yearlong contracts with vendors; you should consider paying as you go. If the APM software pleases you, then you can renew your subscription.
3. Ease Of Use
When you sign up for a SaaS account and evaluate APM for the first time, there will not be any technical or pre-sale consultants sitting next to you to demonstrate the solution. Your experience from account registration to app monitoring is a journey that you take by yourself. [pullquote]Because first impressions are everything with SaaS, the learning curve of application project management is usually easier and faster.[/pullquote]
SaaS-based solutions are a lot younger than conventional on-premise software. This means that UI design, principles as well as the technology, are more interactive and superior for users. First gen APM solutions were mostly for developers while more people can adopt the recent ones: operations, business users, and development.
4. Migrating To The Latest Release
When a vendor announces a new version of APM software, it is up to you as a customer to migrate to the new release. If everything goes well, you might only need to spend several days or weeks migrating. On the other hand, if everything goes badly, you might have to spend a lot of time working with the vendor to finish the migration.
With SaaS-based APM, the vendor is usually responsible for the migration. You only need to login to get the most recent version and features, which happens automatically. You get to exploit the innovation as soon as it is ready instead of waiting for months. Moreover, if anything goes wrong, the vendor is responsible for fixing it.
Cloud providers and enterprises have the ability to manage many apps, which can span thousands of servers. Although you can deploy APM across 2 apps and 100 servers in your organization, it is very different when deploying it across 50 servers. Scaling APM has always been difficult. However, with SaaS-based APM, the vendor will deal with scalability issues for you; leaving you to focus on other things.
The above reasons are enough to compel you to consider installing a SaaS-based APM. Although it is not for everyone, you should give it a chance. You should consider getting a new relic alternative for your company if their pricing is forcing you to look elsewhere.