Why we built Dynatrace

By now, you’re probably wondering why we built Dynatrace in the first place. After all, there are lots of monitoring products out there, from free to high-end enterprise. Why build a new one? We believe that application development and operations have changed a lot—continuous Deployment, DevOps … you know the drill—but monitoring still looks the same. Especially if you are a startup or leading-edge company using Cloud services, you might feel that application monitoring tools just don’t fit your requirements. There might be lot of reasons, but these are the ones we think are the most striking.

Cloud Natives companies need different monitoring

Cloud Natives? Who are they? These are companies that run their applications heavily relying on cloud services provided by Amazon and other vendors as well using Third Party Services wherever they seem them fit. They want the best tool for the job and they want it SaaS based. They favor fast value over the ability to customize to any possible scenarios. That’s why we focus on the 80 percent of functionality that people really need to get the job done, delivering it in a streamlined and easy-to-understand way. No unnecessary stuff here.

Most tools assume you have time.

Every monitoring tool claims it can be installed in minutes, it’s easy to configure and it’s extendable with plug-ins. But let’s face it: you’ll still have to modify some startup scripts and install plug-ins. With Dynatrace, you install one time and then you’re done forever. That’s right, forever. Just execute a single wget command and download the shell script and we’ll make the magic happen. You will never have to install any further plug-ins.

Most tools leave the heavy lifting to you.

Tools don’t solve problems, people do. Many monitoring vendors are proud of the massive amounts of data they throw at you. In the end, that data alone doesn’t help much. Instead, after you’ve already put in days of hard work, you’re left to make sense of what went wrong—without any help from that tool you thought would make things easier. With Dynatrace, we do this heavy lifting for you, using some pretty serious Artificial Intelligence technologies to automatically find the solution for application and infrastructure problems. We don’t want to take over the world with our AI; we just want to make waves as your 24/7 data-problem-solver.

All these wrong alerts suck.

Advancements are a funny, funny thing. After all, we can send people to the moon, but there hasn’t been a single product that only sends alerts that truly matter to your application. We promise not to send you any wrong alerts—ever. In fact, Dynatrace doesn’t even have alerts. Instead, we monitor anomalies in your application and bring them to your attention when they start impacting your business or have the potential to cause serious problems.

What’s next?

We’re getting ready to provide the best monitoring solution to the world. If you’re half as revved up about Dynatrace as we are (trust us, our level of excitement is pretty hard to match), we’d love to keep this conversation going:

  • Want proof that we’re not all talk? We just launched our early adopter program, so sign up and see for yourself what Dynatrace can do.
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  • Still have questions? Ask away below. We love talking about what we’re doing here.

Alois is Chief Technology Strategist of Dynatrace. He is fanatic about monitoring, DevOps and application performance. He spent most of his professional career in building monitoring tools and speeding up applications. He is a regular conference speaker, blogger, book author and Sushi maniac.