Welcome to the APM online help

SolarWinds APM is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-delivered product that extends the application monitoring capabilities of SolarWinds SAM. It delivers advanced performance metrics for IIS-based, .NET applications that are integrated into the SAM experience. By monitoring application performance, application dependencies, transaction times, and overall user experiences, you can better understand why transactions in your applications are slow or failing as fast as possible.

You can use SolarWinds APM to cross-reference application, server, and infrastructure metrics side-by-side in the same dashboard, and trace requests through your entire application and infrastructure. APM also includes heat maps to isolate outliers and trends, which you can use to drill down to traces for root cause.

SolarWinds APM adds an extra layer of information to nodes monitored by AppInsight for IIS that enables you to:

  • Gain a code-level look into your AppInsight for IIS applications.
  • Monitor the performance of custom IIS-based, .NET applications.
  • Check the status of application stacks and see how tiers of applications interact with each other.
  • Determine the databases and users that applications send information to.
  • Identify if issues are network-, server-, or application-related so you can route them to the right team.

The following chart highlights the benefits of adding APM integration to IIS nodes monitored in SAM:

SAM APM
Custom application performance monitoring
Deep application performance visualization & tracing
Application dependency mapping
Hyper-V and ESX health and performance metrics
Server volume monitoring and capacity planning
Server hardware health and performance monitoring
Built-in alerts and reporting

After you integrate SolarWinds APM with an IIS node, visualizations of key metrics — such as a breakdown of response time into applications, remote calls, and database queries — appear on the subview of the IIS Application Pool details page.