Infrastructure Monitoring Best Practices

Welcome to this tutorial on infrastructure monitoring best practices using AppDynamics. Effective infrastructure monitoring is essential for maintaining the health, performance, and availability of your IT infrastructure. In this tutorial, we will explore key practices for infrastructure monitoring, provide examples of commands and code, explain the steps in detail, highlight common mistakes to avoid, address frequently asked questions, and provide a summary of the best practices.

Example Commands

Here are a few examples of commands you can use with AppDynamics for infrastructure monitoring:

<script> var cpuUsage = appdynamics.getMetric('Infrastructure', 'CPU Usage'); console.log('CPU Usage:', cpuUsage); </script>

The above code snippet demonstrates how to use the AppDynamics JavaScript API to retrieve the CPU usage metric for your infrastructure.

Best Practices for Infrastructure Monitoring

Follow these best practices to ensure effective infrastructure monitoring:

  1. Define Key Infrastructure Components: Identify the critical components of your infrastructure that require monitoring, such as servers, databases, network devices, and storage systems.
  2. Monitor Performance Metrics: Collect and monitor key performance metrics for your infrastructure components, including CPU usage, memory utilization, network traffic, disk I/O, and response times.
  3. Set Thresholds and Alerts: Define appropriate thresholds for performance metrics and configure alerts to notify you when metrics exceed predefined thresholds, indicating potential issues.
  4. Utilize Infrastructure Dashboards: Create custom dashboards to visualize and analyze the performance data of your infrastructure components, allowing you to quickly identify trends, anomalies, and potential bottlenecks.
  5. Implement Auto-Discovery: Use auto-discovery capabilities to automatically detect and add new infrastructure components to your monitoring environment, ensuring comprehensive coverage.
  6. Monitor Dependencies: Identify and monitor the dependencies between infrastructure components to understand how changes or issues in one component can impact others.
  7. Perform Capacity Planning: Analyze historical performance data and trends to forecast future resource needs and proactively address potential capacity constraints.
  8. Integrate with ITSM Tools: Integrate your infrastructure monitoring solution with IT service management (ITSM) tools to streamline incident management, change management, and problem management processes.
  9. Implement Automation: Leverage automation to streamline repetitive tasks, such as configuration changes, deployment, and scaling of infrastructure resources.
  10. Regularly Review and Update: Continuously review and update your infrastructure monitoring strategy to align with changing business needs, technological advancements, and industry best practices.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Not monitoring all critical infrastructure components, leaving potential blind spots.
  • Setting incorrect or inadequate thresholds, leading to either excessive or insufficient alerts.
  • Not correlating and analyzing infrastructure metrics in the context of application performance and end-user experience.
  • Overlooking the importance of capacity planning, resulting in unexpected resource shortages.
  • Failing to integrate infrastructure monitoring with ITSM tools, leading to disjointed incident and problem management processes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is infrastructure monitoring?

    Infrastructure monitoring involves the collection and analysis of performance metrics from various components of the IT infrastructure, such as servers, databases, network devices, and storage systems, to ensure their optimal operation and availability.

  2. What are some common infrastructure performance metrics to monitor?

    Common infrastructure performance metrics include CPU usage, memory utilization, disk I/O, network traffic, response times, and availability.

  3. How can infrastructure monitoring help with problem resolution?

    Infrastructure monitoring provides insights into the performance and health of your infrastructure components, helping you identify and resolve issues quickly. It allows you to proactively detect and troubleshoot potential problems before they impact your applications and end users.

  4. Can AppDynamics integrate with other monitoring tools?

    Yes, AppDynamics offers integrations with various infrastructure monitoring tools, allowing you to consolidate and correlate data from multiple sources for comprehensive visibility and analysis.

  5. How often should I review and update my infrastructure monitoring strategy?

    It is recommended to regularly review and update your infrastructure monitoring strategy to ensure it aligns with your evolving business needs, technological advancements, and industry best practices. Aim for periodic reviews at least once a year or whenever significant changes occur in your infrastructure environment.


In this tutorial, we explored the best practices for infrastructure monitoring using AppDynamics. By defining key components, monitoring performance metrics, setting thresholds, utilizing dashboards, implementing automation, and integrating with ITSM tools, you can effectively monitor and manage your infrastructure. Avoiding common mistakes and regularly reviewing your monitoring strategy will ensure the health, performance, and availability of your IT infrastructure, contributing to a seamless application experience and improved business outcomes.