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Where can I find information on the AppDynamics integration with Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF)?

Updated on 3/6/19





The AppDynamics integration with Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) lets you easily deploy AppDynamics-monitored applications on the PCF platform, gather performance and infrastructure metrics, and leverage transaction analytics capabilities. At the center of this integration are three distinct tiles:


1. Application Monitoring for PCF: For performance monitoring of applications running on Cloud Foundry.

  • APM is provided through AppDynamics support inside the standard Cloud Foundry buildpacks and Service Broker deployed through the tile.
  • Transactional Analytics for applications are provided via the AppDynamics Analytics Agent, deployed through the tile.
  • An Extension Buildpack is provided to help instrument Java and .NET HWC applications. 
  • For detailed information on the integration and Application Monitoring for PCF, visit the resources linked below:


2. Platform Monitoring for PCF: For Cloud Foundry infrastructure monitoring. The tile includes:


Note: Prior to v4.5.460, Application and Platform metrics were managed as one tile. Starting with 4.5.460, Platform Metrics are managed by a separate tile.


3. Application Analytics for PCF: Provides analytics at the transaction level for applications running on Cloud Foundry. The tile includes:

Note: Prior to v4.5.545, Application Monitoring and Application Analytics metrics were managed as one tile. Starting with 4.5.545, Application Analytics Metrics are managed by a separate tile.


With these three tiles, you have access to full performance and infrastructure KPI metrics and out-of-the-box KPI dashboards, health rules, and alerts that enable you to monitor the performance of any PCF platform and correlate it with business data in real time. For overviews of PCF Application Performance and Platform Monitoring, examples of how the PCF Buildpack and Service Broker work, an outline of the Extension Buildpack, and a list supported environments, check out the blog posts below:


Application Monitoring and KPI Dashboard

The APM KPI Dashboard visualizes application performance of the PCF platform on which your AppDynamics tile is running in one single view from your AppDynamics Controller UI. For a deep dive on the monitored PCF performance metrics and instructions on how to use the PCF Dashboard Generator and enable health rules, see AppDynamics PCF KPI Dashboard.


Transaction Analytics

Transaction Analytics provided by the Application Analytics Agent is now part of a new tile, Application Analytics for PCF. With this change, Analytics Agent is no longer part of the AppDynamics Application Performance Monitoring for PCF tile. For instructions on configuring your tile for analytics, binding applications to the Analytics Agent, configuring your Controller to fetch data from the Events Service and configuring the Analytics Collector on your Controller, visit Configuring Transaction Analytics.


Platform Analytics and KPI Dashboard

Quick to install with minimal configuration and memory usage, the Platform Monitoring for PCF tile allows you to configure infrastructure monitoring with KPI Dashboards, health rules, and alerting capabilities. The AppDynamics Firehose Nozzle uses a lightweight Go SDK to collect and report metrics to the Dashboard. Go Language is the official language for Pivotal Cloud Foundry, so this ensures you’re compliant with PCF. To take advantage of this tile, you’ll need a Go SDK AppDynamics license.


Implementation and End-to-End Workflows

Application Monitoring

Follow the steps outlined in the resources below to install and configure Application Monitoring (APM):


These four pages provide examples of end-to-end workflows using sample Java, .NET, Python, and PHP applications:


Application Analytics
Follow the steps outlined in the resources below to install and configure Application Analytics:


Platform Monitoring

The pages linked below detail the process for installing and configuring Platform Monitoring for PCF.


Release Notes and Upgrading

Note: Please note that upgrades from AppDynamics v1.x are not supported. If you previously installed AppDynamics v1.x, uninstall it and install the latest version. This is especially important since the Platform Metrics framework has been rewritten to use the new Firehose Nozzle instead of JMX Bridge.


Application Monitoring

To stay up-to-date on the latest functionality in the AppDynamics/PCF integration for APM, check out the Release Notes regularly.


Application Analytics
For the latest updates on Application Analytics for PCF, visit the Release Notes.


Platform Monitoring

For updates on Platform Monitoring for PCF, also visit the Release Notes.


FAQs and Troubleshooting

Application Monitoring

This FAQ page includes troubleshooting tips and answers to common questions about the AppDynamics tile, Service Broker and buildpacks, PCF Dashboard, and other topics.


Application Analytics
The FAQ page covers packaging information, instruction on enabling Application Analytics and SSL communication, and troubleshooting tips.


Platform Monitoring

This FAQ page addresses questions about the Platform tile, SSL configuration, Dashboards, and more.



For more hands-on training geared towards operations teams and developers, you can watch our recorded webinar on how to monitor polygot distributed applications deployed to PCF. @mark.prichard@Pavan Krishna.Nimmagadda, and @Jeffrey.Holmes guide you through the complete application lifecycle, showing you:

  • How to deploy and configure APM solutions using Cloud Foundry buildpacks for Java, .NET, node.js, Python, and other languages.
  • How to install and configure the AppDynamics Service Broker tile.
  • How to monitor PCF and BOSH infrastructure health and availability using the new monitoring integration recently introduced for Pivotal 2.x.

To view the recording, read a transcript of the Q&A portion, and access additional resources, visit [Technical Session] Monitoring Pivotal Cloud Foundry Applications and Infrastructure.


We also offer a recorded technical session on AppD and PCF Updates on .NET Core, Platform Monitoring for Multiple Foundations, Multi-Buildpacks an.... In this session, we talk about:

  • All the new Service Broker Tiles
  • Our new multi-buildpack support, plus a demo of how to deploy and monitor .NET Agent for Linux using the multi-buildpack extension
  • Show the new multi-foundation platform monitoring tools that are part of our loggregator integration
  • Some more exciting new product features that are just around the corner.

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