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Application Observability (APM)


Welcome to vuSmartMaps™ Application Performance Monitoring (APM) – the ultimate tool for observing, optimizing, and ensuring top-notch performance for your applications! This user guide will be your comprehensive companion, walking you through all the features and functionalities of our APM module, empowering you to unleash the full potential of your application.

In today’s fast-paced digital world, applications are the heart of every business. Whether it’s a website, mobile app, or backend service, how well your applications perform directly impacts user experience, customer satisfaction, and your overall business success. That’s where vuSmartMaps APM comes to your rescue!

Application Performance Monitoring, or APM, is a powerful toolset designed to observe, analyze, and optimize your applications’ performance. With APM, you can gain valuable insights into how your application behaves in real-time, helping you quickly detect and troubleshoot performance issues, ensuring a seamless and delightful user experience.

Comprehensive Observability Suite with Traces

At vuSmartMaps, we are committed to providing you with a complete observability suite to deeply understand your application’s health. Our APM feature goes beyond traditional log and metric observability. It includes Traces – a cutting-edge addition that completes the observability puzzle.

Traces are your powerful allies in APM. They enable you to follow the journey of a single user request as it moves through the intricate maze of microservices in your system. Think of Traces as a detailed, step-by-step map of how your application processes a specific request, right from the user’s action to the backend and beyond. With Traces, you can identify bottlenecks, spot areas for improvement, and gain a holistic view of your application’s performance.

vuTraces Implementation Details

To make vuSmartMaps APM a comprehensive solution, our product module vuTraces utilizes OpenTelemetry agents to instrument and ingest various telemetry data from applications. The features of vuTraces include:

  • Collection of the following telemetry data:
    • Traces: Traces provide a detailed and step-by-step map of how your application processes a specific user request, helping you identify performance bottlenecks and gain a holistic view of your application’s behavior.
      Traces provide a comprehensive representation of individual execution paths within your application or service. They initiate and terminate at designated points in your code, capturing crucial details such as timeframes, events, attributes, sub-routine executions, and configured data. These insights are organized in a structured tree arrangement that faithfully reflects the flow of code logic execution.
    • Automated Discovery and Mapping of Application Components: vuTraces automatically discovers and maps the components of your application, making it easier to understand the interactions of services and dependencies within your complex microservices architecture.
    • Identification and Analysis of Application’s Performance Problems: With vuTraces, you can quickly detect and analyze performance problems in your applications, empowering you to take proactive actions and ensure a seamless user experience.
    • Application Error Analysis: vuTraces helps you quickly spot and analyze errors in your applications, providing contextual information to prioritize and address issues effectively.
  • Automatic Instrumentation:
    • Automatic instrumentation for Java-based applications for host, docker, and K8s-based implementation. This feature simplifies the process of adding tracing to your Java applications and enables you to start collecting traces effortlessly.
    • Automatic instrumentation for .NET-based applications with documentation for the host, docker, and K8s-based implementation. Similar to Java-based applications, vuTraces offers automatic instrumentation for .Net applications, allowing you to enable tracing for your .NET services easily.
  • vuTraces Components:
    • An Observability Source, standard dashboard with ES data store, and standard alerts for vuTraces. The Observability Source dashboard provides you with a pre-configured view of your traces’ data, making it easy to visualize and analyze the performance of your applications.
    • Standard Alerts for vuTraces: Stay on top of potential performance issues (eg, high request rate, high error rate, or high latency) with standard alerts that can be configured to suit your specific observability needs.


The following exciting features are implemented to enhance the APM experience:

  • Automated Service Map with Filtering and Drill-down Capabilities: Easily visualize the interactions between different application components and drill down to gain deeper insights into performance bottlenecks.
  • Timespan View for Traces and Spans for a Specific Trace: Get a focused view of your application’s traces and spans for a specific user request, helping you analyze performance metrics (RED metrics) during a specific timeframe.
  • Secure SSL Channel for Data Transmission from OTEL Agent to OTEL Collector: Ensuring secure transmission of data between agents and collectors to protect your sensitive application performance information.
  • Intelligent Sampling Support: Implement smart and efficient sampling of traces to reduce overhead and storage costs while still gaining valuable insights into application performance.

These features empower us to proactively observe the application’s performance and deliver a seamless user experience.

USPs of vuSmartMaps APM

  • Comprehensive Observability with Real-time Metrics and Traces: Keep a close eye on your application’s performance metrics, including response times, CPU and memory usage, error rates, and more. With real-time observability and Traces, you’ll stay on top of any potential issues and get a detailed view of your application’s behavior.
  • Distributed Tracing for Precise Insights: Trace every transaction across your complex microservices architecture to identify the root cause of performance problems. Traces provide you with detailed behavior information, empowering you to make data-driven decisions.
  • Error Tracking and Contextual Information: Quickly spot and resolve errors in your applications. vuSmartMaps APM helps you understand the context of errors, making it easier to prioritize fixes based on their impact.
  • Intelligent Alerting for Proactive Observability: Configure alerts to receive notifications when performance issues occur. Stay informed before your users encounter problems.
  • Performance Optimization for Superior User Experience: Identify opportunities to optimize your application’s performance and streamline your code for faster execution.

Navigating through APM

vuSmartMaps APM can be accessed by navigating from the left navigation menu (Observability > APM).

After navigating to the APM, the landing page will be the App Catalog page as shown below:

vuSmartMaps APM offers a variety of screens to provide you with valuable insights into your application’s performance. Here are the available screens:

  1. App Catalog
  2. App Overview
  3. Service Summary
  4. Request Rate Overview
  5. Error Rate Overview
  6. Latency Overview
  7. Trace Details

In the following sections, we will delve into each screen in detail, exploring their functionalities and how they empower you to optimize your application’s performance and deliver an exceptional user experience.

Further Reading

  1. Analyse App and Service
  2. RED Metrics
  3. Trace Details


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