What is availability monitoring?

Overview

Just because your web application is accessible from your office and runs great on your laptop doesn’t mean that your customers around the world are also having a great experience with your application. Dynatrace Web checks make it easy for you to monitor the availability and performance of your applications as experienced by your customers around the world and around the clock.

Availability monitoring provides you with 24x7 global visibility into your web applications regardless of whether or not users are currently visiting your site. Using synthetic user visits, or web checks, you can monitor the availability of a URL or any number of business-critical transactions in your environment.

Web checks are much more than simple HTTP pingers. Web checks drive real web browser sessions with full HTML5/AJAX support. Web checks are therefore a great option for availability monitoring of all public and password-protected websites.

Dynatrace Managed users
For setup instructions, please see How do I enable availability web checks?

 

Availability monitors listed on the Monitors page.

Availability monitoring terminology

Availability

Availability is the success rate at a given instant or time period that indicates if your application is fully functional and available to users.

Clickpath web check

Clickpath web checks are simulated user visits that monitor your application’s business critical workflows. Use the Dynatrace recorder to record an exact sequence of clicks and user input that you are interested in monitoring for availability and performance. Once you’ve captured the mouse clicks and additional user actions that you want your clickpath web check to include, your web check will run automatically at regular intervals to test your site’s availability and functionality. 

Duration

Duration is the amount of time a web check or synthetic action waits before it is a possible to interact with the web application.

LoginSense

LoginSense technology enables your automated web checks to automatically log into your web application to perform availability monitoring.

Synthetic user action

Synthetic actions are the equivalent of simulated user actions. When a clickpath web check triggers the loading of a new page or an XHR request, we monitor the availability and performance of that action.

Availability web check

An availability web check is the equivalent of a simulated user coming from a real, up to date browser. They can be configured to run from any of our global locations at a frequency of up to every 5 minutes. Web checks will let you know when your application is inaccessible from the internet and when your baselined performance is degrading.

Get started with availability monitoring

  1. To get started, from your home dashboard click Add tile on the menu bar to access the tile catalog. 
  2. Locate the Web checks tile within the Synthetic section and click Add tile.
Select the Web checks tile from the tile catalog and add it to your home dashboard.

Next steps

You have two options for setting up availability web checks: