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Compare the Top Application Performance Management Software of 2019

Compare the best Application Performance Management software currently available using the table below.

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    PRTG Network Monitor Icon

    PRTG Network Monitor

    Paessler

    PRTG Network Monitor is an all-inclusive monitoring software solution developed by Paessler. Equipped with an easy-to-use, intuitive interface with a cutting-edge monitoring engine, PRTG Network Monitor optimizes connections and workloads as well as reduces operational costs by avoiding outages while saving time and controlling service level agreements (SLAs). The solution is packed specialized monitoring features that include flexible alerting, cluster failover solution, distributed monitoring, in-depth reporting, maps and dashboards, and more.

    Starting Price: € 1200.00/one-time
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    LightStep

    LightStep

    LightStep’s mission is to deliver confidence at scale for those who develop, operate and rely on today’s powerful software applications. Its products leverage distributed tracing technology – initially developed by a LightStep co-founder at Google – to offer best-of-breed observability to organizations adopting microservices or serverless at scale. LightStep is backed by Redpoint, Sequoia, Altimeter Capital, Cowboy Ventures and Harrison Metal and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

    Starting Price: $500/month
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    Site24x7

    ManageEngine

    Site24x7 offers unified cloud monitoring for DevOps and IT operations within small to large organizations. The solution monitors the experience of real users accessing websites and applications from desktop and mobile devices. In-depth monitoring capabilities enable DevOps teams to monitor and troubleshoot applications, servers and network infrastructure, including private and public clouds. End-user experience monitoring is done from more than 100 locations across the world and various wireless carriers.

    Starting Price: $9.00/month
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    Database Performance Analyzer

    SolarWinds

    Database Performance Analyzer (DPA) is a cutting-edge platform that helps database administrators, developers, and managers enhance their database and application performance. Specifically designed to prevent and solve the toughest performance problems, SolarWinds’ DPA makes it easy for users to monitor all databases in hybrid environments, on-premises, and in the cloud as well as to optimize application response time.

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    V-locity

    Condusiv Technologies

    Throughput acceleration software for virtual servers - boosts Windows application performance at least 30%. Guaranteed to solve your toughest application performance challenges on I/O intensive systems, like MS-SQL! V-locity eliminates the two big I/O inefficiencies in a virtual environment that generate a minimum of 30-40% I/O traffic that is nothing but mere noise dampening performance and unnecessarily chewing up precious storage IOPS. Not only can you expect an immediate boost and reclaim 30-40% of your storage IOPS, but many offload upwards of 50% of I/O traffic from storage for big performance gains in the 2X-10X range, by simply allocating a little extra memory on key systems to better leverage V-locity for an even bigger benefit on MS-SQL workloads, Oracle, ERP, VDI, EHR (MEDITECH), Business Intelligence (BI) apps, CRM, Exchange, SharePoint, file servers, backup, and more. Just download and install - no reboot required! Watch Performance return and shadow IT problems disappear!

    Starting Price: $524.95
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    Diskeeper

    Condusiv Technologies

    Diskeeper® is the #1 utility for keeping Windows servers and PCs running faster than new. Trusted by millions, Diskeeper prevents fragmentation & caches hot reads from idle, available DRAM for blazing performance! Everyone knows the frustration of a Windows system becoming progressively slower the longer it is used and burdened with more software and data. Condusiv’s Diskeeper with DRAM caching guarantees to fix worst performing physical servers or PCs with faster than new performance. Instead of "defragging," Diskeeper 18's patented engine ensures large, clean contiguous writes from Windows in real-time so fragmentation is no longer an issue for HDDs or SSDs. This eliminates the "death by a thousand cuts" scenario of small, tiny writes and reads that rob SSD and HDD performance. Diskeeper 18 electrifies Windows system performance to operate faster than new with the addition of dynamic memory caching - using idle, available DRAM to serve hot reads.

    Starting Price: $49.95/perpetual license
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    XPM platform

    ProtocolSoft Tech., Inc.

    XPM is a commercial quality and enterprise level performance management/monitoring and traffic analysis solution. XPM is a high-performance enterprise product based on Linux, which supports continuous operation of 7*24*365. Therefore, it may not be suitable for individual users, but more suitable for enterprise users who need higher IT service quality. XPM monitoring objects include: 1> Applications using HTTP protocol; 2> Databases (Oracle, MySQL, MS-SQL server); 3> URL Transaction; 4> Network, server and client. Awards of XPM: Innovation Award of ITSS 2018, ITSS is a department of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China. Please note that: The downloadable version here is XPM standard version, which can analyze about 1 Gbps of traffic in real time, and only supports X86 server deployment. If you need vProbe-XPM to monitor virtual machine traffic, or XPM-H version over 1 Gbps, please contact us by email.

    Starting Price: $0/month/module
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    Auvik for MSPs

    Auvik Networks

    Auvik's network management software gives MSPs the network visibility and process efficiency they need to boost the profitability of their network services. Our cloud-based software provides unprecedented insight into client networks and automates complex and time-consuming tasks so you can scale your practice effectively. By giving you visibility and actionable data on network infrastructure, Auvik is a great complement to traditional RMM systems that focus on servers and endpoints.

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    Syslink Xandria

    Syslink Xandria

    With nearly 20 years experience helping Enterprises and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) globally to better manage their SAP and cloud landscapes, we know what it takes to deliver better service, productivity, innovation and compliance to businesses who rely on SAP. Founded in Switzerland with global presence in UK, USA, Germany and Australia we are well placed to support the largest SAP customers and Managed Service Providers.

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    Avi Vantage

    Avi Networks

    Avi Networks is a United States software company and offers a software title called Avi Vantage. Avi Vantage offers training via documentation, live online, webinars, and in person sessions. Avi Vantage offers a free trial. Avi Vantage is application lifecycle management software, and includes features such as authentication, automatic configuration, content caching, content routing, data compression, health monitoring, predefined protocols, redundancy checking, reverse proxy, schedulers, and SSL offload. With regards to system requirements, Avi Vantage is available as SaaS software. Avi Vantage includes business hours support, and 24/7 live support. Some alternative products to Avi Vantage include Array's ADC, NGINX Plus, and Loadbalancer.org.

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    Revulytics Usage Intelligence

    Revulytics

    Revulytics Usage Intelligence, a cloud-based performance measurement platform, assists users to use business track software. Revulytics Usage Intelligence has other features that include performance metrics dashboards and a client messaging tool. Revulytics Usage Intelligence enables developers to track end-to-end software usage with event-based analytics feature.

    Starting Price: $59.00/month
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    Salesforce Platform

    Salesforce

    Build enterprise apps much faster on the Salesforce Platform, a single, unified ecosystem of tools and services that empowers developers to quickly build and deploy solid, secure, and scalable cloud applications. With Salesforce Platform, developers can customize their CRM solution with myLightning; engage employees with AI-powered apps, add security and compliance controls, and engage customers. Prices for Salesform Platform starts at $25 per user per month.

    Starting Price: $25.00/month/user
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    Datadog Cloud Monitoring

    Datadog

    See inside any stack, any app, at any scale, anywhere with Datadog, a modern monitoring and analytics solution for modern teams with hybrid cloud environments. Datadog gives teams end-to-end visibility across systems, apps, and services, improving agility and increasing efficiency. Datadog makes this possible by seamlessly aggregating metrics and events across the full Devops stack. Start monitoring with Datadog effortlessly in minutes.

    Starting Price: $15.00/month/user
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    Pulseway

    MMSOFT Design

    Pulseway is a real-time remote monitoring and management (RMM) software for MSPs and IT departments that allows you to take full control over your entire IT environment. Easy to use and quick to deploy, Pulseway ensures that any IT issues are detected, monitored, and addressed at the earliest time possible. The platform offers complete visibility through the Pulseway Dashboard, advanced automation, remote desktop, application monitoring, OS patch management, custom reports, complete command traceability, email notifications, and so much more. We also offer add-ons for endpoint protection, business management (PSA) and backup & disaster recovery software to give you the power of a full IT stack. Over 3,900 customers worldwide use Pulseway every day to pro-actively manage their own and customers IT infrastructure.

    Starting Price: $47/month
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    Loupe

    Loupe

    Know when issues happen in your application with Loupe. A logging and application monitoring solution for .NET, Loupe helps software teams monitor, find, and fix errors in .NET applications the first time. It also gives users the visibility into events and key metrics for all applications, and offers the ability to dig deeper into specific events, sessions, users, and machines. Loupe can be deployed on-premise or as a cloud hosted solution.

    Starting Price: $25.00/month
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    CDN77

    DataCamp Ltd.

    CDN77 is a Content Delivery Network with 32+ points of presence around the world (incl. 3 in South America). Mainly focused on Live Streaming, VOD, Gaming, and Software Delivery. CDN77 serves more than 11,500 clients from Europe, US, South America and Asia. The core values are: - to provide the most reliable and robust content delivery solution for audiences around the globe - to be an innovation leader and implement new important technologies as soon as possible - to provide flawless 24/7 customer support in real-time using the internal team of engineers When it comes to pricing, the transparency and no-commitment policy set them apart from their competition. You can choose between a Pay-As-You-Go pricing model or cost-effective Monthly Plans with a flat price for all traffic locations. There are also no setup fees and no HTTP/HTTPS requests payments with CDN77. CDN77 provides a free 14-day trial with no credit card required.

    Starting Price: $149.00/year
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    WebSitePulse

    WebSitePulse

    WebSitePulse provides independent, remote monitoring of your web assets. Some of the most used services are uptime monitoring, website monitoring, server monitoring, web transaction monitoring. For the full list of service visit https://www.websitepulse.com/services/

    Starting Price: $3.00/month
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    AppsWatch

    NRG Global

    AppsWatch from NRGGlobal is an application performance monitoring solution for business owners who want to monitor all of their applications, without having to install any plug-in or other components. Users only need to click the app that instantly creates the script for monitoring businesses. AppsWatch offers organized views for SLA reports, troubleshooting, alerting controls, and graphs.

    Starting Price: $2000.00/one-time
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    SharePath APM

    Correlsense

    SharePath is the flagship product of Correlsense, a leading enterprise application performance management (APM) company. Robust and feature-rich, SharePath empowers IT operations to apply APM to their entire application stack as well as ensure that the most sporadic problems or issues are identified and isolated. Product features include smartification of SLA-compliance, advanced session search and drill down, new application diagnostic report, transaction topology, among others.

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    Server & Application Monitor

    SolarWinds

    Identify and address application problems quickly before they become incidents with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor. Easy to setup, SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor enables IT teams to monitor any application, on any server, anywhere. It offers infrastructure monitoring for Azure and AWS, comes with more than 1200 application performance monitoring templates, and offers built-in virtualization monitoring.

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    ManageEngine Applications Manager

    ManageEngine

    ManageEngine Applications Manager is a single, enterprise-ready integrated platform designed to monitor a company's entire application ecosystem. The platform makes it easy to get visibility into all components of a business' application stack and monitor the performance of mission-critical web applications, web servers, databases, middleware and messaging components, and more. With its customizable reports and dashboards, ManageEngine Applications Manager also helps turn data into actionable insights.

    Starting Price: $795.00/year
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    Blackfire

    Blackfire

    Blackfire.io empowers PHP developers to continuously measure and improve their app’s performance in development, testing, staging and production. It makes it possible to drill down to function/method call level to understand and fix performance bottlenecks. Its wide variety of automation options makes it a breathe to add it to a development and testing workflow. The Blackfire Player, a powerful Open Source Web Crawler, Web Tester, and Web Scraper enables teams to setup a fully automated testing pipeline.

    Starting Price: $29/month
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    AppSignal

    AppSignal

    AppSignal gives you error tracking, performance monitoring, custom metrics, host metrics and anomaly detection in one great interface. By developers for developers.

    Starting Price: $19/month
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    Cameyo

    Cameyo

    Cameyo is a SaaS platform that modernizes the secure delivery of Windows desktop applications to any device from any browser. As organizations pursue Digital Transformation, they hit a common roadblock during their shift to the cloud - the inability to deliver their legacy Windows applications from the cloud. Cameyo solves this issue by providing everyone with seamless access to their Windows productivity apps on any device. Hundreds of enterprises and organizations utilize Cameyo’s virtual application delivery to deliver Windows applications to tens of thousands of users worldwide. To learn more, visit cameyo.com.

    Starting Price: $12.00/month/user
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    Traverse Monitoring

    Kaseya

    Traverse by Kaseya offers unified monitoring of hybrid cloud and network infrastructure in enterprise and managed service provider (MSP) environments. With Traverse, IT professionals and MSPs can quickly detect and resolve data center and networking issues before they impact service levels. It links and correlates all underlying IT components that support a business service or process so users can have a comprehensive service-oriented view of their IT infrastructure. Traverse's top features include unified proactive monitoring, actionable alerts, and predictive analytics, among others.

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What is Application Performance Management?

As its name implies, application performance management (APM) involves three main areas: app availability, management of the app performance, and improvement of the user experience. When employed, APM monitors two main areas to make sure that the app is running quickly and smoothly. First, it examines the speed of the system and network infrastructure running the software app. Then, it looks at the speed of the end-users’ transactions. By looking at these two areas, APM creates an end-to-end overview of your app’s service and interruptions that may have occurred.

This means that your APM is looking at load testing, synthetic monitoring, and even real-user workings to gauge uptime and overall app speed. These measurements are often done through an integrated SaaS, through an on-premises tool, or through a suite of software tools. The main benefit of using APM to manage these areas is that you will get an overall analytic perspective about the app software performance so that you can continue to improve the end-users’ experiences of your application.

As with many technical terms, there is some argument in the software industry about what exactly APM means. Some professionals indicate that the APM acronym stands for application performance measurement or application performance monitoring, but these alternate acronyms really skew the intended meaning of this tool. For instance, calling it application performance monitoring puts the emphasis on the technical monitoring aspect of the tool, indicating that the app should use a device like AlertSite to constantly monitor your performance. Likewise, indicating that software should undergo application performance measurement emphasizes the necessity of data metrics. Another common explanation of APM is application portfolio management, but, again, this term stresses on overall view of a software application’s portfolio rather than digging into the app itself.

Applying today’s software can be difficult and intimidating whether you’re creating online video games, service software, or even personal device apps. The development cycle of applications is intricately involved, and it requires that you take into account the great complexity of the system architecture itself. This complexity will undoubtedly bite you at some point in the process. You will have a team of system administrators, developers, and even testers that must work together throughout the creation process, and just one weak link in this tenuous system can cause you problems. Think of encountering a sluggish API connection or unhelpful third-party CDNs; just these potential issues can negatively impact the performance of your app, leading to more conflicts and eventually a poor opinion by your consumers at the completion of the development.

The current business landscape is cut-throat, and you understandably want to get your app developed from brainstorm to completion as quickly as possible. However, you cannot compress the progression so much that the customer experience suffers; poor performance will lead to the loss of customers, especially for web-based applications. Your app must be easy to use, consistently working, and ready to go at all times. These issues are best addressed with application performance management.

However, this article will focus on the idea of application performance management because this term more clearly encompasses the comprehensive tools and processes of your software application so that you can use it to continue your software development and to address your app quality.

Understanding Application Performance Management

In the past, dealing with application performance management was an area left for system admins and maybe an ops team. Today, however, APM is a necessary tool for just about anyone involved in the software app creation, development, and distribution. Managing application performance has become much easier and more user-friendly than ever before, and it has become a necessary part of the creation, testing, and business processes.

For example, software app developers can more effectively manage the quality of their work, especially with your operations team, as they expand the software application. This will allow them to easily troubleshoot and monitor their progress throughout the development process.

On the other hand, operations personnel are more likely to use APM tools to create and to run tests for desktop and mobile applicability in an attempt to locate and prevent potential problems with performance in the two interfaces.

Even your business leaders can get involved, using an APM to track online revenue and to manage web transactions for the business.

Despite having multiple views and applications for this tool, the end goal is really the same: Get a clear picture of the way that the software app works before it goes live and encounters preventable problems. With all the members of your team working together with APM solutions in their respective fields, you will find that fewer issues in app performance will catch your group off-guard. Your team can work together to use the same APM results to discover, to collaborate, and to reduce development problems.

Obviously, all original software applications are created, processed, and distributed differently, and all apps are intended to meet different goals. However, the goal of using APM is basically the same: deliver the best possible user experience.

With the massive complexity of the many different web servers, mobile carriers, cloud-hosting services, and web browsers, the possibility of user problems is massive. As an internet user yourself, you know how the system works. For instance, if you are surfing the web and the site suddenly grinds to a halt, taking forever to load. What is the problem? Unfortunately, it could be one of several different issues. Was it a problematic link? Is there a problem with third-party content? Or is there an issue with the internal processing of your web host? As a user, you might not know, but you are annoyed with the delay. As a business leader using APM, you would be able to monitor issues like these, to identify the problem, and to create a quick solution that improves performance. No matter if the issue was deep in the web layer, in the network, or even in the mainframe backend, APM can reveal the bottleneck, pinpointing the issue and analyzing the root cause.

In addition to these qualities, APM’s load-testing and real-user monitoring tools reveal the ways that others view your website from just about anywhere worldwide. These “visual users’ experience” monitoring tools can look at and even emulate users’ web browsers and mobile devices to discover the speed at which content is displayed and the quality of the page’s visual appeal. This allows your team to view your app from a human perspective, giving them the ability to monitor metrics and fix bugs and to create the best real end-users’ experience, which is the only performance indicator that truly matters.

How Does APM Work?

Consider the online user experience. What annoys users more than almost anything else? For most people, it is slow response times even more than app unavailability or downtime. Part of the reason is that e-commerce research shows that slowdown happens almost 10 times more often than complete outages, and when those slowdowns occur frequently, it will affect your site’s clientele and ultimately your commercial bottom line. To put it more simply, just because your application is live, it does not mean that it is constantly accessible and working perfectly. You are probably already monitoring your IP protocols and network services, but APM is a more comprehensive approach to this monitoring process that will improve your overall reliability and speed.

Based on research conducted by tech firm Gartner, there are at least five specific areas of application performance management that you should include in your program for a full-featured approach. Those steps include:

  1. End-users’ experience monitoring – Consider this your first step with APM. Ideally, it will help you find an issue as it first negatively impacts your app’s user.
  2. Runtime application architecture – This should include discovery, modeling, and display for your app architecture. These areas will likely be generated and monitored to create an overall idea of your application and your problem.
  3. User-defined transaction profiling – Take a look at your user-defined transactions as they flow through your app as they are exhibited by the runtime of the architecture. This could help you figure out the sources of problems in your transaction process that could be impacting your end users.
  4. Component deep-dive monitoring in an application – After you have completed the previous three steps, deep dive into your results, and consider the context and the impact on the end-users.
  5. IT operations analytics – Finally, take a look at your analytics to discover the true root cause of the issues from all the volumes of data that you have generated in the previous four steps. Even if you do not find any initial problems, keep in mind that looking at your data could allow you to better anticipate potential issues in the end-user experience.

While it may seem that these five steps from Gartner are pretty straightforward, there is a great opportunity here for even further exploration and analytics from the initial data. The technical functionality lends itself well to more APM tools, such as automated packet capture and code injections. In addition, utilizing SaaS solutions will only take a few minutes to set up with APM, which means that users are never running an outdated software and never need to update any components of your app themselves in order to use your software.

The current issue facing many software app companies is that they are not taking full advantage of APM, and this means that they cannot easily cover all parts of Gartner’s steps. Instead, many companies are pulling their current tools from different vendors in an effort to quickly and easily piece together the performance part of their apps. While this effort may help companies get their apps up and running quickly to capture the available audience, it does not help them stay on top of their applicability problems. Then APM functionality slips away even though the app is functional from a business and IT perspective. It also means that Gartner’s initial step, the end-users’ experiences and the most important goal of all, goes by the wayside.

If you look at the current marketplace for software app APM, you will see a lot of big data analytics being the focus of vendors. This completely ignores the end-users’ experiences; it does not place the needs of the humans interacting with the apps in importance. If you ignore your users, you will lose their business. There is a reason that Gartner focuses on users first and IT last, and you should maintain that emphasis for your own app as well by continually optimizing your users’ experiences. Focus on your app’s speed, reliability, and functionality, and you will have the most success.

What’s the Future for APM?

Many tech observers criticized the idea of application performance management in the beginning. These naysayers felt that APM was little more than a grand vision that could never deliver the experience that it promised. However, technology is changing fast, and content on the internet is changing even faster. This means that for every second that an application is in slowdown, there is likely a loss in both overall revenue and customer loyalty. The danger of these losses means that APM has now become a necessity for your software application.

Of course, there are still many companies that will simply cobble together their app tools to get their apps up and running. There are also single vendors that will sell completely integrated total packages to your company so that you do not need to make your own system. However, these options are few and far between, and they will not likely be configured specifically for your app.

The application performance management system of the future is rapidly becoming user-experience management, also known as UXM. Even with this shift in system, the end-users’ experiences will remain the most important aspect of your monitoring. Keep your company’s time and money focused on this aspect of the development process. UXM, however, will help you see the places were users’ experiences are less-than-optimal, and it will test your app to diagnose the root cause of the problem. When you know the underlying problem, you can target it very specifically to resolve the issues.

If you are considering something like UXM but are unsure of the benefits to making this change, think of the process this way: Why would you continually put time, money, and effort into the arcane system that you are currently using when it would make little or no change in the end-users’ experiences? Why would you throw away all that time, money, and effort? If you are going to work on and pay for updating and truly affecting change on your current app, focus on keeping up with the most current options, like UXM, rather than employing a system that is already or that will soon be outdated.

Pay attention to the details of functionality and perceived performance in your software app. This is the definition of what UXM is and what it focuses on. Set your app’s team to innovating, optimizing, and focusing on the end-users’ experiences, and that will give you a strong advantage over your company’s software app competitors. If implementing this method with fidelity takes you a little more time to develop, it will still be worth it. Your carefully developed end product will be better than the quickly released option of your competitor. When that competitor’s site breaks down, yours will still be running strong, and your users will be thankful and will reward you with revenue and loyalty.

Embrace that fully integrated APM that holds up your users’ experiences, and that advantage may push your software app over the finish line in first while those companies clinging to data analytics become a thing of the past.

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