Difference between APM Server and APM Integration

What is the difference between APM Server and APM Integration?

They serve the same purpose to collect the APM data from the source APM agents (traces, metrics etc) do a little but of processing and forward to Elasticsearch.

APM Sever is a standalone version of the APM Server


APM Integration is basically the APM Server installed as an integration within an Elastic Agent

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And elastic agent is just a daemon that manages APM Server instance?

That is a fair way to think of it ... I think of it as a "Managing Daemon" that manages the integrations. It can manage any of the 300+ integrations... the APM server is just a specific integration that happens to have the same purpose / capabilities of the Stand Alone APM Server.

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