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Amazon CloudWatch

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Score 8.4 out of 101

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

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Score 8.3 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

Ideal for monitoring AWS services and workloads. We have several of our websites entirely hosted on AWS and we're able to get a Grafana dashboard of all the relevant metrics from CloudFront, S3, EC2, RDS, and Elastic Beanstalk. This can be set up within the hour or templated on your code for infrastructure (we do this with terraform & cloud formation). By design, it isn't suited for non-AWS workloads.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

From personal experience, I would not say that SolarWinds SAM is suited for small environments, mainly due to the cost. When I first started with my current employer 17 years ago, we implemented SolarWinds. Eventually we needed additional products like NPM and others to fully manage the environment, and discovered that it was very cost prohibitive at the time, so we ended up moving away from SAM and implementing an open source solution which could handle just about everything we needed. However, that solution was not easy to set up and maintain in the long run. Jump ahead 12 years, and at that point our environment had grown 10x and the open source solution was not ideal for that growth. At this point we were in a position that we could afford SolarWinds SAM and all the other licensing needed to fully manage it. If your company can afford it, SolarWinds is, in my opinion, the best at what it does. If cost is a concern, it may not be the ideal solution.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.1
Application monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
9.0
Database monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.8
Threshold alerts
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.9
Predictive capabilities
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.3
Application performance management console
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.0
Collaboration tools
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
5.9
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.7
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.2
Virtualization monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.3
Server availability and performance monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
9.4
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.4
IT Asset Discovery
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.2

Pros

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Managing log retention periods is very simple with CloudWatch, and can be configured on a per-group basis.
  • Monitoring host performance is very easy when coupled with the CloudWatch Agent on an EC2 instance. A simple installation and configuration replaces an entire 3rd-party host monitoring stack.
  • CloudWatch is flexible enough for not just host monitoring, but application monitoring as well. It's easy to pipe local logs up to CloudWatch and extract structured data in order to monitor and set alerts on custom app metrics.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • Easy to manage.
  • Allows us to identify issues before they cause outages.
  • Customized alerting.
  • Integration with the full Orion suite to get a complete picture.
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Cons

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Only used with AWS resources
  • Not cloud agnostic
  • Have to pay much for detailed report.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • Adding servers is not as intuitive as I'd like. It seems like there are multiple places to add, but only one method is correct.
  • There's a learning curve for new users to have to get past in understanding the administrative portions.
  • Sleeping email alerts for times during maintenance windows is not something we have gotten fully worked out.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon CloudWatch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 9.0
Based on 8 answers
Easy to use and they keep expanding on its functionality. We also have a good relationship with them. Rarely have issues or need to contact support.
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Usability

Amazon CloudWatch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 9.0
Based on 11 answers
I use it every day and I was able to figure out how to use it with no training and there are resources on their Thwack site for more advanced monitoring setup.
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Support

Amazon CloudWatch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 9.0
Based on 10 answers
I've had two support issues with SolarWinds, both were resolved on the first call.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon CloudWatch

Currently, we only tried and used Cloud Watch, but for AWS it is perfect. Since this is an Amazon product monitoring Amazon services, integration is great. If we decide in the future to move away from AWS, we would reconsider changing alarm monitoring. AWS can be costly compared to the competition.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

Using Solarwinds is a sledgehammer. In the correct hands, it's very useful. Comparing to vRealize is difficult, but vRealize is more of a scalpel. Both are useful, but in their own ways. vRealize is a better tool for cutting deep into the performance of VMware products, but Solarwinds is a better tool for beating the entire stack into shape
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Return on Investment

Amazon CloudWatch

  • There's a lower cost to trigger ASG using CloudWatch Events.
  • Serverless implementation.
  • It's a managed solution.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • We are able to run the shop without a dedicated SQL DB administrator, which saves on that overhead.
  • We have been able to provide detailed information on database statistics to our outsourced storage provide to improve performance on those databases, ultimately offering a better end user experience.
  • Our IT Team is able to take care of other projects and tasks and not be constantly checking the state of our environment, knowing that Solarwinds alerting will let us know if there are issues we should address.
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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudWatch

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
SAM pricing starts at $2,995.

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