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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

If you have a large cloud estate and need proactive monitoring, dashboards, and alerting then it makes sense to use CloudWatch as its obviously native to AWS. CloudWatch is well suited to anyone that wants to see into their data, their traffic, or their system health. It's the eyes and ears of AWS. It really is best for any scenario where you are hosting infrastructure with AWS and want to keep an eye on it.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

I can't think of a scenario where SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor would not be appropriate! You get so much out of this tool with very little effort. SAM is another set of eyes in my environment. I pair SAM with NetFlow and to get a great understanding of the data flows in my environment. I have set up custom application monitors for almost every component running, and are using the Windows Time Skew App monitor constructed by SolarWinds. There are so many great templates already created for the end user. When you get good enough, you can configure your own template and share with the THWACK community and other SolarWinds users. The greatest thing about SolarWinds in general; the end users drive the products
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.6
Application monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.8
Database monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.4
Threshold alerts
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.5
Predictive capabilities
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
6.4
Application performance management console
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.4
Collaboration tools
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
5.5
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.0
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.4
Virtualization monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.9
Server availability and performance monitoring
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
9.0
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.9
IT Asset Discovery
Amazon CloudWatch
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.9

Pros

  • Integration with other AWS products is CloudWatch's greatest feature. CloudWatch logs and metrics are provided out-of-the-box for ECS, Lambda, Sagemaker, and most other AWS products. Log aggregation and instrumentation are difficult to configure and manage; it is great to defer that work to AWS.
  • Configuring log retention policies is simple with AWS. If your business is required to retain logs for years, being able to automatically move old logs to S3 IA or Glacier with a few clicks is convenient.
  • Configuring alerts from metrics is simple, and it is easy to integrate alerts with PagerDuty or email.
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  • It has some out of the box commonly used application monitors for Windows
  • It has some out of the box commonly used application monitors for Linux
  • You can set up custom application monitors for Windows systems
  • You can set up custom application monitors for Linux systems
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Cons

  • The console's log search lacks many of the features you would find in PaperTrail or Log.ly. Regex search is either not supported, or very difficult to find.
  • It can be difficult to understand how the CloudWatch bill breaks down by log group.
  • The date/time picker in the console could be easier to use.
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  • I know there are a few bugs still with AppInsight for IIS. When trying to unmanage a web site it does not always work correctly. You sometimes need to go back and forth a few times before it changes to unmanaged.
  • I wish that out of the box AppInsight for SQL Server didn't have such low thresholds on its templates. The override feature is useful in this case but you need at least a month of real data to set a new baseline.
  • New applications! Right now it's just the basic AD, Exchange, SQL, IIS, Windows, Linux.
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Likelihood to Renew

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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor8.9
Based on 7 answers
Mainly because it can be pricy, but well worth the cost at renewal when pared with all of the other solar wind' modules. It does allow us to streamline the troubleshooting process.
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Usability

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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor9.0
Based on 9 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

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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor9.9
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I think there was only a couple times I had to open a support case for SAM and one time they got multiple engineers on the phone to get a better idea what I was trying to monitor and was able to point me in the best direction to monitor that system.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon CloudWatch stacks up against the competition pretty well. I personally like more customizable tools like Sensu and Graphite/Grafana to alert and visualize data but there are some pieces of infrastructure and some data points you just can't get without using Amazon CloudWatch. I usually use a hybrid of tools
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The last time we did a monitoring and performance shootout was years ago. While I can say we picked SolarWinds' Orion suite over WhatsUp Gold, Zabbix, and several others, it would be unfair to list the shortcomings of each for our needs, because they might not be valid anymore.
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Return on Investment

  • Very positive ROI, we are able to pre-empt production issues via alerting
  • CloudWatch is low cost and allows us to get enterprise level monitoring
  • CloudWatch allows us to get visibility into all of our workloads and see how traffic is increasing or decreasing and make product level decisions
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  • SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor has allowed us to react and identify issues quickly.
  • The application has allowed us to predict and avoid certain situations and possible critical outages
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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudWatch

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