Apica Synthetic vs. SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Apica Synthetic
Score 8.1 out of 10
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Apica WebPerformance is a synthetic monitoring platform. It features pre-release and scalability testing, and can integrate with other reporting and analysis programs.N/A
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
Score 9.5 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds® Virtualization Manager (VMAN) is a tool for monitoring, performance management, capacity planning and optimization for on-premises or cloud-based virtual environments. It also integrates with other SolarWinds products.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Top Pros
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Features
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Application Performance Management
Comparison of Application Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Apica Synthetic
6.5
11 Ratings
16% below category average
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
-
Ratings
Application monitoring7.610 Ratings00 Ratings
Database monitoring6.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Threshold alerts6.611 Ratings00 Ratings
Predictive capabilities8.57 Ratings00 Ratings
Application performance management console6.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration tools5.48 Ratings00 Ratings
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications4.88 Ratings00 Ratings
Application dependency mapping and thresholding6.76 Ratings00 Ratings
Virtualization monitoring5.87 Ratings00 Ratings
Server availability and performance monitoring7.28 Ratings00 Ratings
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting7.26 Ratings00 Ratings
IT Asset Discovery6.96 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Apica SyntheticSolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(11 ratings)
8.9
(65 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(3 ratings)
8.6
(7 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.0
(7 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
6.4
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.8
(6 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.1
(3 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Apica SyntheticSolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
Likelihood to Recommend
Apica
As I use this for only my area, it is very well suited to what I need it to do. Apica Synthetic monitors two different web applications in a time interval that is easily customizable for uptime and latency. These are critical indicators for a cloud-based point-of-sale system. We need solid uptime and limited latency across the enterprise.
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SolarWinds
[It is well suited for] full integration with the virtual environment (VMware vcenter in our case). [It is also useful] when updating [the] host to a new version, including [a] new version of VM Tools. Messages are automatically created in SolarWinds VMAN to notice which VM's still need to be updated with [the] newer version of VM tools. This [makes] management [easy].
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Pros
Apica
  • Auto alerts trigger if any issue is identified
  • Graphical representation of the health of applications
  • Good product support from the team
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SolarWinds
  • I created custom dashboards, to view the different elements of the virtual environment. For example, you can view the number of online VMs and those off, or disconnected. You can also choose to see the status of every virtual cluster, the storage disk usage on every VM, the RAM usage, CPU usage.
  • I used this application to see the growth of virtual memory in each cluster and accordingly do forecasting for future growth. A capacity planner included in this application would help in doing accurate estimations and setting a future upgrade budget.
  • Another powerful tool was the customized reports, where i could generate reports on any element of the VM or cluster. Reports can be exported to Excel or PDF and are very useful for sharing information with colleagues and management.
  • Alerts can be customized. For example, you can set a rule to get an email alert if any virtual server RAM usage exceeds 85% and send a text message if RAM usage exceeds 90% for more than 10 minutes.
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Cons
Apica
  • It's very clunky. Infrastructure is large and very difficult to upgrade.
  • SaaS and On-premise versions are different. There is an LDAP integration but users can only be assigned to one group (i.e. department). If you are in 2 departments, you need 2 separate logins.
  • Update: they now offer federated logins
  • It filled a gap in monitoring for us, but we're looking to move on.
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SolarWinds
  • We did have issues during the setup, with successfully connecting to some of our hosts and vCenters and we found support were just sending us back to articles we had already read, it was also taking long periods before getting a response. The issue is still ongoing, in fact.
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Likelihood to Renew
Apica
We trust the results that Apica Synthetic has achieved. Real-time alerting is critical to our clients and with limited resources, we can't handle many false positives; Apica Synthetic is the only solution that provides both of those features.
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SolarWinds
Currently, there is no other tool that gives us what we need to monitor a geographically disperse environment with multiple non-related instances of VM clusters. In addition, the level of reporting, historical data trending, and alerting that VMAN provides is essential for our business process. Lastly, the effort to customize and set up any monitoring system is not trivial. This makes switching to any other product very difficult without being able to clearly demonstrate a ROI.
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Usability
Apica
As per my experience while using it. Thanks!
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SolarWinds
SolarWinds VMAN is easy to use for everyone. When I say everyone which literally means anyone e.g. Virtualization Environment SME, Consultant, Support Team, Management Officers etc. Anyone who have worked on IT technologies could easily deploy SolarWinds by reading videos, Thwack posts or Virtual Classrooms (Custom Success Centers) - this makes this application easy to operation and for maintenance support is always there.
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Reliability and Availability
Apica
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SolarWinds
We have yet to enconter any issues in terms of availability. We have a highly available SQL cluster running Orion.
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Performance
Apica
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SolarWinds
We find page load times to be quite slow at times. Flipping between tabs can also be very slow.
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Support Rating
Apica
Apica Synthetic is very effective while configuring the account setup for any of the database/UserID.
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SolarWinds
SolarWinds gives good support. I have never had a time when i was working through a support case where I did not get the support I needed for the required issues to be resolved. I have always had resolutions from SolarWinds support. They are top notch. Issues once had are no more.
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Implementation Rating
Apica
Easy for implementation in our Infrastructure, Easy for troubleshooting the issue and Easy to use as well.
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SolarWinds
Its really the best product on the market for someone looking to have total control over their VM environment. anyone interested should download a demo and try it, I know you will buy it after you do. It changing the way you have to manage on a daily basis
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Alternatives Considered
Apica
We were using different monitoring tools for different requirements (e.g.,Nagios and Checkmk for infrastructure issues) and we were in need of a tool for service and API monitoring for which we were using ThousandEye. But alerts were 60-70% valid irrespective of conditions like network issues. But Apica Synthetic's alert mechanism is a perfect fit for our department. It helped us to reduce unnecessary/false alerts and a number of wrong tickets.
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SolarWinds
The operation began using Nagios XI, after a year of use, and based on the results obtained, we realized that what our client wanted was not fully met. Our client asked us to use WhatsUp, however, SolarWinds covered in a more efficient way what was required by our client (IT) and even more.
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Scalability
Apica
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SolarWinds
Purchasing the correct license allows the platform to scale with your environment.
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Return on Investment
Apica
  • My department is not charged for Apica Synthetic so no ROI, but from a customer service perspective, we can react to an outage and repair it faster than our customers can report the outage.
  • Our vendor's own monitoring tools are not as accurate nor as timely as ours. They rely on us telling them, from Apica Synthetic, that they have an issue.
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SolarWinds
  • VMAN has been used for reports provided to executive-level meetings. These reports showed our growth patterns, allowing for easier decisions on purchasing additional hardware.
  • VMAN has provided a positive impact on allowing for near real-time monitoring of resources, able to pinpoint when services are using more memory than expected, not running at all, or other options as defined.
  • VMAN was purchased to help monitor our VMware platform, the added abilities for AWS allowed us to migrate clients from on-prem to cloud-based with the same views.
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