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Score 8.2 out of 101

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

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Score 8.3 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

AppDynamics

As it pertains to monitoring database transactions, as our application relies heavily on SQL, AppDynamic's monitoring tool made an immediate impact on sorting which ones are slow. The business transactions that we can capture are limited in the sense that our application works where it can't be limited to 200, so we ended having to setup service endpoints to account for it.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

I really like the fact that it integrates with other Solarwinds products that monitor the network and what's going on with the host. So if you have high CPU usage and there is minimal bandwidth, it's a very simple solution (more processing or memory please). Trending helps you see where the issue starts and you can even get an alert based on set parameters. We have one monitoring our internet status, using the proxy.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

AppDynamics
8.5
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.1
Application monitoring
AppDynamics
8.8
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.9
Database monitoring
AppDynamics
9.0
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.9
Threshold alerts
AppDynamics
9.0
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.7
Predictive capabilities
AppDynamics
7.1
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.4
Application performance management console
AppDynamics
8.7
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.0
Collaboration tools
AppDynamics
8.4
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
6.4
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
AppDynamics
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.8
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
AppDynamics
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.1
Virtualization monitoring
AppDynamics
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.4
Server availability and performance monitoring
AppDynamics
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
9.2
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
AppDynamics
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.3
IT Asset Discovery
AppDynamics
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.4

Pros

AppDynamics

  • Giving a network map of our application that shows where slowdowns are occurring and where network traffic is running into a bottleneck.
  • We are able to gather node-specific information that shows the number of sessions a web server or even Redis session statistics.
  • We use AppDynamics to give a holistic view of our application allowing us to quickly narrow in on problems.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • The granularity in its alerts and reporting gives me access to critical information, especially in compliance.
  • Its LDAP integration with Active Directory really helps in keeping organized our "Master List" of network-connected devices.
  • Once, when my Windows Server Update Service was unavailable, was able to implement patches through it.
  • The GUI is very user intuitive.
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Cons

AppDynamics

  • Price of the AppDynamics is high. But it has many valuable features. This makes it difficult for small businesses to enter.
  • Functionality is overkill for most small to midsize businesses (SMBs). When stacking up product units, it can get pricey for enterprises as well.
  • With fine granular configs and customizations available, it will also mean that it is very complicated and requires a certain amount of knowledge before we can make full use of all features in the product. Much careful thought and planning is required to get the most of it. Set-up will be longer. One recommendation is for features to be better documented.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • Help links & additional tool-tips. Having thorough and easy to understand instructions is the most important part of software this comprehensive and it would be great to include direct links to wiki pages.
  • Monitor/Alert templates. The program could use more and simpler alerts and monitors.
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Likelihood to Renew

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
We are a reseller of appdynamics
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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

AppDynamics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 9.0
Based on 13 answers
What makes this product great is that it is easy to setup and configure. Many products are very time consuming to get setup and implement. This leads to a delay in their use, and slow adoption. Because of the ease of use of Solarwinds we have gotten a lot of use out of it.
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Support

AppDynamics

AppDynamics 9.3
Based on 3 answers
AppDynamics has its own community site that includes forums and a knowledge base. On the forums, you can converse with other members of the community and ask technical questions as you have them. Though this forum isn’t filled with people there are active members for you to gain some valuable insights.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 8.9
Based on 10 answers
We talk to a initial person and they may not be specialized in what we are trying to resolve. They then have to call back or have someone call back after that person is free from working on another issue with another customer.
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Alternatives Considered

AppDynamics

New Relic is only SaaS and keys off of AppDex scoring (i.e. industry baselines) and not on my application's baselines. Where most of our stuff is custom apps, going off of industry wasn't valuable to us. It was also cost prohibitive
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

The tool does what it says, and gives you great insight into your environment. Out of all the SolarWinds products that I have used over the years, my top two are SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor and N-Able. Depending on your business needs, either will do the job, but it depends on your use case. For me, I like to work remote, be able to diagnose issues quickly, and fix issues from anywhere that I have an internet connection.
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Return on Investment

AppDynamics

  • AppDynamics isn't cheap, but it definitely helps to ensure our applications and APIs are up and running without issue. The alerting is usually good but occasionally mixed, for example sometimes flagging a single error as a critical issue since the API is usually completely error free.
  • The cost saving in terms of trouble shooting and analyzing issues in production is fantastic - to know about issues before they are reported by customers enables you to be proactive in resolving them and ensuring maximum up time for our applications.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • One of the biggest areas of ROI is for our DBA, with the combination of SAM and DPA we have been able to streamline the maintenance and troubleshooting of applications. On several instances, it has taken us probably less than 5 minutes to tell supervisors where the issue lies when something is not working.
  • The second area that it helps is helping us see trends on our servers to know if we need to address specific areas of growth to ensure continued productivity and smooth operations.
  • Initially this was not part of our "initial" purchase with SolarWinds, however, now it is definitely one of the core SolarWinds modules that are used on a daily basis to assist in monitoring our network.
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Pricing Details

AppDynamics

General

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

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

General

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

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