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Score 7.6 out of 101

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

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Score 8.3 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

AppDynamics

Using AppDynamics to gain insights into our application through the view of the endpoint which can be a web server, SQL Database or our storage systems, has provided our support teams the ability to narrow in on problems very quickly by looking at our application from a holistic view. We have been able to isolate a specific error and determine where in the application stack that occurs to determine if there is a coding problem or an issue with how the server communicates with other subsystems.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

In an on-air environment that broadcast live television, the real-time monitoring is a little slow and there have been some possible delays in reporting or alerting network outages or connectivity loss. It is not a show stopper but the real-time analytics could use some improvement. Monitoring network traffic across a large facility that has both layer 2 and layer 3 switches, the toolset fits perfectly and the ease of setup and the single dashboard is more adaptable than other products which require multiple different licenses and separate dashboards.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

AppDynamics
8.1
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.1
Application monitoring
AppDynamics
8.3
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
9.1
Database monitoring
AppDynamics
8.1
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.9
Threshold alerts
AppDynamics
8.5
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.9
Predictive capabilities
AppDynamics
6.7
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.3
Application performance management console
AppDynamics
8.7
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.9
Collaboration tools
AppDynamics
8.4
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
5.9
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
AppDynamics
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.7
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
AppDynamics
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.2
Virtualization monitoring
AppDynamics
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.5
Server availability and performance monitoring
AppDynamics
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
9.3
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
AppDynamics
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.4
IT Asset Discovery
AppDynamics
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.2

Pros

AppDynamics

  • AppDynamics provides an excellent overview of all the interactions between all of your various applications, providing a high-level view of the overall health of the whole application and any interactions or elements that are unhealthy can be seen from here.
  • AppDynamics focusses on Business Transactions, rather than overall application or server performance, meaning you can quickly see if one part of the system is not working as it should, meaning production issues are shown clearly as isolated problems (if they are) rather than overall application health problems.
  • AppDynamics provides excellent functionality with regards to tracing coding exceptions - errors can easily be drilled down to the method or line of code that is problematic.
  • AppDynamics is hugely flexible allowing very fine grained configuration and customisation.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • Using SNMP to automatically discover my network devices, while collecting the network information to produce a detailed network inventory.
  • The automatic discovery of the connection between L2 and L3 devices.
  • Using NetPath across the hybrid clouds is a time saver and pinpoints where to focus resources to fix issues.
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Cons

AppDynamics

  • It's just so complicated - it takes a while to get to grips with and needs careful thought and planning to get the most out of it. AppDynamics do provide excellent support for this though and will guide you.
  • It doesn't list out enough Database Transactions in the APM licencing model.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • I would like to see SolarWinds Server & Application monitor have 2 modes or themes available; day time or what you currently have available. I would like to see a second option available, a dark theme.
  • I would like to see SolarWinds Server & Application monitor to allow for unlimited nodes and applications to be monitored with a base license. The end user is responsible for resources!
  • I would like to see SolarWinds Server & Application monitor have additional configuration features available to the end user on the Settings page. For example, SMTP configuration specifically for SAM.
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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 8.9
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 10 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

AppDynamics

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

AppDynamics

After looking at a number of different alternatives to AppDynamics its error reporting seems to be the greatest out of the lot. It tracks anything imaginable and allows for the reporting as much as you want with as much information as you want.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

I uses OpsMonitor previously. It was a no brainer to switch from OpsMonitor to SolarWinds! SolarWinds is driven by its users. I have been a SolarWinds user for over 8 years now, and I would not trade the tools for all the tea in China! The tools have saved me money, time, and most of all useless energy spent grieving! SolarWinds is the best of the best! I am proud to write this review, and proud to use the products! I have SAM, Virtualization Manager, Database Performance Monitor, IP Manger, NetFlow, Config Manager, Log and Event Manger, Help Desk, DameWare, Network Performance Monitor. I hope this speaks for itself... .the product line will exceed your expectations. A little effort put forth. Implementation is intuitive!
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Return on Investment

AppDynamics

  • Being able to see potential chokepoints throughout all of our systems helped from day one to optimise key areas.
  • The relational diagram for each system actually shown somewhere helps identify what relies on what.
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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • The monitoring tools have grown by 50% in the last 3 years. We have increased our original network monitoring to include virtual servers, Cisco voice network quality manager, and server application management to name a few.
  • We have been able to alert our network carriers before they can see the problem. This has helped our uptime connectivity by being proactive and not waiting for an outage to occur.
  • One of the unexpected benefits is UPS monitoring at every location. We have set up alerts to notify us of aging UPS devices so we can swap them out before a power outage occurs and we find out too late and cannot handle the loads.
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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
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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