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Score 8.7 out of 100

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

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Feature Set Ratings

    Application Performance Management

    Cisco UCS Manager

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.8

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    88%
    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor ranks higher in 12/12 features

    Application monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    270 Ratings

    Database monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    234 Ratings

    Threshold alerts

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    275 Ratings

    Predictive capabilities

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    219 Ratings

    Application performance management console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    243 Ratings

    Collaboration tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    150 Ratings

    Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    260 Ratings

    Application dependency mapping and thresholding

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    220 Ratings

    Virtualization monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    238 Ratings

    Server availability and performance monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.6
    96%
    273 Ratings

    Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    254 Ratings

    IT Asset Discovery

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    202 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco UCS Manager is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.5

    Cisco UCS Manager

    85%
    14 Ratings
    9.1

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    91%
    282 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco UCS Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    88%
    10 Ratings

    Usability

    Cisco UCS Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    87%
    30 Ratings

    Availability

    Cisco UCS Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    93%
    4 Ratings

    Performance

    Cisco UCS Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.8

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    58%
    4 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.0

    Cisco UCS Manager

    90%
    4 Ratings
    8.9

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    89%
    31 Ratings

    Online Training

    Cisco UCS Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.5

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    45%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco UCS Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.5

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    45%
    5 Ratings

    Configurability

    Cisco UCS Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    1.0

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    10%
    2 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    Cisco UCS Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.5

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    45%
    2 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    Cisco UCS Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    93%
    3 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    Cisco UCS Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.5

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    45%
    2 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    Cisco UCS Manager

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.5

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    45%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco

    It [Cisco UCS Manager] is extremely well suited to large virtual infrastructure environments with resource dense blades. This solution is also great if you want to consolidate a large number of servers (if they are servers that need to stay physical, but can fit in the profile of a blade) - this would reduce data center space utilization as well as power and cooling. Cisco UCS Manager is also great if you're looking for centralized management of a larger number of servers. This would not be a great solution if you have a very small shop - it's not cheap and probably wouldn't give you a ROI if you only have a couple dozen servers total. I'd say it would be overkill for small shops, but if you have the money and don't care, you'll still like it.
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    SolarWinds

    For monitoring applications that run on Windows hosts on VMware or HyperV virtualization, SolarWindows offers a nice, vertical view of both the loads and the resources. In such an environment, this makes life really good! But if you have something else -- for example, Linux hosts -- you're on your own to some extent. That is, the things it does well, it does very well -- but everything else is much less polished.
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    Pros

    Cisco

    • It is very all inclusive for management of every part our our Cisco blade center.
    • It allows us to directly connect to a hardware-based server in the blade center as though we were physically at the console.
    • It allows us to monitor the entire system for faults.
    • It lets us manage connectivity.
    • It is set to alert us via email if a fault occurs.
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    SolarWinds

    • Monitor Azure Cloud Severs- We use SolarWinds SAM to monitor Active Directory and DNS on Several DCs published on Azure Cloud.
    • Monitor Hyper V and VMware - SolarWinds SAM monitors applications on both Hyper V and VMware, while also monitoring the physical host machines.
    • It also helps us monitor Warranty expiration for physical servers.
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    Cons

    Cisco

    • Automation: There is a simple power-shell CMD lets, but it leaves more to be desired.
    • Navigation: Navigating the interface can be confusing.
    • Integration: Integration with ESXi hosts while doing FW upgrades would be hugely beneficial without the need for additional tools.
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    SolarWinds

    • Provides basic monitoring/visibility. Visibility into detailed/fine-grained issues best suited for more specialized/expensive solutions.
    • Licensing per monitored application rapidly uses up purchased license count.
    • More out-of-the-box templates or easier setup of monitoring less-common applications would make the solution more appealing given the target audience of the product.
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    Pricing Details

    Cisco UCS Manager

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco UCS Manager editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        SAM pricing starts at $2,995.

        Pricing Info

        Likelihood to Renew

        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        SolarWinds

        We are heavily invested in Solarwinds products for a reason. They are generally easy to setup and run with, requiring only some interfacing with support or help articles on rare occasions. They do what we bought them to do and we can't ask for more.
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        Usability

        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        SolarWinds

        SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor is quite easy to use and super versatile. It allows you to do just about anything you can through premade templates or through scripting. You can use an agent on the servers if you want to, or you can monitor through WMI or SNMP credentials. You can customize thresholds for alerting quickly, and you can configure alerts to be as complex or as simple as you want.
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        Reliability and Availability

        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        SolarWinds

        The tool works and monitors items 24x7, it only requires maintenance a little more frequently due to security fixes in the Windows operating system.
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        Performance

        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        SolarWinds

        The graphical interface and the performance of the database leave a little to be desired, they could be better explored.Some functionality and screens do not work well depending on the browser used. The integrations never had any problems or caused crashes in other systems.
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        Support Rating

        Cisco

        Cisco UCSM Support has been very quick to reply and address our concerns, issues, and questions. We have found that Cisco's documentation is clear and concise and fairly easy to find. With Cisco support's help, we are able to quickly and safely meet the demands of our end-users, consistently.
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        SolarWinds

        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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        Online Training

        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        SolarWinds

        It was sufficient to read their documentation and watch videos.
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        Implementation Rating

        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        SolarWinds

        Make sure SNMP and WMI are configured ahead of time
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        Alternatives Considered

        Cisco

        I think UCS Manager would be able very comparable to other vendors offerings when it comes to server configuration. I think Cisco did a good job in giving you full access to many options that you might not see with Dell or HPE. Every manufacturer would need a similar tool to control their server environment, but I think what Cisco has built into their Manager is a little better than others I've used. You can just see and change so many settings. I would say that is also a bit of a negative by a little bit because sometimes it is hard to dig in and find what you need to change and often might need to reach out to TAC or take a training course to understand all of the interface.
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        SolarWinds

        It has been a while since we first purchased SolarWinds, but I looked over several other products that I can't remember now. Many other products tried to scan the network to find computers but given that our computers are located in various places across campus with other computers in our buildings that are not ours that type of network scanning was not what we needed. Other services have extra services that we had no need of and I liked the ability to add custom fields in SolarWinds so we can track the information on each computer that we need to know.
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        Scalability

        Cisco

        No answers on this topic

        SolarWinds

        It is hard to find the recommended SQL setup and convince others that is the way you should configure the server when you set it up
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        Return on Investment

        Cisco

        • The positive is I was able to consolidate my small server infrastructure from 3 racks to one rack giving me space back and much power savings
        • The negative would be it could feel a little daunting to manage as there are many tabs and pieces to the interface.
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        SolarWinds

        • Less time spent investigating causes of issues. We are alerted straight away and can find the root cause of the issue in less time.
        • We have been able to ditch all our previous individual monitoring solutions, none of which integrated with each other for a single solution which fully integrates with each of the different modules to provide a single portal for monitoring and alerting.
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