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Score 9.2 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco UCS Manager

It 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

Absolutely I would recommend the product. If you want a single product to monitor and manage your whole environment, whether it's hardware, servers (physical or virtualised), networking and all from a single "portal" Solarwinds SAM is what you want to use. You could quite easily start off with SAM, and then decide you wish to monitor the networking side of things, you can obtain the NTA/MPM module, if you wish to monitor IP address usage, or IP conflicts, DHCP etc., you can install the IPAM module. It all neatly integrates into the same portal, meaning you go to one address and all the information is there at your fingertips.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.0
Application monitoring
Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.6
Database monitoring
Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.8
Threshold alerts
Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.3
Predictive capabilities
Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.3
Application performance management console
Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.1
Collaboration tools
Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.1
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.6
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.6
Virtualization monitoring
Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.5
Server availability and performance monitoring
Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.9
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.4
IT Asset Discovery
Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.0

Pros

Cisco UCS Manager

  • Management of every part our our Cisco blade center
  • Centralized management of a complicated system
  • Hardware control
  • Central storage
  • Smaller power requirements compared to legacy equipment
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • Identify and monitor critical services on an IBMi platform.
  • Identify and monitor critical services on a Windows Server Platform.
  • Set thresholds to provide notifications where necessary to address serious issues before it hampers the operation.
  • Provide usage reports and other data that can be useful for forming IT Strategy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco UCS Manager

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • The new node based licensing model makes it difficult to justify the price for nodes that only utilize a few components.
  • Script results need to be a statistic. It would be a lot more useful if we could populate a table of results, including alpha-numeric strings, boolean, etc.
  • A lot of the AppInsight components cannot be disabled. You have to either use the whole template or nothing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco UCS Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 8.4
Based on 10 answers
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.
Derek Benson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco UCS Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 8.7
Based on 30 answers
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.
Drew Hood | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cisco UCS Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 4.5
Based on 2 answers
I only use dpa
Joe Parlett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cisco UCS Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 4.5
Based on 2 answers
Takes time to load
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco UCS Manager

Cisco UCS Manager 9.0
Based on 4 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 7.9
Based on 20 answers
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.
Ryhlen Schoeberl | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Cisco UCS Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 4.5
Based on 1 answer
It was sufficient to read their documentation and watch videos.
Joe Parlett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cisco UCS Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 4.5
Based on 3 answers
Make sure SNMP and WMI are configured ahead of time
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco UCS Manager

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

I have tried and researched many products including Cacti, Zabbix, Dynatrace, as far as I have read the best crafted product among them is SolarWinds. [Already], SolarWinds company is the most successful company that has proven itself in issues such as monitoring and logging.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cisco UCS Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 4.6
Based on 2 answers
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
Joe Parlett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco UCS Manager

  • It has been a good investment for us. We saw a ROI quickly as we moved most of our VMware infrastructure to it.
  • The support offered by 3rd party partners is readily available when they are needed.
  • It has been quite reliable for us thus far.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • SolarWinds has helped to improve proactive resolution or mitigation of application issues. This has often resulted in issues fixed before customers were aware of the problem.
  • SolarWinds has provided valuable information when troubleshooting issues to meet Service Level Agreements.
  • SolarWinds has helped get the correct team working on issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Cisco UCS Manager

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco UCS Manager
9.1
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.4

Usability

Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.7

Reliability and Availability

Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.5

Performance

Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.5

Support Rating

Cisco UCS Manager
9.0
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.9

Online Training

Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.5

Implementation Rating

Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.5

Scalability

Cisco UCS Manager
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.6

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