ControlUp vs. SolarWinds Pingdom

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ControlUp
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
ControlUp, from the company of the same name headquartered in San Francisco, offers an end user experience monitoring focuses on being able to easily find the root cause of IT issues, remediate directly from its UI vs. having to rely on several tools, and strategically analyze historical resources, usage, and issues data.N/A
SolarWinds Pingdom
Score 7.6 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds Pingdom is a website uptime monitoring and alert tool, with additional reporting and Real User Monitoring capabilities. Pingdom is part of SolarWinds’s DevOps package, enabling full-stack monitoring as a service.
$14.95
per month
Pricing
ControlUpSolarWinds Pingdom
Editions & Modules
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Synthetic Monitoring
$10
per month
Real User Monitoring
$10
per month
Enterprise
Custom Pricing
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ControlUpSolarWinds Pingdom
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
ControlUpSolarWinds Pingdom
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ControlUpSolarWinds Pingdom
Small Businesses
SolarWinds Pingdom
SolarWinds Pingdom
Score 7.6 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco ThousandEyes
Cisco ThousandEyes
Score 9.0 out of 10
Cisco ThousandEyes
Cisco ThousandEyes
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Nexthink
Nexthink
Score 9.1 out of 10
Nexthink
Nexthink
Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
ControlUpSolarWinds Pingdom
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(3 ratings)
6.6
(65 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(7 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.5
(54 ratings)
User Testimonials
ControlUpSolarWinds Pingdom
Likelihood to Recommend
ControlUp
An environment where visibility of general performance metrics isn't currently done or is done with a system that is difficult to use (which was our case). An environment where resource allocation decisions need to be made (e.g. how much RAM and CPU to allocate to VM pools). An environment where a troubleshooting tool is needed (e.g. to answer the question, "Why is this person experiencing poor performance right now?")
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SolarWinds
I believe the scenarios we used it for were quite well covered, from the executive perspective. The downtime alarms worked very well and were easy to setup, uptime monitoring tools were clear and easy to use, even for non-technical people (C-level) and the SLA management tools allowed us to spend less time, and have less friction, with our clients
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Pros
ControlUp
  • The triggers are very flexible and can be configured to alert on things from events in sessions to hardware failures. Script actions are what they sound like. They are scripts that can be created and run on demand or tied to a trigger. One example is that if a hard drive is low on space we have a script to clean up certain things on the drive.
  • Script actions are supported by the ControlUp community. Community members can submit scripts that are reviewed by ControlUp and approved. This means more script are added over time.
  • ControlUp support and sales support has been great. Our sales engineer is always willing to jump on and help us with configuration issues and standard support is quick to respond and are good at resolving issues.
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SolarWinds
  • The alerts are very responsive offering quite detailed timing information
  • The UI for reports is very clear and set up of reports is very intuitive
  • Customer service was good when there were problems - e.g. lapsing billing causing reporting to go down
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Cons
ControlUp
  • It seems that there is a gradual transition occurring from one interface (a local program) to another (Web). This creates confusion at times.
  • ScoutBees module has a problem with our version of Horizon, so we can't do a login test
  • The local program for ControlUp uses a lot of resources
  • The training session focus on very large environments, which we aren't. Might be good to offer SMB sessions separately.
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SolarWinds
  • The PagerDuty integration could be a lot better. When you use the PagerDuty integration, it doesn't send any information about which check failed! It just sends a message like "Timeout (> 30s)" -- this isn't very helpful when we have hundreds of checks. We've worked around this by using both the PagerDuty and Slack integrations and having them both post to the same Slack channel. But this means that when an engineer is paged from PagerDuty, they have to go to Slack (or Pingdom) to find the details about the page; it's not available on the page itself.
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Likelihood to Renew
ControlUp
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
Recently added features have made Pingdom less intuitive for our requirements. While Pingdom has a broad offering and remains a good value, it is becoming more than we need. Our customer base is becoming more and more global and Pingdom still lacks Asia-Pacific monitoring, which we will need within a year.
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Usability
ControlUp
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SolarWinds
Pingdom is easy to use, very intuitive and has a very short learning curve. From the onset, we've been able to jump in and leverage the tool to accomplish our goals for page speed performance and discover the insights we need to make improvements. Its a well-designed tool and makes for a good user experience.
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Performance
ControlUp
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SolarWinds
Interface is unnecessarily complicated and frequently responds slowly.
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Support Rating
ControlUp
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
Support responded the same day to my query, as I was setting the product up but couldn't find the setting I needed. This was successfully resolved in a short time frame, so I was pleased with how quickly we were able to get this resolved. I haven't needed to contact support since.
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Alternatives Considered
ControlUp
I feel all these products are good and have their strengths but for me it came down to two categories. How easy is it to find issues and cost. It seemed to me that the easiest to use is ControlUp and eG. Price broke down to ControlUp and SysTrack being lower than Goliath and eG.
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SolarWinds
  1. PRTG Network Monitor was a far more complicated tool to use and set up albeit it does both Internal and External monitoring. The setup wasn't intuitive and there are too many configuration options to complete to form an alert
  2. Amazon CloudWatch is specific to AWS resources and cannot be easily use outside of the AWS Ecosystem
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Return on Investment
ControlUp
  • its licensing cost is a bit on high
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SolarWinds
  • Honestly, we have 4 other products that overlap this functionality whose organizations provide far superior support. At this point it is an unnecessary expense.
  • In my opinion, their lack of support responsiveness and commitment has impacted our IT agility.
  • Its time to explore other alternatives.
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