SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) vs. Kaseya VSA

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
DameWare Remote Support from Austin IT company SolarWinds is remote administration software for the remote control of desktops, laptops, and servers behind or outside the firewall, allowing registry editing, restart services, logging activity, account and password management, and more. The mobile app also provides access from a phone or tablet. DameWare Remote Support licensing is per technician, the number of end-user remote machines is irrelevant; one technician may receive a license for…
$276
per technician, unlimited end users
Kaseya VSA
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Kaseya Virtual System Administrator (VSA) is a cloud-based Remote Monitoring and Management software. VSA unifies the monitoring of system infrastructure and endpoints and is designed for use by IT teams and MSP’s. It offers a robust crowd-source automation scripts library, as well as antivirus and malware capabilities with real-time threat alerts.N/A
Pricing
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)Kaseya VSA
Editions & Modules
Dameware Mini Remote Control
$276
per technician, unlimited end users
Dameware Remote Support
$388
per technician, unlimited end-users
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)Kaseya VSA
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsDameWare Remote Support and Mini Remote Control are licensed based on the number of technician users that use the software for remote administration. There are no limits or restrictions for the number of end-users supported or the number of remote endpoints/computers supported. As you buy higher counts of licenses, the per-seat pricing goes down giving you a reduced total price.
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Top Pros
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Features
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)Kaseya VSA
Remote Administration
Comparison of Remote Administration features of Product A and Product B
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
8.5
65 Ratings
3% above category average
Kaseya VSA
-
Ratings
Screen sharing10.053 Ratings00 Ratings
File transfer10.050 Ratings00 Ratings
Instant message7.547 Ratings00 Ratings
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication8.316 Ratings00 Ratings
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers9.035 Ratings00 Ratings
Over-the-Internet remote session8.048 Ratings00 Ratings
Initiate remote control from mobile9.025 Ratings00 Ratings
Remote management of servers & workstations9.258 Ratings00 Ratings
Remote Active Directory® management7.139 Ratings00 Ratings
Centralized management dashboard8.238 Ratings00 Ratings
Session record8.55 Ratings00 Ratings
Annotations7.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Monitoring and Alerts8.75 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-platform remote control7.231 Ratings00 Ratings
Monitoring Tasks
Comparison of Monitoring Tasks features of Product A and Product B
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
-
Ratings
Kaseya VSA
5.3
12 Ratings
32% below category average
Remote monitoring00 Ratings5.812 Ratings
Network device monitoring00 Ratings5.312 Ratings
Management Tasks
Comparison of Management Tasks features of Product A and Product B
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)
-
Ratings
Kaseya VSA
7.3
11 Ratings
2% above category average
Patch Management00 Ratings7.411 Ratings
Policy-based automation00 Ratings8.911 Ratings
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User Ratings
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)Kaseya VSA
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(66 ratings)
9.5
(29 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(13 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
5.0
(9 ratings)
5.5
(8 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
5.0
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS)Kaseya VSA
Likelihood to Recommend
SolarWinds
I feel like this is a very robust solution that I would recommend to anyone who relies heavily on remote support. Most of the colleagues I work with already use SolarWinds products to one extent or the other. I feel the price for the solution is very fair and a good value for the product.
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Kaseya
If the software functioned as it was intended, it would be probably a 7 out of 10. It lacks the majority of customization that SolarWinds N-central supplies, but also supports some customization that other solutions we have tried do not. Again, if the software didn't consistently break, the ability to implement automated scripting via PowerShell and the capacity to manage 10+ endpoints at once in different windows is great.
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Pros
SolarWinds
  • Troubleshooting computers remotely without the need for the user to even be around.
  • Install software that needs to be installed manually without having to travel.
  • Viewing what the user is doing specifically that triggers the issue, making replicating issues way simpler.
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Kaseya
  • Being able to see systems that are not within the local network allows us to be able to troubleshoot and work with the end users no matter where they are or where we are as it is cloud based.
  • Several functions can be "automated" so staff do not have to keep going back and scanning for updates, push Windows updates and or push sensor updates.
  • VSA offers a variety of system information about all of the assets that have the endpoints installed on them so we can easily see the system specs without having to actually connect to them and pull up the SysInfo on each unit.
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Cons
SolarWinds
  • It would be nice if the installed agent would be able to check in with the server so that I can connect to laptops, etc that have the agent pre-installed for when they are off network.
  • DameWare could do better with the mobile app. I cannot connect in from the outside with the mobile app to provide quick support if needed. This kind of defeats the purpose of a mobile app. If I am on the network, I probably have access to my workstation.
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Kaseya
  • Support - Like all other competitors support is OK but the product is robust enough to reduce support requirements.
  • Customer Service - another team that is a bit poor especially when the issue involves multiple departments. Otherwise, the direct rep is very friendly and professional.
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Likelihood to Renew
SolarWinds
This application is one of my most used tools when it comes to supporting end users and the network as well. I don't have to run all over the place to get things done when I can access multiple computers on the network at the same time to accomplish multiple tasks in a minimal amount of time.
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Kaseya
Excellent product with easy learning curve
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Usability
SolarWinds
Because it has enhanced my ability to trouble shoot more issues during the day. Instead of having to go to each machine and spend time at the machine, I can remote in from my desktop and assist the person 90 per cent of the time. I also use it from home to remote in which saves me the time from having to return back to the workplace.
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Kaseya
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Reliability and Availability
SolarWinds
Yes, always available.
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Kaseya
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Performance
SolarWinds
The application always seems responsive to me
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Kaseya
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Support Rating
SolarWinds
I use a Samsung mobile device; DameWare Mobile was working and then after an Android update it started crashing. I reported the issue to DameWare and worked with the technicians and developers to gather data for them to correct the issue. They quickly published a beta release for me to test (which corrected the crashes) and then published an update to the Google Play Store.
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Kaseya
It was lots of back and forth email communication whenever I tried to solve my connection issues. I would send them detailed logs of the date, time, computer, and more of when I was experiencing connection issues. All I would get is an email back a few days later saying that they didn't find an issue in the service
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In-Person Training
SolarWinds
It was excellent
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Kaseya
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Online Training
SolarWinds
The videos were more than sufficient to learn the product
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Kaseya
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Implementation Rating
SolarWinds
It helps greatly if you know someone already using DameWare Remote Support. I was fortunate as my tech support guys were using it at their hospital and assisted me through the purchase, download and implementation of remote support. As well as, knowing how many licenses to purchase at the time. You have to make sure that anyone assisting in IT can have access to the program with their own license.
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Kaseya
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Alternatives Considered
SolarWinds
We previously utilized LogMeIn. They increased the pricing of their solution which made us reconsider it. I inherited LogMeIn. I am not a big fan of hosted solutions for some vital IT processes. There was convenience in LogMeIn, but there were also risks about the solution that I was never completely comfortable with. I had utilized DameWare at a previous company, so I knew what I was getting with it. It was an easy decision for me to make. DameWare is an exceptional product.
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Kaseya
There are other products that do some of what Kaseya does, but I've not personally worked with another product that does everything Kaseya does. Sure there are plenty of remote control products, but products that do as much as Kaseya are few and far between. Hard to go wrong with the sheer scope of functionality!
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Scalability
SolarWinds
You get an 8 because of the constant initial freeze on most connections. Takes a reconnect to have it work.
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Kaseya
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Return on Investment
SolarWinds
  • DameWare has allowed us to maintain our non-traditional approach to IT support. It allows our administrators to work from anywhere and has extended their reach to clients domestic and abroad.
  • Return on investment was realized as soon as we purchased the licenses. We don't have to maintain a large office space or overhead costs due to the flexibility it allows our administrators.
  • First call resolution has increased drastically since implementing DameWare company-wide. The user no longer has to wait to reproduce an error. We can screen share and view it as it happens and mitigate the issues.
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Kaseya
  • It has increased the efficiency of operational tasks for our technicians
  • It has change the speed at which we are able to deploy updates and software patches
  • It caused us to spend additional money on more security tools due to concern from breaches
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ScreenShots

SolarWinds Dameware Remote Support (DRS) Screenshots

Screenshot of DameWare Remote Support Management ConsoleScreenshot of Remotely Connect to Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X ComputersScreenshot of Over-the-Internet Remote Session via Secure Proxy ServerScreenshot of Connect to Remote Computers from iOS and Android Mobile Devices