Dynatrace vs. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Dynatrace
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Dynatrace is an APM scaled for enterprises with cloud, on-premise, and hybrid application and SaaS monitoring. Dynatrace uses AI-supported algorithms to provide continual APM self-learning and predictive alerts for proactive issue resolution.N/A
SolarWinds NPM
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds NPM is a monitoring and performance management platform. It provides performance troubleshooting support, auto network discovery, customizable thresholds, and can be rapidly deployed.
$1,638
per year
Pricing
DynatraceSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Editions & Modules
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NPM
$1,638
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
DynatraceSolarWinds NPM
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
DynatraceSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Considered Both Products
Dynatrace
Chose Dynatrace
I think Dynatrace will involve the infrastructure monitoring with the APM. The Application Performance Monitoring, with a native way to verify the database, servers and middleware will bring more effective root cause analyses to our team. Today, we need to bring more tools to …
Chose Dynatrace
Each of the tools has its own strength and weakness. A few tools like HP fully rely on integration with HP products that do other monitoring. SCOM [does] only their Microsoft products monitoring in depth (.net) not much capability around Java applications. NewRelic is a …
Chose Dynatrace
Dynatrace is top-tier. Most intuitive and solid APM features and functionality.
Chose Dynatrace
Dynatrace was the easiest to use, simplest to install and set up, and gave us the richest amount of data that actually had value to our business.
SolarWinds NPM

No answer on this topic

Top Pros
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Features
DynatraceSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Network Performance Monitoring
Comparison of Network Performance Monitoring features of Product A and Product B
Dynatrace
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Ratings
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
8.1
231 Ratings
2% below category average
Automated network device discovery00 Ratings8.1210 Ratings
Network monitoring00 Ratings8.9231 Ratings
Baseline threshold calculation00 Ratings7.8201 Ratings
Alerts00 Ratings8.8228 Ratings
Network capacity planning00 Ratings7.8188 Ratings
Packet capture analysis00 Ratings7.3130 Ratings
Network mapping00 Ratings7.5190 Ratings
Customizable reports00 Ratings8.4212 Ratings
Wireless infrastructure monitoring00 Ratings7.3153 Ratings
Hardware health monitoring00 Ratings8.6215 Ratings
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User Ratings
DynatraceSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Likelihood to Recommend
9.7
(340 ratings)
8.9
(237 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.6
(12 ratings)
9.3
(27 ratings)
Usability
8.4
(9 ratings)
9.0
(21 ratings)
Availability
8.2
(2 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Performance
7.3
(2 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
8.2
(402 ratings)
7.9
(44 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.9
(24 ratings)
10.0
(17 ratings)
Configurability
7.3
(1 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.3
(1 ratings)
7.0
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.3
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
DynatraceSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Likelihood to Recommend
Dynatrace LLC
Dynatrace is well suited to a number of tasks. It is important to determine who the end users are and gather good information to tailor their experience accordingly. For instance, business/marketing should not have access to some of the more technical data, and business metrics can be a distraction for IT operations personnel.
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SolarWinds
Solarwinds NPM is well suited for medium to large networks, it may be a bit heavy for the SOHO environment as most of the tools and reports are designed for monitoring KPIs which may not be critical for a small shop. NPM can handle large networks with several sites and mixed technologies ranging from networks, server systems, storage devices and SLA reporting.
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Pros
Dynatrace LLC
  • We loved Dynatrace's ability to show the data flow - from the front end points through the back end points straight to the database and various API's. It was advanced in its data visualization. This is useful for debugging - showing when/where the errors are. It can even enable non-technical individuals in the corporation to help debug
  • Dynatrace has some great highly customizable integration options as well as monitoring. You can configure your layout & integration options to create custom monitoring alerts for your applications performance. Further you can increase the extensibility of using a REST API on your architecture.
  • Some advanced dev-ops systems are utilizing Kubernetes/docker aswell as Node.JS - Dynatrace was able to log and help understand all of our dev-ops needs. It gave us native alerts based off of deviations from the baseline that we set during initial configuration. These metrics are priceless.
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SolarWinds
  • Out of the Monitoring of almost all Network Devices.
  • Build custom pollers to monitor which is not supported out of the box.
  • Further you can alert on these custom metrics and Out of the box metrics.
  • It provides you great dashboards, Reports features.
  • You can integrate it with any MoM layer tools either using its API or sending out traps.
  • Out of the box Integration with Service Now ITSM Tool.
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Cons
Dynatrace LLC
  • Dynatrace does not monitor easily on AIX OS.
  • Dynatrace does not monitor easily on a C-based application.
  • The way DPGR is addressed by Dynatrace is not very complete, and not clear. One thing is to mask the IP and request attributes but is not enough, the replay session feature is great but raises serious questions about user tracking.
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SolarWinds
  • The software upgrade process is a little hairy and has caused me trouble on occasion.
  • The server that it needs to run is a bit of a resource hog along with the SQL server.
  • Some additional features like the network map are a bit clunky compared to some other products that we use.
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Likelihood to Renew
Dynatrace LLC
We have already renewed our purchase with the company. They make it easy for us to get a temporary license for our contingency site that is only used for testing twice a year. We are expanding our license with for this tool. We find it very useful and will renew it again.
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SolarWinds
The entire IT staff relies on NPM in its daily operations. It would be impossible for us to maintain our level of service without it. If SolarWinds gets to proud of their product and begins to over charge for it, we would be forced to reconsider and use a different product. But as it stands it is worth the price to renew it.
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Usability
Dynatrace LLC
I really liked how easy it was to deploy the SaaS vesion of Dynatrace in our environment. We have a lot of tools that have plenty of capability but they don't get a whole lot of use because they would require someone who is an expert to use them. With the SaaS version of Dynatrace, all the admin functions are taken care of by the Dynatrace team (updates, patches, new features, bugs, etc.) and our small shop can focus on getting valuable metrics, alerts and issue resolution from the product.
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SolarWinds
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is quite an extensive product, covering all our bases and requirements. There are a lot of customizable options and features which you can work with for their alerting which is really useful. I haven't found anything yet which I thought SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) could do, but it actually couldn't so overall it works nicely and does the job.
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Reliability and Availability
Dynatrace LLC
Our environment, it never goes down therefore is always available.
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SolarWinds
Always available. Always is important to plan the software available during the machine/application setup.
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Performance
Dynatrace LLC
We have not seen where it does slow down an application.
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SolarWinds
Pages load slow, especially the bettors map. Could be that my server is old.
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Support Rating
Dynatrace LLC
Given that Dynatrace has become an informal industry standard, the plethora of information available on forums is massive. Most problems or roadblocks you come across are most likely (almost certainly, in fact) already solved and solutions available on these forums. The tech support at Dynatrace is also quite good, with prompt and knowledgeable people at their end.
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SolarWinds
In all of the times that we called support, someone at SolarWinds had the answer for us in a timely manner. Through thwack and other internet searching, we have been able to resolve all of our issues that arose to our satisfaction. The support staff have always been knowledgeable of their products or had a fellow support staff member to rely on to get the needed answers.
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In-Person Training
Dynatrace LLC
We did both online and in house training - they used our system so it made more sense.
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SolarWinds
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Online Training
Dynatrace LLC
The training was done on our time and with our system.
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SolarWinds
The training is good but during the implementation, you can get situations not learned during the training. The trainer was very open to hearing the questions about use cases and always sharing his experience.
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Implementation Rating
Dynatrace LLC
Using Dynatrace support services to assist (and lead) the implementation was extremely important.
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SolarWinds
Make sure your inventory is accurate. Stand up some virtual machines for testing prior to installation. Make sure your database and its credentials are setup. Think about things you want to monitor that may not be obvious - UPS units, Door hardware, PBX systems, Fabric Channel switches, firewalls, routers, switches. Try to setup SNMP on these devices and have an IP that you will assign to the new server. If you do that it will go well.
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Alternatives Considered
Dynatrace LLC
Synthetic Monitoring automatically does what other products do only through the use of other tools or through the development of user applications that still have a high cost of maintenance. The other products are not immediately usable and require many customizations. Through the use of configuration automatisms, you can be immediately operational and, in our case, we detected several imperfections in the applications.
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SolarWinds
We selected SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor because of the capabilities of the product versus the price. The tools also work well with their other products and support is fairly good. We have never had a problem when we needed to make a call.
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Scalability
Dynatrace LLC
Dynatrace can be used to monitor may software tools
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SolarWinds
From the direction and information I have been given it is very flexible and scalelable
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Return on Investment
Dynatrace LLC
  • Thanks to Dynatrace we have been able to effectively challenge and collaborate with service providers and outsourced IT teams.
  • Thanks to Dynatrace we have reduced MTTR on troubleshooting by a magnitude of four.
  • The performance analyses our team has done with Dynatrace earned us trust among management, business teams, and IT teams.
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SolarWinds
  • SolarWinds allows us to proactively address hardware issues before they impact the business. We recently had a server that was experiencing issues sporadically and we were able to use the data from SolarWinds to track down and correct the issue before it tanked the server.
  • SolarWinds gives our IT department some piece of mind knowing that they'll be alerted of any issues real time.
  • We can use SolarWinds data to justify needed to replace or upgrade certain equipment that is key to our core business.
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ScreenShots

SolarWinds NPM Screenshots

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