Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) vs. Tivoli Monitoring (legacy)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
Score 7.2 out of 10
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Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is a monitoring and application performance management option, with the core datacenter and cloud-based systems monitoring.N/A
Tivoli Monitoring (legacy)
Score 5.8 out of 10
N/A
Tivoli Monitoring products monitor the performance and availability of distributed operating systems and applications. It is a legacy product.N/A
Pricing
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Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)Tivoli Monitoring (legacy)
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)Tivoli Monitoring (legacy)
Application Performance Management
Comparison of Application Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
6.1
22 Ratings
22% below category average
Tivoli Monitoring (legacy)
-
Ratings
Application monitoring5.020 Ratings00 Ratings
Database monitoring9.022 Ratings00 Ratings
Threshold alerts10.022 Ratings00 Ratings
Predictive capabilities2.020 Ratings00 Ratings
Application performance management console3.019 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration tools6.017 Ratings00 Ratings
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications4.020 Ratings00 Ratings
Application dependency mapping and thresholding4.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Virtualization monitoring7.020 Ratings00 Ratings
Server availability and performance monitoring10.021 Ratings00 Ratings
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting8.021 Ratings00 Ratings
IT Asset Discovery5.018 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)Tivoli Monitoring (legacy)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(25 ratings)
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Support Rating
7.3
(8 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)Tivoli Monitoring (legacy)
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
More appropriate for:
  • Pure Microsoft ecosystem environments (Windows Server and SQL server) and the most common Linux and UNIX platforms.
  • Environments where cost is less of a factor than settling on a single platform for monitoring
  • Environments where the administrators are familiar with the setup and installation of SCOM.
Less appropriate for:
  • Pure UNIX/Linux shops, especially versions not supported out of the box by SCOM.
  • Shops that cannot afford the engagement to setup/configure and maintain on a continuous basis.
  • Shops that cannot dedicate personnel to the care and feeding of SCOM, especially when supporting larger environments.
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Discontinued Products
If you are looking for a software that looks decent but is not something you truly rely on, this is it. I have had bad experiences with IBM Tivoli Monitoring reporting on system errors that were not evident on the systems themselves at all. There is a lot of specific alerting you can set up which is nice.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Allows us to visualize our systems in a single interface and see the status of health as well as relevant performance metrics.
  • A flexible and powerful interface with active alerting covering domain controllers, SQL servers, etc...
  • Allows you to customize your views and workspaces for specific tasks and needs.
  • Reporting is powerful and flexible.
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  • The GUI is easy to read.
  • The software is fairly easy to configure.
  • Almost real-time.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • One of the biggest drawbacks to SCOM is the sheer scope and complexity of the system. This can be a pro and a con. The system is very customizable, what you put into it is what you'll get out of it. That said, the learning curve is fairly steep. An organization needs to be committed to putting time and resources into SCOM to get the most out of it. I've heard stories from colleagues of several different companies that invested in SCOM and then abandoned it due to the excessive time and care required.
  • SCOM is expensive. Not only is the enterprise licensing costly, SCOM requires it's own servers, operational and warehouse databases to be maintained.
  • The OOB SCOM reports are a bit clunky and feel outdated.
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  • The software is not reliable at all.
  • Reports errors that are false-negatives.
  • Hard to configure alarms/alerts.
  • Bulky installation (takes up quite a bit of space).
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Support Rating
Microsoft
Hard to get support. The product is not being actively developed anymore, so it is hard to get new features for the product.
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Discontinued Products
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
We used Altiris and WSUS and in the beginning Altiris had the better admin interface than SCOM, but it is no longer the case as SCOM has refined their admin interface. Altiris still has better and more robust group assignments for management roles and those two other tools can better manage non Windows OS devices than SCOM but for a large enterprise Windows shop, if you can afford it, SCOM is the way to go.
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Discontinued Products
We selected IBM Tivoli Monitoring as a bundle deal, other than that I would have probably gone with another vendor. We use Brocade Network Advisor for our SAN also which I would suggest to anyone over this software. The software has not been that reliable for me since we started using it.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • It has allowed us to provide an Enterprise Event/Alert management solution to the Global company
  • It has taken a long time to get it to provide valuable alerts and information, lots of user resources and investment.
  • It assists with 24/7 monitoring and out of hours support
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Discontinued Products
  • I would not purchase this again.
  • Other software monitoring tools have been more reliable and easier to manage.
  • Difficult to manage, if you patch the server the software is installed on and have to reboot it, IBM Tivoli Monitoring does not come up clean.
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