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Score 7.9 out of 100

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

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Score 8.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

N-able N-central

N-Central would be most appropriate in a situation where an experienced admin would like a product that is as customizable as possible. The products allows for a lot of customization, but would be less appropriate in a situation where a less experienced admin is looking for a product that requires less set up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds SAM is suited to configure custom monitoring. This includes monitoring log files, error messages in logs, running database queries, and executing custom scripts. This data can be displayed in [an] intuitive dashboard for the NOC team. The [SolarWinds] SAM templates can also be used to manage application availability and uptime for all critical applications. Alerts can be defined for monitoring the [SolarWinds] SAM templates.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.4
Application monitoring
N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
9.0
Database monitoring
N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.1
Threshold alerts
N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.7
Predictive capabilities
N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.9
Application performance management console
N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.3
Collaboration tools
N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.7
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.0
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.3
Virtualization monitoring
N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.9
Server availability and performance monitoring
N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
9.2
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.8
IT Asset Discovery
N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.1

Pros

N-able N-central

  • Remote tasks - entry-level techs can run basic tasks without physically touching a piece of equipment.
  • Remote support - remote controlling user devices is easy and saves a lot of time with having to initiate a remote session.
  • Management of devices, particularly patch management and anti-virus management - you can automatically approve and deploy patches and schedule automatic AV scans.
Nicolas Poague | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • The layout and feel of the product first and foremost. You can have a product which can do everything under the sun, however if it's lacking visually or hard to navigate, it's not very useful.
  • Seamless integration of assets between the various modules of SolarWinds, makes it a breeze to monitor or report on the environment.
  • Customisation - All aspects of the software is customisable, whether its reporting or when it comes monitoring configuration, SolarWinds SAM allows you to customise it fully to your environment so you achieve the best outcomes when it comes to monitoring and alerting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

N-able N-central

  • It is a large piece of software and does take some time to get set-up and configured.
  • Limitations with some basic monitoring like site down/internet down and server state make it difficult to have accurate monitoring information.
  • Reports and reporting are minimal, not very customizable and not pretty.
Robert Guy | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • Support aspect of the operation could be better in terms of assisting new customers to get up and running quickly.
  • Some of the options can be simplified, broken up into simple vs. advanced properties.
  • More access to knowledge is always useful whether that is a knowledge hub or easy access to support engineers for guidance with specific requests.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

N-able N-central

N-able N-central 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Overall we have liked our solar winds experience, however, as our company has grown to support larger enterprises, this product does not have the functionality that our teams need in order to fully support them. The lack of granularity with backups and lack of ability to support nutanix environments is slowly drawing us into the use of other tools.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 8.5
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

N-able N-central

N-able N-central 9.0
Based on 3 answers
The user interface is fairly straight forward, with logic groupings for objects. I did not deploy this software, but am one of the daily administrators. Once you get the correct agent package (Which can be a challenge) the integration into AD is not bad. The UI could be more customized, but that may have been a design choice.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

N-able N-central

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 4.5
Based on 3 answers
I only use dpa
Joe Parlett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

N-able N-central

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 4.5
Based on 3 answers
Takes time to load
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

N-able N-central

N-able N-central 8.6
Based on 14 answers
Every time we have reached out to SolarWinds they are quick to respond, even offering support chat 24/7. Their support team is great and works with you to find solutions to issues. They have taken items we had issues with before and used those to create updates so that the issue is handled better in the future.
chris maddox | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 8.5
Based on 31 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

N-able N-central

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

N-able N-central

N-able N-central 8.4
Based on 4 answers
Make sure if you your using a vm you follow the instructions for provisioning to the letter or it will be starting from square one
Howard Magnes | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 4.5
Based on 5 answers
Make sure SNMP and WMI are configured ahead of time
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

N-able N-central

SolarWinds N-central is on the more unique side of tools because it can do so many things, and do most of them quite well. For patching, it is much easier to use than SCCM. In terms of monitoring, it is not great out of the box and requires tweaking to take full advantage. Since it is agent-based, any time an agent fails to check in, it means that that device is effectively no longer being managed. It can take a great deal of effort to maintain and remediate agent issues.
It is a great tool to manage small to medium-sized environments, but would struggle to cover all the angles required in a larger enterprise setting.
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

N-able N-central

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 4.5
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

N-able N-central

  • Allows the service desk to quickly connect to computers and troubleshoot issues in less time
  • Minimizes user downtime by allowing installs to run in the background
  • Allows for management of updates and the ability to let the user postpone the update if needed
Ashley Babiarz | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • We are working to minimize the number of tools in our environment. SolarWinds is helping with that. However, we may be looking at moving some monitoring away from SolarWinds to other services because they either do a better job than the comparable Orion module, or the Orion module isn't justifiable for the price.
  • The SAM module pricing went from getting an unlimited license for $40k to a 2000 node license for 5 times that amount. Quite a jump in price without adding to the benefits.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

N-able N-central

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

N-able N-central
8.6
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

N-able N-central
9.1
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.5

Usability

N-able N-central
9.0
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.7

Reliability and Availability

N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.5

Performance

N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.5

Support Rating

N-able N-central
8.6
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.5

Online Training

N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.5

Implementation Rating

N-able N-central
8.4
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.5

Scalability

N-able N-central
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.5

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