Power Admin PA Server Monitor vs. SolarWinds AppOptics

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Power Admin PA Server Monitor
Score 2.0 out of 10
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Kansas based Power Admin offers PA Server Monitor, an IT infrastructure monitoring option.N/A
SolarWinds AppOptics
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds AppOptics (formerly Librato) is an IT infrastructure monitoring service and APM, based on technology acquired by SolarWinds with Librato in 2015 to expand its cloud monitoring portfolio.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Power Admin PA Server MonitorSolarWinds AppOptics
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
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Application Performance Management
Comparison of Application Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
Power Admin PA Server Monitor
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Ratings
SolarWinds AppOptics
6.8
30 Ratings
11% below category average
Application monitoring00 Ratings8.530 Ratings
Database monitoring00 Ratings7.528 Ratings
Threshold alerts00 Ratings6.426 Ratings
Predictive capabilities00 Ratings4.612 Ratings
Application performance management console00 Ratings7.126 Ratings
Collaboration tools00 Ratings5.814 Ratings
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications00 Ratings6.020 Ratings
Application dependency mapping and thresholding00 Ratings6.518 Ratings
Virtualization monitoring00 Ratings7.313 Ratings
Server availability and performance monitoring00 Ratings8.123 Ratings
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting00 Ratings7.316 Ratings
IT Asset Discovery00 Ratings7.09 Ratings
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User Ratings
Power Admin PA Server MonitorSolarWinds AppOptics
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(1 ratings)
7.9
(30 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.6
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Power Admin PA Server MonitorSolarWinds AppOptics
Likelihood to Recommend
Power Admin LLC
Power Admin PA Server Monitor works great for our needs. We do however wish that it worked for Linux Operating Systems.
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SolarWinds
AppOptics is good for small to medium-sized organizations with less than 150 servers or less than 40 services to monitor. It performs well for this use case where people need to get an overview of application performance, and 95%ile data is okay. Somewhere every data point and every record is critical; it should be avoided.
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Pros
Power Admin LLC
  • Alerts us when a server, storage device, or network device goes offline.
  • Alerts us when a critical service running on a server stops running.
  • Alerts us if files change, are removed, or are created.
  • Alerts us if an unauthorized file type has been created on a monitored system
  • Generate up-time reports for Executives.
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SolarWinds
  • Request tracing with code profiling.
  • Automated alerting on latency and response codes for each API.
  • Low resource overhead while collecting data from our application servers.
  • Highly performant dashboard that enables us to make progress rapidly.
  • Very resilient. We have not seen a downtime in their service in the entire year that we have used them.
  • Identify database and cache requests that are taking longer than expected
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Cons
Power Admin LLC
  • It does have bulk settings tools to set up bulk settings for multiple devices, but to me it could be a bit easier to use. However, I ran into a snag and reached out to support and they are great.
  • It does not support Linux Operating Systems.
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SolarWinds
  • The only thing that I would add is the possibility to display every single query our servers receive to eventually analyze them and query through them. We could also generate nice visualizations from that. Right now I believe we can only see averages.
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Likelihood to Renew
Power Admin LLC
Excellent product, easy to use, many features, and fast/excellent support.
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SolarWinds
We have been using AppOptics for over 3.5 years and expect to continue to renew it for the foreseeable future
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Usability
Power Admin LLC
It is an excellent product that is much easier to use than many other open source type offerings. Easy learning curve.
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SolarWinds
As far a usability is concerned for AppOptics, it is just as matter of few minutes away even if you start from scratch, as all you need to do is register on the site and you will get the URL and password. And after this all you have to do is follow the instruction, as per the configuration wizard (tool tip) within the console for various technology such as SQL, IIS, .NET
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Support Rating
Power Admin LLC
Very fast, knowledgeable, and helpful support.
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SolarWinds
Solarwinds AppOptics is rated as 9 out of 10 and the reason is there are still few areas where AppOptics needs to improve such as Service Now Integration, GCP Cloud Support, Better Dashboard visualization for application transactions flow. Other than these feature everything is there in AppOptics and that's a reason given 9 points out of 10.
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Implementation Rating
Power Admin LLC
Overall it is an easy install and setup and their support is very fast and helpful
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SolarWinds
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Alternatives Considered
Power Admin LLC
We tried some open source solutions. But, they were much more difficult to set up and maintain. PA is easy to use "out of the box". We looked at other paid solutions also, but they were cost prohibitive, since we are a small institution.
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SolarWinds
What we found positive in AppOptics from others is:
  • Easy to install and manage.
  • Various stack support.
  • Point to point deep-dive metrics and correlation.
  • Metrics like DB connection, query analysis, latency in API calls, and other connections, response codes for various APIs, etc are the key ones in our case, which AppOptics provides efficiently.
  • Alerts can be sent on different channels.
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Return on Investment
Power Admin LLC
  • It has decreased our critical services downtime, because we are able to VPN in and fix issues as soon as Power Admin alerts us of an issue. ROI has been excellent.
  • It allows us to catch issues before they become critical by alerting us on errors that show up in our Event Logs.
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SolarWinds
  • Application monitoring troubleshooting became more accurate. Accurate results save more man-hours of manual troubleshooting.
  • As Realtime monitoring and alerts provide more flexibility, downtime can be minimized and Accurate Root causes can be provided.
  • Dashboards can be useful for making future strategy based on trends.
  • Installation and integration is easy.
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ScreenShots

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