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ScienceLogic SL1

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Score 7.9 out of 100

SolarWinds NPM

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Feature Set Ratings

    Network Performance Monitoring

    ScienceLogic SL1

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    SolarWinds NPM

    81%
    SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) ranks higher in 10/10 features

    Automated network device discovery

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    209 Ratings

    Network monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    231 Ratings

    Baseline threshold calculation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    201 Ratings

    Alerts

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    228 Ratings

    Network capacity planning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    188 Ratings

    Packet capture analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    130 Ratings

    Network mapping

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    190 Ratings

    Customizable reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    212 Ratings

    Wireless infrastructure monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    152 Ratings

    Hardware health monitoring

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    215 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • ScienceLogic SL1 is rated higher in 9 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Availability, Performance, Online Training, Implementation Rating, Ease of integration, Product Scalability, Vendor post-sale, Vendor pre-sale
    • SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating, Configurability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    6.6

    ScienceLogic SL1

    66%
    161 Ratings
    9.0

    SolarWinds NPM

    90%
    237 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.9

    ScienceLogic SL1

    99%
    13 Ratings
    9.0

    SolarWinds NPM

    90%
    24 Ratings

    Usability

    7.8

    ScienceLogic SL1

    78%
    8 Ratings
    9.1

    SolarWinds NPM

    91%
    19 Ratings

    Availability

    8.8

    ScienceLogic SL1

    88%
    11 Ratings
    8.2

    SolarWinds NPM

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    8.4

    ScienceLogic SL1

    84%
    11 Ratings
    5.5

    SolarWinds NPM

    55%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    6.3

    ScienceLogic SL1

    63%
    16 Ratings
    7.2

    SolarWinds NPM

    72%
    42 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    8.9

    ScienceLogic SL1

    89%
    2 Ratings

    SolarWinds NPM

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    7.7

    ScienceLogic SL1

    77%
    2 Ratings
    6.4

    SolarWinds NPM

    64%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    8.4

    ScienceLogic SL1

    84%
    34 Ratings
    7.3

    SolarWinds NPM

    73%
    16 Ratings

    Configurability

    8.0

    ScienceLogic SL1

    80%
    5 Ratings
    9.1

    SolarWinds NPM

    91%
    1 Rating

    Ease of integration

    7.4

    ScienceLogic SL1

    74%
    8 Ratings
    7.3

    SolarWinds NPM

    73%
    1 Rating

    Product Scalability

    8.0

    ScienceLogic SL1

    80%
    1 Rating
    7.3

    SolarWinds NPM

    73%
    1 Rating

    Vendor post-sale

    10.0

    ScienceLogic SL1

    100%
    2 Ratings
    8.2

    SolarWinds NPM

    82%
    1 Rating

    Vendor pre-sale

    10.0

    ScienceLogic SL1

    100%
    2 Ratings
    7.3

    SolarWinds NPM

    73%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    ScienceLogic

    It seems to do a very good job with monitoring servers and storage appliances. Network monitoring seems to be lacking as it misses bps and PPS. Also, it would be nice if device configurations were backed up, stored, and compared for differences between old and new configs or running and startup configs. Overall, it seems to do a whole lot of everything, but you have to dig to find what you need.
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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

    ScienceLogic

    • it is able to collect data via SNMP
    • it is able to graph them
    • it is able to receive Syslog messages from devices and create events from them based on defined rules
    • I'm not sure whether it is doing above things particularly well but it does them fine
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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

    ScienceLogic

    • In some cases, there might be some spike in CPU or Memory. Even though we receive an alert for it but we are unable to find which process consumes more CPU or Memory. We need that process details as well in the tool.
    • SQL monitoring for non domain servers.
    • More manuals on storage devices monitoring.
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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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    Pricing Details

    ScienceLogic SL1

    Starting Price

    $7.5 per month per node

    Editions & Modules

    ScienceLogic SL1 editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Required

      Additional Details

      ScienceLogic SL1 offers four tiers: SL1 Advanced – Application Health, Automated Troubleshooting and Remediation Workflows SL1 Base – Infrastructure Monitoring, Topology & Event Correlation SL1 Premium – AI/ML-driven Analytics, Low-Code Automated Workflow Authoring SL1 Standard – Infrastructure Monitoring – with Agents, Business Services, Incident Automation, CMDB Synchronization, Behavioral Correlation To get pricing for each tier, please contact the vendor.

      Pricing Info

      SolarWinds NPM

      Starting Price

      $0 Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      SolarWinds NPM editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      NPM$1,5831

      Footnotes

      1. Starting Price

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      Likelihood to Renew

      ScienceLogic

      We migrated away from our 20-year-old homegrown solution and have no back-tracking capability. ScienceLogic is demonstrating new capabilities that we would not have been able to do on our own using our legacy system.
      We understand the capabilities of competitors based on our bake-off selection where ScienceLogic won on capabilities and future near-term potential (expandability, platform growth). We know that those competitors are not really close to where we have been able to push ScienceLogic (as a partner).
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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

      ScienceLogic

      Product is capable of monitoring different
      technologies like OS, MS Infra apps, cloud services, Databases, network etc...
      this can be a single solution for most of the technologies end to end monitoring

      It is more flexible for customization and
      support is good
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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

      ScienceLogic

      Science Logic SL1 provides the option of Distributed deployment where multiple instances of each appliance can be deployed to manage the load and availability. SL1 provides a High Availability feature for Database Servers and Data Collection. If one of the Data Collectors in the collector group fails, it will automatically redistribute the devices from the failed Data Collector among the other Data Collectors in the Collector Group. The high availability feature for the Database server ensures that SL1 performs failover automatically to another server without causing the outage to the application.
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      SolarWinds

      Has never failed me
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      Performance

      ScienceLogic

      The performance is entirely dependent on the complexity of the environment/network being used to host the platform. Outside of those factors, the platform runs very efficiently and quickly out of the box. We have integrations with other platforms and neither seem to take a hit from our moderate API usage. Any issues with performance would be experienced by choices made in infrastructure or complexity of things built by the customer to display in the GUI (overly complicated and cluttered dashboards for example)
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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

      ScienceLogic

      So far, it's good as part of my overall experience, except for a couple of use cases. The support team is well knowledgeable, has technical sound, and is efficient. When support escalates to engineering, the issue gets stuck and takes months to resolve.
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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

      ScienceLogic

      On our side (students), we had a number of teams who were provided the deep developer training.
      Of those students, the customized training provided a complete, 5 day training which enabled the deployed platform team to successfully deploy and mitigate user-experience issues for the vast majority of our end-users, including some of the teams who attended the developer training.

      The knowledge kept pace with the class and sped up / slowed down (within the time constraints) as needed throughout the course.

      This was developer to developer training and for those students who were developers the training worked well. For those who were just coders it probably worked less well as some of the topics still do not apply (a function of our course outline specification based on our knowing nothing).

      Due to problems in sequencing we did the developer course BEFORE the admin course and realized that our requested ORDER was wrong.

      The onsite admin course was much better received and led to deeper understanding of the developer course held a few weeks prior.
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      SolarWinds

      No answers on this topic

      Online Training

      ScienceLogic

      Only cover the basic, the most powerfull part of the tool was not covered.
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      SolarWinds

      Would like an in person course
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      Implementation Rating

      ScienceLogic

      I am fully satisfied with the services provided by this platform in the production journey of the business systems. It gives my team the best working plan for achieving the set goals and the most suitable budget that fulfills requirements. It has enhanced productive workflow infrastructure that is fully monitored to ensure there is no bottleneck that slows down the work process.
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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

      ScienceLogic

      SL1 is my monitoring and performance tool of choice. It has greater functionality, flexibility, scaling, and easier management than the competition (For example Logic Monitor, SolarWinds, Broadcom UIM, Kaseya). Cisilion selected SL1 because of its flexibility, wide coverage, and ability to bring everything together (removing silos).
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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

      ScienceLogic

      Our deployment model is vastly different from product expectations. Our global / internal monitoring foot print is 8 production stacks in dual data centers with 50% collection capacity allocated to each data center with minimal numbers of collection groups. General Collection is our default collection group. Special Collection is for monitoring our ASA and other hardware that cannot be polled by a large number of IP addresses, so this collection group is usually 2 collectors). Because most of our stacks are in different physical data centers, we cannot use the provided HA solution. We have to use the DR solution (DRBD + CNAMEs). We routinely test power in our data centers (yearly). Because we have to use DR, we have a hand-touch to flip nodes and change the DNS CNAME half of the times when there is an outage (by design). When the outage is planned, we do this ahead of the outage so that we don't care that the Secondary has dropped away from the Primary. Hopefully, we'll be able to find a way to meet our constraints and improve our resiliency and reduce our hand-touch in future releases. For now, this works for us and our complexity. (I hear that the HA option is sweet. I just can't consume that.)
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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

      ScienceLogic

      • This product made it possible to monitor things we couldn't before and allows us to paint a clearer picture of branch health to management than we've ever had before.
      • Scienelogic is well suited to root cause analysis as well. If we find the underlying issue and fix it, we improve uptime, overall reliability, and customer/employee satisfaction.
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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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