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Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

I really like the fact that it integrates with other Solarwinds products that monitor the network and what's going on with the host. So if you have high CPU usage and there is minimal bandwidth, it's a very simple solution (more processing or memory please). Trending helps you see where the issue starts and you can even get an alert based on set parameters. We have one monitoring our internet status, using the proxy.
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

  • It is perfectly suited for environments with 100+ virtual servers. It is essential in environments with several clusters and 500+ virtual servers.
  • It would be optimal for hybrid environments with Hyper-V and VMware.
  • It can be expensive for small businesses.
  • It is not recommended in case most of the environment is on physical servers or cloud platforms
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.3
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
Application monitoring
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.9
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
Database monitoring
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.1
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
Threshold alerts
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.7
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
Predictive capabilities
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.6
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
Application performance management console
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.1
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
Collaboration tools
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
6.6
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.0
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.3
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
Virtualization monitoring
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.5
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
Server availability and performance monitoring
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
9.3
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.4
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
IT Asset Discovery
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.6
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

Pros

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • The granularity in its alerts and reporting gives me access to critical information, especially in compliance.
  • Its LDAP integration with Active Directory really helps in keeping organized our "Master List" of network-connected devices.
  • Once, when my Windows Server Update Service was unavailable, was able to implement patches through it.
  • The GUI is very user intuitive.
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

  • VMAN's powerful sprawl analyses allows businesses to see where their hypervisor estate can be made more efficient. Coupled with powerful capacity management, the efficiency gains allow the product to quickly start returning on it's investment, allowing businesses to do more with what they already have.
  • The recommendations provided by VNMAN allows administrators to schedule changes in compute, storage assignment, and host/guest balance. These changes can be automated to take place on a schedule to suit, with VMAN making the changes at the appropriate time, allowing businesses to potentially save on expensive out of hours administration.
  • It's not only on-premise! With VMAN you can monitor your cloud-based guests on Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure.
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Cons

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • Help links & additional tool-tips. Having thorough and easy to understand instructions is the most important part of software this comprehensive and it would be great to include direct links to wiki pages.
  • Monitor/Alert templates. The program could use more and simpler alerts and monitors.
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

  • We did have issues during the setup, with successfully connecting to some of our hosts and vCenters and we found support were just sending us back to articles we had already read, it was also taking long periods before getting a response. The issue is still ongoing, in fact.
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Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 9.0
Based on 8 answers
Easy to use and they keep expanding on its functionality. We also have a good relationship with them. Rarely have issues or need to contact support.
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 9.4
Based on 3 answers
Currently, there is no other tool that gives us what we need to monitor a geographically disperse environment with multiple non-related instances of VM clusters. In addition, the level of reporting, historical data trending, and alerting that VMAN provides is essential for our business process. Lastly, the effort to customize and set up any monitoring system is not trivial. This makes switching to any other product very difficult without being able to clearly demonstrate a ROI.
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Usability

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 9.0
Based on 13 answers
What makes this product great is that it is easy to setup and configure. Many products are very time consuming to get setup and implement. This leads to a delay in their use, and slow adoption. Because of the ease of use of Solarwinds we have gotten a lot of use out of it.
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 7.1
Based on 4 answers
I find it to be very usable. This product if a must have in any IT admin arsenal. Its a wonderful tool and its integration with Orion is seamless. It provides a single pane of glass view to your products and services of your virtual environment while if provides notifications to you for the best possible support options.
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Reliability and Availability

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 5.5
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 8.2
Based on 1 answer
We have yet to enconter any issues in terms of availability. We have a highly available SQL cluster running Orion.
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Performance

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 5.5
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 6.4
Based on 1 answer
We find page load times to be quite slow at times. Flipping between tabs can also be very slow.
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Support

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 8.9
Based on 10 answers
We talk to a initial person and they may not be specialized in what we are trying to resolve. They then have to call back or have someone call back after that person is free from working on another issue with another customer.
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 6.2
Based on 3 answers
SolarWinds gives good support. I have never had a time when i was working through a support case where I did not get the support I needed for the required issues to be resolved. I have always had resolutions from SolarWinds support. They are top notch. Issues once had are no more.
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Implementation

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 6.4
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 9.2
Based on 3 answers
Pretty straighforward, as long as you check Solarwinds site for recommended installation path. KEY ITEM - be sure that you know which versions of all SolarWinds products you are using, because there are incompatability issues between versions for many products. It took me about 2 hours with a spreadsheet to figure out an upgrade path. Don't assume that the version you downloaded is the right/most current version without checking first!
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Alternatives Considered

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

The tool does what it says, and gives you great insight into your environment. Out of all the SolarWinds products that I have used over the years, my top two are SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor and N-Able. Depending on your business needs, either will do the job, but it depends on your use case. For me, I like to work remote, be able to diagnose issues quickly, and fix issues from anywhere that I have an internet connection.
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

I've attempted to use various conglomerations of Nagios, PRTG, Spiceworks and Zabbix. None were as easy to set up, manage and alert from. None also gave me near the feature set. The out-of-the-box reports and planning features didn't exist. The manual set up was extremely time-intensive and most of that information was lost when I left those workplaces.
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Scalability

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 7.3
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Purchasing the correct license allows the platform to scale with your environment.
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Return on Investment

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • One of the biggest areas of ROI is for our DBA, with the combination of SAM and DPA we have been able to streamline the maintenance and troubleshooting of applications. On several instances, it has taken us probably less than 5 minutes to tell supervisors where the issue lies when something is not working.
  • The second area that it helps is helping us see trends on our servers to know if we need to address specific areas of growth to ensure continued productivity and smooth operations.
  • Initially this was not part of our "initial" purchase with SolarWinds, however, now it is definitely one of the core SolarWinds modules that are used on a daily basis to assist in monitoring our network.
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

  • Snapshot Management - It is nice to have an automated tool for cleaning up snapshots because this is often forgotten in the day to day. One of those things that no one wants to do themselves
  • VM Management - we are still getting started with this but we keep finding it coming up a little short on exactly what we need, it will do most of the job we need but still requires some manual intervention.
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Pricing Details

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

General

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

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.6
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
6.7

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
9.0
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
9.4

Usability

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
9.0
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
7.1

Reliability and Availability

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
5.5
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
8.2

Performance

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
5.5
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
6.4

Support

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.9
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
6.2

Implementation

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
6.4
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
9.2

Scalability

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.3
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
9.1

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