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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 7.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor can be used for any sort of servers or application monitoring such as Windows, Linux, Unix, AIX etc it also do not have any dependency on on-premises, google cloud, AWS or azure. All SAM does is to use the appropriate monitoring method having all pre-requisites in place already.
Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.1
SCOM
7.4
Application monitoring
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.6
SCOM
7.7
Database monitoring
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.9
SCOM
7.7
Threshold alerts
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.5
SCOM
8.1
Predictive capabilities
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.7
SCOM
7.0
Application performance management console
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.0
SCOM
6.6
Collaboration tools
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.2
SCOM
5.6
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.9
SCOM
7.3
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
7.4
SCOM
6.7
Virtualization monitoring
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.3
SCOM
7.4
Server availability and performance monitoring
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
9.1
SCOM
8.5
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.4
SCOM
8.1
IT Asset Discovery
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.3
SCOM
7.7

Pros

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor helps monitor the status or some of our most important applications. It has the capability of letting us know when an application goes down which helps us fix the issue faster.
  • SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor helps monitor the resources on servers. By knowing the key components of the server such as CPU, RAM, and storage, we can forecast whether we need to increase or decrease resources on any server.
  • SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor helps us by sending real time alerts when issues occur related to servers that we are monitoring.
Cody Plassmeyer | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

  • Pick real-time health data from a large number of systems through their agent services installed on those remote systems.
  • Have the ability to directly create an incident in snow with its SCOM-SNOW Integration pack.
  • Have the capability to design activities to perform actions on apps or infrastructure components directly from SCOM Dashboard.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • The new node based licensing model makes it difficult to justify the price for nodes that only utilize a few components.
  • Script results need to be a statistic. It would be a lot more useful if we could populate a table of results, including alpha-numeric strings, boolean, etc.
  • A lot of the AppInsight components cannot be disabled. You have to either use the whole template or nothing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 8.5
Based on 11 answers
I love the product and the alerts are within the millisecond, which can be the difference between life and death in some cases. As a beginner user, it was difficult getting around or add new hosts to monitor. However, after reading guides an familiarizing myself with the product, I realized how powerful and extremely useful this product. The reason I don't give a 10 is the learning curve.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

No score
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Usability

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

SCOM

No score
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Reliability and Availability

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 4.6
Based on 2 answers
I only use dpa
Joe Parlett | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

No score
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Performance

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 4.6
Based on 2 answers
Takes time to load
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

No score
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Support Rating

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 8.0
Based on 20 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

SCOM

SCOM 8.2
Based on 10 answers
We are very pleased with the support provided by the Microsoft System Center Operations Manager team. At first, we were quite hesitant to contact support, but the support team showed a very proactive approach and helped with a bunch of issues which would be much harder to overcome on our own, especially when deploying the platform for the first time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

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

SCOM

No score
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Implementation Rating

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 4.6
Based on 3 answers
Make sure SNMP and WMI are configured ahead of time
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

No score
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Alternatives Considered

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

We selected SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor over AppDynamics because SolarWinds product suited our needs better. We needed better infrastructure monitoring and internal application monitoring brought from other vendors. If we wanted to monitor an application that was being developed by our company and we needed to track every transaction of it then we would have gone for AppDynamics, but SolarWinds was a better fit for our use case.

Devbrath Pant | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

We didn't consider any other alternatives, nor did we try or demo any other product prior to our purchase of SCOM. I know there are several other products out that perform many of the same functions and more such as SolarWinds, however, those products are pricey as well and we decided to stick with the Microsoft product in the end.
Joe Spradlin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor 4.6
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

SCOM

No score
No answers yet
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Return on Investment

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • SolarWinds has helped to improve proactive resolution or mitigation of application issues. This has often resulted in issues fixed before customers were aware of the problem.
  • SolarWinds has provided valuable information when troubleshooting issues to meet Service Level Agreements.
  • SolarWinds has helped get the correct team working on issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SCOM

  • We wanted to make sure that updates and patches deployed are actually successfully installed on devices and other tools cannot match SCOM for detailed feedback on deployment status.
  • We can now confidently provide management and security teams on successful update of security patches with high accuracy.
  • Deployment complexity took over a year to fully implement all necessary features with help of consultants and in house teams. Wish it was simpler.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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

SCOM

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.6
SCOM
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.5
SCOM

Usability

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.7
SCOM

Reliability and Availability

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.6
SCOM

Performance

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.6
SCOM

Support Rating

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.0
SCOM
8.2

Online Training

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.5
SCOM

Implementation Rating

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.6
SCOM

Scalability

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
4.6
SCOM

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