SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor vs. Tivoli Monitoring (legacy)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) delivers application and server monitoring capabilities. SAM allows for self-service for easy setup, 1200+ monitoring templates, and customization options, as well as integrate with other SolarWinds products.N/A
Tivoli Monitoring (legacy)
Score 5.9 out of 10
N/A
Tivoli Monitoring products monitor the performance and availability of distributed operating systems and applications. It is a legacy product.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SolarWinds Server & Application MonitorTivoli Monitoring (legacy)
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsSAM pricing starts at $2,995.
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Community Pulse
SolarWinds Server & Application MonitorTivoli Monitoring (legacy)
Considered Both Products
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
Chose SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
The SolarWinds suite, including Orion, Network Performance Monitor, Patch Manager and SAM provide a cohesive, enterprise level monitoring platform that helps us to quickly diagnose issues at our divisions worldwide. It allows us to pinpoint the exact cause of an outage, and …
Tivoli Monitoring (legacy)

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
SolarWinds Server & Application MonitorTivoli Monitoring (legacy)
Application Performance Management
Comparison of Application Performance Management features of Product A and Product B
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
8.7
276 Ratings
13% above category average
Tivoli Monitoring (legacy)
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Ratings
Application monitoring9.0266 Ratings00 Ratings
Database monitoring8.5230 Ratings00 Ratings
Threshold alerts9.0271 Ratings00 Ratings
Predictive capabilities8.3215 Ratings00 Ratings
Application performance management console8.2239 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration tools7.8148 Ratings00 Ratings
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications8.0256 Ratings00 Ratings
Application dependency mapping and thresholding8.7216 Ratings00 Ratings
Virtualization monitoring9.1234 Ratings00 Ratings
Server availability and performance monitoring9.8269 Ratings00 Ratings
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting9.1250 Ratings00 Ratings
IT Asset Discovery9.0199 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
SolarWinds Server & Application MonitorTivoli Monitoring (legacy)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(278 ratings)
2.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.9
(10 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(29 ratings)
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Availability
9.9
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
6.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(21 ratings)
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Online Training
4.5
(1 ratings)
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Implementation Rating
4.5
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
1.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
4.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.9
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
4.5
(2 ratings)
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Vendor pre-sale
4.5
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User Testimonials
SolarWinds Server & Application MonitorTivoli Monitoring (legacy)
Likelihood to Recommend
SolarWinds
For monitoring applications that run on Windows hosts on VMware or HyperV virtualization, SolarWindows offers a nice, vertical view of both the loads and the resources. In such an environment, this makes life really good! But if you have something else -- for example, Linux hosts -- you're on your own to some extent. That is, the things it does well, it does very well -- but everything else is much less polished.
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Discontinued Products
If you are looking for a software that looks decent but is not something you truly rely on, this is it. I have had bad experiences with IBM Tivoli Monitoring reporting on system errors that were not evident on the systems themselves at all. There is a lot of specific alerting you can set up which is nice.
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Pros
SolarWinds
  • Monitor Azure Cloud Severs- We use SolarWinds SAM to monitor Active Directory and DNS on Several DCs published on Azure Cloud.
  • Monitor Hyper V and VMware - SolarWinds SAM monitors applications on both Hyper V and VMware, while also monitoring the physical host machines.
  • It also helps us monitor Warranty expiration for physical servers.
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  • The GUI is easy to read.
  • The software is fairly easy to configure.
  • Almost real-time.
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Cons
SolarWinds
  • Provides basic monitoring/visibility. Visibility into detailed/fine-grained issues best suited for more specialized/expensive solutions.
  • Licensing per monitored application rapidly uses up purchased license count.
  • More out-of-the-box templates or easier setup of monitoring less-common applications would make the solution more appealing given the target audience of the product.
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Discontinued Products
  • The software is not reliable at all.
  • Reports errors that are false-negatives.
  • Hard to configure alarms/alerts.
  • Bulky installation (takes up quite a bit of space).
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Likelihood to Renew
SolarWinds
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.
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Discontinued Products
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Usability
SolarWinds
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.
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Discontinued Products
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Reliability and Availability
SolarWinds
The tool works and monitors items 24x7, it only requires maintenance a little more frequently due to security fixes in the Windows operating system.
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Discontinued Products
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Performance
SolarWinds
The graphical interface and the performance of the database leave a little to be desired, they could be better explored.Some functionality and screens do not work well depending on the browser used. The integrations never had any problems or caused crashes in other systems.
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Discontinued Products
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Support Rating
SolarWinds
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.
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Discontinued Products
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Online Training
SolarWinds
It was sufficient to read their documentation and watch videos.
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Implementation Rating
SolarWinds
Make sure SNMP and WMI are configured ahead of time
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Alternatives Considered
SolarWinds
It has been a while since we first purchased SolarWinds, but I looked over several other products that I can't remember now. Many other products tried to scan the network to find computers but given that our computers are located in various places across campus with other computers in our buildings that are not ours that type of network scanning was not what we needed. Other services have extra services that we had no need of and I liked the ability to add custom fields in SolarWinds so we can track the information on each computer that we need to know.
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Discontinued Products
We selected IBM Tivoli Monitoring as a bundle deal, other than that I would have probably gone with another vendor. We use Brocade Network Advisor for our SAN also which I would suggest to anyone over this software. The software has not been that reliable for me since we started using it.
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Scalability
SolarWinds
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
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Discontinued Products
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Return on Investment
SolarWinds
  • Less time spent investigating causes of issues. We are alerted straight away and can find the root cause of the issue in less time.
  • We have been able to ditch all our previous individual monitoring solutions, none of which integrated with each other for a single solution which fully integrates with each of the different modules to provide a single portal for monitoring and alerting.
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Discontinued Products
  • I would not purchase this again.
  • Other software monitoring tools have been more reliable and easier to manage.
  • Difficult to manage, if you patch the server the software is installed on and have to reboot it, IBM Tivoli Monitoring does not come up clean.
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ScreenShots

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Screenshots

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