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Feature Set Ratings

    Application Performance Management

    8.8

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    88%

    Zabbix

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor ranks higher in 12/12 features

    Application monitoring

    9.1
    91%
    272 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Database monitoring

    8.6
    86%
    236 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Threshold alerts

    9.2
    92%
    277 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Predictive capabilities

    8.2
    82%
    221 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application performance management console

    8.4
    84%
    245 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Collaboration tools

    8.1
    81%
    152 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications

    8.4
    84%
    262 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application dependency mapping and thresholding

    8.8
    88%
    222 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Virtualization monitoring

    9.2
    92%
    240 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Server availability and performance monitoring

    9.6
    96%
    275 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting

    9.0
    90%
    256 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    IT Asset Discovery

    8.6
    86%
    204 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
    • Zabbix is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    91%
    284 Ratings
    8.5

    Zabbix

    85%
    21 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.8

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    88%
    10 Ratings
    10.0

    Zabbix

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Usability

    8.7

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    87%
    30 Ratings

    Zabbix

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    8.8

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    88%
    4 Ratings

    Zabbix

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    5.7

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    57%
    4 Ratings

    Zabbix

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.8

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    88%
    31 Ratings
    5.7

    Zabbix

    57%
    8 Ratings

    Online Training

    4.5

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    45%
    1 Rating

    Zabbix

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    4.5

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    45%
    5 Ratings
    6.0

    Zabbix

    60%
    2 Ratings

    Configurability

    1.0

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    10%
    2 Ratings

    Zabbix

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    4.5

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    45%
    2 Ratings

    Zabbix

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.8

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    88%
    3 Ratings

    Zabbix

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    4.5

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    45%
    2 Ratings

    Zabbix

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    4.5

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    45%
    2 Ratings

    Zabbix

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    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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    Zabbix

    Zabbix is very well suited for infrastructure monitoring i.e. the underlying host servers, basically, compute nodes. However, it has limited FM & PM capabilities for the workloads, i.e., the virtual machines (VMs). Zabbix has an easy-to-use GUI which can be explored easily & provides good filtering of the data.
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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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    Zabbix

    • Collecting hardware data - CPU, Memory, Network, and Disk Metrics are collected and reported on.
    • Flexible design - It is very easy to build out even very large environments via the templating system. You can also start where you are - network monitoring, server monitoring, etc. and then build it out from there as time and resources permit.
    • Provides a "plugin architecture" (via XML templates) to allow end users to extend it to monitor all kinds of equipment, software, or other metrics that are not already added into the software already.
    • Very complete documentation. Almost every aspect of Zabbix has been documented and reported on.
    • Cost - Zabbix is FOSS software and always free. Support is reasonably priced and readily available.
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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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    Zabbix

    • In a busy Zabbix environment, it can easily overwhelm the underlying database. Plan on having SSDs and a significant server infrastructure to keep up with more than a hundred hosts.
    • Building out Zabbix metrics that suit your environment can be very time consuming. When choosing a monitoring platform like Zabbix, expect a steep learning curve and to invest significant resources to make the tool valuable.
    • This is less important than it has been in the past, but current versions of Zabbix still do not handle IPMI checks of hardware very well. We needed to write our own wrapper for IPMI checks rather than using the built in IPMI poller.
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    Pricing Details

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      SAM pricing starts at $2,995.

      Pricing Info

      Zabbix

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Zabbix editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        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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        Zabbix

        It is free. It didn't cost anything to implement (other than my time and the cost incurred for it) and it is filling a badly needed gap in our IT infrastructure. Support is available if we have issues and can be done annually or paid for on a per incident basis as needed. Expansion, updates, and all other future lifecycle activities are likewise free of cost, so as long as someone is able to implement/maintain the software (and the OSS project is maintained) then I imagine the company will never leave it.
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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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        Zabbix

        No answers on this topic

        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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        Zabbix

        No answers on this topic

        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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        Zabbix

        No answers on this topic

        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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        Zabbix

        The setup is the most time-consuming portion of using zabbix. It takes a lot of effort to shape it into a usable format and even then it can get very messy. It's not exactly intuitive and as mentioned the UI seems a bit antiquated. If I was to roll out a monitoring solution from scratch, I'd probably look for alternatives which are easier to use and maintain.
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        Online Training

        SolarWinds

        It was sufficient to read their documentation and watch videos.
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        Zabbix

        No answers on this topic

        Implementation Rating

        SolarWinds

        Make sure SNMP and WMI are configured ahead of time
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        Zabbix

        We are a mainly Windows environment, so it would be useful if we could have used Active Directory to deploy agents. As of version 4.2, Zabbix has announced a new agent MSI file to allow exactly that. Unfortunately, we didn't have that option. Also, for Linux and MAC deployments, there is no simple way to deploy that. Using remote scripts you may be able to create something, but most places will opt for either SNMP (agentless) or manual installation of agents to add to Zabbix. A way of deploying agents via discovery would go a long way to helping in the adoption of the tool.
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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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        Zabbix

        We're using the Solarwinds suite as our global monitoring standard, but it is very complex and its licensing model makes it difficult to monitor a wide range of technologies. So, we're using Zabbix as a complement on our monitoring process. Zabbix is a way more flexible and has free integrations to a wide range of technologies. It is also more 'user friendly' and easy to manage.
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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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        Zabbix

        No answers on this topic

        Return on Investment

        SolarWinds

        • Our firm saw a 27% revenue increase this quarter compared to Q1 this year - a major milestone achieved thanks to utilizing SolarWinds's brilliant software partly.
        • Being able to assess & diagnose any server-side issue that may occur before causing any inconveniences to our clients (thanks to SAM) has maintained strong customer relationships over the years.
        • Novice IT recruits find it rather quick to learn & master their system-monitoring tasks with minimal effort with SAM.
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        Zabbix

        • Zabbix simply makes it easier to identify, and subsequently resolve problems quickly
        • Zabbix gives one web page to look at to see a list of all on-going issue in a single place
        • Zabbix can automate response to alerts. For example, Zabbix allows you the customization to take a monitored server out of production rotation if it is identified as unhealthy
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