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Score 7.2 out of 101
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Score 7.5 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

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.
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WhatsUp Gold

It's best suited for large/multinational organisations with complex networks with limited qualified personnel across every location. However, I wouldn't recommend it for a small organisation with a very simple network architecture.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

SCOM
7.2
WhatsUp Gold
Application monitoring
SCOM
7.4
WhatsUp Gold
Database monitoring
SCOM
7.6
WhatsUp Gold
Threshold alerts
SCOM
7.8
WhatsUp Gold
Predictive capabilities
SCOM
5.6
WhatsUp Gold
Application performance management console
SCOM
6.4
WhatsUp Gold
Collaboration tools
SCOM
4.3
WhatsUp Gold
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
SCOM
7.4
WhatsUp Gold
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
SCOM
6.1
WhatsUp Gold
Virtualization monitoring
SCOM
8.4
WhatsUp Gold
Server availability and performance monitoring
SCOM
8.2
WhatsUp Gold
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
SCOM
7.9
WhatsUp Gold
IT Asset Discovery
SCOM
8.7
WhatsUp Gold

Network Performance Monitoring

SCOM
WhatsUp Gold
7.3
Automated network device discovery
SCOM
WhatsUp Gold
8.5
Network monitoring
SCOM
WhatsUp Gold
8.3
Alerts
SCOM
WhatsUp Gold
8.3
Network capacity planning
SCOM
WhatsUp Gold
6.5
Packet capture analysis
SCOM
WhatsUp Gold
5.9
Network mapping
SCOM
WhatsUp Gold
7.3
Customizable reports
SCOM
WhatsUp Gold
7.0
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
SCOM
WhatsUp Gold
5.4
Hardware health monitoring
SCOM
WhatsUp Gold
8.6

Pros

SCOM

  • Provides basic notifications for standard IT performance indicators
  • Highly extensible with multiple visualization and functionality tools
  • Integrates well with the Microsoft ecosystem
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WhatsUp Gold

  • Network Device health monitoring and status
  • Logging and SNMP traps
  • Network Inventory
  • Device performance
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Cons

SCOM

  • Installation and basic functionality is complex to setup
  • Basic agents still don't work with all UNIX/Linux flavors
  • Out of the box visualization inadequate for larger installations
  • Significant cost involved to upgrade visualization and functionality for other platofrms.
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WhatsUp Gold

  • Lacks proper graphical representation of the bandwidth utilization.
  • Circuit monitoring and port activity.
  • Configuration manager for large scale deployement.
  • Backup configurations for network equipment.
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Alternatives Considered

SCOM

SolarWinds stacks well on the ease of use with an easily installable version and highly modular (products can be added to the basic installation and are easily managed from a single endpoint. System Center Operations Manager was selected because the majority of the environment is based on Windows products and it was part of the licensing agreement. It offered an easy way to consolidate the monitoring tools to provide a single point of management.
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WhatsUp Gold

WhatsUp Gold is an industry leading product providing excellent monitoring and reporting capabilities for systems and resources that allow us as the customer to work proactively before system outages occur, which minimizes potential downtime
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Return on Investment

SCOM

  • First point: it depends if you have to pay for the System Center suite or it is already part of your licensing (for example, some versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter had a System Center license included). If you have it already, the overall cost is lower.
  • Second point: number of people in the IT department and IT budget. The "Proof of Concept" and roll-out phases of an SCOM deployment require some effort, especially for customization. A small IT department with no budget for consultancy could achieve a limited benefit from this solution having no time to tailor it to the specific needs.
  • Third point: number of Microsoft products deployed in comparison to other vendors. A company that is using a huge number of different platforms, with Microsoft just being one of them, could prefer other monitoring solution.
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WhatsUp Gold

  • Excellent network and infrastructure monitoring tool, we can check and be notified about down devices
  • I am going to implement Server CPU, Memory, Disk Space and Storage Monitoring in my environment by the end of this year
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Pricing Details

SCOM

General

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

WhatsUp Gold

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details
Unique TotalView ‘flexi-license’ leads the industry in flexibility and value. WhatsUp Gold 2017 BasicView: starting at $1,755

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