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WhatsUp Gold

30 Ratings

SCOM

60 Ratings

WhatsUp Gold

30 Ratings
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Score 8 out of 101

SCOM

60 Ratings
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Score 7.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

WhatsUp Gold

WhatsUp Gold is perfect for organizations who need to be notified in the event of a system or service going down so that a technician can be dispatched before the phones start ringing from end-users not being able to access whatever might be out of commission. It is an investment of time and money to get up and running, so if you are looking to monitor only a few devices, or aren't looking for many bells and whistles, WhatsUp Gold might not be an appropriate choice.
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SCOM

SCOM is best suited for mid-sized to large organizations to monitor and report on server health for many systems. SCOM is probably not suited for smaller organizations as the cost will outweigh the benefit. Companies that adopt SCOM will want to assure that a systems administrator has time budgeted to plan, roll-out and maintain SCOM for the organization. If the admin doesn't have experience with SCOM, invest in training.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

WhatsUp Gold
8.1
SCOM
Automated network device discovery
WhatsUp Gold
8.8
SCOM
Network monitoring
WhatsUp Gold
9.2
SCOM
Alerts
WhatsUp Gold
8.2
SCOM
Network capacity planning
WhatsUp Gold
8.3
SCOM
Packet capture analysis
WhatsUp Gold
6.8
SCOM
Network mapping
WhatsUp Gold
8.5
SCOM
Customizable reports
WhatsUp Gold
7.9
SCOM
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
WhatsUp Gold
5.9
SCOM
Hardware health monitoring
WhatsUp Gold
9.3
SCOM

Application Performance Management

WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
8.1
Application monitoring
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
8.1
Database monitoring
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
8.8
Threshold alerts
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
8.8
Predictive capabilities
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
7.1
Application performance management console
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
7.5
Collaboration tools
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
6.6
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
8.1
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
7.9
Virtualization monitoring
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
8.8
Server availability and performance monitoring
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
9.3
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
8.6
IT Asset Discovery
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
8.0

Pros

  • Monitors services on remote servers
  • Alerts users of missed pings on designated devices
  • Monitors power supplies, temperature, and fans on compatible network switches
  • Canned reports help find trends.
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  • Microsoft workloads monitoring: SQL Server, Windows Server, Exchange and other Microsoft products.
  • Data Visualization. With the custom dashboard capabilities, available in SCOM 2012 we can create advanced UI in SCOM console. One of the best examples there - SQL Server Monitoring Management Pack.
  • Extensibility. This is very important feature, which allows end-users to add their custom monitoring scenarios using Powershell.
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Cons

  • Navigating the new WhatsUp Gold 2018 is a bit complicated and not user-friendly. The best part about using a software is the user's ability to use it with ease.
  • You cannot click sites being monitored from Map Dashboard View. This feature was previously possible in the older version.
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  • 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.
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Alternatives Considered

WhatsUp Gold gives you a much better in-depth analysis and understanding of both your network and endpoint devices but the emphasis should be laid more on report generation. WhatsUp Gold has the ability to generate a report (e.g device uptime, bandwidth utilization, device health etc) and track events that took place even as low as 5 minutes ago.
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SolarWinds Application and Server monitoring is the right choice for many organizations. However, it does not provide the flexibility of monitoring that System Center Operations Manager provides. Smaller organizations might want to consider SolarWinds for application and server monitoring, but medium to large organizations might want to try System Center Operations Manager. As far as network monitoring though, SolarWinds beats System Center Operations Manager 10-to-1.
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Return on Investment

  • WAN Optimization for multiple sites.
  • Network Capacity Management for site expansion.
  • Early detection and mitigation of network downtime.
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  • Objective: Increase Reliability - Positive - Operations Manager gave is the deep level monitoring we needed to fix the underlying issues that affect the stability of the infrastructure and applications.
  • Objective: Provide Executive Level Dashboards - Neutral - Operations Manager has dashboard capabilities, but we added Savision LiveMaps to Operations Manager to provide better dashboards.
  • Objective: Reduce Overall Product Cost - Positive - We were able to remove many paid products from the environment with Operations Manager Monitoring.
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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

SCOM

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