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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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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
7.6
SCOM
Automated network device discovery
WhatsUp Gold
8.9
SCOM
Network monitoring
WhatsUp Gold
9.2
SCOM
Alerts
WhatsUp Gold
7.9
SCOM
Network capacity planning
WhatsUp Gold
8.4
SCOM
Packet capture analysis
WhatsUp Gold
6.0
SCOM
Network mapping
WhatsUp Gold
7.4
SCOM
Customizable reports
WhatsUp Gold
6.9
SCOM
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
WhatsUp Gold
5.6
SCOM
Hardware health monitoring
WhatsUp Gold
8.3
SCOM

Application Performance Management

WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
8.2
Application monitoring
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
8.1
Database monitoring
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
8.8
Threshold alerts
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
8.9
Predictive capabilities
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
7.2
Application performance management console
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
7.6
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
8.0
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
8.7
IT Asset Discovery
WhatsUp Gold
SCOM
8.0

Pros

  • Optimal network and endpoint device monitoring.
  • Explicit report generation on the endpoint and network performance.
  • Investigating and troubleshooting of network and endpoint device issue has been made very easy.
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  • Windows OS Monitoring - Out of the box, System Center Operations Manager does a wonderful job of monitoring Windows Operating System health, performance and configuration. It provides detailed reports and the data required to quickly make technical decisions.
  • Community - The System Center Operations Manager community is huge. It is rare that we need to purchase a third party application to use along with System Center Operations Manager. Because System Center Operations Manager has been around for quite a while, many experts in the community are available for writing and sharing advanced management packs and monitoring strategies.
  • Flexibility - System Center Operations Manager provides the flexibility to perform any monitoring that has ever been requested of me. While the product is simple in its native form, it can be expanded with the authoring tool, add-ons, and visual studio authoring extensions.
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Cons

  • SNMP scripting would be one. Unless you are very well versed in SNMP trapping, you will do a lot of reading/playing/tuning to get exactly what you want.
  • The all web interface has been a bit of a bummer. They took a lot of the functions from the admin console that made it easy to add/remove certain features quickly.
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  • Network Monitoring - System Center Operations Manager provides network monitoring, but it is relatively new, clunky, and feature-poor. It is improving, but if you need to do advanced network monitoring, use a dedicated product.
  • Consoles - System Center Operations Manager has two consoles - the web console and the desktop console. Both can be slow at times, even with a healthy back end. It has never been a huge problem, but when you are moving quickly, you can sometimes be caught up waiting a couple of seconds here or there.
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Alternatives Considered

From a initial setup, WhatsUp takes Splunk down. I had WhatsUp up within minutes of monitoring and rebooting. From a PRTG perspective, setup was about the same. Now PRTG doesn't have all the bells and whistle WhatsUp has but for tracking and monitoring Netflow and Syslog traffic its user interface is easier to maneuver, especially since they went to the web interface only.
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We only had What's Up Gold in the past. What's Up Gold could not monitor services or performance of a server. It only would ping for up and down and we also used it for some SNMP monitoring with printers. SCOM had more features and was a more robust solution.
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Return on Investment

  • We are able to train techs to use it quickly in our NOC.
  • Server migrations have been slow for our teams, causing confusion throughout.
  • The training classes offered are very expensive.
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  • In the beginning it was hard to get all the admins to get on board with our SCOM procedures because there were a lot of false positives and needless pages for being made. However several years later there are fewer skeptics and each team find some value in some of the features.
  • SCOM is an expensive solution the more servers you have.
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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