SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

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One of the best products

9 out of 10
December 17, 2020
We wanted to use one place for monitoring. Single pane of glass.
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Virtualization Manager

8 out of 10
December 08, 2020
It is used to monitor our Vmware environment. It gives a clear view of the overall status of our 350+ virtualized servers allow us to see …
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What is SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)?

SolarWinds® Virtualization Manager (VMAN) is a tool for monitoring, performance management, capacity planning and optimization for on-premises or cloud-based virtual environments. It also integrates with other SolarWinds products.

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What is SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)?

SolarWinds® Virtualization Manager (VMAN) is an intuitive tool for monitoring, performance management, capacity planning and optimization.

Complete visibility into your environment

Manage both VMware and Microsoft environments - on-premises or in the cloud - with a single tool. VMAN also visualizes how your virtualization connects to application, server, and storage infrastructure for faster troubleshooting.

Clear path to maximize performance

Get insight into the performance, capacity, configuration, and usage of your virtualized infrastructure, including hosts, VMs, clusters and datastores. VMAN delivers recommendations to address active or potential performance issues.

Address virtualization issues efficiently

VMAN can execute a variety of management actions, including power on/off, suspend, reboot a VM, or take and delete snapshots. You can migrate VMs to a different host, and VM disks to a different data store.

Reclaim resources for improved performance

Reclaim virtual resources instantly with VM sprawl alerts and recommendations. VMAN can automatically find idle, stale, and zombie VMs as well as orphaned VMDKs to free up storage space. VMAN can guide you in right-sizing your VMs to recapture CPU and memory resources for further savings.

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) Features

  • Supported: Hypervisor specific active alerting
  • Supported: Virtual machine resource planning
  • Supported: Actionable recommendations for remediation of active and predicted VM performance
  • Supported: Visibility into VM Sprawl reclaims resources
  • Supported: Remediate issues without having to log in to a hypervisor
  • Supported: Intuitive dashboards that highlight the most important issues

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Frequently Asked Questions

SolarWinds® Virtualization Manager (VMAN) is a tool for monitoring, performance management, capacity planning and optimization for on-premises or cloud-based virtual environments. It also integrates with other SolarWinds products.

Dynatrace and Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure are common alternatives for SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN).

Reviewers rate Implementation Rating highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Score 10 out of 10
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I use SolarWinds VMAN to monitor our virtualized environment. It gives me in-depth knowledge of the health of our environment and provides recommendations to optimize it as well! The dashboard is rich and customizable.
  • VM sprawl management
  • Capacity planning
  • Performance management
  • visibility across all of our datacenters
  • N/A
SolarWinds VMAN is beneficial in environments that have grown and have become hard to manage due to size. VMAN brings everything under one roof and has the intelligence to provide you with suggestions to keep it running like a top. It has saved me countless times when it comes to VM performance issues by letting me know that they were lacking resources.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use SolarWinds VMAN to monitor our virtual environment. It automatically generates all alarms into SolarWinds. Messages about heartbeat, tools, [and] other VM options make [it] easy to see inside SolarWinds. All new VM's automatically show up in the VMAN. Also, the hosts are monitored [through] VMAN, including any hardware alerts. There is also the possibility to execute actions from VMAN, e.q. power on/off, reboot VM, or migrate resource. [It is a] great product, easy-to-use, and kept updated with new releases.
  • Integration with [the] virtual environment
  • Monitoring of VM and Host status and alerts
  • Option to control VM and Host from VMAN
  • No known improvements
[It is well suited for] full integration with the virtual environment (VMware vcenter in our case). [It is also useful] when updating [the] host to a new version, including [a] new version of VM Tools. Messages are automatically created in SolarWinds VMAN to notice which VM's still need to be updated with [the] newer version of VM tools. This [makes] management [easy].
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use VMAN with our current SolarWinds Orion Monitoring to provide a single pane of a glass monitoring solution for the different segments of our IT Infrastructure. This allows our Global Service Delivery Team to monitor our Infrastructure in multiple regions at once, and help decrease our TTR for issues that arise.
  • Integrates with other SolarWinds Products
  • Integrates to monitor Third Party Products
  • Provides capacity planning predictions
  • VM management across multiple platforms
  • Performance optimization for web interface
  • More modular services
  • Integrated reporting plugins
  • More mature scripting abilities
I would recommend Virtualization Manager to any colleague that already has a SolarWinds Implementation, or is looking to implement a SolarWinds Monitoring Solution. The licensing and support for one product are much simpler than mixing products. If a colleague is already full into another solution such as Operations Manager and SCCM, then I think I would recommend something along with the Microsoft Family of monitoring products.
Score 7 out of 10
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Reseller
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My organization has used the SolarWinds VMAN to provide remediation assistance to solve virtualization issues by monitoring VM performance and identifying datastores with IOPS latencies.
  • It helps minimize performance inhibitors by co-relating events.
  • It accelerates troubleshooting of VM performance.
  • The GUI makes it a breeze to use.
  • It can be expensive.
  • It is only a Windows-based solution.
  • Reporting should be more granular and refined.
VM-based environments are usually plagued with resource allocation issues. With the SolarWinds VMAN, you can easily identify and reclaim resources to be reassigned for optimization.
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use this to monitor multiple virtualization environments in our organization to get a good view of the health and performance of all the environments in a single pane of glass. This product has proved to be a big help with managing VM sprawl, which was previously becoming an issue to manage.
  • Performance monitoring
  • Managing VM sprawl and orphaned VMDKs
  • Identify problems quickly
  • More automation for doing DevOps
  • System speed and performance
When running a hybrid environment, a single pane of glass for performance monitoring and alerting is critical. SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) is well suited to monitoring today's complex hybrid environments with both on-premises and cloud environments. I wouldn't recommend the product for organizations with just a single hypervisor, as you might not get the full benefits.
Sharique Khan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We used SolarWinds Virtualization Manager to monitor performance and plan capacity for virtualization infrastructure. Its recommendations also come in handy to identify possible bottlenecks and optimization possibilities. PerfStack and Sprawl dashboard are handy tools suited for the purpose. Simulations can be used to plan for future capacity. It also had good integration with Orion products.
  • Virtual Infrastructure Monitoring
  • Capacity Planning
  • Dashboards
  • Better Dashboards for cloud providers
  • Detailed documentation
I believe SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is well suited for monitoring and troubleshooting virtualized infrastructure in an enterprise setting, especially with variable load requirements.
Score 6 out of 10
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Verified User
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I use it to monitor our VMware virtual environment resources, such as CPU and memory issues on our virtual servers. I have it configured to send emails and alert notifications when any particular machine begins to have issues.
  • Monitor CPU ready conditions in VMs
  • Monitor high memory usage in VMs
  • Monitor high CPU usage for sustained periods in VMs
  • I liked the previous view when it was installed [independently] outside of SolarWinds.
  • [I would like it if it could] bring back some of the views/graphs the older [SolarWinds] VMAN had.
[SolarWinds] VMAN is great in a VMware virtual environment. You can configure and set up a great number of alerts and notifications that will help you stay on top of your [environment's] performance.
Score 9 out of 10
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One of the great aspects of Virtualization Manager (VMAN) is how well it integrates into the Orion platform. We use other Solarwinds products such as SAM and IPAM so all that information is gathered and shown in the correct (expected) locations.
VMAN itself can be configured to only give suggestions or can carry them out automatically. If you know the Orion platform you'll quickly become an expert in VMAN.
  • Finds over committed virtual machines.
  • Shows suggested additions or removals of resources per VM such as RAM and CPU.
  • Shows expected growth in datastores based on past growth.
  • VMAN could use a better integration with vCenter when it comes to affinity rules.
The bigger or more diverse your vCenter/ESXi deployment is the more you will get out of VMAN. It will make suggestions on things you just didn't have time to look into.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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For us, in production control, it turns out to be a useful tool, which helps us monitor our virtualized environment based on VMWare in real-time. It is practically our day to day in execution of reports to know the health of our hardware based on cisco UCS servers as hosts, as well as in knowing the health of our virtual servers, monitoring practically everything. Obtaining information which prevents us from having a catastrophic failure. It is also a tool that has a very friendly interface and easy to use and is easy to configure. For us, keeping the servers always operating is our main objective, avoiding having non-productive times, which results in having large economic losses due to stopping production. With Solarwinds we are always aware of the status of our virtual infrastructure since alerts are received via email 24/7 giving us time to react satisfactorily.
  • Real-time virtual machine and hardware health status.
  • Comparison between consumption of processor and memory usage of the Hosts against the consumption of memory usage and processors of virtual machines.
  • Consumption of processor, memory, and storage usage across clusters in real-time.
  • Veeam integration for direct backups from Orion for guest OS.
Where you want to know the health of the infrastructure in real-time and know the proper optimization of resources VMAN is the indicated tool, due to its easy use of administration, configuration, and obtaining reports.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is used by our Server Team for monitoring our VM environment on Windows and Red Hat. This includes monitoring the VMWare ESX server and all VM's in our environment. It provided performance reports, VM sprawl Management, VM recommendations (over-allocate or under-allocated resources assigned to the VM). Provided Capacity Planning and reporting features.
  • Performance Management
  • Recommendations
  • Virtualization Sprawl
  • VMWare Events
  • Additional OOB Reports
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) provides complete insight into your VMWare and hypervisor environment. This includes cloud and on-prem. Virtualization Asset Summary provides recommendations for fine-tuning your VM environment for performance issues. It lets you know if you have over-allocated/under-allocated your resources to your VM. VMAN also provides information on the Storage which supports the VM environment. Capacity planning reports are available to find out if the current VM environment can support future demands for your business or if additional resources will be needed.
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
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allows monitoring, setup, and configuration of all important network gear, circuits of our company in real-time
  • ICMP monitoring
  • colored detail of circuits
  • IP address testing
  • GUI standup
  • your down or up, no chance for bouncing circuits to recover
  • more user friendly
Provides necessary coverage of WAN interfaces and network gear.
December 17, 2020

One of the best products

Michael Star | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
We wanted to use one place for monitoring. Single pane of glass.
So instead of using VROPS and basic vCenter monitoring we using VMAN inside SolarWinds [Virtualization Manager (VMAN)] to achieve this task.
  • VM sprawl management
  • Manage across on-premises, hybrid, and cloud
  • Visibility across the entire application stack
  • Virtual environment reclamation and waste
  • Deleting snapshots and zombie files
[SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)] gives us recommendations to either increase or decrease the number of CPUs and memory based on a virtual machine's performance.
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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[SolarWinds] Virtualization Manager [(VMAN)] is a module (agent) that we use inside Orion, that actually we use as a whole system to monitor our entire infrastructure.
Specifically, VMAN is used by the System team and the NOC team in different continents and allows us to perform monitoring and remediation for our on-prem and servers in the cloud.


  • Central management
  • Identify and reclaim resources
  • Speed up problem resolution
  • Slow due to the huge database
  • Cost
This SolarWinds [Virtualization Manager (VMAN)] product, let you easily monitor your physical servers as well as your virtual. Depending on your environment, that can be a huge advantage.
One interesting feature is the possibility to consolidate the data generated from our multi vendor infrastructure.
The map feature gives you a better understanding with the possibility to visualize host applications.
December 08, 2020

Virtualization Manager

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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It is used to monitor our Vmware environment. It gives a clear view of the overall status of our 350+ virtualized servers allow us to see when we need to add more capacity of CPU, storage or IO.
  • It helps us determine where problems are and helps us determine what is a good cloud candidate.
  • Better performance.
It works good in a large environment.
We get the support we need.
Nikhil Kumar Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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We are using SolarWinds VMAN to monitor virtualization environment such as VMWare, Hyper-V, Nuatanix environment. Our infrastructure teams used to follow their separate native tools to do monitoring or rely on email alerts to know about the issue, but that was all reactive not proactive, and hence SolarWinds VMAN came in and filled that gap.
  • Hierarchal representation of the assets such as DC, Cluster, Host and VMs
  • Sprawling Features
  • Datastore Monitoring
  • Nuatanix Environment needs more parameters
  • Capacity Reporting and integration with Storage
  • Include more vendor support
Solarwinds VMAN is best suited for VMWare and Hyper-V Hosts environment monitoring from hardware perspective and VM Guest Perspective. However Solarwinds has introduced support for Nuatanix environment monitoring that still need more enhancements, and hence its a good start by Solarwinds - but too early to say perfect solution. Sprawling is also another feature which makes it more usable.
As mentioned in earlier reviews SolarWinds VMAN has helped us in following ways -
1. Proactive monitoring of issues within in the Hardware infrastructure.
2. Sprawling
3. Easy Reporting
4. Customized Dashboards
5. Simple integration with Service Now, Splunk etc
6. Multi-Vendor Support etc


Above mentioned reasons makes SolarWinds VMAN a fit solution for any hardware/virtualized infra monitoring.
Jeremy Mayfield | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is used by the enterprise IT [department] to manage the VMWare environment daily. It gives deep insight beyond what vSphere can and also ties back to storage and hardware giving me a single pane of glass view.

  • Recommendations. Those are wonderful. You build out your environment based on a set of criteria from a vendor or others, only to find your resources are poorly used. The VMAN product allows you to make adjustments based on its recommendations and it automates the process for you.
  • Pinpoints guests with problems. It provides a graphical and then drills down details to the virtual guests with issues you need to address immediately.
  • Capacity planning and sprawl. VMAN gives you all the tools you need to prvent sprawl and plan for the future.
  • Licensing. One of the most glaring elements to SolarWinds is the way they license. I feel they could improve this a bit. It a easy process just costly.
  • They tell you about orphaned VMDK but don't tell you where it might be used. It says it might be, I feel it should check.
It's integrated with the SolarWinds Orion platform of tools, it has great insight, and works well. It has saved me staff by helping me be more automated and efficient. The automated alerting is very valuable and when combined with the other tools in Orion and offerings from SolarWinds gives you and complete solution for everyday use.
  • no training
SolarWinds gives good support. I have never had a time when i was working through a support case where I did not get the support I needed for the required issues to be resolved. I have always had resolutions from SolarWinds support. They are top notch. Issues once had are no more.
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
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It is great to have auto-monitoring from SolarWind's virtualization tool. We use this tool in our department. It is great if we want quick and fast results and solutions. It provides an accurate status of the system. I also like the way it can be used for monitoring troubleshooting and optimising; it's very simple to use. We use it for cleaning up data.
  • It provides information alerts and allows us to have the accurate status of the system.
  • Helps in problem solving before anything serious can arise.
  • Increases the uptime by optimising the provisions of the resources.
  • Simple to install and easy to use.
  • Gives graphical presentation by showing where the problem is shown.
  • performance monitoring, VM sprawl control, configuration management, and chargeback automation; all in one awesomely affordable product that’s easy to download, deploy, and use. Simply download and install the software and take a break while Virtualization Manager auto-discovers the virtual machines in your environment.
  • It's a bit expensive.
  • A license is hard to get.
  • Better if it could be allowed to have a lot more automation.
Though it does not allow for a lot of automation, it's very easy to set up and grant access to an account. Very simple to use. For quick and accurate results, it's very unsuitable.
snce its cloud based and can monitor the stats of different apps at one place.
Score 8 out of 10
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This is vital to our full stack monitoring solution. Spanning global datacentres and branch offices SW VM provides full coverage of our virtual estate. It's main benefit is resource both in human and technical sense. As an engineer allowing me to diagnose and resolve outages in a significantly quicker timeframe. Benefitting both end users for internal systems but also our customers.

Its in depth coverage also allows us to identify wasteful resources and maximise our efficiency bringing real savings to infrastructure on premise costs.
  • In depth VM and Host coverage, particularly metrics such as CPU ready time, no more calculations working out % based on ms latency - its all available at glance of a chart.
  • Coverage of both SAN and VM environments compliments eachother really well allowing us to diagnose any bottle necks within 15 minutes compared to an hour prior to using SW VM.
  • Custom dashboards allows all our engineers to customise their NOC views allowing the umbrella departments to quicker respond or be able to proactively work with other departments to avoid downtime.
  • AWS coverage, not had major chance to research but seems to lack native compatibility for AWS specific services - such as ECS / Cloudfront metrics etc.
  • Some container technologies such as Docker, again not had much time to research but upon first investigations doesn't seem as native to implement monitoring compared to say VMware.
  • AD deep dive monitoring - replication times etc.
It would appear more mature with regards to on premise workloads in comparison to cloud workloads - but I would like to imagine this is all being handled in the roadmap.

Also as per previous point with regards to container workloads. Not sure if agent of some form is being developed we could include in container images relatively easily?

Neil Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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SolarWinds is our go to platform for monitoring all live/dev and test systems. VM is a critical tool in keeping tabs on performance and planning
  • Optimisation of resources used
  • Forward capacity planning
  • Problem resolution
  • Improved graphical displays
  • Analyses of groups of servers
Ensuring you have space to grow is easily monitored with SVM
Highlighting over provisioned servers
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager has been utilized since we started having a large percentage of our servers move from physical to virtual. It helps us manage the servers and get important statistics from them. A lot of our server team also use it for troubleshooting and capacity planning.
  • The capacity planning tools have been very helpful to see where we stand, and to prepare for new workloads and growth
  • The virtualization alerts are pretty helpful in responding to issues and assisting with troubleshooting
  • The Virtualization manager tools are a nice way for our IT managers to see everything at a glance, and get some detailed information
  • I would like more options of things that can be displayed or tracked on the dashboard
  • The reports are a little clunky or confusing to setup, especially custom reports
  • Overall it does what we need, I really don't use it as much as other staff here
It provides a good deal of information in a relatively concise format, which allows for easier management and a quick view of the entire infrastructure
July 14, 2020

Awesome product!

Score 9 out of 10
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Virtual Manager is being used for monitoring our vSAN clusters and accompanying VMs. We use it to bring alerting and performance analysis under one pane of glass.
  • It monitors alerts and configuration issues in real-time and notifies relevant personnel.
  • It provides summary pages that allow you to see all of your systems in one place.
  • It recommends options for dealing with issues and allows you to address them from within the VMM program itself.
  • The only thing I can think of is that many alert messages are redundant and it takes a while to go through and filter the extra alerts and cut down on the number of event messages.
It works very well for organizations that have a large and diverse VM environment.
Kewyn Medina | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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SolarWinds it is a great tool, used during the last 10 years, by different teams inside IT Operations to detail, monitor, and notify thousands of different infrastructure and network devices that are physical and virtualized, on-premise and in the cloud and run in different environments and are going from simple to very specific monitoring configurations.
  • Easy to add devices to the SolarWinds console
  • A great visual Dashboard and console
  • A wide range of devices to monitor
  • Really good and customizable options for notifications
  • It could add more detail specifically for Unix servers.
  • Integrate more cloud services to monitor using the SolarWinds console
Based on my experience during the past years, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is the best tool available in the market for server monitoring. It has a very intuitive interface with a lot of options to map the server running in the different company networks. Probably it will be great if you can integrate the monitoring alerts with some automated task to fix several of the common server issues.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use it to manage our VMware servers. We use it to monitor and help manages these servers and address issues as they arise. It gives us the ability to plan for future growth with measuring CPU utilization, memory and HDD space.
  • The proactive monitoring.
  • Ability to troubleshoot issues.
  • Reporting on usage.
  • Future planning for HDD space.
  • Very costly.
  • Resource utilization on the server it resides.
  • Lack of reporting on EtherChannel.
Well suited for our VMware environment. Was able to show us where the bottlenecks were. Was able to reclaim virtual resources by controlling VM sprawl.
Score 6 out of 10
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Verified User
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Currently, segments of the company are using SolarWinds Virtualization Manager. This is the primary monitoring tool.
  • Monitoring of our devices
  • Quick access to all info on status
  • Repository for historical status
  • Maybe more info on discovery failures on what failed rather than coded info
  • A phone app if it's not already available
  • Multi-view home screen to view selected devices as a group and flip between--Tshoot tool
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is well suited for monitoring less appropriate for MAC-level work on individual devices. It's easier to use the CLI for these tasks.
Score 8 out of 10
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SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) is used by the IT department at our organization. VMAN is utilized by the department to run health checks and metrics. VMAN allows us to properly compare workload numbers from multiple days, weeks, months, and years. These comparisons let us determine when and how we need to add or remove resources from our virtual environment, both on-prem and cloud-based.
  • VMAN allows for workload monitoring in virtualized on-prem and cloud-based resources.
  • VMAN allows for easy views of how individual applications/databases/etc are tied to other resources.
  • VMAN allows for easy views into expected growth patterns within our platforms.
  • Some of the issues I have with VMAN come from how agents and the systems integrate together with the console.
  • Background services required to run VMAN have to be adjusted frequently for optimal performance of the service.
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) is a product that works very well for my organization. The program is very strong in reports including under and oversizing of VMs and related resources within our on-prem deployment. The reporting tools for AWS-based resources is not as strong as the options within VMware, however, these capabilities are getting better.