A true Solarwinds SAM review.
February 10, 2016

A true Solarwinds SAM review.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

Solarwinds SAM is a great tool for network monitoring. It allows you to monitor and analyze server performance as well as application performance from sql server to iis. Solarwinds supports a very wide variety of applications, and tools. For example, I was looking to tie our backup system into solarwinds, and I found the plugins for it in solarwinds to allow me to be notified if there are any issues. Solarwinds has helped me immensely in troubleshooting and alerts when problems occur.

On a side note, there is a huge learning curve to it's use. It takes quite a while to configure, and use it to its full potential. Though once it is working properly, it will not fail.
  • Solarwinds is great at its wide variety of support for different vendor software and applications.
  • Solarwinds is great for its customizations.
  • Solarwinds is great for being able to monitor almost anything you need it to in a network.
  • There is a learning curve to using solarwinds.
  • Updates tend to break the logic for all alerts.
  • It can be difficult to configure, though the support from solarwinds is awesome.
  • Solarwinds has helped in troubleshooting when we needed it.
  • Solarwinds fails at times to update itself when there are server changes.
  • Solarwinds has helped IT in maintaining the network.
Solarwinds has been reviewed with PRTS, and it is better of the two because of it's plugins and ease of use.
It is very suited for monitoring servers and their applications. It is not suitable for monitoring vpn tunnels.

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Feature Ratings

Application monitoring
Database monitoring
Threshold alerts
Predictive capabilities
Application performance management console
Collaboration tools
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
Virtualization monitoring
Not Rated
Server availability and performance monitoring
Not Rated
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
IT Asset Discovery