SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor is one of the BEST out there!
March 08, 2016

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor is one of the BEST out there!

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

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

We use SAM to monitor critical systems in use by our organization. Specifically, we monitor services, processes, etc. for our Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems, our e-mail (Exchange) system, our Active Directory environment and our SQL servers to name a few. SAM is being used across the whole organization and has helped us to be proactive by allowing us to know before anyone else when there is a problem or potential problem with one or more of our systems.
  • SQL Server. The AppInsight for SQL Server is AWESOME! We can monitor all of the important SQL Server areas with the press of a button. It takes just a few minutes to setup an start monitoring a SQL environment. We would not want to live without this one.
  • Exchange Server. The AppInsight for Exchange Server is one of the best additions to Server and Application Monitor that we've seen. In literally minutes, we were able to start monitoring all of our Exchange servers and collecting information like top mailbox sizes, number of messages sent/received, process status and general health of our Exchange environment.
  • Flexibility!! SAM is *so* flexible! We have created many custom templates to monitor different things across our organization that are specific to our environment. We LOVE how flexible and easy to use SAM is.
  • The most difficult thing for us is licensing. We are constantly running out of licenses because we keep thinking of more and more things to monitor. I wish we would've purchased the unlimited license because now, we run into approval issues every time we want to add more licenses.
  • SAM has really helped us with troubleshooting performance issues on our EMR, SQL, and Exchange systems.
Prior to SolarWinds, we used a product called WhatsUp Gold. With each update to WhatsUp Gold it became slower and slower and eventually became so unstable that we could no longer trust it to accurately monitor our systems. That is why we switched to SolarWinds and we have never looked back!
SAM is particularly well suited for Exchange and SQL environments because they have the pre-canned "AppInsight" monitors, however, with a little ingenuity and advanced knowledge of your specific systems, you can monitor just about ANYTHING with SAM! It really is cool to think of new things that need to be monitored and then to come up with new and unique ways to monitor those things with SAM.

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Feature Ratings

Application monitoring
Database monitoring
Threshold alerts
Predictive capabilities
Application performance management console
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
Virtualization monitoring