Good but not Great. Headache to setup.
Updated April 27, 2016

Good but not Great. Headache to setup.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor is being used to monitor both Windows and Linux systems for up/down status and any application errors by our IT department.
  • Notification of disk space usage.
  • Historical cpu/memory usage.
  • Application/server grouping.
  • Alert setup. Email notifications.
  • Ability to use some other functions without needing more modules/products.
  • Ease of setup.
  • Minimize server downtime.
  • Correlations between application speed and resource usage.
  • Single pane of glass.
We run both. SolarWinds does do a better job of historical resource usage.
For basic single pain of glass view of your environment it works well. Also works for reviewing of resource usage.

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
Server availability and performance monitoring
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
IT Asset Discovery

Using SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

6 - Server and application monitoring and implementation.
3 - Windows based user with basic knowledge to support it. A deeper understanding of the product to configure it correctly.
  • Up/down status of servers.
  • Application performance vs Server performance.
  • Application up time.
  • Better alerting setup with more dedication to the setup of said alerts.
Maybe other products that suit our needs since we've dropped other SolarWinds components from our SolarWinds stack.

Evaluating SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor and Competitors

Yes - Big brother. It was old and did not go in depth to the usage of the servers.
  • Product Features
Purchased because it covered multiple "wants" and monitored both Windows and Linux.
Yes, was purchased before a complete review with multiple users could be completed. May have gone a different direction if done.

Using SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

Because the web gui is easy to navigate but setting up alerts is a headache.
Like to use
Unnecessarily complex
Not well integrated
Lots to learn
  • Reading history of resources
  • Seeing alerts on the main page.
  • Setting up email alerts. Great headache to do it granular.
  • MSSql setup. Seems to show a lot of red.