Good Detailed Infrastructure Monitor Tool
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 05, 2018

Good Detailed Infrastructure Monitor Tool

Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

We currently use SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor to monitor our hosted application servers in our third party cloud environment. It is currently only being used by our Technical Services department. It address our need to have constant data on our application servers to ensure they are running smoothly.
  • SAM has very detailed monitoring tools designed to work out of the box for SQL server to quickly set up alerts for SQL servers.
  • SAM has great alerts that are customizable so you can keep up to date on the information that you need.
  • The reports in SAM are great way to share the status and history of your environment with stakeholders.
  • Initially SAM can automatically find 'nodes' to monitor, and some of the default alerts can be overwhelming until you are able to dig through the options to fine tune the alerts to usable thresholds.
  • The interface, while displaying lots of information, has a pretty steep learning curve to figuring out.
  • The licencing is based off of a 'node' and it is a little confusing at what constitutes a node.
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor has allowed my organization to monitor and gather detailed statistics and metrics of our cloud based infrastructure. One of the main benefits is being alerted to any issues that may affect performance or up time.
The system does have decent visualization capabilities, however this is not something that my organization has utilized.
This is not something that we have had a chance to use.
  • I do not have access to the numbers for this product.
I have not evaluated other similar products.
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor is well suited for large environments that need constant monitoring with a dedicated support staff who can configure and adjust the settings. It may be less appropriate in smaller environments where the support staff is unable to focus on maintaining the software and keeping it fine tuned. A simpler solution may be better if looking for something quick to stand up.

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