SAM oh SAM, go get SAM to save your BACON
January 22, 2019

SAM oh SAM, go get SAM to save your BACON

Jennifer Aguilar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

We use SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor across the whole environment. I have triggered alerts notifying when applications are down or have exceeded custom defined thresholds. We monitor individual applications via real time process monitor. I would be dead in the water without this great tool running. We have done nothing but improve performance since the implementation of the SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor.
  • Triggered Alerts
  • Custom Thresholds
  • Integration with IIS, Exchange, Active Directory out of the box!
  • Top 10 Lists - Monitored,
  • Integrationg with Orion
  • I would like to see SolarWinds Server & Application monitor have 2 modes or themes available; day time or what you currently have available. I would like to see a second option available, a dark theme.
  • I would like to see SolarWinds Server & Application monitor to allow for unlimited nodes and applications to be monitored with a base license. The end user is responsible for resources!
  • I would like to see SolarWinds Server & Application monitor have additional configuration features available to the end user on the Settings page. For example, SMTP configuration specifically for SAM.
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor has been designed to monitor the performance and availability of on-premises, hosted, and cloud infrastructure with associated applications, all from a single tool. This has not really impacted my organization quite yet. It is great news, as my organization will definitely benefit from the services in the future when we do start using resources in "the cloud". I can't imagine not having visibility into performance now that I am used to the great service. How do you gage THE CLOUD?
We have definitely benefited from having SAM and Virtualization Manger running in the same environment. I have a full view of all resources running and the alerts are just a little bit different on what the tools are looking at... for example, I have SAM looking at the health of the application and VM looking at the storage, CPU, and other resources. The two tools together, you can't go wrong!
My organization has definitely benefited from the capabilities SolarWinds has developed. We are so much more responsible to our applications, hardware and software. The benefits of SolarWinds Server & Application monitor along with the other great tools, have totally outweigh the cost! I am proud of my environment and the performance that we have achieved. It was a long road. The SolarWinds reporting allowed me to speak in a normal business tone instead of with passion and anger! You don't have to say much, the reports say the good, bad, and ugly!
  • SolarWinds Server & Application monitor has definitely paid for itself. The renewals for maintenance are no longer a conversation, as management obviously understands the value of the relationship to their success!
  • SolarWinds Server & Application monitor has allowed my team to deep dive into issues. We have made a tremendous jump in up time and overall performance.

SAM along with SolarWinds Database Performance Monitor gave us the insight to fix a critical issue happening in our environment every morning at 4:30 AM. Every morning, the primary application for my organization would freeze for about 1 minute. After much finger pointing we found the culprit to be the purge of the database locking files. We were able to fine tune the environment with the use of the great tool: Server & Application Monitor! My job has become much easier to accomplish. The reporting helps keep my big mouth shut!


I uses OpsMonitor previously. It was a no brainer to switch from OpsMonitor to SolarWinds! SolarWinds is driven by its users. I have been a SolarWinds user for over 8 years now, and I would not trade the tools for all the tea in China! The tools have saved me money, time, and most of all useless energy spent grieving! SolarWinds is the best of the best! I am proud to write this review, and proud to use the products! I have SAM, Virtualization Manager, Database Performance Monitor, IP Manger, NetFlow, Config Manager, Log and Event Manger, Help Desk, DameWare, Network Performance Monitor. I hope this speaks for itself... .the product line will exceed your expectations. A little effort put forth. Implementation is intuitive!
I can't think of a scenario where SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor would not be appropriate! You get so much out of this tool with very little effort. SAM is another set of eyes in my environment. I pair SAM with NetFlow and to get a great understanding of the data flows in my environment. I have set up custom application monitors for almost every component running, and are using the Windows Time Skew App monitor constructed by SolarWinds. There are so many great templates already created for the end user. When you get good enough, you can configure your own template and share with the THWACK community and other SolarWinds users. The greatest thing about SolarWinds in general; the end users drive the products!

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Feature Ratings

Application monitoring
10
Database monitoring
10
Threshold alerts
10
Predictive capabilities
10
Application performance management console
10
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
10
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
10
Virtualization monitoring
10
Server availability and performance monitoring
10
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
10