Server and Application total visibility
April 20, 2019

Server and Application total visibility

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

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) allows you monitor and alert on applications at all stages in the AppStack. SAM really comes out to shine when you're invested in other products in the SolarWinds Orion family, by allowing you very thorough integration into multiple different aspects of your network. SAM offers numerous out of the box templates for common applications, along with extensive user created ones available in the SolarWinds "THWACK" user community. If you need to monitor an internally developed application or an application that doesn't have a template, SAM makes it easy to create your own application template using many different metrics, services, and processes.
  • Full stack monitoring from the User to the App server.
  • Most common apps are supported out of the box.
  • Create custom app templates for in house apps.
  • There can be a significant learning curve to take full advantage of the product.
  • Somewhat limited without integration with other SolarWinds Orion products.
  • Reporting requires some SQL knowledge to use them to their full potential.
  • SAM has allowed us to cut down on the root cause search for problems and get to fixing them fast.
  • SAM identifies potential issues before they escalate, allowing more proactive problem responses.
  • We're able to use multiple SolarWinds products alongside SAM in Orion to help unify our IT staff and prevent siloed troubleshooting.
SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor allows us to take a holistic look at our entire network through the integration of various SolarWinds products, and present data across multiple disciplines in a single interface. This way our network, server, database, and application engineers can work together in the same environment and collaborate on issues much more effectively than if they used different discipline-specific tools.
SolarWinds SAM is well suited for Mid-large enterprises or MSPs. Smaller companies may not be able to rationalize SAM from a cost/benefit aspect. The SolarWinds onboarding team is very helpful in introducing new customers to its products, and its user community, THWACK, is unparalleled in the depth of knowledge it contains.

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