Solarwinds TO be or NOT to be.
November 23, 2019

Solarwinds TO be or NOT to be.

Zareh Ohanian | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

We use SolarWinds to monitor critical Network connections and also DB on servers in conjunction with 'Relic' and wanted to use AppDynamics but we opted to expand our SolarWinds footprint. The product is used by the IT department to support our ever-expanding Network and the DB environment needs to support 90+ clinics that operate 6 days a week supporting our critical patient operations.

Pros

  • It is relatively easy to install and operate which helps a lot when you have a small IT staff.
  • It does not have a large compute/ram need, thus it is sitting in the background and does its job without getting noticed.
  • It provides a solid overview of network performance. I would like to have more control over the reporting capabilities and get more graphical (like a show of the US map with our POPs, etc).
  • The DB monitor recommendations are great the tool helps my DBA greatly.

Cons

  • I like to have control over the reports for the network. For example, I like the show of the US map with our POPs.
  • Ability to trend over time much like AppDynamics AI that knows on Mondays we had heavy usage thus it is normal and does not alarm us. SMART metrics that is.
  • SolarWinds has helped us reduce our personnel impact either through FTE or by not engaging consultants as much; I would say for us it has an average impact of about $50k/year.
I inherited SolarWinds at Satellite healthcare but had used it at Peopelfinders.com along with AppDynamics. I expanded its use to monitor our DB environment as we wanted to leverage the investment we had and the product met our needs thus we invested in it.
I believe in the traditional sense, SolarWinds is well suited to provide an overview of the server/application landscape, system health, and how the relationship of various asset's performances are. Where I think we could have improvement is the rate of change. For example, we set threshold for an application to have a performance of X; I like to have intelligent monitoring where rate of growth is monitored and not only whether we reach POINT X to get an alarm. For example, the application performance is set at 85%, when that is reached alarm the IT personnel. What if we typically operate at 65% and all of a sudden we get a bump to 82%, we would not get an alarm per se but that large jump should trigger a notice.

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Feature Ratings

Application monitoring
7
Database monitoring
8
Threshold alerts
7
Predictive capabilities
7
Application performance management console
7
Collaboration tools
Not Rated
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
7
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
7
Virtualization monitoring
8
Server availability and performance monitoring
7
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
7
IT Asset Discovery
Not Rated

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