SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Review
Updated January 25, 2021

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Review

Joe Parlett | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

It is used to identify poor performing SQL servers and SQL processes.
  • High wait time.
  • Long running queries.
  • Poorly designed SQL tables and code
  • It is not simple to navigate.
  • The user interface takes a while to get familiar with.
Solved the SQL Server performance blame game.
It can discover shadow IT resources.
We walk by the performance displays on the path into and out of the office.
  • Identifies performance issues.
  • Identifies the code and structure causing the issues.
  • SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
I identified a problem with a query that ran for 12 hours in a piece of vendor software and fixed the issue since the software is no longer supported.
Appdynamics is what the developers use.
We use several tools and I only use this for database and SQL server monitoring.
It was already purchased for me to use.
For SQL monitoring it does a good job but I am an experienced SQL developer and you need that experience to understand what it finds.

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Feature Ratings

Application monitoring
Not Rated
Database monitoring
10
Threshold alerts
Not Rated
Predictive capabilities
Not Rated
Application performance management console
Not Rated
Collaboration tools
Not Rated
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
Not Rated
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
Not Rated
Virtualization monitoring
Not Rated
Server availability and performance monitoring
Not Rated
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
Not Rated
IT Asset Discovery
Not Rated

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Premier Support

I have never submitted a request

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Smart Start

I only use the database monitoring tools
Self-help and virtual training - I don't use this
I do not use this. It was set up by another.
None for me since I only use tools for monitoring.
I do not perform upgrades to the system.

ROI

I have not researched this usage.
I have learned to use the tools I use
I don’t know how much time was saved - I use the tools to locate issues before problems are reported so it is hard to estimate the time saved.
I don’t know - This is the only monitoring tool I use.
1 points (e.g. from 98% to 99%) - Guessing since I only use dpa tools.
Identified but not caused deferment of additional resources. The users with the biggest checkbook get whatever they want.

Feature Questions

  • Database Size
  • Database poor queries
  • SQL Server memory management
  • Price
It was purchased for me.

Using SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

10 - Operations
3 - Network & database.
  • Deep analysis of sql server
  • Evaluating development
It is purchased for me

Do you think SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor delivers good value for the price?

Not sure

Are you happy with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor's feature set?

Yes

Did SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor again?

Yes

Evaluating SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor and Competitors

more specific to dpa

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Implementation

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Training

Configuring SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

I do not know how to configure dpa.
No - we have not done any customization to the interface
No - we have not done any custom code

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Support

Using SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

ProsCons
None
Unnecessarily complex
Difficult to use
Requires technical support
Slow to learn
Cumbersome
Lots to learn

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Reliability

It is hard to find the recommended SQL setup and convince others that is the way you should configure the server when you set it up.
DPA is responsive.

Integrating SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

It was done for me.
  • MS SQL Server
Someone did it for me
No. I only work with DPA.

Relationship with SolarWinds

Someone else in my organization contacts support.
Someone else in my department contacts support.
I did not negotiate with the vendor.

Upgrading SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

  • Rebuilding after hack
  • Setup properly with better performance