Home for the SysAdmin
Neil Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated July 17, 2020

Home for the SysAdmin

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

SolarWinds is our go to platform for monitoring all live/dev and test systems. VM is a critical tool in keeping tabs on performance and planning
  • Optimisation of resources used
  • Forward capacity planning
  • Problem resolution
  • Improved graphical displays
  • Analyses of groups of servers
  • Ability to recover under utilised resources keeps expansion costs to what is actually needed and not what you guess will be needed
  • Speed to analyse issues shortened greatly
SVM enables us to keep a low head count on engineers needed to fix issues and concentrate on project work and so speed up deployment of business critical needs
We have used this heavily when the SQL DBA's request extra resources on a regular basis
  • SolarWinds Log & Event Manager
Single pane of glass keeps things simple
VCOPS but SolarWinds is more flexible and a lot cheaper
Veeam Backup & Replication, Zerto
Ensuring you have space to grow is easily monitored with SVM
Highlighting over provisioned servers

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) Premier Support

First class support with very helpful engineers
Direct access to most experience support engineers - Instant access to engineers with a deep knowledge of the product
This all helps to maintain a healthy environment that you can trust and depend on
A requirement for some complex monitoring solution for developers required in depth support to get reports and alerting functioning to the desired outcome quickly
This ensures our current monitoring environment is updated regularly and always available with the latest bug fixes and enhancements

Using SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

6 - Infrastructure Support and development
4 - All our infrastructure team provide daily support of SolarWinds and picking up new skills has not been difficult
  • Optimisation
  • Alerting
  • Dashboards
  • Capacity planning
  • Provide business justification for capacity expansion
  • Demonstrate performance levels to non technical users
This product has become a daily tool and proved itself repeatedly in helping make everyday work simpler

Evaluating SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN) and Competitors

I wouldn't at this stage.

Fully evaluated Vcops and SolarWinds was by far the most comprehensive solution for our needs. I continue to monitor other products on ease of use and functionality but there not there yet

Using SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)

It's relatively easy to use, has great functionality and enables my team to keep a close eye on optimisation
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Reporting
  • Optimising metrics
  • Dashboards
  • Security settings are not always clear