Look forward to using long term
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated January 29, 2019

Look forward to using long term

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

This is vital to our full stack monitoring solution. Spanning global datacentres and branch offices SW VM provides full coverage of our virtual estate. It's main benefit is resource both in human and technical sense. As an engineer allowing me to diagnose and resolve outages in a significantly quicker timeframe. Benefitting both end users for internal systems but also our customers.

Its in depth coverage also allows us to identify wasteful resources and maximise our efficiency bringing real savings to infrastructure on premise costs.
  • In depth VM and Host coverage, particularly metrics such as CPU ready time, no more calculations working out % based on ms latency - its all available at glance of a chart.
  • Coverage of both SAN and VM environments compliments eachother really well allowing us to diagnose any bottle necks within 15 minutes compared to an hour prior to using SW VM.
  • Custom dashboards allows all our engineers to customise their NOC views allowing the umbrella departments to quicker respond or be able to proactively work with other departments to avoid downtime.
  • AWS coverage, not had major chance to research but seems to lack native compatibility for AWS specific services - such as ECS / Cloudfront metrics etc.
  • Some container technologies such as Docker, again not had much time to research but upon first investigations doesn't seem as native to implement monitoring compared to say VMware.
  • AD deep dive monitoring - replication times etc.
  • Maximising computing and storage resources as easy visibility of waste.
  • Long deployment lead time (but more due to resources on our end).
Downtime is money. Product is its website so being able to proactive monitor the entire estate allows us to minimise downtime and keep on top of all the BAU whilst spending more time on project work further improving the infrastructure.

Also massive improvement for our internal systems which benefits our end users maximising productivity.
We have not currently used this but look forward to exploring. This will be a vital tool for budgetting and also ensuring the company is aware of predicted future spend is needed.
Not past basic graphs however this will be vital in order for us to monitor our applications which have multiple underlying workload dependencies. Providing us with a snapshot view to see for any network utilisation spikes across a specific node or if CPU usage on a VM is causing some CPU ready wait time on another unrelated application server.
Easier out of the box experience saving 100 of man hours configuring checks. Also much friendly UI. But main benefit is the full stack picture it can provide which seems to be forever growing.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Dell EqualLogic PS Series, AWS Config, Amazon CloudWatch, Nagios, Azure Active Directory, Veeam ONE, Slack, Cisco Webex Teams (formerly Cisco Spark), AlertSite, Site24x7, Atlassian Confluence, SolarWinds IP Address Manager, SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
It would appear more mature with regards to on premise workloads in comparison to cloud workloads - but I would like to imagine this is all being handled in the roadmap.

Also as per previous point with regards to container workloads. Not sure if agent of some form is being developed we could include in container images relatively easily?