SCOM offers a good monitoring solution for Microsoft environments
June 06, 2019

SCOM offers a good monitoring solution for Microsoft environments

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with System Center Operations Manager

SCOM is currently being used to manage and monitor Microsoft Windows, Linux/UNIX, and iSeries environments. It is currently used by the Infrastructure team to gain visibility over CPU, disk, network reach-ability. It is the de-facto monitoring system for the enterprise.
  • Provides basic notifications for standard IT performance indicators
  • Highly extensible with multiple visualization and functionality tools
  • Integrates well with the Microsoft ecosystem
  • Installation and basic functionality is complex to setup
  • Basic agents still don't work with all UNIX/Linux flavors
  • Out of the box visualization inadequate for larger installations
  • Significant cost involved to upgrade visualization and functionality for other platofrms.
  • It has allowed the enterprise to standardize on a single platform for monitoring.
  • Easier troubleshooting of issues with Microsoft platforms.
  • Greater visibility of issues across platforms when applications are hosted in a mixed environment.
  • Additional costs for monitoring systems that are not directly supported with additional packs (iSeries, Linux on Power).
  • SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
SolarWinds stacks well on the ease of use with an easily installable version and highly modular (products can be added to the basic installation and are easily managed from a single endpoint. System Center Operations Manager was selected because the majority of the environment is based on Windows products and it was part of the licensing agreement. It offered an easy way to consolidate the monitoring tools to provide a single point of management.
More appropriate for:
  • Pure Microsoft ecosystem environments (Windows Server and SQL server) and the most common Linux and UNIX platforms.
  • Environments where cost is less of a factor than settling on a single platform for monitoring
  • Environments where the administrators are familiar with the setup and installation of SCOM.
Less appropriate for:
  • Pure UNIX/Linux shops, especially versions not supported out of the box by SCOM.
  • Shops that cannot afford the engagement to setup/configure and maintain on a continuous basis.
  • Shops that cannot dedicate personnel to the care and feeding of SCOM, especially when supporting larger environments.

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Feature Ratings

Application monitoring
Database monitoring
Threshold alerts
Predictive capabilities
Application performance management console
Collaboration tools
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