At SolarWinds, we’ve always known that our Virtualization Manager solution is an excellent alternative to VMware vCenter Operations Manager. Last Friday, Scott D. Lowe published a  competitive matrix for the virtualization management market that I think gives you a great picture of why we believe our virtualization monitoring tool is better than VMware’s for VMware monitoring. To get more details on how SolarWinds Virtualization Manager stacks up against VMware vCenter Operations Manager so that you can decided for yourself on the better VMware monitoring software to perform VMware troubleshooting, take a look at our SolarWinds vs. VMware comparison based on Scott's analysis.


Here are a few key observations of the way that SolarWinds Virtualization Manager stacks up against vCenter Operations Manager based on the analysis:

  • vCenter Operations Manager Standard has an attractive price point, but it lacks the majority of the functionality of most virtualization management tools. As a matter of fact, it only fully supports VMware performance monitoring and storage I/O analysis.
  • vCenter Operations Manager is a conglomeration of software from multiple VMware acquisitions and some organic development with most functionality developed in silos. So, functionality varies by module. For example, the level of reporting, alerting, and API access provided is different for each module.
  • vCenter Operations Manager does not provide out-of-the-box functionality to tackle VM sprawl or to help right-size virtual machines that are under- or over-provisioned.
  • vCenter Operations Manager only monitors VMware environments. Maybe you don’t have any plans for a multi-hypervisor environment today, but don’t you want to have the flexibility to add another hypervisor to your environment when it makes sense?
  • SolarWinds Virtualization Manager gives you historical forensics to help you determine if there were changes that resulted in performance degradation in your virtual infrastructure.
  • SolarWinds Virtualization Manager lets you integrate Storage Manager, our storage management tool, into your virtualization management console. VMware only provides visibility to the datastore level.
  • Most of all, there is a HUGE price disparity between Virtualization Manager and vCenter Operations Manager. SolarWinds prefers to keep it simple: we offer you one license with everything you need…at a price that’s very competitive with even VMware’s least expensive vCenter Operations Manager tier.


Sure, you can get a little bit of extra functionality from VMware with physical infrastructure management in the ‘Enterprise Plus’ tier and application dependency mapping in all three of their higher tiers. The question is whether that functionality is worth $125 - 1,370 per VM when SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is never more expensive than $60 per VM.


It’s probably also worth noting that there’s a conflict of interest in using capacity planning tools from VMware. I think it’s kind of like letting a fox guard the henhouse. Wouldn’t you rather have an objective third party that doesn’t stand to benefit from your over-provisioning giving you advice on how much VMware licensing you need to buy?

dThe latest patch update for Firefox 13.0.1 , which was updated in the SolarWinds Patch Manager Catalog today, contains 3 bug fixes and also includes all of the security updates made in version 13.  Below are the bug fixes-see the release notesfor more info. Patch Management & WSUS patch management simplified!


• Windows Messenger did not load in Hotmail, and the Hotmail inbox did not auto-update (764546, fixed in 13.0.1)

• Hebrew text sometimes rendered incorrectly (756850, fixed in 13.0.1)

• Flash 11.3 sometimes caused a crash on quit (747683, fixed in 13.0.1)


In addition, Mozilla Thunderbird also released a minor update – 13.0.1 - which contains a few bug fixes.

• YouSendIt no longer expires Filelinks after 1 week

• The prompt given when a password had changed sometimes referred to a network error rather than a change of password

• Some Linux users may have been unable to start Thunderbird from outside the installation directory

• Miscellaneous other stability and display updates


For the complete patch management solution, view the list of the latest 3rd party application updates, check out this table.

Hi everyone,


we just prepared IPSLAM Beta 3 for a public testing. First of all I'd like to say thank you to all of you who participated on previous betas. We've fixed all reported problems (AXL polling, cluster IDs, etc) and added another improvements into searching, configuration wizard and UI.


We are very interested to see how the VoIP features work in your environment. The most exposed are:


Search for the real VoIP calls by various conditions:



See call details including quality metrics and IPSLA Path details association




We are very interested to hear your feedback. Our engineers may help you with installation or cross-beta migration. Beta is available to all who has filled up this beta agreement:SolarWinds IPSLA Manager 4.0 Beta Participation Survey




Need help finding your VoIP issues? VoIP network quality management is a critical component in any VoIP environment to keep your end users happy! But finding where the problem exists can be tedious and time consuming if you can’t see everything you need to analyze the situation. SolarWinds will show you real VoIP troubleshooting to get to the heart of the problem. Register today!

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