Upgrading to SCOM 2012? If you are, now might be the time to think about why you have SCOM in the first place. For a lot of companies, SCOM is one of those things that came along as part of a package deal. You didn’t really choose it, but it was either very inexpensive or free, and it works ok. Sure, it’s a bit difficult to use, and expensive to maintain, but there’s a lot of inertia with replacing something you have and you’ve come to terms with. You get comfortable with the technology and how it works. I use a Blackberry. I know how this story goes. There’s definitely better technology out there, but evolving just seems like such a pain.


Well, we both are going to have to move on. It looks like RIM is going to make me choose something else by ceasing to exist, and SCOM is going to force you into a pretty major migration with SCOM 2012. I’m taking this opportunity to look at what’s out there and maybe you should too. To help you make a quick comparison, we put together this handy SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor vs. Microsoft SCOM comparison page.


Here are the high points:

  • You have SCOM, but you might not have *chosen* it.
  • It’s expensive to maintain.
  • It’s not easy to use, but you’ve come to terms with it because it’s there.
  • With SCOM 2012, Microsoft is forcing users into a major migration, not just an easy upgrade.
  • So… if you’re going to have to switch, why not switch to something that’s not just powerful and extremely affordable, but also really simple to use (ahem, like SolarWinds Server & Application Performance Manager (SAM), your server performance monitoring tool).


So before you dig in deeper, take a look at SAM, an effective server monitoring tool (and hey – you can take a look at our competitors too, we’re not afraid). But definitely give SAM, application monitor a whirl and let us know what you think. Here are our Top Five Reasons to look at SAM over SCOM:

  1. Incredibly low total cost of ownership: Power + Performance + Price
  2. Agentless monitoring
  3. Functional dashboards & common-sense navigation
  4. Robust application coverage, including custom apps
  5. Frequent updates (and easy upgrades)


I will admit I’m not looking forward to setting down my Blackberry, but when I see all the things my colleagues can do on their phones and how fast and easy those “current technology” phones are to use… I do get a little wistful. We can make this change and it will be for the better.