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SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) or ManageEngine Applications Manager, Still Undecided?

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SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor and MangeEngine Applications Manager are both value-oriented products designed to be easy to use right out of the box. But when you delve into the details, how do they look? We recently looked under the hood and came up with a few differentiators that you might want to think about before making a purchase decision. How do they stack up? There’s a full comparison here.

The high points follow:

  • SolarWinds SAM, the effective server monitoring tool provides Expert Templates that deliver expert recommendations for the optimal thresholds in your environment. These templates also provide guidance on what to do when those thresholds are exceeded, and guidance on how to resolve the issue when it occurs.

    ManageEngine, on the other hand, has no support of this kind. When it comes to optimal thresholds and determining which counters matter for your environment, you are on your own.

  • Real-Time Performance Monitoring is cool feature within SolarWinds SAM that enables information polling as often as every 5 seconds. This feature allows you to instantly look at the processes running on a machine to determine what might be causing a problem like a sudden server spike.  You don’t even need to log in--physically or remotely--to the machine, you simply launch RTPE in context from the affected node.

    ManageEngine doesn’t have this feature or anything like it.

  • Do you want to pay forever, or own your software outright? SolarWinds SAM, application monitor is a perpetual license, but ManageEngine is pay as you go.  And, once you get the facts about the additional plug-ins and add-ons you need to purchase with ManageEngine for monitoring your servers and apps, the price will go up even more.

  • Monitoring the hardware underlying your OS and apps is key. ManageEngine only provides basic hardware statistics which carries the risk of potential hardware problems going undetected.

    Using SolarWinds SAM for effective server performance monitoring, on the other hand, provides comprehensive hardware monitoring, so you’ll have the whole picture of server and app performance, including the underlying infrastructure.

  • With SolarWinds, you are in safe hands. IT Management is the SolarWinds focus. ManageEngine is part of Zoho, a privately-held company with multiple software product lines and competing priorities.

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Learn More about Server& Application Monitor here.



About the Author
Christine joined the team in January ’09 and is currently a director of product marketing. She has experience in both very large and very small tech companies, and thinks that SolarWinds is just right.  She’s been in technology for about fifteen years doing project and product management. She loves Austin, but wishes CA would let us move Napa to Texas.