Compare CA APM vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor

CA APM is ranked 6th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 24 reviews while SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is ranked 7th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 8 reviews. CA APM is rated 7.6, while SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of CA APM writes "There is a primary layer of alerting or metrics monitoring put in place. The initial setup is complex". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor writes "A Performance Monitor, Control Virtual Environments, and helps you build your CMDB". CA APM is most compared with Dynatrace, AppDynamics and New Relic APM, whereas SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is most compared with Dynatrace, AppDynamics and BMC TrueSight Operations Management. See our CA APM vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor report.
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Find out what your peers are saying about CA APM vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
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Pros
The time it takes to track problems in applications is the most valuable return that we have from this solution.​Deep Dive and Transaction Analysis Triage capability.​We receive good transactions from it with good graphs, as well, documenting the activities of total visitors on the site. We can pull the reports and provide them to the client, as required.Users no longer need to depend upon the console for a compatible Java version. Now, users can directly learn the version, perform all their actions, and see all of those performance-related issues.For me, the most valuable feature is being able to check memory patterns. We check them when we do load testing or soak testing to see if there are any memory leaks.It's a very stable product.Some of its valuable features include transaction traces, dashboards, and metric grouping to see combined data.CA APM is very scalable and used in a clustered environment because it supports more than its technical capacity.

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Solarwinds has an open database that allows you to do serious integrations. It doesn't matter which service desk you have, you can implement and integrate it with SolarWinds.I'd rate technical support at eight out of ten. They are helpful and fast.The more valuable feature of this solution is the Exchange feature.The solution's most valuable features are PerfStack, AppStack and AppInsight.One of the most valuable features are the reports. They're pretty good. Also, the ease of installation and customization for the client is another feature that we value. SolarWinds has a lot of features but these are the ones I like the most. We also like that the KPIs have the ability to be preset.There are many valuable features, including the network configuration manager, and the network performance manager.The solution is end-to-end from the network and the application to the processes. Everything about the enterprise infrastructure is being covered by the solution. It's easy to use and easy to navigate and one of the leaders among monitoring solutions.Monitoring the components on your devices with out of the box monitors or the ability to create new ones (SAM)

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Cons
The reason it's not a ten is because they don't focus enough on improving over time like other competitors do who have a more modern and complete tool.User Experience is a BIG one. Integration of all of APM components into one swift deployment.Our users lag how to identify the root cause with this solution. If they could come up with a more user-friendly version, that would be a good thing, since other vendors currently have better features and more user-friendly products than CA APM.As applications move to the cloud, we need more cloud-based solutions from CA APM. This is currently unavailable.A CA APM agent takes a lot of memory. That is one disadvantage. If you configure CA APM correctly it will still consume around 15 to 20 percent of memory.There is no auto flow diagram, and the alert mechanism is not as good when compared to other tools.CEM needs to be simplified, because it causes too many interruptions in our daily work.Its profiling. The uniqueness instead of me looking at sampling data, I need to know the m-1 event that actually triggered my scenario where that m event caused a catastrophic event, like a ripple effect; I need to know that m-1. What triggered my major event means I need to understand the event that triggered it and before the cause of that event itself.

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When you implement SolarWinds on a larger scale my customers complain about the speed.It would be helpful if the solution could integrate more with the security compliances, like this IDSS, etc.Some custom applications cannot be monitored, and a lot more applications need to be included.The solution should implement something like a network configuration manager, or some baseline for server configuration. Many of my customers need a recommendation for server configuration. Implementing that as a feature would be perfect for them.They should incorporate more artificial intelligence. There should also be more predictive features.The setup was complex. We had local support to assist us.There is one feature that is a report writer. And they are currently trying to take it out from being a stand-alone application and integrating to the web. This doesn't give us the flexibility and it doesn't expand what we can get when it comes to reporting. So, putting it on the web is going to make it difficult to get some information. Leaving it where it is now will help us a lot.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Dynatrace is the most expensive of these tools followed by AppDynamics which is "medium-expensive." CA APM is a bit lower in price than either Dynatrace or AppDynanics... In my opinion, if you can afford it, go for AppDynamics instead of CA APM.Setup costs are quite competitive relative to other solutions, and simpler.On pricing, CA is very competitive. I think that's going to help in the long run.

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The licenses start from USD 3000.00 and go up to USD 20,000.00 for the year. It's a perpetual license. Nothing is free in SolarWinds, anything that you need is an additional cost.The product might cost you $30,000 USD to buy, but scaling this solution requires the purchase of additional polling engines at $20,000 USD each.Understanding the counts of objects to monitor will determine the licensing need. In terms of pricing, it’s not cheap but it’s not expensive as larger vendors whose products don’t have all the features or integrations.

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Product Features
Deployment

On-premise deployment

Can be deployed on AWS

Can be deployed on Azure

Can be deployed in a private cloud

Monitor on-premise applications in virtualized environments

Monitor applications running on AWS and Azure

Monitor applications running on Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Redhat OpenShift and Heroku

Support for Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Redhat OpenShift. Heroku is a future roadmap item.
Configuration and Infrastructure

Configuration and management through a single, web-based user interface

Automatically create a visualization of the entire application topology with all components.

Automatically discover business transactions

Automatically discover standard back end systems (database, web services, SAP etc.)

Discover and display non-standard backend systems through point-and-click configuration

Automatically baseline every component within the business transaction

Can be deployed in multi-tenant environment

Application Visibility and Control

Provide correlated views of distributed business transactions between tiers/services

Automatically baseline every component within the Business Transaction

Provide code level diagnostics (class & method-level visibility) of business transactions

Monitor JVM health information (heap, GC, generational spaces, etc.)

Monitor CPU utilization, OS memory usage, disk I/O, network I/O, other hardware metrics

Report application errors & exceptions

Automatically monitor entire call stack when application problems occur

Does not disable monitoring functionality as a compromise to limit product overhead

Historical performance monitoring and trending

Full view of infrastructure details without leaving context of business transactions

Single UI for server and application monitoring

Alert on deviation from baseline

Mean Time To Repair

Identify slow and stalled business transactions without manual intervention

Count, measure and score every transaction

Identify error business transactions without manual intervention

Identify slow SQL queries without manual intervention

Identify slow backend systems or external services without manual intervention

Automatically discover code deadlocks

Provide quick cross launching into problem areas within the UI through hyperlinked alerts

Automatically send email containing hyperlink to identified problem

Automatic analysis of end-to-end APM data to provide root cause analysis

Business Transactions

Automatically discover business transactions

Automatically learn and baseline performance of discovered business transactions

Automatically count, measure and score every transaction

Discover synchronous, asynchronous and multi-threaded business transactions

Business Metrics

Provide visibility into the impact of outages on business metrics

Capture business metrics (e.g. revenue, orders) from applications and background jobs

Enables creation of custom dashboards for business metrics and application behavior

Out of the box reports on business transaction summary and trends

Automatically correlate business transactions with environment monitoring (OS, JMX, etc.)

Usability

Browser-based web client

Automatic & dynamic baselining of all metrics to reduce false alarms

Include an online virtual collaboration space as a virtual "war room"

Visualize multiple applications and the connectivity / dependencies between them

Enable sharing of analysis/ visualizations without having to export data from the UI

Group transactions using a Session ID and display transactions in order of execution

Drill down from business transaction to correlated log file entries in single platform

Available through CA's Log Analytics solution which can be integrated with APM
Historical Trending

Trending with metric persistence to do historical analysis and compare to baselines

The ability to view and drill into Flow Map for extended periods up to 1 year

The ability to compare Flow Maps from different time frames for up to 2 years

Support for Agile

Dynamic instrumentation of the application

No need to reconfigure agent instrumentation when new app releases are deployed

Automatically pick up application configuration changes as a result of agile releases

Regression analysis to compare and highlight app performance improvements

Areas of poor metric stability (differential analysis) and architectural potential (high call ratio) for improvement are analyzed, but through more advanced logic than regression

Provide capability to compare business transactions flows for different releases

Pre-Production Performance Tuning

Identify the longest running methods in business transactions

Determine relationship between increased load and application response time

Identify worst backend calls (Database, Web Services, other backend) automatically

Provide business transaction performance change from one code release to the next

Scalability and Infrastructure

Support at least 5000 agents on a single platform without requiring data federation

Ability to support high availability APM infrastructure servers

Has steady network traffic between agent and APM server regardless of transaction levels

Encrypt data transmissions end-to-end across the environment

Agentless monitoring

Analytics

Single UI incorporating Analytics and APM modules

Analytics UI is web browser based with no locally installed client software

Analytics layer providing intelligence across data collected by APM modules

Scalable repository capable of collecting and storing large volume of metrics/events

In context drill down between analytics data and APM data

Graphical query builder for ease of use and broad adoption

Ability to adjust timeframe via click and drag on dashboard charts

Automated ranking (top N) of relevancy of every indexed field to current selection

Configurable to collect not all, but specific desired transaction data/fields

Alert off of metrics created in analytics based on search criteria

Analytics data collection does not require full call method stack data

No code changes required to pull custom (non-native) metrics into data repository

Data collected, stored and analysed in near real time (i.e. not hours, days, or weeks later)

API to input custom metrics

Search API

Ability to chart result set in custom dashboards

Granular role based access control (RBAC)

Log Analytics

Ability to collect and store log files from monitored nodes

Available via CA's log analytics solution which can be integrated with APM

Log file data through TCP

Available via CA's log analytics solution which can be integrated with APM

Auto-inject business transaction identifier for each log statement

Can be configured via custom tracer, requires integration with logging framework

Ability to extract any field from log file for processing

Available via CA's log analytics solution which can be integrated with APM
Root Cause Analysis

Historical performance monitoring and trending - retain 100% of historical data

Report top database activities (e.g. Top SQL, Top Users, Top Programs)

Report database activity profile over-time (identify patterns)

Collect and store all database wait events and correlate with SQL/Stored Procedures

Collect and store SQL/Stored Procedure KPIs (CPU, Count, Reads/Writes)

Collect and store database instance level statistics (table size, row count, indexes)

Collect and store database server/host KPIs (CPU, Memory, �)

Ability to breakdown latency of stored procedure components

Collect SQL Explain & Execution plans

Collect and store performance data on database objects (Schemas, tables, indexes)

Ability to collect and correlate deep-dive storage information

Database Monitoring

Provide a real-time view of performance showing current database activity

Provide a holistic view of all database performance through a multi-instance dashboard

Ability to send pro-active alerts based on health and performance of databases

Static and dynamic alerting on collected database metrics

Server Monitoring

Monitor Machine availability

Monitor CPU usage

Monitor Disk performance

Monitor Volume usage

Monitor Machine load

Monitor Memory

Monitor SWAP

Monitor Processes

Monitor Network Adapter(s)

Dynamic Baselining

Synthetic page checker

Application Monitoring

Identify JVM memory leaks caused by leaky collections

Enable tracking of object instantiations/destructions to troubleshoot JVM heap thrash

PHP monitoring

.NET monitoring

Node.js monitoring

Python monitoring

Docker Monitoring

Integrated monitoring of Dockerized containers with application monitoring

Automatic discovery of containers

Support Docker attributes and perspectives

Visualize distribution of containers over cluster hosts

Network Monitoring

Autodiscovery of network topology and interdependencies

Available via CA network flow analysis, which can be integrated with APM

Report on throughput, packet loss, and RT rates

Available via CA network monitoring tools, which can be integrated with APM

Monitors network without need of TAP or SPAN port

Available via CA network monitoring tools (without then need for TAP/SPAN), which can be integrated with APM

Single UI to drill from network to application and business transaction

Network monitoring data integrated into APM can be displayed natively within APM dashboards alongside business transaction data
Virtualization Monitoring

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop monitoring

Server virtualization monitoring

VDI monitoring

Web RUM

Support for modern desktop browsers

Support for mobile browsers

Monitor all page requests

Monitor all iFrame requests

Full support for monitoring single page applications properly

Automatically detect JavaScript errors

Display response time status on Geo Map

Collect and display Navigation Timing API data for all poor performing requests

Collect and display Resource Timing API data for all poor performing requests

Correlate web transactions with server side transactions for drill down

Provide detailed browser traces for poor performing end user requests

Provide usage based analytics showing browser types and versions

Provide usage based analytics showing device and OS types

Provide customizable analytics area for troubleshooting and analysis purposes

Provide cache metrics for each page request

Show server side response time for all pages

Provide drill down from poor performing request to server side deep diagnostic session

Session tracking

Ability to generate a synthetic page request directly from the poor performing request

SDK for support of any Single Page Application (SPA) framework

EUM cross application correlation

Analytics built into EUM portion of UI

Custom user data available at the session and page request level

Page grouping at root level instead of individual pages for each set of parameters

Mobile RUM

Support for native mobile applications

Support for mobile browsers

See mobile app performance, http errors, and network error information

See the performance of API calls from your mobile application to the server side

Track crashes and exception

Provide crash analytics

User tracing/breadcrumbs

Trace transactions from mobile device all the way to the server side

Correlate mobile transactions with server side transactions for drill down

Provide usage and performance analytics based upon device type

Provide usage and performance analytics based upon OS type

Provide usage and performance analytics based upon OS version

Provide unified user interface for mobile and server diagnostics

Integrated and correlated data between mobile, server, and infrastructure monitoring

Display response time status on Geo Map

Provide device and carrier diagnostic metrics

Track user sessions to understand user flows and behavior

Capture user interactions within each session

Alert based upon deviation from normal behavior for mobile metrics

Provide percentile metrics related to mobile performance

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Also Known As
CA NetQoS Performance Center, Wily Introscope, CA Wily APM, CA App Experience Analytics, CA AXASolarWinds SAM
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Overview

CA Application Performance Management (CA APM) is the solution global brands trust to proactively identify and resolve performance and availability issues across physical, virtual, cloud, and mobile applications. Patent-pending analytics provides expertise in the form of guided assisted triage workflows for in-depth, root-cause diagnostics across development and production applications, simplifying and speeding the time it takes to find and fix issues.

CA APM scales to your organization’s needs and automatically correlates multiple sources of data to help you sort through the data and act decisively, helping to improve user experience and application performance.

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) delivers powerful application and server monitoring capabilities for IT pros, enabling them to diagnose and troubleshoot performance issues faster. Do not let slow applications and downtime impact your end-users and business services. Pinpoint the root cause of application issues across various layers of the IT stack. SolarWinds SAM is affordable and easy to deploy, use, and customize. You can automatically discover your system's environment and start monitoring in about an hour. No professional services or consultation needed.

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Sample Customers
Lexmark, Intermountain Healthcare, National Australia Bank, BBVA Compass Bank, Innovapost, Dansk Supermarked Group, U.S. Cellular, Orange, Cetip Andr. L. Riis AS, NetSuite
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm39%
Insurance Company13%
Energy/Utilities Company12%
Comms Service Provider8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm24%
Software R&D Company14%
Manufacturing Company13%
Government9%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm25%
Construction Company25%
Retailer13%
Recruiting/Hr Firm13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company39%
Comms Service Provider13%
Media Company7%
Financial Services Firm7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise72%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business3%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise66%
REVIEWERS
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise50%
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