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"With Instana, the interface and the UI are very simple to use.""The overall capabilities are the most valuable."

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"The solution has good alerts. Notifications are sent via email to technicians. You can filter the kinds of alerts you want to receive as well. It's excellent.""The most valuable feature is the Access Rights Manager.""It's good at monitoring system-specific things like ports, services.""The most valuable feature is application monitoring.""Monitoring of processes and services is the most valuable feature. It is not necessarily just the server alone in terms of the CPU or the memory. We can go in-depth into services and processes.""The initial setup was relatively easy, and we didn't have to install anything. All we had to do was put on the devices we wanted to monitor.""The solution is great for monitoring. If something is going wrong, we can immediately find the root cause.""This product can monitor application environments no matter where they reside and provides capabilities for deep insight into infrastructure."

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Cons
"The configuration of Instana Dynamic APM needs improvement because it requires quite a bit of work.""I think that Instana should improve the university and the certification process, so the users can find experts in Instana with their certification module process."

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"Support for the IBM Mainframe is needed.""I would like to see support for non-Windows or non-Microsoft domains, especially Apache and other non-Windows servers.""Reporting is the only thing with which we currently have challenges. They have this in two ways. There is the report writer, which is the backend, and we also have web reports, which are on the console. So, they have removed the report writer for the backend reports, and we are making use of the web console, but most of the users are not finding it very interesting to use the frontend reports. I would like them to bring back the report writer. That's the key area within it to improve on the reporting. If they can bring back the report writer, then most users will actually be comfortable. I have some customers who are trying to export their report to an Excel format, but it is not possible because they said any report that has been done from the web console cannot be exported to Excel, but most of the customers need to export their reports to Excel. That's one area they need to work on.""This product has no real downside unless they fail to continue development of its capabilities.""It lacks a user experience for measuring things like the end-to-end time for which a user waits for a specific response in the system. In the application layer, it has some very basic stuff. You have to build your own with manuscripts and things like that.""The templates could use improvement. Currently, they are quite complex. They should have drag-and-drop functionality instead. It would make it easier to use.""The stability, flexibility, and ease of use could be improved.""In terms of the dashboards on offer, they should work to improve them. The types of dashboards that you get in terms of the graphs on offer aren't ideal right now."

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"Its licensing is on a yearly basis. It is just the standard price, but it can vary depending on the current rate of the dollar.""I like the pricing for this SolarWinds product.""Pricing is inexpensive, starting at 2440 euros. For that, you get the ability to monitor a couple of nodes and one year of maintenance and support.""Price can always be lower. It is neither on the expensive side nor on the cheap side. We have worked with them for a lot of years, so we get a discount due to the size of the installation."

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Top Answer: The overall capabilities are the most valuable.
Top Answer: The configuration of Instana Dynamic APM needs improvement because it requires quite a bit of work. I would like to see the outer discovery and outsource of different services to enable faster… more »
Top Answer: We use it to find the root cause of the potential problems in the software and the other companies.
Top Answer: Monitoring of processes and services is the most valuable feature. It is not necessarily just the server alone in terms of the CPU or the memory. We can go in-depth into services and processes.
Top Answer: Its licensing is on a yearly basis. It is just the standard price, but it can vary depending on the current rate of the dollar.
Top Answer: Reporting is the only thing with which we currently have challenges. They have this in two ways. There is the report writer, which is the backend, and we also have web reports, which are on the… more »
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Overview

Instana’s Enterprise Observability Platform, powered by automated Application Performance Monitoring, discovers and maps all services, infrastructure, and their inter-dependencies automatically. Instana ingests all observability metrics, traces each request, profiles every process, and updates application dependency maps in real-time to deliver the context and actionable feedback needed by Dev+Ops to optimize application performance, enable innovation, and mitigate risk to help them add value and efficiency to the pipeline. Learn more at https://instana.com.

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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Daxko Lifts Fitness Studios Through COVID Regulations with Quick Engineering PivotsAltissia Meets SLAs to Support Student DeadlinesImmocloud Unlocks Observability to Modernize Real EstateEnento Group Boosts Service Reliability with Real-Time Visibility into Application Performance Instana’s Observability for Amazon EKS Helps Yara Deliver Digital Farming Solutions
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Comms Service Provider22%
Government8%
Insurance Company6%
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Financial Services Firm27%
Construction Company18%
Recruiting/Hr Firm9%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider15%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm7%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Instana Dynamic APM vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Instana Dynamic APM is ranked 38th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 2 reviews while SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is ranked 8th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 8 reviews. Instana Dynamic APM is rated 6.6, while SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Instana Dynamic APM writes "Good Capabilities but the configuration and installation could be simplified". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor writes "Flexible infrastructure monitoring for gaining deep insight ". Instana Dynamic APM is most compared with Dynatrace, AppDynamics, New Relic APM, Datadog and Broadcom DX Application Performance Management, whereas SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is most compared with Dynatrace, Azure Monitor, AppDynamics, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager and BMC TrueSight Operations Management. See our Instana Dynamic APM vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor report.

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