Instana Dynamic APM vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor

As of February 2019, Instana Dynamic APM is ranked 27th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 1 review vs SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor which is ranked 9th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 8 reviews. The top reviewer of Instana Dynamic APM writes "Auto-discovery agents require little configuration and detect everything from host to service level, but reporting is lacking". The top reviewer of SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor writes "We use this product for base and application monitoring. ". Instana Dynamic APM is most compared with Dynatrace, AppDynamics and New Relic Synthetics. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is most compared with Dynatrace, BMC TrueSight Operations Management and AppDynamics.
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If a key monitored value has crossed a threshold, it sends out an alert. And the solution is able to intelligently find out if something is beyond the range that it normally resides in.With auto-discovery, we didn't need to consider much. We just installed the agent on the host and it was able to detect everything from the host level up to the service level, for whatever stack was installed, and that includes containers and dockers.Sometimes it's able to provide a proper RCA on its own. It's able to correlate different events that occurred and that becomes like an RCA in itself.

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Monitoring the components on your devices with out of the box monitors or the ability to create new ones (SAM)Hardware health: It allows for proactive monitoring of the hardware health and is a game changer.It is simple to implement and can provide fairly decent Windows-based monitoring, beyond simple SNMP. It is great for monitoring newbies and smaller shops.Extremely user friendly: Any IT professional can learn how to admin NPM in a short time.I adore the NTA module that provides deep details on ingress/egress traffic for any interface. With a few clicks, you can correlate who is accessing what and when, beside the bandwidth consuming applications/users.AppInsight for SQL: Enables us to see the relevant error log entries on the same page as performance parameters.The features like trends, capacity planning, recommendations, and diagnostics are the main items I focus on for added value.Manage Groups: The capability to group appropriate devices gives better visibility of sites, categories, or critical regions. The same can be used to represent a dashboard for higher management.

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New Relic has a better UI in terms of how it presents the data.Many managers, as well as our customers, used to ask for reports, such as "top X number of queries that are slow," or "top pages that have the highest number of issues." This is something that can be improved by Instana. Currently, they don't have that kind of reporting available out-of-the-box.

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Currently SolarWinds SAM offers AppInsight for modern versions of: IIS, Exchange, SQL Server. They have shown to be powerful and insightful tools. However, AppInsight needs to be offered for more applications: Citrix, SharePoint, AX, etc.It needs time-based functions for monitoring. Some things need to be polled on a specific schedule or only during a specific window.Nodes in Azure are able to be monitored with the use of agents, but this does not apply to cloud service offerings that are not node based.I think they need to make reporting easier and more simple & dynamic.SAM AppInsight for SQL: The ability to ignore fragmentation of specific indexes.I believe that some of the trends, environmental maps, and items like those found in Orion would be very beneficial.PerfStack can be made more effective. I am sure SolarWinds already has a plan for the same in coming versions.

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Pricing is quite competitive. Dynatrace, AppDynamics, and New Relic were all several times more expensive than Instana, both the on-prem and the SaaS versions. Price-wise they are a lot more competitive than anyone else out there.

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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.SAM is not per server so the pricing model can be deceiving. If you have an enterprise environment, you will quickly exceed your licensing quickly. You should know this before going in.Pricing and licensing is fair for what you get. It does have a great bang-for-the-buck appeal.I would advise potential buyers to wait until the end of the quarter, end of year, or other time to place orders. There are actually great deals to be had at those times if your budget cycle can match up.When planning for the number of licenses to purchase, make sure you understand all of the elements within an application required to really understand performance well. In our case, we quickly came to the conclusion that an unlimited license for SAM was the way to go.I have always said SolarWinds is very “proud” of their products, meaning they are expensive. I cannot afford to purchase all the licenses I need for all the SolarWinds products.Nagios XI, WhatsUpGold, Uptime Software, PRTG, Manage Engine, and SpiceWorks are the other tools that have lower pricing and licensing costs. However, they can't compete with SolarWinds when it comes to the features and functionality that SolarWinds can provide.

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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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