Compare Pandora FMS vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor

Pandora FMS is ranked 6th in Server Monitoring with 14 reviews while SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is ranked 7th in Server Monitoring with 6 reviews. Pandora FMS is rated 9.4, while SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Pandora FMS writes "Single-point continuous supervision makes it efficient for detecting and solving problems". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor writes "Some of the valuable features are being able to see your devices and monitoring their components". Pandora FMS is most compared with Zabbix, SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor and Centreon, whereas SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is most compared with Dynatrace, AppDynamics and BMC TrueSight Operations Management. See our Pandora FMS vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor report.
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Pros
It allows me to quickly see the status of all of my printers, switches, computers, and virtual machines to determine if any system has fallen.Pandora FMS provides us with a general report (graphical) about all of the connected devices, which helps with planning new stations and tracking them.The solution is so lightweight that with only 4GB of ram, it allows keeping track of up to two hundred agents from a single console.Thanks to its flexibility, I have been able to adapt the tool to our servers and find out quickly how their console works.The official forum is active enough to answer most of the high-end technical questions that you may have.This solution has screens that are easy to understand and provide a wealth of information.I like this solution a lot because it has a very large Hispanic community and the platform looks very friendly.It provides us with proactive monitoring and is very easy to configure and maintain.

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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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This solution requires proper training to get 100% out of it.It would be useful if Pandora FMS included an ISO image (or «software appliance») for each big company that leases virtual private machines (VPS), just like in AWS.When it comes to the definition of local Software Agents for the first time in the open-source version, it can become very tedious.I sincerely believe that Pandora needs new ideas for functionality closer to advanced device security monitoring.Pandora FMS is an overall great monitoring solution, but it does not have a community that is as large as Zabbix or Nagios.I would like to have a dashboard with all assets displayed, with a quick hover-over status.I find that this software is resource heavy, and demands a lot of processing capacity.I think some improvements to the Android app would be good.

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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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The Open Source Community Edition is great to just explore the software, or use it on medium-sized infrastructures.Growing the solution or migrating to the Enterprise version is easy, and various plans are available.The open-source version offers 100% functionality and the hardware requirements for a solution like this one are very modest.In terms of money, the Enterprise version is the cheapest that I have found after a market study.My rule of thumb would be that if you need more than thirty agents, and you lack an automation tool such as Chef or Puppet, you will save a lot of time and money going to the Enterprise edition.You get the license and it includes updates, new versions, and access to the complete library of modules.Pandora FMS is easy to implement and the pricing of licenses is competitive.Only one payment and it includes support, updates, new versions, and access to the complete library of plugins except for SAP and z/OS.

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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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Overview

Pandora FMS Enterprise is the perfect on-premise monitoring software for companies with at least 100 devices. 

Stop wasting your time and resources on complex and silo'd monitoring systems that are poorly integrated.

It’s an all-in-one package offering modern and flexible IT monitoring, replacing the need for multiple, difficult-to-integrate, and more costly monitoring systems.

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
Rakuten, Prosegur, Repsol, Teléfonica, Allianz, Ottawa Hospital, HughesAndr. L. Riis AS, NetSuite
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Engineering Company71%
Software R&D Company7%
Recreational Facilities And Services Company5%
Comms Service Provider3%
REVIEWERS
Construction Company29%
Financial Services Firm14%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Retailer14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company35%
Comms Service Provider13%
Media Company7%
Insurance Company7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business86%
Midsize Enterprise14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business99%
Large Enterprise1%
REVIEWERS
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise50%
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