Riverbed SteelCentral AppResponse vs. SolarWinds NPM

Riverbed SteelCentral AppResponse is ranked 23rd in Network Monitoring Software with 1 review vs SolarWinds NPM which is ranked 1st in Network Monitoring Software with 28 reviews. The top reviewer of Riverbed SteelCentral AppResponse writes "The application response time is user-friendly". The top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "It provides SNMP monitoring and I like the web interface". Riverbed SteelCentral AppResponse is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, Netscout nGeniusONE and Dynatrace. SolarWinds NPM is most compared with PRTG, Nagios XI and ManageEngine OpManager.
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With some APM solutions, it can take a long time to check a periodic report, but you can get all the necessary details quickly with AppResponse.

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It gives us a map of the network setup and one console to see the entire network.I believe the ease of setup and use, including everything, from the initial installation to the discovery of devices is the most valuable.I love the GUI. Almost everything is accessible through the web interface. It is very user-friendly. It is easy to drag and drop resources wherever you want them.The SolarWinds NPM framework, upon which most of their flagship products are built, empowers a wide variety of admins and users to quickly find value in their installed products.It combines and presents information from many different sources, giving a corporate-wide vision on a single pane of glass.From web interfaces to custom monitors and alarms, this product has a high level of flexibility that can be molded to suit your business needs, regardless of the size of your organization.With just three modules, I can monitor server performance (whether it’s a VM, in the cloud, or an on-premises server.

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They need to better integrate with products and solutions from different vendors.

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A feature I would ask for is for them to have this solution available for Linux systems instead of Windows.The SolarWinds notification and alerting configuration could be simplified as it would be easier to find if it was within the NPM web application instead of in a separate client application.The reporting is good, but I want it to be a little easier when creating custom reports. The reports are all on the website now, but it takes some know how to get some to display the way you would like.Real-time analytics is the major weakness of the SolarWinds NPM platform today. They've done a fantastic job enabling the collection of data. Users are now demanding the ability to generate their own graphs, views, and so on; all of this must be done by an admin today.Time: A worldwide deployment can be confusing for dispersed users with non-local times. Each node should have a local time (with summer offset if appropriate) & each user should view & report in their local time.Better offline license management. I’ve had to get in touch with customer support several times simply to remove an expired license from our NPM servers.If they’re going for a “cover everything” approach, then they need to do so and enable a bit more of the "cover everything approach" within every one of the tools.

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The licensing model is expensive compared to its competitors, but the service it gives to your business, and the data quality, means that it's worth it.

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You have to license it per year, for the support. You don't really need to have support once you've already set it up. Once you install SolarWinds, you can skip on the licensing. It will still work.I believe the original setup cost was around $3500 with an annual cost of around $1200-$1500 to renew the support license. This would bring the average day-to-day cost of around $5-$6 over three years.The price points are more than competitive when compared to other vendors.The licensing model is such that you can purchase only what you need; and then grow into the next level by paying only the difference in price and the associated maintenance costs.I think that the cost has risen, but the functionality and versatility is way above other products.Excluding the costs of running VMs and physical blade servers, our licensing costs run around US$200,000/year for over 60 polling engines.I’d suggest that people be aware that licensing has tiers.

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Also Known As
OPNET SteelCentral AppResponse, ACE Live, OPNET, AppResponse XpertSolarwinds Network Performance Monitor
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Overview

AppResponse Xpert is a unique application performance management, monitoring and troubleshooting solution that approaches performance from the end-user's perspective. The solution is a Riverbed OPNET product, and gives a proactive, in-depth analytical view of any application performance issues, whether web-based or non-web based.

AppResponse Xpert is flexible, customizable and fully automated, enabling network users to focus on the bigger IT picture, giving business users maximum productivity, and providing end-users with an optimal application experience.

Check the health and performance of your entire network for easier troubleshooting and faster results using SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor. NPM lets you quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance problems and outages. Now with built-in deep packet inspection and analysis you can immediately determine the impact of network or application latency on user experience.

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Sample Customers
Gartner, Swiss Post, WestLB, Turner, Samlink, RGIS, NetJets, SITA, Mobistar, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and Trafigura. Microsoft, Federal Express, Hewlett-Packard, and MasterCard
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Comms Service Provider
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Healthcare Company
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Manufacturing Company
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Financial Services Firm
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