SCCM vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor

SCCM is ranked 5th in Server Monitoring with 8 reviews vs SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor which is ranked 9th in Server Monitoring with 8 reviews. The top reviewer of SCCM writes "Enables us to set up schedules, according to security needs, to automate server and desktop patching". The top reviewer of SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor writes "We use this product for base and application monitoring. ". SCCM is most compared with IBM BigFix, Ansible and Quest KACE Systems Management. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is most compared with Dynatrace, BMC TrueSight Operations Management and AppDynamics. See our SCCM vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor report.
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It is a good choice for deployment that performs very well.It saves a lot of money when you can install things automatically and they are installed the exact same way on every computer.There is a faster time to rollout. If we get a new PC, it can be ready for productivity right away.With the SCCM inventory, we found a lot of rogue applications. We were able to identify them, find out who was running them, and either put them on our application list or remove them.It gives us the ability to set up schedules, according to what our security requirements are, to automate the patching of our servers and desktops.What's valuable is the basic management of the systems, being able to control who can access the systems.You can remote control or RDP. That has been the most valuable because we can go into one console and can get to anything we want. Instead of going to all these different consoles, we centralized everything.With the right administrator, application deployment can do wonders.

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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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Cons
The setup was complex and I faced a lot of problems initially because I was new to the solution.Our company would prefer not rebooting computers while people are using them. There seems to be no strategy behind it.Marketing: Our management doesn't understand that there is a piece of software which helps them automate and manage the entire network, as far as operating systems on computers.Troubleshooting in general needs improvement. There's just a ton of logs to go through, and so finding the error log that corresponds with that you're doing can sometimes be difficult.There is a reboot issue with the patching. Sometimes, if patching runs into any issue whatsoever, it doesn't reboot but it doesn't tell you it errored out. It just sits there and we don't find out until the next day whether it patched or not. That was a big issue for us. We're working through that. They added some stuff in there now where you can actually tell reboot is pending. But we still need some kind of notification that if something fails or is pending, we know. We shouldn't have to go in and look. They don't have anything for that right now.Their compliance reporting is not accurate, and they admitted it on the phone when we had a call with them. We were trying to understand why their numbers didn't match on our compliance reports. It is not accurate and you cannot depend on the compliance reports. The numbers just don't match, and we can't figure out why. We called Microsoft and they said, "Yeah, that's a known issue." But there is no word that they're working on it.There's no way to say, "I want this maintenance window to be on the second Tuesday of the month." It's strict. This window is this and that's it. You can't fluctuate.As far as load balancing across, they don't have that support yet, so that you can actually build multiple primaries and have it load balance across. They don't have any of that functionality yet. That would be a nice feature, to scale that way.

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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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SCCM comes with its own version of SQL Server. If you use that SQL Server with SCCM and don't use it for another applications than you get an SQL Server for free.Overall, I think it's fine. It's pretty much in-line because there are ways to offset it with the Office 365 licensing.Pricing and licensing are a downside of SCCM. It's expensive. I'd have to confirm this, but I think they changed the licensing to core-based instead of socket-based. It's not cheap, because you have to buy the software, you have to buy SQL. Another thing we learned from talking to Microsoft is that they provide you a license for SQL if you run it on the same box as the primary server. If you run it outside that box, you have to buy SQL. Microsoft does recommend you running it on the same box because of performance. But then, in order to run SQL, SCCM, and everything on the same box, you better have some resources. It's an expensive solution. There's no doubt about it.Pricing and licensing are horrible. You have to not look at dollar value to use SCCM. It's super-duper expensive but it works. The acquisition cost is expensive, it's labor-intensive. But it works.

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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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System Center Configuration ManagerSolarWinds SAM
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Overview
With System Center Configuration Manager, you can manage PCs and servers, keeping software up-to-date, setting configuration and security policies, and monitoring system status while giving your employees access to corporate applications on the devices that they choose.

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
Bank Alfalah Ltd., Wªrth Handelsges.m.b.H, Dimension Data, Japan Business Systems, St. Lucie County Public Schools, MISC BerhadAndr. L. Riis AS, NetSuite
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm18%
Retailer10%
Manufacturing Company8%
Government6%
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Comms Service Provider13%
Healthcare Company13%
Manufacturing Company13%
Financial Services Firm10%
Company Size
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise33%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise73%
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Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise64%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise55%
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