Changing for the better or just changing? Is SCOM 2012 your best move?

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Debating whether or not Microsoft SCOM is the right platform for your monitoring needs? Let us show you 5 reasons why SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) is the better alternative. And if you need more convincing, you'll also hear from a customer as to why he made the switch.

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  • We use both SCOM 2012 R2 and Solar Winds. We have implemented Web Page Widgets into the SCOM dashboards to get a "Single Pane of Glass". We also let SCOM do all of the Notifications for SCOM and Solar Winds. After using both products extensively, I would have to say that they both have their strong points, but overall, SCOM is the more mature product. Slide number 5 is NOT accurate. Agentless Monitoring works just fine in SCOM, but with Agent-managed servers in SCOM, we are able to collect a LOT more detail, information and health metrics,than with the Solarwinds product. We have our system set up to automatically download and deploy management packs and updates with PowerShell scripting. Most of the items in the slideshow that have an "x" are not completely accurate. SCOM works in large environments, and has a short time to ROI if implemented properly. SCOM, however is weak on reporting, I will agree with that, but when it comes to hardware, we've had to dedicate an entire VM host to one guest machine for Solarwinds. Sort of defeats the purpose for virtualization. And the notion that 7 servers are required for SCOM is just not true. We're running efficiently on four virtual servers for our SCOM implementation.
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  • I don't think this presentation was properly thought out and researched to be honest. Most of the claims made about SCOM 2012 are totally inaccurate. The Quick Comparison - SAM vs SCOM slide proves my point emphatically.

    I think Solarwinds need to get someone who knows how to install SCOM 2012 to give them a demo before they present this again ;)

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Changing for the better or just changing? Is SCOM 2012 your best move?

  1. 1. Author Christine Bentsen Changing for the Better? Or JustChanging? Is SCOM 2012 Your Best Move? 17th Aug 2012
  2. 2. AgendaIs Microsoft SCOM the right platform?5 reasons why SAM is better than SCOMQuick comparison - SAM Vs. SCOMWhat IT Pros say about SAM SolarWinds SAM – A refreshing alternative to Microsoft SCOM 2012 - Slide 2 -
  3. 3. Microsoft SCOM – The Right Choice?  Often, SCOM is just something you have. Not something you chose.  SCOM is expensive to maintain.  SCOM is difficult/complex to use.  Now that you’re going to have to do a major migration to SCOM 2012, perhaps it’s time to rethink SCOM entirely…. SolarWinds SAM – A refreshing alternative to Microsoft SCOM 2012 - Slide 3 -
  4. 4. Top 5 – “Yes” to SAM over SCOM Incredibly low TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) : Power + Performance + Price Agentless monitoring Functional dashboards & common-sense navigation Robust application coverage, including custom apps Frequent updates (and easy upgrades)SolarWinds SAM – A refreshing alternative to Microsoft SCOM 2012 - Slide 4 -
  5. 5. Quick Comparison – SAM Vs. SCOM SolarWinds SAM – A refreshing alternative to Microsoft SCOM 2012 - Slide 5 -
  6. 6. Detailed Comparison – SAM Vs. SCOM Regular Functional UpdatesSolarWinds has provided one major version release SCOM 2012 released in April 2012; the previous versionand at least one minor release each year for the last was named System Center 2007. The one before thatfour years. As long as you keep your maintenance was MOM 2005, and before that it was MOM 2000.current, you get the new version. It’s that simple. Even with Software Assurance, you can’t be sure you’ll receive the latest full version Agentless MonitoringSolarWinds SAM provides agentless monitoring for SCOM is agent-based monitoring. Agents add anotherhundreds of applications. layer of complexity. Agents are another piece of software that needs to be installed, upgraded and watched. There are often pre-requisites and compatibility issues. Robust Reporting SolarWinds provides the ability to create custom To create custom reports with SCOM, users need to reports with the easy to use Report Writer tool. have a mastery of the SQL Reporting Services. SolarWinds SAM – A refreshing alternative to Microsoft SCOM 2012 - Slide 6 -
  7. 7. Detailed Comparison – SAM Vs. SCOM Out-of-the-box & Customizable DashboardsSolarWinds provides out-of-the-box dashboards for all SCOM 2012 has provided an easier way to createof the platforms monitored. With feedback from dashboards in the latest version, customers are stillthousands of users, SolarWinds has created navigable forced to create a view rather than start from aviews to get the user to the root of the problem in very product-provided best practice dashboard.few clicks. Robust Server & Application Coverage SolarWinds provides coverage for MSFT apps as well as SCOM does a good job of providing coverage for Unix, Linux, .NET, J2E and many more application and Microsoft applications and operating systems and now hardware types including Citrix XenApp, Oracle, DB2, provides limited coverage for Unix, Linux, .NET HP Proliant, Dell PowerEdge, IBM System-X, and and J2E. VMware ESX/ESXi host server. Integrated UI for Application, Networks & Storage SolarWinds customers can extend monitoring in the SCOM 2012 recently added basic Network Management same web console to network devices, network traffic, and capabilities. This new feature, however, lacks support storage arrays through native integration of SolarWinds for NetFlow, volume polling, and wireless devices. other products, including Network Performance Monitor and its modules and Storage Manager. SolarWinds SAM – A refreshing alternative to Microsoft SCOM 2012 - Slide 7 -
  8. 8. Detailed Comparison – SAM Vs. SCOM Extend Monitoring to Custom ApplicationsSolarWinds SAM makes it easy to extend out-of-the-box With SCOM, users must create or purchase amonitors with WMI performance monitors, SNMP Management Pack from third parties. In addition,monitors, event log monitors, SQL query monitor, third-party management packs may not be compatibleprocess monitors, Windows Service monitors, with the latest version of SCOM.DNS query monitors, and all-purpose and script monitors. License ModelSolarWinds SAM is a fit for purpose product, only The SCOM 2012 license includes many components,providing the features you need for effective monitoring, 8 in all. Many software components require manyat a very affordable price. management servers, 7 servers minimum. This complexity and cost can be too much for many companies. Microsoft SCOM 2012 - Is it the way forward? - Slide 8 -
  9. 9. SAM Dashboard SAM Summary page showing several applications being monitoredSolarWinds SAM – A refreshing alternative to Microsoft SCOM 2012 - Slide 9 -
  10. 10. SAM Dashboard 100+ build-in templates that leverage WMI,SNMP and scripting technologies to provide real time data metrics on most critical applicationsSolarWinds SAM – A refreshing alternative to Microsoft SCOM 2012 - Slide 10 -
  11. 11. SAM Dashboard Historical Hardware Information SAM also provides out-of- the-box server hardware monitoring to view server hardware health and quickly identify any hardware failuresSolarWinds SAM – A refreshing alternative to Microsoft SCOM 2012 - Slide 11 -
  12. 12. What IT Pros say about SolarWinds SAM SAM named Best of TechEd in the Systems Management and Operations category at Microsoft TechEd North America 2012. » Awards produced by Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Pro, SharePoint Pro and Dev Pro  “With Systems Center Operation Manager (SCOM), something that should be simple, like alerting us when a server is down or a disk is full, was buried or lost because the product wasn’t communicating with all of the servers, agents were down, or notification had failed…. SAM truly has changed how we work, how we respond to problems, and how we discover problems. No management tool has been able has been able to allow us to manage our environment this quickly or this efficiently.“  “Unlike many of the enterprise offerings we had worked with previously, SAM was not bloated with information and had a clean, easy-to-use interface. Within a week-and-a-half of playing with the free trial, we were able to accomplish things with SAM that we had been trying to do with our previous system for three years.” » Jed Krisch, Manager, Technical Services, Carilion Clinic  “With SolarWinds SAM I can keep track of everything in one place.”SolarWinds SAM – A refreshing alternative to Microsoft SCOM 2012 - Slide 12 - » Steve Borba, Network Security Engineer, Citizens Business Bank
  13. 13. Helpful Resources We invite you to learn more about SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor Watch Video Test Drive Live Demo Ask Our Community Download 30-day Free Trial Webcast – 3 Reasons to choose SAM over SCOM Click any of the links above SolarWinds SAM – A refreshing alternative to Microsoft SCOM 2012 - Slide 13 -
  14. 14. Thank You!

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