SolarWinds vs.WhatsUp Gold (WUG) Application Management


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SolarWinds vs.WhatsUp Gold (WUG) Application Management

  1. 1. Author Christine BentsenSolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) Compared to WhatsUp® Gold (WUG) Application Management 1
  2. 2. Agenda» Top 5 Reasons - SAM or WUG Application Management» Quick Comparison - SAM Vs. WUG Application Management» Detailed Comparison» SAM Dashboard» SAM in IT Pro’s words» Resources 2
  3. 3. Top 5 Reasons to choose SAM over WhatsUpGold Application Management 3
  4. 4. Quick Comparison – SAM Vs. WhatsUp GoldApplication Management 4
  5. 5. Detailed List – SolarWinds SAM Vs. WhatsUp Gold Application Management SAM was designed with ease-of-use as a primary focus. Application discovery, Expert Templates, and application templates make setup simple and fast. Ongoing use is facilitated by a simple user interface that typically does not require any user training before users can become productive on the system. Intelligent dashboards and drilldowns help you instantly find the information you need. Additionally, SAM is easily customizable to fit the way you work.EASE OF SETUP & WhatsUp Gold can be difficult to set up and use. There is no application ONGOING USE discovery, and there are no Expert Templates to guide you. The workflow for assigning application monitors is complicated and time consuming. During ongoing use, the system does not provide dashboards or drilldowns from all views, and is not easily customizable. Even WUG’s website calls their application management, “entry level.”* WUG’s product is a “network management toolset,”* and while they do provide some server and application monitoring capabilities, that is not the focus of their product. *Quotes obtained from Ipswitch,Inc. website, © 2012 Ipswitch, Inc. All rights reserved. Available at: 5
  6. 6. Detailed List – SolarWinds SAM Vs. WhatsUpGold Application Management Healthy applications depend on a healthy infrastructure to support them. SolarWinds SAM provides comprehensive hardware monitoring for your HP® Proliant®, Dell® PowerEdge®, IBM® System X®, and VMware® ESXi/ESX® host servers leveraging SNMP, WMI, CIM, and the VMware API protocols. Some key metrics monitored include: HARDWARE MONITORING Machine Make, Machine Model, Machine Serial Number, Array status, Array controller status, Power supply status, Fan status, Chassis intrusion status, Chassis temperature and/or status, CPU temperature and/or status, Chassis fan speed and/or status, CPU fan speed and/or status, Memory module status, Voltage regulator status. WhatsUp Gold only provides very basic hardware statistics, allowing many potential hardware problems to go undetected. 6
  7. 7. Detailed List – SolarWinds SAM Vs. WhatsUpGold Application Management SAM provides broad and deep application support with over a hundred out-of- the-box application templates. An easy –to-use wizard allows for the creation of ROBUST powerful custom application monitoring templates. The active user community APPLICATION thwack® also offers an active content exchange, with many more application templates and integration built directly into SAM. SUPPORT WUG admits they deliver “entry-level application performance monitoring.”* Their solution is an all-in-one network management product, and the focus is not on application monitoring. SAM’s Expert Templates provide guidance as to what performance counters are important and what thresholds are optimal for your environment. These recommendations are based on industry best practices and vendor EXPERT recommendations. Expert Templates also include recommendations on what to do when thresholds are exceeded, and how to resolve the issue when it occurs. TEMPLATES It’s like having your own IT expert monitoring your environment 24/7. With What’s Up Gold, there is no similar feature to Expert Templates. When it comes to optimal thresholds and determining which counters matter for your environment, you are on your own.*Quotes obtained from Ipswitch,Inc. website, © 2012 Ipswitch, Inc. All rights reserved. Available at: 7
  8. 8. Detailed List – SolarWinds SAM vs. WhatsUpGold Application Management SolarWinds SAM includes basic virtualization monitoring at no additional cost.VIRTUALIZATION WhatsUp Gold is an all-in-one solution that provides a number of product features, MONITORING and application monitoring is only one of these features. However, with WhatsUp Gold, you must purchase an additional plug-in in order to have any virtualization monitoring. SolarWinds SAM is provided in license sizes to fit any budget and is easily upgraded as your organization grows. The breadth of monitoring capabilities and SUITABLE FOR flexibility of use make it suitable for companies of any size and in any industry. COMPANIES OFALL TYPES & SIZES With WUG, you must buy the Premium Edition to get enterprise scalability. Additionally, only the Premium and Distributed Editions offer Windows® Management Instrumentation (WMI) application monitors including SQL Server® and Exchange monitoring capabilities. SAM includes these at all license sizes. 8
  9. 9. Detailed List – SolarWinds SAM Vs. WhatsUpGold Application Management SolarWinds is a regulated public company with over 100,000 customers worldwide WhatsUp Gold is a private company with less transparency to their customers 9
  10. 10. SAM Dashboard SAM Summary page showing several applications being monitoredSOLARWINDS SERVER & APPLICATION MONITOR (SAM) – THE BEST ALTERNATIVETO WHATSUP® GOLD (WUG) APPLICATION MANAGEMENT 10
  11. 11. SAM Dashboard SAM has hundreds of application templates and it is easy to create custom templates through the included wizard.SOLARWINDS SERVER & APPLICATION MONITOR (SAM) – THE BEST ALTERNATIVETO WHATSUP® GOLD (WUG) APPLICATION MANAGEMENT 11
  12. 12. 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 SERVER & APPLICATION MONITOR (SAM) – THE BEST ALTERNATIVETO WHATSUP® GOLD (WUG) APPLICATION MANAGEMENT 12
  13. 13. 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 SolarWinds SAM I can keep track of everything in one place.”  Steve Borba, Network Security Engineer, Citizens Business Bank » “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.”  Jason Krisch - Manager, Technical Services - Carilion Clinic 13
  14. 14. Helpful Resources We invite you to learn more about SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) Watch Video Test Drive Live Demo Ask Our Community Download 30-day Free Trial Client Testimonial Client Testimonial (SAM) Allows Carilion to be Proactive (N)Ode to SAM Whitepaper Selecting the Right Server & Application Monitoring Tool Click any of the links above 14
  15. 15. Thank You!15