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"The solution is quite stable.""Good load and metrics gathering and very good analysis.""Azure Monitor is very stable.""The most valuable feature is that it ensures our servers are up.""The most valuable feature is that it's stable. It hasn't crossed any thresholds.""Azure Monitor is really just a source for Dynatrace. It's just collecting data and monitoring the environment and the infrastructure. It is fairly good at that.""The solution works well overall. It's easy to implement and simple to use.""Provides an overview and high-level information."

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"The most valuable feature is application monitoring.""The solution has good alerts. Notifications are sent via email to technicians. You can filter the kinds of alerts you want to receive as well. It's excellent.""It's good at monitoring system-specific things like ports, services.""The solution is great for monitoring. If something is going wrong, we can immediately find the root cause.""The initial setup was relatively easy, and we didn't have to install anything. All we had to do was put on the devices we wanted to monitor.""Monitoring of processes and services is the most valuable feature. It is not necessarily just the server alone in terms of the CPU or the memory. We can go in-depth into services and processes.""The most valuable feature is the Access Rights Manager."

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"There are a lot of things that take more time to do, such as charting, alerting, and correlation of data, and things like that. Azure Monitor doesn't tell you why something happened. It just tells you that it happened. It should also have some type of AI. Environments and applications are becoming more and more complex every day with hundreds or thousands of microservices. Therefore, having to do a lot of the stuff manually takes a lot of time, and on top of that, troubleshooting issues takes a lot of time. The traditional method of troubleshooting doesn't really work for or apply to this environment we're in. So, having an AI-based system and the ability to automate deployments of your monitoring and configurations makes it much easier.""The troubleshooting logs need improvement. There should be some improvement there. I have a hard time finding the right logs at the right times whenever there is an issue occurring.""Automation related to gathering metrics from more applications could be improved.""The price could be lower but it is not a must.""In my opinion, they should improve the overall user experience, especially when it comes to indexing and searching collective logs.""The process of implementation needs to be easier.""I'd like the solution to do more around vulnerability assessment. It's lacking in the product right now.""When something goes down, we want the option to have automation in place to get it back up again as quickly as possible."

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"Support for the IBM Mainframe is needed.""It lacks a user experience for measuring things like the end-to-end time for which a user waits for a specific response in the system. In the application layer, it has some very basic stuff. You have to build your own with manuscripts and things like that.""The stability, flexibility, and ease of use could be improved.""In terms of the dashboards on offer, they should work to improve them. The types of dashboards that you get in terms of the graphs on offer aren't ideal right now.""The templates could use improvement. Currently, they are quite complex. They should have drag-and-drop functionality instead. It would make it easier to use.""Reporting is the only thing with which we currently have challenges. They have this in two ways. There is the report writer, which is the backend, and we also have web reports, which are on the console. So, they have removed the report writer for the backend reports, and we are making use of the web console, but most of the users are not finding it very interesting to use the frontend reports. I would like them to bring back the report writer. That's the key area within it to improve on the reporting. If they can bring back the report writer, then most users will actually be comfortable. I have some customers who are trying to export their report to an Excel format, but it is not possible because they said any report that has been done from the web console cannot be exported to Excel, but most of the customers need to export their reports to Excel. That's one area they need to work on.""I would like to see support for non-Windows or non-Microsoft domains, especially Apache and other non-Windows servers."

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  • "I like the pricing for this SolarWinds product."
  • "Price can always be lower. It is neither on the expensive side nor on the cheap side. We have worked with them for a lot of years, so we get a discount due to the size of the installation."
  • "Its licensing is on a yearly basis. It is just the standard price, but it can vary depending on the current rate of the dollar."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Splunk handles a high amount of data very well. We use Splunk to capture information and as an aggregator for monitoring information from different sources. Splunk is very good at alerting us if we… more »
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    Provides an overview and high-level information.
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    If Azure Monitor wants to compete with other APM products in the industry, it has to stitch together the information and user flow. It also needs to provide all the information, as you get with Stock… more »
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    Monitoring of processes and services is the most valuable feature. It is not necessarily just the server alone in terms of the CPU or the memory. We can go in-depth into services and processes.
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    Its licensing is on a yearly basis. It is just the standard price, but it can vary depending on the current rate of the dollar.
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    Reporting is the only thing with which we currently have challenges. They have this in two ways. There is the report writer, which is the backend, and we also have web reports, which are on the… more »
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    Overview

    Azure Monitor maximizes the availability and performance of your applications by delivering a comprehensive solution for collecting, analyzing, and acting on telemetry from your cloud and on-premises environments. It helps you understand how your applications are performing and proactively identifies issues affecting them and the resources they depend on.

    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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    Rackspace, First Gas, Allscripts, ABB Group
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    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Insurance Company6%
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    Financial Services Firm27%
    Construction Company18%
    Recruiting/Hr Firm9%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
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    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise33%
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    Large Enterprise38%
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    Azure Monitor is ranked 8th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 9 reviews while SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is ranked 9th in Application Performance Management (APM) with 7 reviews. Azure Monitor is rated 7.2, while SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Azure Monitor writes "Requires out of the box monitoring, real-time monitoring, and better network mapping". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor writes "Has good configuration capabilities and very good monitoring". Azure Monitor is most compared with Datadog, Splunk, Dynatrace, New Relic APM and AppDynamics, whereas SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is most compared with Dynatrace, AppDynamics, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, ServiceNow Discovery and BMC TrueSight Operations Management. See our Azure Monitor vs. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor report.

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