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SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor Competitors and Alternatives

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Managing Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5
A free enterprise monitoring solution

Pros and Cons

  • "It's a very reliable platform and we've never had any issues regarding the scalability or the stability of Zabbix."
  • "Zabbix technical support is sold separately."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is the cost. Typically speaking, our customers have a plethora of tools and they find it very difficult to manage their business services with a selection of tools. In most cases, they're able to replace all of their tools with one — Zabbix. 

We counsel groups and we recommend using Zabbix — we're a reseller.

We focus on Zabbix. When a customer needs it integrated with Microsoft, or ServiceNow, or other solutions, then we help them out from a consulting perspective. We focus on and we recommend Zabbix. Which is an enterprise monitoring solution.

I take care of sales and marketing.

If the customer requires integration, then there are easy ways of integrating Zabbix with JIRA, ServiceNow, ITSM, and all other sorts of different solutions.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect of this solution is the fact that it is enterprise-level, scalable, and free.

Just being free isn't enough, obviously. You have to be able to respond to a considerable number of enterprise requirements and be secure. Security is part of the enterprise requirements. The fact that Zabbix can offer those things, and it's free, is why our customers choose it.

What needs improvement?

When our customers don't choose to go with Zabbix, it's usually been because they're looking for a solution that also contains mainstream AI, AIOps, if you wish. AIOps is a fully noted marketing buzzword, which can mean all sorts of things for different people. When I use that term, I'm talking about the requirement to analyze in-depth enterprise data. Zabbix is not an analytics platform.

We've never had any issue at all integrating Zabbix with any of the existing enterprise tools, whether it be ITSM, JIRA, or an analytics tool like Splunk — it's never been an issue. Their design team does a very good job allowing people to get access to the Zabbix database and to the Zabbix Schema, which defines the data that's stored in.

In the latest version, which is just about to be deployed, they are adding the capability of doing APM (Application Performance Monitoring). That's a feature that has currently been lacking — we'll have to see how it goes.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Zabbix for one year.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a very reliable platform and we've never had any issues regarding the scalability or the stability of Zabbix. We've seen customers (not our customers) that have got huge implementations of millions of objects which are being managed. We've never had any issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Zabbix is not a licensed software. People don't buy licenses for Zabbix. Technically, we are a reseller. So what is it that we resell from Zabbix? The answer is their service. Either their contractual support, their annuity based support, or their technical support. We can get them involved in certain implementations if the customer requirements require that.

Zabbix technical support is sold separately.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. It's a powerful tool; it's applicable to many different domains, through networks, through infrastructure, through applications, through containers, virtual resources, and cloud-based applications — it can be applied to all of them. The initial implementation is usually something we never have an issue with. It's a very easy-to-download package. Implementation requires experience. Deploying Zabbix is very easy, but if you don't know what you're doing, you can make an awful mess. That's where and why we offer our consultancy — to help people to make sure that they don't end up with petabytes of monitoring information on the first day. Which of course no one has any time to go through and handle. 

What other advice do I have?

Speak to a Zabbix expert before you get started because there are so many options in terms of architecture for deployment that you really need to understand relating to how Zabbix can give you those options and why they're useful. Options might include encryption or distributed architecture, so delegating monitoring responsibilities close to the objects that have been managed using proxies is a good idea. There are choices to be made so if you don't know the product and you are speaking to someone who does, then listen, because they can advise you properly to get the best benefit out of the software. Zabbix is a free package, you're not paying for any licensed software; the expense of Zabbix over time is related to how it's deployed and used. If you don't deploy it right, then you'll spend more time fixing your mistakes than actually using the software.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Zabbix a rating of eight.

I am not giving them a higher rating because they don't have analytics. They're getting there. They're becoming more and more proactive. They just added something which was very important called 'application performance monitoring'. From an enterprise perspective, they still lack the analytics capabilities, but that's not necessarily an issue unless you're looking to choose one tool that does everything.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
OK
Consultant with 1,001-5,000 employees
MSP
Top 5Leaderboard
OneAgent monitoring, easy to set up, and you get an immediate response to web chat support

Pros and Cons

  • "I like the full-stack agents, the Oneagents, and the futures dynamic."
  • "I would like to see income monitoring for the servers and infrastructure monitoring."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for our customers. Our customers are enterprise companies. We have several customers who are in automotive, finance and telecommunications which is the biggest one.

What is most valuable?

I like the full-stack agents, the OneAgent, and the futures dynamic.

It is using a Kubernetes container-base.

It is quite easy for our consultants to set up, even with it taking two or three days for an on-premises installation.

What needs improvement?

Moving from a traditional filo functional APM to an integrated One stack agent is an area that needs improvement. They have simplified the installation process, the integrated monitoring, and the correlations.

The downside is that it is very expensive in terms of the price range.

I would like to see income monitoring for the servers and infrastructure monitoring.

The full-stack agent only covers the infrastructure monitoring, but the fields do not cover network monitoring. Once they have network monitoring, with full-stack capabilities, it will be complete.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working closely with this solution for approximately a year.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good. They provide a webchat that responds almost immediately.

In terms of ticketing, with a formal inquiry, they do not have any severities for immediate support, even though it is promised by them to respond within four hours.

With their web chat support, you can ask several questions or inquiries and get information immediately.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are also working with IBM.

We have several products. We used to have CA APM, we also work with SolarWind APM, eG Innovations APM, and System Center (SCOMs) APM.

That is the product range that we used to work intensively. 

We prefer Dynatrace.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is quite easy. 

We have had several deployments that have been fast and on-premises. After the setup, it can almost be immediately used. 

The on-premises version can take up to three days.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's an Open-Source platform.

The price range is quite high. It's the highest compared to the other top APM products that are available. 

They only deliver on a subscription model.

What other advice do I have?

Dynatrace is a good product. Some of the things to be considered in Dynatrace are compatibility, support in terms of new technologies, and there are many features that are good in Dynatrace.

They have a good AI correlation but it still requires humans to interpret the data and follow up with the advice of the root cause analysis.

I would rate Dynatrace a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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GAD COBBINA
Security Analyst at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Integrates well with different providers and easy to install, but needs better reporting

Pros and Cons

  • "Its integration is most valuable because you can integrate it with various service providers such as AWS, .Net, etc."
  • "I'm still exploring the trial version, and it is fine. One thing that I haven't been able to figure out is how to retrieve a report. This is something that could be improved. I probably need to navigate to a place to access the reports."

What is our primary use case?

We are currently testing it. If the testing goes well, we'll purchase the full version, and it will probably be our main monitoring tool. We plan to use it for monitoring our activities and the attacks on our systems or network.

How has it helped my organization?

It is a cloud monitoring tool. I believe it would make things easier for our clients in terms of monitoring.

What is most valuable?

Its integration is most valuable because you can integrate it with various service providers such as AWS, .Net, etc.

What needs improvement?

I'm still exploring the trial version, and it is fine. One thing that I haven't been able to figure out is how to retrieve a report. This is something that could be improved. I probably need to navigate to a place to access the reports. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We started using its trial version just last week.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not yet interacted with their technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Currently, we're on EventTracker. We are doing research to see if we could get a better monitoring solution. That's why we are trying out Datadog. If we like it, we will buy the full version. We would also recommend it to our other clients.

How was the initial setup?

It is easy to install, and it doesn't have any cumbersome procedures. Its deployment took a couple of hours.

What about the implementation team?

I did it by myself.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated solutions from SolarWinds and IBM.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. I am still trying it out, and I haven't encountered any challenges so far. I would rate Datadog a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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