Since the inception of Savision in 2006, we have been a proud Microsoft Gold ISV partner in the System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) space. We have seen SCOM become one of the leading component and application monitoring platforms in the market, plus the range of Management Packs available from Microsoft and other ISV partners, has made SCOM a highly extensible product to monitor different environments, and different situations. SCOM is a real tough cookie and with a bit of expertise can, and has, been tuned to monitor anything from email servers, heating and power usage within the data-center, and even hospital medical equipment.
With building such a complex and robust solution such as SCOM, means it has become a bell-weather of the IT Operations industry, a “jack-of-all-trades”. It is essentially capable of monitoring everything from Microsoft technologies; Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange, Hyper-V but also there are add-ons for Unix, VMware, Cisco networking, and large Enterprise Applications such as Oracle & SAP. However, there are other monitoring platforms that are more specialised in specific areas. Savision has been talking with our worldwide customer base and we have found some common monitoring platforms that are being used besides SCOM to complement and improve the all-round visibility of their IT environment.
SolarWinds – Best for Network monitoring
SolarWinds was founded in 1999 in Austin, Texas. They have been proving to be very popular within the technical community, because of the ease of use of their core product “Orion” which works right out-of-the-box. SolarWinds really specialises in Network Performance Monitoring (NPM), and they are a long-term partner of Cisco Systems, so have deep and rich features that highlight network problems which are still a principle cause of business downtime. We see that more and more SolarWinds NPM works beside System Center and they have developed a strong partnership. Furthermore Solarwinds has been growing impressively in the past years, with their affordable pricing model and fast paced development that for the first time has placed the company as the best able to execute in “Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring & Diagnostics”
Let’s not forget Nagios XI – Best for Unix monitoring and then, there’s Azure…
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Read the complete blog post, written by Savision’s Business Development Manager, Matthew Carr, here.