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We performed a comparison between Meraki Dashboard and SCOM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Network Monitoring Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"I like that Meraki Dashboard is a user-friendly product.""Everything is in a single pane and you can look at your network in one centralized place.""What I found most valuable in the Meraki Dashboard is straight monitoring of the different devices, as well as the ability to easily set up VPNs, for example, both Meraki client VPNs and non-Meraki VPNs for different organizations that work with my company. I also like that the tool is a really good firewall.""It's really user-friendly.""What I found most valuable in Meraki Dashboard is that it's well-organized, easy to use, and practical.""It is very stable and we have been using it for five years.""Scalability is one of Meraki Dashboard's strongest features. We have thousands of users if we're counting the end-users on our clients' network, but we have hundreds of clients.""The most valuable features are that it's easy to use and technically very complete. I can configure, do advanced troubleshooting in the dashboard, and reboot access points remotely."

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"It's easy to use.""SCOM's most valuable features are the network path feature, reporting, and integration with business intelligence.""The stability has been great.""The monitoring features are the most valuable. We have seen a major benefit from that so far.""The most valuable feature of SCOM is real-time alerts.""Because it's Windows-based, it actually reports quite well. It reports everything you can think of on the Windows server and allows you to monitor anything. It's excellent for those in the Windows world as it's very good at it.""I like some of their newer features, such as maintenance schedules, because SCOM records SLA and SLO time.""They have great integration with the active directory."

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Cons
"For my purposes, I don't need to see any other features added to the Meraki Dashboard. I have no criticisms and I do like the tool. If I had a criticism for it, it would be about the pricing because it could be a little less, but again, for the service that you get, I won't complain about that too much.""Some features could be added.""Meraki lacks their own software for connecting to the VPN which creates some issues.""There are some issues with the NAT configuration, it is now impossible to some operations with the solution.""It's a very complex system. Customers have told me that sometimes there are lots of advanced features that are available and that you can change in the dashboard, but sometimes it's very hard to know what they are.""I’d like the product to allow for other solutions to be integrated with the dashboard as well.""When users are trying to roam from one location to another location, geographical tracking would be helpful.""The price could be lower because the license for access points is expensive."

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"The solution should be more user-friendly and offer a better user interface.""SCOM's feature that notifies us when a server is down is not present in recent updates, which has weakened the product.""System Center just provided upgrade and update features for Windows clients, and Windows systems, and did not support Linux, Android, or iOS, and other operating systems. They need to provide better integration with other operating systems if they don't already.""In a future release, they should add email notification alerts.""I would like to see them improve their network monitoring.""The configurations could be better. There are multiple tests where you can do something, but they can be a trigger as well. The overriding methodologies are not that easy. The configurations are difficult. The configuration and thorough day-to-day operations to get them to the level you want takes some time. It's very difficult.""They can focus more on cloud monitoring instead of on-premise monitoring. We should be able to monitor cloud-related applications. They can include this feature in the next release. If it is in the cloud, we can have scalability by using Kubernetes. The container is containerized, packaged, and managed using Kubernetes. This feature is not there in SCOM. Going forward, if they can focus on that, it will be great.""The management of the servers could be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "My view is that it's expensive, but it's the best."
  • "The price of Meraki Dashboard is not expensive because knowing that it is a cloud-based solution has its benefits."
  • "Licensing for Meraki Dashboard is paid every year, and it's on a per-device model that costs roughly $300 to $400 per device, but that comes with full support and troubleshooting, etc. Compared to similar products, Meraki Dashboard is quite high-end, but the costs you pay are all-in."
  • "I’m not sure of the exact cost, however, it’s my understanding the Meraki WiFi is around $800. That’s for a three-year license. It’s about $150 a year."
  • "The Meraki Dashboard has more competitive pricing."
  • "You don't have to pay for the dashboard."
  • "Meraki Dashboard is a utility and portal that's part of the Meraki solution."
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  • "The pricing is good, and it's part of their system center suite."
  • "We have to pay for a license and the price is fine for us."
  • "We have an EA with Microsoft, and it comes as part of the EA."
  • "Our Enterprise Agreement includes the price."
  • "SCOM is very cheap because it's included in the license for the System Center suite, which is around $8,400 per CAL."
  • "I don't know the exact cost because it's managed by our sales team, but Microsoft is on the higher side."
  • "There is a license needed to use this solution and it is paid annually."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Some of the features I have found valuable are the ease of access, simple configuration, and monitoring.
    Top Answer:Typically, the license model is for one, three, and five years. They can just be a bit more flexible around it and look into providing an option for 24 months.
    Top Answer:There are some issues with the NAT configuration, it is now impossible to some operations with the solution. I would like to see a VPN feature in a future release that supports tunnelling.
    Top Answer:There is a license needed to use this solution and it is paid annually.
    Top Answer:In a future release, they should add email notification alerts.
    Top Answer:We have installed SCOM in our Windows Server 2020 system. We use the solution to monitor any issues that might happen in our infrastructure and keep them in good health. We have SQL Servers, web… more »
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    Also Known As
    System Center Operations Manager, SCOM 2012
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    Overview

    The dashboard that hosts all of the information around the Meraki product data.

    SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) is a cross-platform data center monitoring and reporting tool that checks the status of various objects defined within the environment, such as server hardware, system services, etc. The solution allows data center administrators to deploy, configure, manage, and monitor the operations, services, devices and applications of multiple enterprise IT systems via a single pane of glass. It is suitable for businesses of all sizes.

    SCOM Features

    SCOM has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Application monitoring
    • Database monitoring
    • Threshold alerts
    • IT Asset Discovery
    • Predictive capabilities
    • Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
    • Application performance management console
    • Server availability and performance monitoring
    • Collaboration tools
    • Virtualization monitoring
    • Patch management
    • Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
    • Application dependency mapping and thresholding

    SCOM Benefits

    There are several benefits to implementing SCOM. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Management and monitoring of Windows as well as Unix/Linux platforms
    • Remotely connect to Windows machines and perform administrative tasks from the console itself
    • Custom dashboard creation to help monitor the datacenter with ease
    • Agent based monitoring
    • Integrates well with other Microsoft products
    • Easy to use and reliable

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the SCOM solution.

    A Manager at a financial services firm says, “The feature I like most about SCOM is that it is easy-to-use. I find it very user-friendly. I also like the knowledge base which it has. You can find the resolution to questions or issues directly within the SCOM itself. It will alert you with a recommendation of what you need to do at the same time. This sort of self-diagnosis or prompting is one of the great values you get from SCOM compared to other solutions.”

    PeerSpot user Zahari Z., Information Technology Auditor at a financial services firm, mentions, “Availability monitoring is the feature I have found most valuable, as well as the capacity and ability to send notifications. There is a mechanism to set up a notification from the SCOM and whenever there is a drop in the availability the notification alerts not only for availability but for other issues as well. You can align thresholds according to the speed of your environment and you can have a threshold related notification, which is one of the useful features.”

    Bill W., Sr. Systems Engineer at Arapahoe County Government, comments, “ I like some of their newer features, such as maintenance schedules, because SCOM records SLA and SLO time. When we patch, things are automatically put into maintenance mode so that the numbers for our systems being down, do not count against us.”

    A Project Manager at a tech services company explains, “The feature I have found most valuable is the book feature. While we run the Sprint one we can add some setups for multiple sprints.”

    A Systems Engineer at an educational organization states, “Because it's Windows-based, it actually reports quite well. It reports everything you can think of on the Windows server and allows you to monitor anything. It's excellent for those in the Windows world as it's very good at it.”

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    Sample Customers
    Coop eG, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Priefert Manufacturing, Century Care Management, Clifton College, Zürs Ski Resort, Capital FM Arena, MAXI Autohöfe
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    Comms Service Provider16%
    Retailer11%
    Performing Arts5%
    Non Profit5%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Retailer6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Financial Services Firm24%
    Retailer10%
    Government10%
    Healthcare Company7%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Government13%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Company Size
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    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    Meraki Dashboard vs. SCOM
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Meraki Dashboard vs. SCOM and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Meraki Dashboard is ranked 9th in Network Monitoring Software with 15 reviews while SCOM is ranked 12th in Network Monitoring Software with 13 reviews. Meraki Dashboard is rated 9.0, while SCOM is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Meraki Dashboard writes "Incredibly easy to use, great troubleshooting and prevention of malicious events". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SCOM writes "Easy to scale, offers helpful maintenance schedules, and free online training is available". Meraki Dashboard is most compared with ThousandEyes, Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM, PRTG Network Monitor and Auvik, whereas SCOM is most compared with Zabbix, Dynatrace, SolarWinds NPM, PRTG Network Monitor and Nagios XI. See our Meraki Dashboard vs. SCOM report.

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