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We performed a comparison between SCOM and SolarWinds NPM 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.

To learn more, read our detailed SCOM vs. SolarWinds NPM report (Updated: September 2022).
636,406 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"We have found the scalability capabilities to be okay.""SCOM's most valuable features are the network path feature, reporting, and integration with business intelligence.""It discovers the components automatically, which is a fantastic thing. The discovery works in an automatic way, and it has a dynamic way of discovering the components, assets, and applications. It doesn't require any manual intervention.""It is very good at monitoring Microsoft Server.""They have great integration with the active directory.""I like some of their newer features, such as maintenance schedules, because SCOM records SLA and SLO time.""The monitoring features are the most valuable. We have seen a major benefit from that so far.""I enjoy its integration with the Microsoft Active Directory functions, which means users, computers, or other group policies can connect with Windows Active Directory."

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"It is considerably cheaper compared to other tools.""The most important feature is reporting. The reports that are generated are useful and they save a lot of time with respect to monitoring.""Can easily be interconnected with other management systems.""Provides a good level of tools and covers essential components.""We don't have any issues with the stability of SolarWinds NPM.""What I've found most valuable about the solution is that it's scalable.""The benefit of this solution is the reporting. We're able to report on and see our network in a graphical form. We are able to detect when a device is added to a network.""It is scalable."

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Cons
"There are some negative points about this product. Sometimes, the capabilities of the software don't appear, and you can't directly see the results. You have to wait for a long period to refresh the policy to push it to the software or other patches.""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.""The management of the servers could be better.""There could be more integration of SIM in the solution.""The initial setup should be easier to complete.""Third-party tools have had to be created to make SCOM management pack creation more efficient and effective. However, this weighs down the application as it just adds a resource requirement, which is ballooning the size of the necessary storage and all that for essentially substandard components.""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.""SCOM's feature that notifies us when a server is down is not present in recent updates, which has weakened the product."

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"We also had to be attentive to vulnerabilities, because SolarWinds NPM have some issues in that area. We had to work with our security team, so that they could help us check and backup the data, and check what they needed to secure.""It would be good to have high security.""I would like to see some enhancement on the reporting side, such as making it a little bit easier to create reports or having a larger assortment of canned reports.""The dashboards for this solution could be improved. We would like to divide the dashboards to give a clear view to our management team to show what we have and what deficiencies exist in our network.""It would be nice to have a test to check if you can access a particular device via API without installing it and waiting for a poll cycle. You should have the capacity to initiate a test to see if it was reachable and get the results almost immediately.""The console could be more user-friendly. It would be better if SolarWinds updated the user interface.""The integration needs to be improved.""SolarWinds NPM could improve the graphics of the interface and more customized reporting."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We have an enterprise agreement that includes this product as part of it."
  • "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."
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  • "The licensing is based on the number of nodes, interfaces, and volumes."
  • "There are a lot of sub-products and it just continued to increase the price."
  • "There is a permanent license and also a subscription level which has annual fees. The price of the solution is fair."
  • "There can be fees in addition to the licensing fees if you add on."
  • "The NPM component of the system costs approximately $1,000 USD per year."
  • "We have a multi-year license for the use of this solution. There are additional costs for recourses in the environment."
  • "Quite highly priced"
  • "There's standard licensing, and then it depends on the size of the customer."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The monitoring features are the most valuable. We have seen a major benefit from that so far.
    Top Answer:I don't know the exact cost because it's managed by our sales team, but Microsoft is on the higher side.
    Top Answer:There could be more integration of SIM in the solution.
    Top Answer:It actually depends on the exact purpose or kind of devices (network devices, servers, something else). Some tools are better for only network devices while others are better for a cloud monitoring or… more »
    Top Answer:From my point of view, SolarWind is the best tool.
    Top Answer:We are partners with SolarWinds and we sell a lot of Network management to large enterprises also because of scalability, products like Network Performance Monitor & Netflow Traffic Analyzer are… more »
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    Also Known As
    System Center Operations Manager, SCOM 2012
    Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Network Bandwidth Analyzer
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    Overview

    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.”

    SolarWinds NPM is a network monitoring solution that enables you to detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance issues and outages quickly and efficiently. The solution is a powerful tool that can help you increase service levels, reduce downtime with multi vendor network monitoring, simplify the management of complex network devices, improve operational efficiency, and much more.

    SolarWinds NPM Features

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

    • Increased scalability
    • Fault, performance, and availability monitoring
    • Dynamic network discovery and mapping
    • Cross-stack network data correlation
    • Customizable topology
    • Dependency-aware intelligent alerts
    • Intelligent maps
    • Automated capacity forecasting, alerting, and reporting
    • Logical and physical network monitoring
    • Monitor Azure vNet gateway visibility

    SolarWinds NPM Benefits

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

    • Comprehensive monitoring for advanced network devices: With SolarWinds NPM, you can gain insight into the health and performance of your load balancers, Cisco ASA and Palo Alto Networks, firewalls, and Cisco Nexus switches.
    • Hardware health monitoring: SolarWinds NPM makes it easy for you to monitor, alert, and report on key device metrics, including power supply, fan speed, and temperature.
    • Customizable performance and availability reports: With this feature, you can choose from more than 100 templates to schedule and also generate custom network performance reports.

    Reviews from Real Users

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

    PeerSpot user Andrew N., Senior Network Engineer at Element Critical, says, “The "Performance Analyzer" feature is the solution's most valuable aspect. It's able to do the bounded graphs of all the interface stats, from errors to broadcasts and to current traffic. With a click of a button you're able to, in one interface, look at historical data for those items.” He also adds, “From the troubleshooting point of view, just having that peace of mind is great. And, The solution is extremely stable. We haven't had any issues in that regard. We haven't had issues with bugs, glitches, or crashes."

    Daniel S., Systems and Data Warehouse Supervisor at MMSD, mentions, “The alerting and usage tracking is a valuable feature because it alerts us when we're getting near capacity on disk space, network utilization or processor utilization. It helps us manage our capacity and enables us to be proactive.”

    A Senior Vice President and CIO at a financial services firm explains, “As we look to add more servers to our virtual environment and to understand the impact, the solution allows us to dig into the historical charts related to capacity planning. It also gives us visibility of spikes and allows us to track down the reasons for their occurrences. So too, it makes room for potential processes that have gotten hung or runaway and to know when it's time to reboot a server or service.”

    Dinesh N., Digital Innovation at Bobcat Company, states, “The best part of the solution is the sharing display. It gives a general public ID wherein everyone can link to a public display. That's a good feature.”


    Fazal A., Implementation & Support Specialist at 360Factors, comments, “We have configured multiple alerts for our network devices, including routers and switches, so that we are notified if any interface goes down. In the event an interface goes down, we have multiple reports that include availability monitoring, network uptime monitoring, and network downtime monitoring. These reports are on multiple schedules such as the end of the day, end of the last business day of the week, monthly, and quarterly. This gives us the ability to provide reports to our management and let them know the performance of our network.”

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    Sample Customers
    Dialog Telekom
    Microsoft, Federal Express, Hewlett-Packard, and MasterCard
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Retailer10%
    Government10%
    Healthcare Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government13%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Healthcare Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise68%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise49%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    SCOM vs. SolarWinds NPM
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about SCOM vs. SolarWinds NPM and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    SCOM is ranked 10th in Network Monitoring Software with 13 reviews while SolarWinds NPM is ranked 3rd in Network Monitoring Software with 40 reviews. SCOM is rated 8.0, while SolarWinds NPM is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of SCOM writes "Easy to scale, offers helpful maintenance schedules, and free online training is available". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds NPM writes "Simple to set up with good visualizations and helpful support". SCOM is most compared with Zabbix, Dynatrace, PRTG Network Monitor, Nagios XI and AppDynamics, whereas SolarWinds NPM is most compared with Zabbix, ManageEngine OpManager, PRTG Network Monitor, LogicMonitor and WhatsUp Gold. See our SCOM vs. SolarWinds NPM report.

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