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We performed a comparison between SCOM and WhatsUp Gold 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. WhatsUp Gold report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"I enjoy its integration with the Microsoft Active Directory functions, which means users, computers, or other group policies can connect with Windows Active Directory.""It's easy to use.""The stability has been great.""It is very good at monitoring Microsoft Server.""The monitoring features are the most valuable. We have seen a major benefit from that so far.""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.""We have found the scalability capabilities to be okay.""Being able to make and customize management packs and send out notifications is very valuable."

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"Auto scanning is most valuable. It looks for rogue devices on your network.""The user interface is good enough.""WhatsUp Gold is very easy to deploy.""The most valuable feature of WhatsUp Gold is NetFlow and the virtualized maps.""The most important features of WhatsUp Gold are the server health and uptime it provides. Additionally, WhatsUp Gold is a Windows-based solution which is a benefit.""NetFlow monitoring, real-time monitoring, and surveys have been the most valuable features for our business."

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Cons
"The initial setup should be easier to complete.""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.""There could be more integration of SIM in the solution.""The solution should be more user-friendly and offer a better user interface.""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.""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.""We didn't know the solution enough, and therefore, it took a while to set everything up correctly. There was a learning curve.""It'll help if they can provide real-time or closer to real-time monitoring."

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"WhatsUp Gold should work on real-time monitoring and configuration management. If they succeed in doing this, the solution will cover all the network troubleshooting aspects and will be a benefit.""The initial setup of WhatsUp Gold is a medium range of difficulty levels. However, if it is your first time it could be difficult.""We can never achieve or get a good picture of the network topology.""You have to invest a few days to become an expert in this solution.""The point system is not clear and clarity around this would improve our understanding of the system.""The new release cadence needs to be improved. It takes a while for them to add new features and functionality. There should be a quicker turnaround with new versions."

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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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  • "It is per device, per year. The pricing is very clear. If you have a service agreement, you get all of your major upgrades and minor upgrades. It was under $10,000 to go all-in with all of the different add-ons for it."
  • "The most valuable feature is the cost compared to other solutions."
  • "This is a well priced solution."
  • "The price of WhatsUp Gold is good."
  • "There is a license needed to use WhatsUp Gold."
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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:The most important features of WhatsUp Gold are the server health and uptime it provides. Additionally, WhatsUp Gold is a Windows-based solution which is a benefit.
    Top Answer:The point system is not clear and clarity around this would improve our understanding of the system. In a future release, we would like our SAP-related applications to be monitored under a single… more »
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    Also Known As
    System Center Operations Manager, SCOM 2012
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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.”

    Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold's a layer 2/3 discovery results in a detailed interactive map of your entire networked infrastructure. One affordable license lets you monitor any mix of networks, wireless controllers, servers, virtual machines, applications, traffic flows and configurations across Windows, LAMP and Java environments. It Manage networks, traffic, physical servers, VMs and applications with easy-to-use and customizable maps, dashboards and alerts. WhatsUp Gold streamlines workflows by letting you initiate management tasks directly from the interactive map. Additional Features include: Application Monitoring, Network Traffic Analysis, Configuration Management, Discovery & Network Monitoring, Cloud Monitoring, Virtual Environment Monitoring, Distributed Monitoring and Failover Manager.
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    Sample Customers
    Dialog Telekom
    Artoni Trasporti, Austin Independent School District, Banca Marche, Burke County North Carolina, Cambridge University School of Clinical Medicine, Clayco, Community Integrated Care, Desca, Deutsche Bergbau, Flexi-Van, Gropper, Hamleys, Hammonds Furniture, Knowledge IT, Idras S.P.A., Sibeg, Swann Engineering, Trivium Lindenhof
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Retailer10%
    Government10%
    Healthcare Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government13%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm25%
    Government19%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Pharma/Biotech Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government15%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise68%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    SCOM vs. WhatsUp Gold
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about SCOM vs. WhatsUp Gold and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    SCOM is ranked 11th in Network Monitoring Software with 13 reviews while WhatsUp Gold is ranked 21st in Network Monitoring Software with 6 reviews. SCOM is rated 8.0, while WhatsUp Gold is rated 7.4. 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 WhatsUp Gold writes "Feature-rich with a good user interface". SCOM is most compared with Zabbix, Dynatrace, PRTG Network Monitor, SolarWinds NPM and Nagios XI, whereas WhatsUp Gold is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, PRTG Network Monitor, Zabbix, Nagios XI and Centreon. See our SCOM vs. WhatsUp Gold report.

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