SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor vs Splunk APM comparison

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We performed a comparison between SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor and Splunk APM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor vs. Splunk APM Report (Updated: January 2024).
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"The most valuable feature is application monitoring.""AppInsight for SQL: Enables us to see the relevant error log entries on the same page as performance parameters.""One of the most valuable features are the reports. They're pretty good. Also, the ease of installation and customization for the client is another feature that we value. SolarWinds has a lot of features but these are the ones I like the most. We also like that the KPIs have the ability to be preset.""I'd rate technical support at eight out of ten. They are helpful and fast.""The solution has good alerts. Notifications are sent via email to technicians. You can filter the kinds of alerts you want to receive as well. It's excellent.""The most valuable feature of SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is its powerful monitoring capabilities.""SolarWinds SAM has provided us with dynamic thresholds based on historical trends and requirements. The threshold gets configured automatically, so it's no longer necessary to configure it manually every time.""Monitoring of processes and services is the most valuable feature. It is not necessarily just the server alone in terms of the CPU or the memory. We can go in-depth into services and processes."

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"I like the fact that Splunk APM makes it easy to connect to the application database and run queries against the data.""The most beneficial aspect of Slunk APM is the ATM, which is the map displaying the inbound and outbound relationships of the microservices, as well as the traffic between these dependencies. This feature provides us with valuable insights and helps us understand the interactions between different microservices.""The features are pretty much ready out of the box.""The features are pretty much ready out of the box.""Splunk APM has helped us to standardize logging and monitoring procedures.""The volume it handles is very good, including the number of metrics, the volume number of traces, and more.""This solution is very quick to deploy as it is a SaaS solution and integrates with tools like ServiceNow.""It is a good tool. It allows you to set alerts for application and infrastructure monitoring, and it allows you to create dashboards."

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"This product has no real downside unless they fail to continue development of its capabilities.""Solarwinds should come up the same monitoring system for other certificate expiration alert apart from SSL.""They should incorporate more artificial intelligence. There should also be more predictive features.""Reporting is the only thing with which we currently have challenges. They have this in two ways. There is the report writer, which is the backend, and we also have web reports, which are on the console. So, they have removed the report writer for the backend reports, and we are making use of the web console, but most of the users are not finding it very interesting to use the frontend reports. I would like them to bring back the report writer. That's the key area within it to improve on the reporting. If they can bring back the report writer, then most users will actually be comfortable. I have some customers who are trying to export their report to an Excel format, but it is not possible because they said any report that has been done from the web console cannot be exported to Excel, but most of the customers need to export their reports to Excel. That's one area they need to work on.""The stability, flexibility, and ease of use could be improved.""Support for the IBM Mainframe is needed.""Downside of the tools is the web console are hung or crash. It need to improve the performance.""SAM's software-defined network monitoring capability is also low and could be improved."

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"There are some predefined metrics.......we may want to create customized metrics.""They can improve the flow system and the keyword language. It has predefined keywords, but they can be improved.""The UI enhancements could be a way to improve the solution in the future.""Primarily, the logs in Slunk APM can be challenging to navigate and comprehend, making it difficult to understand the details within each log. Compared to other tools like LogDNA, which are more intuitive in this aspect, the logs in Slunk APM can require more effort to understand.""It is essential for the monitoring tool to deliver quick response times when generating analytical reports, instead of prolonged delays.""The cardinality is pretty low.""I've been using the Splunk query language, and it can be a bit time-consuming to set up the queries I need.""The UI enhancements could be a way to improve the solution in the future."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I have always said SolarWinds is very “proud” of their products, meaning they are expensive. I cannot afford to purchase all the licenses I need for all the SolarWinds products."
  • "When planning for the number of licenses to purchase, make sure you understand all of the elements within an application required to really understand performance well. In our case, we quickly came to the conclusion that an unlimited license for SAM was the way to go."
  • "Nagios XI, WhatsUpGold, Uptime Software, PRTG, Manage Engine, and SpiceWorks are the other tools that have lower pricing and licensing costs. However, they can't compete with SolarWinds when it comes to the features and functionality that SolarWinds can provide."
  • "I would advise potential buyers to wait until the end of the quarter, end of year, or other time to place orders. There are actually great deals to be had at those times if your budget cycle can match up."
  • "Pricing and licensing is fair for what you get. It does have a great bang-for-the-buck appeal."
  • "SAM is not per server so the pricing model can be deceiving. If you have an enterprise environment, you will quickly exceed your licensing quickly. You should know this before going in."
  • "Understanding the counts of objects to monitor will determine the licensing need. In terms of pricing, it’s not cheap but it’s not expensive as larger vendors whose products don’t have all the features or integrations."
  • "The product might cost you $30,000 USD to buy, but scaling this solution requires the purchase of additional polling engines at $20,000 USD each."
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  • "The price of Slunk APM is less than some of its competitors."
  • "The pricing is reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The application dependency feature identifies issues between applications and servers or within the network where the application is hosted. It highlights related problems, whether related to packet… more »
    Top Answer:Among the major monitoring solutions, especially considering that free monitoring tools are available, it is relatively affordable. When compared to other licensed models in the market, it stands out… more »
    Top Answer:The current script monitoring feature has limitations, especially when dealing with custom scripts.
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are troubleshooting and optimizing application performance.
    Top Answer:Enhancing system availability and optimizing service performance are crucial. It is essential for the monitoring tool to deliver quick response times when generating analytical reports, instead of… more »
    Top Answer:I use it for monitoring and troubleshooting the performance of cloud-native applications.
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    SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) delivers powerful application and server monitoring capabilities for IT pros, enabling them to diagnose and troubleshoot performance issues faster. Do not let slow applications and downtime impact your end-users and business services. Pinpoint the root cause of application issues across various layers of the IT stack. SolarWinds SAM is affordable and easy to deploy, use, and customize. You can automatically discover your system's environment and start monitoring in about an hour. No professional services or consultation needed.

    Splunk APM is a comprehensive application performance monitoring solution that provides real-time insights into the performance and availability of your applications. 

    It offers end-to-end visibility across the entire application stack, from the front-end user experience to the back-end infrastructure. With Splunk APM, you can proactively identify and resolve performance issues, optimize application performance, and ensure a seamless user experience. 

    Splunk APM leverages machine learning and AI-powered analytics to automatically detect anomalies and provide actionable insights. The product supports a wide range of programming languages and frameworks, making it suitable for both monolithic and microservices-based architectures. It also integrates seamlessly with other Splunk products, allowing you to correlate APM data with logs, metrics, and other operational data for a holistic view of your application environment. 

    With its intuitive interface and powerful features, Splunk APM empowers developers, operations teams, and business stakeholders to deliver high-performing applications and drive better business outcomes.

    Sample Customers
    Andr. L. Riis AS, NetSuite
    Sunrun, Yelp, Onshape, Tapjoy, Symphony Commerce, Chairish, Clever, Grovo, Bazaar Voice, Zenefits, Avalara
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm21%
    Construction Company14%
    Recruiting/Hr Firm7%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Educational Organization40%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Pharma/Biotech Company14%
    Educational Organization14%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise47%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise90%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Buyer's Guide
    SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor vs. Splunk APM
    January 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor vs. Splunk APM and other solutions. Updated: January 2024.
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    SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is ranked 18th in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability with 11 reviews while Splunk APM is ranked 26th in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Observability with 9 reviews. SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is rated 8.0, while Splunk APM is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor writes "The component and cable monitoring features are good, but the interface is slow ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Splunk APM writes "Enables us to directly search for a metric and straightaway create alert charts ". SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor is most compared with Azure Monitor, Dynatrace, AppDynamics, Prometheus and ServiceNow Discovery, whereas Splunk APM is most compared with Splunk ITSI (IT Service Intelligence), Sentry, Elastic Observability, Grafana and Monte Carlo. See our SolarWinds Server and Application Monitor vs. Splunk APM report.

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