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ManageEngine OpManager - End-to-end network & server performance monitor

Simplify network management with ManageEngine OpManager, the comprehensive, agentless, proactive network monitoring tool. ManageEngine OpManager is a network management platform that helps SMBs and enterprises manage their data centers and IT infrastructure efficiently and cost effectively. Automated workflows, intelligent alerting engines, configurable discovery rules, and extendable templates enable IT teams to set up a 24/7 monitoring system within hours of installation. Do-it-yourself add-ons extend the scope of management to include network change and configuration management, IP address management, as well as monitoring of networks, applications, databases, and virtualization.

Info-Tech Report - See how OpManager scores over Solarwinds: ManageEngine OpManager VS Solarwinds NPM

How does OpManager stack up against Solarwinds? Take a look at this review by InfoTech to see for yourself. InfoTech's research is based entirely on real user ratings.

Info-Tech report rating
OpManager
Solarwinds NPM
Vendor capabilities
8.4/10
8.1/10
Net emotional footprint
90/100
78/100
Likeliness to recommend
84%
83%
Overall capability satisfaction
79
77
Breadth of features
77
76
Usability and intuitiveness
81
78
Vendor support
81
74
Ease of data integration
79
76
Ease of customization
76
71
Availability and quality of training
81
70
Ease of implementation
81
74

Check out the full Info-Tech report.

OpManager's transparent licensing model VS Solarwinds NPM's element based licensing model

Solarwinds follows an element-based licensing model. An element is a node, interface or disk volume. You need to purchase a license for the highest of the three. In reality, every node will have more interfaces or disks to be monitored. Whereas, OpManager follows a transparent device-based license model, where you have to just pay for the nodes and monitor any number of interfaces or disks.

The following table shows a comparison between Solarwinds and OpManager's pricing:

Licensing model
OpManager (Device-based)
Solarwinds (element-based)
No. of devices to be monitored

50 network devices - 4 interfaces each

50 servers - 2 volumes each. 

Total devices - 100 

Total interfaces - 200

Volumes - 100

50 network devices - 4 interfaces each

50 servers - 2 volumes each. Total devices - 100

Total interfaces - 200

Volumes - 100

License purchased for
100 devices
200 elements
Package
100 devices pack
NPM SL250
Total Cost
$ 2394
$ 6795

From the above table, it can be inferred that OpManager's device-based licensing covers all the elements within the 100 device plan whereas, element-based licensing vendor needs a 200 element license to monitor the same number of devices.

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What ManageEngine OpManager does better than Solarwinds NPM

The following table shows a list of all the metrics which are not available in Solarwinds and those which require a separate tool for monitoring:

Feature
ManageEngine OpManager
Solarwinds NPM

VMWare monitoring

 

OpManager’s VMware Monitor provides in depth, agent less monitoring of VMware-virtualized servers to give IT administrators a single fault and performance management console for entire server infrastructure - both physical and virtual.

 

Separate purchase of an additional product is required in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Hyper-V monitoring

 

The Hyper-V monitoring feature in OpManager provides all the visibility you need to manage your virtual infrastructure.

 

Separate purchase of an additional product is required in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

XenServer monitoring

 

OpManager monitors Host, VMs and Storage Repositories of Citrix XenSever and provides the required visibility into their performance.

 

Not available in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Custom WMI Monitoring

 

OpManager monitors the system resources using SNMP by default. Even the non-SNMP windows devices can be monitored using WMI. All the Windows device templates have the resource monitors preconfigured

 

Not available in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

CLI Monitoring

 

OpManager monitors the system resources using SNMP by default. Even the non-SNMP windows devices can be monitored using WMI. All the Windows device templates have the resource monitors preconfigured.

 

Not Available

Datacenter Visualization

 

OpManager helps in creating a virtual replication of Datacenter floors and racks and floors to enable 24x7 monitoring.

 

Not available in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

AD Monitoring

 

OpManager automatically associates the Active Directory monitors to the server and starts monitoring for performance and availability. Every monitored parameter is mapped with industry best-practiced thresholds by default.

 

Installation of a separate product is required in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Exchange Monitoring

 

Exchange Monitor includes more than 60 critical parameters that need to be monitored out-of-the-box. Also several monitors come with pre-configured thresholds set according to best practices recommended by Microsoft.

 

Installation of a separate product is required in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

MSSQL Monitoring

 

MSSQL Services and Parameters can be monitored using WMI. OpManager detects the SQL servers by itself and MSSQL related resource metrics are added automatically.

 

Installation of a separate product is required in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Process / NTServices / Service Monitoring

 

OpManager provides out-of-the-box support for monitoring the availability of all the processes/NTServices/Service running on a Windows or Unix system.

 

Installation of a separate product is required in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Script Monitoring

 

OpManager’s script monitoring supports Powershell, Linux shell script, VBscript, Perl & Python scripts out-of-the-box.

 

Installation of a separate product is required in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

URL Monitoring

 

OpManager provides 24 X 7 monitoring of your website for availability and performance to identify website problems proactively.

 

Installation of a separate product is required in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

File/Folder Monitoring

 

OpManager provides file and folder monitoring functionality that lets you instantly detect storage subsystem problems, unexpected steep increase in disk utilization and proliferating files and folders in storage servers.

 

Installation of a separate product is required in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

IPSLA & VoIP monitoring

 

IP SLA actively monitors traffic to measure the performance of the network by measuring critical parameters for traffic passing Cisco IOS software devices and other network application servers.

A VoIP analytics & monitoring software helps in monitoring voice calls in a VoIP system for call usage tracking and performance analysis.

 

VNQM add-on needed

IT Workflow Automation

 

OpManager provides over 70 workflow checks and actions grouped under 9 different categories, including VMware ESX actions to construct a powerful workflow rule to suit your IT management needs. Just create workflows using the out-of-the-box checks and actions to the workflow builder and you are good to go.

 

Solarwinds Network Performance monitor (NPM) does not provide work-flow automation to compile processes and execute them based on schedules or other triggers.

Support for LINUX OS

 

OpManager runs on both Linux and Windows operating systems. Refer this page to see the list in detail.

 

Not available in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Server Monitoring

 

OpManager provides all the metrics to monitor servers. Some of the key metrics being Windows services monitoring, Server process monitoring, Windows event log monitoring, URL and website monitoring.

 

Only basic functionalities like CPU, memory disk, and ports can be managed is available in Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM).

DB server

 

OpManager comes with a free inbuilt PostGres DB. This helps to scale more devices than the SQL express DB.

 

Solarwinds needs Microsoft SQL server express as the DB server.

The drawback is it comes with a 1GB RAM/10GB DB limitation.

Integration with network configuration management tool

 

OpManager integrates data from various modules such as bandwidth monitoring, network configuration management, firewall management, IP address management, and switch port management and presents it in a single screen for greater visibility and quick troubleshooting.

 

Solarwinds NCM is not a part of its NPM and comes as a stand-alone tool only.

Customer reviews
OpManager - 10 Steps Ahead of the Competition - Network Services Manager
OpManager - Easy Implementation & Excellent Support - Team Lead
OpManager - Easy Implementation with a Feature Rich Catalogue - NOC Manager
OpManager - Great Network Monitoring Tool - CIO
OpManager - Simple Implementation & Easy to use - Principal Engineer

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