4.2 out of 5 (14 Ratings)

14 Verified Reviews

System Center Operations Manager

Good product for Microsoft-centric technology, but lacks finish for non-MS technology

Does a good job monitoring, can be very granular and configurable, but lacks some basic key features such as auditability. EAse of use and configuration is not particularly easy. some performance issues, and requires a fairly large infrastructure footprint.

System Center Operations Manager

SCOM is a key operations management component

Vendor is responsive enough once the relationship is established. Can be clumsy up to that point.

Microsoft Visual Studio Application Insights

Simplify Performance Monitoring Across Global Teams

Providing a consistent monitoring interface for .NET application development across two different off-shore teams simplified the overall monitoring problem. Prior attempts with systems such as AppDynamics didn't provide enough of a roadmap for off-shore teams to follow without constant guidance.

Microsoft Visual Studio Application Insights

Using it with other Microsoft Cloud offerings is ideal

Overall, we found Application Insights easy to configure/maange (especially since it's been official integrated as part of the Microsoft Azure portal). Right off the bat, the canned metrics give a good feel of what Application Insights has the potential to offer, and the capacity to create your own metrics was pretty intuitive for our development teams. One of the biggest perks is how seamlessly it integrates with other Microsoft Cloud-Based (primarily Azure) products. It takes just a few minutes to configure an applicaiton insights instance to continuously export of blob storage and build reporting/dashboards for that blob storage in Power BI. Very handy. The only consistent "downside" I hear from my development teams is that they wished Application Insights offered a data-storage extension option. To hold more data for larger periods of time.

Microsoft Visual Studio Application Insights

Quick win for performance and error tracking with minimal setup

Installation in existing MVC web applications was a breeze with minimal steps to get up and going locally and minimal steps to start sending telemtry to the cloud. The level of gathered information is great for a macro view but also great to troubleshoot individual issues (can search by username and see everything that happened in their session, including what they were doing leading up to any issues). This sort of information is a big win for us because we never had this before and to add our implementation of something to this scale would have taken many hours to implement.

Microsoft Visual Studio Application Insights

Overall good features and easy to get up and running. Azure platform support is lacking.

Application Insights is easy to install and begins collecting useful statistical information right out of the box. Additionally, the ability to create custom counters/metrics is very useful in monitoring customer usage. The biggest issues I've had with this service is due to the fact that it is tied to the Azure platform. We have had a lot of issues with Azure authentication and authorization. Azure support is not very helpful and has failed to resolve our issue. Also disappointed that after initially supporting mobile, Microsoft has decided to deprecate the mobile portion of Application Insights in favor of HockeyApp.

Microsoft Visual Studio Application Insights

Valuable tool for debugging and finding performance issues

Little bit of a steep learning curve and clunky at times, but is full detailed information. Great for us as we have a nested web of web calls from many different systems for figuring out how everything is connected in a very mature code base. Also was critical in helping us debug and set up external authentication with our companies clients. Also allows us to examine our resources better that our many web services are using, in order to figure out performance bottlenecks throughout our greater company architecture Very valuble information can be obtained from it.

System Center Global Service Monitor, System Center Operations Manager

Satisfactory but dislike lacking the features for Linux and other Unix environments

Satisfactory but dislike lacking the features for Linux and other Unix environments (specially non-Intel based)

System Center Operations Manager

Make no mistake, this is a framework. You will get out of it what you put into it.

The initial implementation was fairly straightforward. Tuning and testing are where the real work is required. You can't just install a bunch of management packs and walk away. For this product to be effective in your organization, you must customize the management packs to fit your environment and sometimes create your own monitors where no MPs are avaiable. If you want alerts to be meaningful, then you have to treat each alert as either an actual issue or an opportunity to fine-tune the rule/monitor. If you just "ignore" alerts that are transient or not indicative of a problem, you weaken the whole system and those who use it. I recommend starting off with only a basic up/down monitor for each server/service in your organization and then slowly bring in MPs and monitors as the business needs are identified.

Microsoft Visual Studio Application Insights

Tight integration with Azure PaaS provides solid monitoring and analytics with minimal development effort.

We really like the product and how well it is integrated into Azure. The Analytics query language and graph generation is very good. Integration with PowerBI was an added plus. Our biggest challenge is that we were an early adopter and started using the service while it ws still in preview so many things changed/improved while we were using. The benefit of this was that Microsoft was very responsive to our feedback and introduced/prioritized enhancements based on our needs.