Cloud Monitoring Software Reviews- Best of 2016

IT Central Station users review the best server monitoring solutions of 2016

Cloud monitoring software enables professionals to monitor and successfully manage their applications hosted on the cloud. IT Central Station tech professionals rated several of these solutions based on usability, customer support, installation ease, compatibility, and more. Here are the top five cloud monitoring software vendors according to our community of 168,000+ tech experts.

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CA Unified Infrastructure Management

According to IT Central Station members, CA Unified Infrastructure Management delivers more than just cloud monitoring by allowing users to monitor their entire IT environment from one lightweight, powerful, and scalable software option. According to Craig Darnell, this software’s most valuable feature is “the ability to be able to pull data out of multiple data sources and surface it all into a single tool. Some of the other tools that we had were very limited, with UIM you can scrape virtually any data source.”

Room for Improvement

However, Aymen Touzi remarks, “Product stability and performance, especially in Linux environments needs to be improved.”

SevOne

SevOne offers digital infrastructure performance monitoring for various types of applications, devices, and environments. Carlos Reyes, an IT Central Station enterprise level expert, had this to say about SevOne: “It detects trends in metrics that prevent saturation, high temperatures in data centers, and provides visibility into the fantastic elements that help make the verification of real-time events.”

Room for Improvement

At the same time, Harish Kumar, a network engineer, found areas that needed improvement, as he mentions in his cloud monitoring software review: “I’d like to see a configuration management feature that lets me customize analyses and data points important to me at any specific time.”

Opsview Enterprise

Sysadmins within the IT Central Station community enjoy Opsview Enterprise for its highly customizable and straightforward comprehensiveness. Amir Heidari, a senior systems engineer, noted several benefits to this cloud monitoring software option including: “Easy setup hosts, easy configuring service checks, very easy-to-use interface, especially starting from v5 onwards, advanced tweaking possibilities, and netflow.”

Room for Improvement

Nonetheless, according to enterprise tech user Wayne Viljoen: “if it were to become more than a super monitoring tool, I would wish for an integrated CMDB and call-logging module to create a standalone integrated IT service management system out of it. It has the potential!”

ScienceLogic

ScienceLogic provides enterprise level techs with a customizable dashboard that can manage both cloud and on-premise environments simultaneously and under one software application. Nick Usherwood, another tech expert in the IT Central Station community, has this to say about ScienceLogic: “It enables us to monitor a diverse set of vendors…Now we’re able to resolve client problems not only before they have a problem but also when we have to troubleshoot we can look back in time and can get a picture of what was going on with the network to avoid repeat occurrences.”

Room for Improvement

Jeffrey Bailey found the following area lacking in ScienceLogic’s cloud monitoring software: “I would like to see an expansion of the API.”

If you’re interested in learning more about this and other similar solutions, read more in-depth cloud monitoring software peer reviews here.

LogicMonitor

LogicMonitor received high ratings from the IT Central Station enterprise community because of it’s efficient and flexible application management and end-to-end visibility for actionable metrics. Brandon Myers of our tech professional-based community mentioned the following valuable features of LogicMonitor: “It’s a platform that allows us to put custom business requirements into the system, so we are able to pull information out of databases or other business-proof applications, and present the data in a dashboard that is useful.”

Room for Improvement

Troy Muncy wants to see the following improvements in the future: “while the portal is wonderful for monitoring and alerting and the way the data is presented (easy to read, bright, etc.), it would be nice if the remote access function was more stable and, instead of it being a legacy add-on, it became part of the product suite.”

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Server Monitoring Solution Reviews- Best of 2016

IT Central Station users review the best server monitoring solutions of 2016.

Server monitoring solutions monitor your network for errors or slow components in your systems, notifying you of these issues for comprehensive network management. Our community has reviewed their server monitoring solutions throughout 2016 to help you pick the top server monitoring solution for your needs in 2017.

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CA Unified Infrastructure Management

CA Unified Infrastructure Management was ranked number one by our reviewers. Some of the valuable features of this server monitoring solution that users like Sharif Alghowail appreciate include:

  • The nimbus architecture
  • Scalability
  • Modular design
  • Product coverage
  • Ease of deployment

Room for Improvement

But Craig Darnell points out areas that require improvement like “continuing to mature the SNP collector and the network side of the tools they’re still not as strong as they need to be.”

SevOne

SevOne specializes in near real-time availability of raw data, virtual appliance installation, and the its ability tot separate and diagnose network issues. Ken O’Connor particularly likes features like capacity monitoring/reporting and graphing, netflow stats gathering, and infrastructure availability monitoring.

Room for Improvement

At the same time, Akash Tyagi would like to see application session tracking, improved virtual appliance scalability, and dashboard and report delivery.

Oracle Enterprise Manager

Oracle Enterprise Manager lets enterprise level professionals handle both on-premise and cloud-based IT within one single frame. IT Central Station users like Erik Benner appreciate this comprehensive approach, as he mentions in his review: “I think the neatest, most valuable feature of Enterprise Manager (OEM) is that single pane of glass for the whole stack, that it gives me as an admin the ability to look all the way up from my storage all the way up to the application tier.”

Room for Improvement

Still, Farooq Khalid notes: “Middleware (weblogic) has some bugs and crashes occur which should be fixed to make OEM more productive.”

Opsview Enterprise

Simply put by the IT Central Station tech experts, Opsview Enterprise makes it easier for sysadmins to do their jobs. This sentiment is found in numerous real user reviews, like the one from Joe Pothecary, where he says, “The system is very robust and very rarely breaks. It just sits there working, doing what’s expected. Very little maintenance is needed and the support is very good. I would say stability is the most valuable feature. I’m struggling to think of a time when it actually crashed or when we had a problem.”

Room for Improvement

Valentin Hobel does see room for improvement with the solution. For example, he says that “the API provided by Opsview is, compared to other monitoring solutions, not state of the art. It would be great to see that more efforts would be put into this part of the product. Furthermore I would love to see support for more database systems which are needed for storing configuration stuff and data.”

If you think Opsview Enterprise is a good solution for you, compare it to other options through these server monitoring software peer reviews.

ScienceLogic

Ranked number five according to the IT Central Station community, ScienceLogic is a solution intended to enhance the efficiency of businesses through constant network monitoring and reporting.

Arthur Panos writes: “Event creation, device relation building, and customization are excellent aspects of ScienceLogic for infrastructure and application monitoring. Dashboards are another excellent feature as that provides a visual representation to application owners and support teams.”

Room for Improvement

Jason Keck reports on a small area of improvement for ScienceLogic, and notes: “In many different areas of the product there are terminology inconsistencies, these inconsistencies are within the product and also within the IT world, these are definite area’s that need improvement; however with a little use they become second nature.”

See the full top 10 solutions for server monitoring software in 2016 and other tech solutions with peer reviews that you can trust on the IT Central Station website.

Storage Management Software Reviews- Best of 2016

Storage management software is crucial for keeping your entire network organized. These storage management solutions allow IT professionals to access and move information across data centers and virtual machines.

IT Central Station tech experts have reviewed their storage management solutions, and we you can see the five top-ranking storage management solutions according to our community. 

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NetApp OnCommand

NetApp OnCommand is a storage management solution that provides enterprise professionals with extensive management capabilities and clustered Data ONTAP.

Matej Kocmur, an IT administrator, notes: “The most valuable feature is the system manager itself. The system manager helps us to manage our NetApp server with a user-friendly GUI instead of a CLI, but sometimes we also need to use the CLI, because some features are not available in the GUI. Most often, we use it to create aggregates, storage virtual machines, volumes, shares (like CIFS and NFS), and also to present disks (from NetApp) on some other physical or virtual machine to perform several tests.”

Room for Improvement

However, Kocmur says NetApp OnCommand needs a more intuitive, browser-based GUI, storage virtual machine management, and built-in reports at enterprise level.

EMC VPLEX

EMC VPLEX storage management enables managers to access all information simultaneously and uninterrupted. According to IT Central Station user Mark Burgess, “VPLEX Metro is a storage virtualization appliance, that can simultaneously read/write to the same data across two data centres, consisting of Inter-cluster, host, and storage connectivity, Witness software, and 2 x FC switches per site.”

Room for Improvement

At the same time, Steven Johnston notes that VPLEX/VE supports VNXe and iSCSI only, a very limiting restriction.

Read more of this and other storage management software reviews.

CA Vantage Storage Resource Manager

A mainframe storage manager (MainframeStgMgr057) reviewed CA Vantage Storage Resource Manager saying “The most valuable features are recording, treading, and automation because they help me support the system. I have many systems and being able to find out information that I can use instantaneously is a big help. Doing my job with a click on a button — you can’t put price on that.”

Room for Improvement

On the other hand, Chakib El Warari says “ It is a work-in-progress product. As and when we find issues, we contact their support team and they are always quick to react. I would like the data on the mainframe side to be compressed and extended.”

CA 1 Tape Management

The purpose behind CA 1 Tape Management is to simplify and unify the management and protection of z/OS tape data sets and volumes. As per the mainframe storage manager from the IT Central Station community, “It lets me know where my data is, where my files are, and what tapes are used.CA 1 is our intake management system, and it’s just a one of the best products out there.”

Room for Improvement

That being said, this same manager notes “Sometimes it doesn’t detect all chaining errors and the reporting on them could be improved as well.”

CA Allocate DASD Space and Placement

The CA Allocate DASD Space and Placement solution provides an automated way of fixing data on the fly. Community user MainframeStgMgr057 had a lot to say about this storage management vendor including, “It’s a space recovery product that helps us fix problems before they happen so we work on them after running a job.”

Room for Improvement

Of course, every solution has room for improvement. This same enterprise professional mentions CA Allocate DASD Space and Placement software needs better ease of support. When problems are detected, “I don’t have to touch a file. I want just to update what I want to update and it does the update itself.”

Read more real user reviews from IT professionals on the top 10 storage management solutions of 2016 from the IT Central Station community.

 

User Provisioning Reviews – Best of 2016

What is user provisioning?

User provisioning software enables organizations with multiple platforms, applications, and systems to organize all the various data in the most cost- and time-efficient manner possible. A top ranked user provisioning vendor will provide a solution that is reliable as well as secure.

According to 2016 user provisioning reviews from enterprise level experts, these were the best solutions for streamlining access permissions, identity management, and other important provisioning metrics, and we expect them to continue to be top ranked solutions in 2017 as well.

User Provisioning Reviews from real users

User Provisioning Reviews from real users

Oracle Identity Manager

Oracle Identity Manager allows managers to control permissions easily with auto de-provisioning, user identity provisioning, and automated user setups. According to IT Central Station reviewers, some of the most convenient features of Oracle Identity Manager are:

  • Role and entitlement provisioning in target applications
  • Audits and reporting
  • Reconciliation

However, our reviewers also note that Oracle Identity Manager can be an overly-complex system, with a limited range of DIY functionality.

CA Identity Manager

According to users in our community, CA Identity Manager improves productivity and minimizes manual tasks involved in managing identity and access within your system. Scalable, flexible, and highly functional, Benefits to this software as noted by our enterprise tech community include:

  • Biometric identification
  • Easy installation, setup, and configuration
  • Automation of frequent manual tasks like email approvals and general maintenance

Based on IT Central Station user reviews, the ability to assign multiple roles to one client would greatly improve the CA Identity Manager.

CyberArk Privileged Account Security

CyberArk Privileged Account Security has convenient features like account discovery, auditing, and bulk account loading. Other notable features discussed by the tech professionals in our community include:

  • Password vault that allows managers to control privileged accounts
  • PSM (Private Sessions Manager)
  • Automated Central Policy Manager

Currently, the DSN can’t scan Unix machines. IT Central Station users would like to see this in future versions.

SailPoint IdentityIQ

SailPoint IdentityIQ is a well-rounded user provisioning software that gives users an easy way to manage passwords, accounts, analytics, and of course, user provisions. Some of the top features rated by ITCS members include:

  • Provisioning broker so you can use your own third-party provisioning tool or the built-in engine
  • Hierarchical RBAC and flexible provisioning protocols
  • Java technologies that are standard usage (so it’s very user friendly)

That being said, our community would also like to see the implementation of organizational structure support and more flexibility in the partnership program from SailPoint IdentityIQ.

IBM Tivoli Access Manager

According to the tech professionals in the IT Central Station community, some of IBM Tivoli Access Manager’s most impressive features include:

  • Reverse proxy-based architecture
  • SSO capabilities over many different types of technologies
  • Smooth scalability and integration

On the other hand, our users noted that IBM Tivoli Access Manager needs an update to be more easily integrated with current technologies like AJAX and REST.

Read more user provisioning reviews on IT Central Station. 

Project Management Software Reviews – Best of 2016

What is project management software?

Project management software helps organizations look at each aspect of a specific project to allow for the most comprehensive and efficient application of all resources available.

Finding a good project management software solution can take a tremendous strain off of your organization, maximizing assets and helping your business run smoother. IT Central Station users reviewed these tools to help you find the best that the industry has to offer. Here are project management software reviews for the best solutions of 2016 according to our community.

Project Management Software Reviews from real users

Project Management Software Reviews from real users

 

JIRA

IT Central Station users rank JIRA as a top project management software because of its incredible scalability. Whether you are running a business with just a handful of employees or are the head of a multi-billion dollar corporation, JIRA can provide efficiency, insight, and assistance with:

  • Knowledgeable technical account managers
  • Premium support that gets to the root problem quickly
  • Backlog prioritization

Our community members point out that JIRA could improve their collaboration platform so TAMs and customers can work together on one system.

Quickbase

QuickBase is the preferred choice of project management software for many of our enterprise tech users. Bringing multiple platforms together under one system allows for easy referencing and implementation of a single standard, which creates a more cohesive and comprehensive workflow all around. Our community notes the following QuickBase highlights:

  • Flexibility in features and rules
  • Unlimited options for operations and sales
  • Data sharing made easy

Our users state that they’d also like to see an updated version of QuickBase that features a more customizable UI.

Wrike

The tech professionals in our community rank Wrike as one of the top project management software, pointing out that it provides both online collaboration and project management for users on many levels. Team members can easily communicate, share ideas, and view changes all within a single system, making collaboration and project management smarter and more efficient. Wrike also affords employees:

  • Duplicate task feature (as well as other highly customizable features and dashboards)
  • Fast, easy, and uncomplicated task assignment
  • Subtasks assignments

On the downside, our community discusses how Wrike doesn’t implement a budget/time management projection for projects within the tool, and that this would be a great improvement for future versions.

CA PPM

Among one of the best project management software reviews, CA PPM has won top marks among our enterprise tech users. Organizing health reports and other important metrics into one dashboard, managing resources across projects, and keeping portfolios clear and under control is what CA PPM excels at, and that’s why reviewers have chosen this as one of the best. Other features include:

  • Financial management with standardized methods and clear resource availability/allocation
  • Solid API for smooth integration
  • Invaluable user community feedback

CA PPM would be an even better tool, according to our users, if it could implement some sort of projection analytics based on the data stored and include more configurable timesheets.

Workfront

Workfront is another highly ranked project management software vendor that delivers a lot for businesses looking to organize the workflow and task management within their organizations. Top Workfront features according to our community include:

  • Updating your status to keep all team members apprised of where a project is holding
  • Managing workflow efficiently with streamlining and incident management
  • Approving workflow, customize tasks, and utilize time reporting

However, our professionals also agree that Workfront needs work on their reports, calendars, and HTML usage.

Business managers looking for reliable project management software reviews will find just that at IT Central Station. With IT professionals providing real feedback on these products, you can get to know all the ins and outs of a software before you purchase. Find the best project management software for your business in 2017 now!

Authentication Systems Reviews – Best of 2016

What are authentication systems?

The best enterprise authentication systems will provide secure access to various areas of a network while ensuring that unauthorized individuals remain barred from entry. IT Central Station has real user authentication systems reviews written by enterprise technology professionals with experience and expertise in the field.

You can read authentication systems reviews on IT Central Station for top ranked solutions, to help you decide about investing in a new authentication system in 2017.

Authentication Systems Reviews from real users

Authentication Systems Reviews from real users

Symantec VIP

Symantec VIP provides users with a strong authentication system that can easily be accessed remotely and from a variety of devices. Using a four-digit pin and a 30-second regenerated token system, Symantec VIP allows access from iPads, smartphones, and other remote location devices. Some of this system’s strong points, according to our community, include:

  • Easy integration into an existing authentication system
  • Straightforward end user acceptance
  • Quick and simple remote login

However, some ITCS product reviewers said that Symantec VIP needed to be more user friendly during the installation process. VIP manager authentication also needs to be run through LDAP or AD for a more thorough process.

RSA Authentication Manager

RSA authentication manager is the platform that runs behind the scenes of the RSA Authentication Manager software. It’s main functionality is that it allows for a more centralized experience, so users can access the software from a variety of locations and devices with one localized manager.

Managers looking for a quality authentication system will find the following advantages of  choosing RSA Authentication Manager:

  • Flexible administrative roles
  • Full scalability (even to millions of users)
  • Hard and soft tokens for various security situations

One improvement users would like to see is better reporting sent via email to boost efficiency.

RSA SecurID

RSA SecurID is an authentication system that is widely used across the world, servicing thousands of companies across industries. In addition to the standard VPN service, SecurID offers BYOD, mobile, and cloud-based security options. Other benefits according to our users include:

  • Easy, secure access to networks
  • Streamlined authentication process with soft tokens
  • Random token generation

At the same time, our community notes that SecurID would do well to make a more secure self-provisioning option and allow for more flexibility in the installation process (not limiting it to merely virtual Linux environments).

CA Advanced Authentication

Noted by our users as one of the most cost-effective authentication systems on the market, CA Advanced Authentication gives users the ability to collect data and assess risk based on various factors without being obtrusive. Users note that the system secures password and network access using a variety of security features including:

  • Device fingerprinting
  • Protection against brute force attacks
  • Wide range of authentication methods including soft tokens, two-step authentication, and others.

One major flaw in the CA authentication system according to the IT Central Station community is the way the user IDs are stored. Set up as a cookie, IDs are often erased, making the setup process cumbersome. This needs to be addressed.

Gemalto Protiva

Protiva is based on Gemalto’s smart card technology, making it one of the stronger authentication systems vendors out there. Users note that features they like include having the flexibility to implement several security features like:

  • OTP
  • Biometric authentication
  • Smart card technology

Users can also appreciate the full Microsoft native support that comes with Protiva. This system does come with a big price tag, though many customers affirm that it is worth the investment.

Read more authentication systems reviews on IT Central Station.

Network Management Applications Reviews – Best of 2016

What are network management applications?

In the network management model, a network management application (NMA) is the software that sits on the network management station (NMS) and retrieves data from management agents (MAs) for the purpose of monitoring and controlling various devices on the network. Network management applications are the brain behind your entire network management system, so you need to make sure you invest in a reliable one.

With 180,000+ professionals in the IT Central Station community, we’ve gathered network management applications reviews for the top solutions of 2016. Users discuss what they love about the top network management applications, where they see room for improvement, and discuss the stability and scalability of the major solutions in the field.

Network Management Applications Reviews from real users

Network Management Applications Reviews from real users

CA Spectrum

Topping the charts of network management applications product reviews, CA Spectrum leads in views and comparisons according to the IT Central Station community. Some of the most valuable features of this version according to our users include:

  • Detailed view of root causes for any unavailability within applications, servers, or networks
  • Fully customizable features
  • REST API for simple automation of everyday tasks including installation, adding users, and server allocation

Users also noted areas where they saw room for improvement, including utilizing more user-friendly code, offering more consistency across IM products, and better alarm management.

HPE Network Node Manager

The HPE Network Node Manager is known for its seamless scalability regardless of company size and its thorough reports and in-depth metrics. Additionally, managers can expect to find these features with HPE:

  • Easy integration with other tools
  • Clearly defined mapping of network topology
  • Clean, user-friendly graphic user interface

Some ways users felt HPE could make this product even better include offering better documentation, improved router management protocol, and smoother/more comprehensive configuration and setup.

CA eHealth

CA eHealth is an all-inclusive solution for your IT infrastructure, analyzing the most important metrics for real-time performance analytics. According to the most recent network management application peer reviews, users choose CA eHealth as a solution for many reasons, including:

  • Stability of the system
  • Robust data network
  • Intuitive navigation

On the downside, reviewers noted the software’s need for more robust reporting options, an easier HD authentication connection process, and more detailed reporting.

HPE Network Automation

According to network management applications peer reviews, HPE Network Automation is another good choice for your business. It’s an easy solution for automation, providing a consistent, stable, and comprehensive system that makes tedious and time-consuming tasks run routinely. IT Central Station reviewers appreciated these features in HPE Network Automation:

  • Auto-archiving for all network device contributions
  • Conscientious policy cross-referencing
  • Secure and fast device configuration

IT Central Station members would improve upon this product by including an FTP server, simplifying the customization stage after initial setup, and fixing minor software glitches.

BMC Patrol

Our experts also had plenty of positive network management applications reviews for BMC Patrol. Not only will this software allow you as a manager to have more control over the entire network via proactive event management, but reviewers also noted:

  • Smart and real-time alerts via database lining
  • Lighter on CPU and memory
  • Impressive monitoring and analyzing performance

Future changes users would like to see in BMC Patrol include a more unified monitoring framework for Patrol and BPPM, improved integration of those softwares, and better scalability.

See the full top 10 network management applications solutions on IT Central Station, with real user reviews here.

IT Central Station Wins Deloitte’s Fast 50 Rising Star Award

We are delighted to have been awarded Deloitte’s prestigious Fast 50 Rising Star Award for 2016. The Rising Star selection is part of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 competition and is awarded to young startups that have the fastest growing revenues.

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Here at IT Central Station our mission is to be the #1 most influential source in the enterprise technology buying process, a $3 trillion annual market.

Reviews and user generated content have a major impact on the B2B tech market. IT Central Station’s dramatic growth since its launch has proven that many buyers want to complement, or replace, the advice from traditional players such as analyst firms, traditional tech media, and independent consultants, with user generated content from their peers. 93% of B2B buyers say that reviews and analysis drive their major purchasing decisions – many of whom have turned to IT Central Station.

IT Central Station now has over 180,000+ tech professionals in our community, and is one of the most trusted online resources for tech decision makers. Read more about our Deloitte’s Fast 50 award here.

What real users are saying about their Oracle solutions

Oracle OpenWorld is happening this week in San Francisco, and Oracle will be announcing new innovations and solutions in the coming days. But what do real users think about Oracle solutions? All this week the IT Central Station team will be at OpenWorld, collecting and showcasing real user reviews for Oracle solutions across all categories.

IT Central Station attends technology events and conferences all over the world to collect authentic user reviews for a wide variety of enterprise technology solutions. By collecting reviews from technology conferences we guarantee user reviews that are from experts in the field, and who can give other users real insight into the solution’s pros and cons. We also collect video reviews from these conferences, to give face-to-face accounts of how technology professionals use a given solution.

What do real users think about Oracle Exadata?

Consultant says, “It’s cost-effective for a lot of organizations. I would rate highly some of the specialized mechanisms that Oracle has put in place. Adaptability is a little bit challenging for the customer because of the licensing and the pricing. That’s where I think they can make a big difference.” 

What do real users think about Oracle OBIEE?

BI Architect, “It’s now much easier for our developers to mash up their repositories from different data sources, create new dashboards, create graphs, and send emails via agents.Oracle needs to make WebLogic much simpler to use. With WebLogic you have a vast number of things in there. If you’re not an OBIEE admin, then you don’t know what you’re doing.”

What do real users think about Oracle Database?

Senior Project Manager, “One of the new features I’ve been using lately is the In-Memory Column Store.”

What are real users saying about Oracle VM VirtualBox?

ERP System Analyst,  “Using a virtual operating system simplifies the installation procedure, system maintenance, and system backup. It allows you to be hardware independent.”

What are real users saying about Mobile Application Framework?

CTO at a tech company says it, “allows me to write code in my preferred coding language and deploy to multiple platforms.”

If you are at Oracle OpenWorld, stop by the IT Central Station Enterprise Tech Peer Review Pavilion to say hi and give a review. You can also real more real user reviews for Oracle solutions at www.ITCentralStation.com.