Technology Review: DAMEWARE REMOTE SUPPORT V11.0.0

This is an independent review of Dameware Remote Support.

AT A GLANCE

DameWareLogo-FamilyA global leader in the market of service automation software and remote management, SolarWinds mission is to provide purpose-built products designed to make IT professional’s jobs easier.

This review takes a look at the core capabilities, the route to market, competitive strengths and weaknesses, product development roadmap and market reach of DameWare Remote Support, which was released in June 2014.

Available as an on-premise solution, DameWare Remote Support (DRS) is a set of systems administration tools that allow for advanced management and secure remote connections to computers outside of the firewall allowing IT professionals to access a number of operations via remote systems.

SUMMARY OF KEY FINDINGS

Strengths

Weaknesses

Yes Easy installation and deployment No  Remote Support Console looks dated
Yes Good value for money No  Limited support options
Yes Solid out-of-the box-functionality

PRIMARY MARKET FOCUS

Added to the company portfolio in late 2011 and encompassing a broad range of industries and sizes of organization, DameWare Remote Support has been sold to approximately 65,000 organisations since its inception.

50% of DameWare Remote Support customers are currently based in North America with 40% based in EMEA and a further 10% based in APAC and LATAM.

With several products that fit into the system management space, namely SolarWinds Web Helpdesk, Server and Application Manager, and Patch Manager, SolarWinds appears to be well on its way to providing a solution for every IT service.

ANALYSIS

Remote administration is an area that most of us are familiar with having at one time or another been on the receiving end of the “weird floating mouse” that makes your PC look like it has been inhabited by ghosts, when in actual fact a very clever person in some place far, far away (i.e. in a remote location) is investigating or fixing whatever issue your technology is experiencing.

With the increasing complexity of working environments, and with many users not only working from different locations but also on many different types of device (both inside and outside of the company firewall), IT organisations are challenged to find a remote support tool to help support the needs of an ever-evolving IT and business environment.

Enter DameWare Remote Support from SolarWinds.

As a self-hosted solution, DRS permits organisations to control data passed between computers during remote control sessions without the need for a third party gateway, giving organisations the security they need to support regardless of location.

In The ITSM Review’s opinion, DRS is a comprehensive tool that includes not just remote assistance but also: DameWare Server Admin Console, Exporter Tool and Dameware Mobile Gateway.

Mini Remote Control (MRC) is the remote assistance part of the solution that provides the ability to view and control users desktops, assisting the troubleshooting process.
troubleshooting-process
Advantages to using MRC rather than Remote Assistance or Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) are:

  • Provides the ability to hold multiple active sessions allows multiple users to connect to the same remote session
  • Provides additional troubleshooting tools such as Ping, traceroute etc.
  • Provides the ability to save frequently used connections together with login credentials
  • Offers the ability to drop files on remote machines with only a few clicks
  • Allows you to send “wake-up packets” making it easier to manage machines that are power management-enabled
  • Contains built-in Chat features
  • Provides the ability to capture screenshots making it easier to document troubleshooting or record settings

Additional features available within DRS include:

  • DameWare Central Server and Administration Console, which allows organisations to manage DameWare users and permissions including control and activation of DRS and Mini Remote Control licences. Also allowing users to create and share a global host list and view current internet and mobile sessions
  • DameWare Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets, which allows organisations to remotely control and troubleshoot Windows computers
  • Ability to perform Windows administration tasks remotely without having to initiate a full remote control session.  These tasks include: restarting services and processes; viewing and clearing event logs, discs, share and peripheral management; registry editing and system performance monitoring
  • Management of multiple Active Directory (AD) domains including: user account unlocking and password resets; adding users to distribution and security groups; OU management; Group Policy editing and updating AD extended attributes
  • Remote support of computers on any operating system via Intel vPro AMT, allowing organisations to control them remotely with the AMT KVM Viewer – wake sleeping or hibernating computers, restart crashed computers and change BIOS settings of remote computers
  • Exporting of AD objects and Windows Configurations in bulk to CSV or XML formats

With advanced and well integrated software suites within almost every aspect of IT Management, we believe that SolarWinds are clearly going for some kind of world domination in this area and will soon have a solution to cover every imaginable scenario in your IT environment.

With experience of using at least five different remote support tools we believe we have a good grasp on what works and what doesn’t work for customers in this area.  Asking a customer for their IP address is always a bit hit-and-miss due to technical abilities (as well as the ability to listen and follow instruction) and asking them to type a long address into a browser followed by a hexadecimal key code should probably be in a “What not to do on a Service Desk” 101 guide.

What we particularly like about DRS is that even though it has every tool imaginable for you to use as part of the product, such as chat and remote command, it still seems remarkably straightforward to use, especially for those with a limited knowledge of these types of technologies who want to be able to do the minimum amount possible to enable a connection to their PC.

Furthermore, when you’re the one providing the support you likely want to be able do it with as fewer amount of steps as possible in a single service transaction, which is why we think tools within the DRS solution like Ping are particularly handy.  Allowing you to Ping a potential host before attempting a full connection and discovering it is not connected to the network ensures that you’re not wasting your time

DameWare Remote Support is full of little tools such as Ping, creating what is in effect a remote support swiss army knife.

ping-tool

One of our key issues with DRS is its User Interface (UI). Whilst we understand the concept behind the saying “if it aint broke, don’t fix it”, in our opinion the solution looks like something out of the 1990’s and positively pre-historic in comparison to other remote support tools in the market. Whilst we strongly believe that the solution provides all the functionality you could possibly need from a remote support tool, we wouldn’t be surprised if prospective customers were turned off by the look of the solution.

In stark contrast, the DameWare Server Admin Console looks modern and is much more in keeping with the look and feel of other SolarWinds tools. Our suggestion for improvement would be to overhaul the UI, but to ensure that this doesn’t impact the functionality or intuitiveness of the solution.

A further potential area for improvement is in support, which is an area that we found to be slightly puzzling. There appears to be no telephone support for DameWare Remote Support, just email, which is only manned Monday to Friday 9-5 CST. Help is however available from within the tool with alternative access to Thwack for crowd-sourced knowledge. That said, we do believe that the solution works very effectively and feel it would be unlikely that a customer would ever require a high level of support.

For companies that only require the above capabilities listed, it is worth noting that MRC is also available as a separate, standalone product.

mrc

KEY CAPABILITIES

The table below shows the key capabilities of SolarWinds DRS

General
  • Initiate MRC, RDP or Virtual Network Computing (VNC) sessions
  • Share screens
  • Initiate secure remote troubleshooting sessions
  • Transfer files during remote sessions
  • Manage group policy objects
  • Access functions such as command prompt, system performance etc. without the need to remotely connect
  • Bulk export of Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
  • Chat with user
  • Remotely control Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux computers
  • Remote access for outside-of-firewall Windows machines
  • Mobile remote desktop from iOS and Android devices
  • Flexible deployment options
  • Remote Windows administration tools
  • Export AD objects and Windows configs
  • Support for Intel vPro – remote troubleshooting for out-of-band computers
  • Mobile app for troubleshooting anywhere
Active Directory
  • Unlock user accounts
  • Reset passwords
  • Update names and addresses
  • Create, amend and disable accounts
  • Setup Exchange mailboxes
  • Ability to manage multiple domains
  • Export AD information
Windows Server
  • Reboot after update
  • Troubleshoot slow running servers using Performance Monitor
  • Manage data file storage
  • Review eventlogs for suspicious activity

GO-TO-MARKET STRATEGY

Founded in 1999 SolarWinds has grown year on year and provides over 50 IT management tools in its portfolio.

SolarWinds sells its products through an inside sales model and through channel partners all over the world.  Rather than involve consultants, potential DRS customers are encouraged to self evaluate for a period of 14 days and visit the user community, Thwack, to witness the sharing and support that takes place.

With a good solid grounding in the network, systems and application management arena, we believe that DRS is yet another very comprehensive offerring from SolarWinds. It is now estimated that that the average user deploys 2.5 of the main products from SolarWinds.

DameWare Remote Support is licensed per user/technician in a perpetual licensing model, which is scaled down as users are added.Prices start at $349 per licence and scale down to $270 per licence for larger deployments.

Business Partner Summary

Key Business Partners
  • RamgeSoft

Market Penetration

Number of customers on maintenance 21,000+
Typical Customer
  • Large businesses
  • Based in North America

IMPLEMENTATION

Typical Installation

Installation of DRS appears to be fast and straightforward, with stand-alone mode taking up to 10 minutes install, with time to set up for centralized mode dependant upon the number of users. DRS can be implemented/deployed using only internal staff. SolarWinds does not offer deployment services.

Full installation requirements (please note this is not the case for evaluation installations):

Software Requirements
Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, 7 or 8
  • Windows NT 4.0 w/Service Pack 1 or greater (including Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, Windows 7, or Windows 8) and Windows Server 2012
Exchange
  • Exchange 2000/2003 support is provided in version 4.x and above within DRS AD Object Views (AD Users & Computers, AD Users container, etc.), and does not require Microsoft’s Exchange Admin Tools.
Active Directory
  • DameWare Remote Support Active Directory functionality is only supported on machines running Windows 2000 and above. However, even though it is not directly supported, many of the DRS AD features will still work on machines running Windows NT4 SP-6a, provided you also install Microsoft’s AD Client Extensions (DSClient.exe) for Windows NT4.
  • For more information about Microsoft’s AD Client Extensions, please refer to Microsoft’s website.
  • AD Client Extensions for Windows 95/98 and Windows NT 4.0:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/server/evaluation/news/bulletins/adextension.asp

CDM Control
  • “This version of DRS requires a newer version of COMCTL32.DLL (Version 4.71 or later) than what is installed on this machine (Version x.xx). A newer version of this DLL can be obtained from Microsoft and is shipped with NT SP4 and IE 4.x or higher.”

When this message is encountered, DRS will still function however, it is recommended that the COMCTL32.DLL file be revised to a later version. This file is not re-distributable by third party software developers but you can download and install it directly from Microsoft.

An installation wizard takes the user through installation step by step in a very straightforward manner. Full instructions for installation can be found here.

Time to Value

In our opinion, the short time required to install DRS together with its ease of use, scalability and minimal manpower costs for deployment suggests a rapid Return On Investment (ROI).

Resources Required

DRS requires minimal resources due to install with upgrades requiring little to no action.

Scalability

DRS is infinitely scalable with licences sold per analyst with an unlimited number of supported PC’s.

 

scalability

PRODUCT ROADMAP

Based on the information provided, the next major functional enhancement from SolarWinds will be unattended remote access to outside-of-firewall computers.  No date has yet been provided for the release of this enhancement.

PRODUCT PORTFOLIO

Network Management

  • Network Performance Monitor
  • Network Bandwidth Analyzer Pack
  • NetFlow Traffic Analyzer
  • Network Configuration Manager
  • IP Address Manager
  • User Device Tracker
  • VoIP & Network Quality Manager
  • Engineer’s Toolset
  • Network Topology Manager
  • Kiwi CatTools

System Management

  • Server & Application Monitor
  • Virtualization Manager
  • Storage Manager
  • Web Performance Monitor
  • Web Help Desk
  • Patch Manager
  • DameWare Remote Support
  • DameWare Mini Remote Control
  • Kiwi Syslog Server
  • Kiwi Log Viewer
  • Mobile Admin

Security, Information and Event Management

  • Log & Event Manager
  • Firewall Security Manager
  • Serv-U Managed File Transfer Server

Database Management

  • Database Performance Analyzer for SQL Server
  • Database Performance Analyzer for Oracle
  • Database Performance Analyzer for DB2
  • Database Performance Analyzer for Sybase

COVERAGE

Head Office Austin, Texas
Regional Offices Czech Republic, Ireland, Singapore, Utah, Australia, Philippines, Colorado,Canada
Partner Representation RamgeSoft – Germany

FURTHER RESOURCES

Company Information

Named as Forbes Best Small Company in America in 2012, SolarWinds provides a wealth of network and system management tools including over 30 free offerings.

SolarWinds products are grouped into the following categories:

  • Network Management
  • System Management
  • Security, Information and Event Management
  • Database Management

The company has headquarters in Austin, Texas and operates out of a growing number of worldwide regional offices (eight at the time of writing).

SolarWinds community, Thwack, has over 125,000 users worldwide who collaborate and share knowledge specific to SolarWinds products.  As a result with little searching you can find a Knowledge Base article or forum post with the answer to almost any question you may have.

CONTACT DETAILS

SolarWinds Contact Details

Head Office Austin, Texas
Regional Offices
  • Brno, Czech Republic
  • Cork, Ireland
  • Singapore
  • Lehi, Utah
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Manilla, Philippines
  • Boulder, Colorado,
  • Ottawa, Canada

SUMMARY

In our opinion, DRS is a good fit for all size IT organisations across any industry.

Strengths

Weaknesses

Yes Easy installation and deployment No  Remote Support Console looks dated
Yes Good value for money No  Limited support options
Yes Solid out-of-the box functionality

Disclaimer, Scope and Limitations

The information contained in this review is based on sources and information believed to be accurate as of the time it was created.  Therefore, the completeness and current accuracy of the information provided cannot be guaranteed.  Readers should therefore use the contents of this review as a general guideline, and not as the ultimate source of truth.

Similarly, this review is not based on rigorous and exhaustive technical study.  The ITSM Review recommends that readers complete a thorough live evaluation before investing in technology.

This is a paid review, that is, the vendors included in this review paid to participate in exchange for all results and analysis being published free of charge, without registration.

For further information, please read our Disclosure page.

Technology Review: Solarwinds Web Help Desk (WHD) V 12.1

solarwinds-inc-logoThis is an independent review of Solarwinds Web Help Desk, reviewed in March 2014.

AT A GLANCE

A global leader in the market of service automation software and remote management
SolarWinds mission is to provide purpose-built products designed to make IT professional’s jobs easier.

This review takes a look at the core capabilities, the route to market, competitive strengths and weaknesses, product development roadmap and market reach of SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD) V 12.1, which was released in January 2014.

Available as both self-hosted and SaaS (through their partner Loop1) SolarWinds WHD has an intuitive browser-based user interface with customizable forms, easy to create rule-based workflow and integration with many network and application management tools.

SUMMARY OF KEY FINDINGS

Strengths

Weaknesses

Easy installation and deployment  Separate Change Management area needed
Consistent look and feel with other SolarWinds products   No Release Management
Easy scalability   No graphical representation of asset relationships
125,000 strong user community   No Service Catalog

PRIMARY MARKET FOCUS

Although encompassing a broad range of industries and sizes of organization, SolarWinds WHD is popular in the Education sector and with SMB’s.

70% of SolarWinds customers are currently based in North America but purchase is being made in both EMEA & APAC.

With several products that fit into the ITSM space, namely Dameware Remote Support, Patch Manager and Mobile Admin, SolarWinds are now actively promoting these together and plan to offer bundled sales packages.

ANALYSIS

Named as Forbes Best Small Company in America in 2012, SolarWinds provides a wealth of network and system management tools including over 30 free offerings.

In 2012 SolarWinds made the logical move to add a ticketing tool to their product portfolio by procuring Web Help Desk, at the time their seventh acquisition since 2011.

Products are grouped into the following categories:

  • Application and Server Management
  • Log and Security Information Management
  • IT Alert and On Call Management
  • Network Management
  • IT Help Desk
  • Virtualization Management
  • Storage Management
  • Database Management
  • File Transfer

The company has headquarters in Austin, Texas and operates out of a growing number of worldwide regional offices (eight at the time of writing).

SolarWinds community, Thwack, has over 125,000 users worldwide who collaborate and share.  As a result with a little searching you can find a Knowledge Base article or forum post with the answer to almost any question you may have.

With advanced and well integrated suites within almost every aspect of IT Management this competitive differentiator means that they are a good fit for network support heavy IT Departments wanting to track tickets and assets with the minimum of fuss.

Fully customizable forms make fitting the tool around your processes much easier than with some others.  It’s surprisingly easy to define complex rule-based workflow meaning that no matter how obscure some of your processes are, with careful consideration and time spent on Thwack you’re sure to find a way.

Native asset discovery and integration with 3rd party software platforms for asset discover and asset management.  This together with the Parts area of the tool which helps to catalogue spares such as keyboards, mice, etc. should help to ensure that even the most controlling of Asset Managers are happy.

Most current competitors offer some kind of integration to third party discovery/event management tools but not to the extent or with the ease of SolarWinds WHD and are often accompanied by extended consulting engagements. With the right marketing SolarWinds with their cost effective tool and highly integratable portfolio should climb the ITSM tool vendor ladder swiftly.

The Self Service portal along with the Tech area contains a reservation desk to check in or out assets and warranty and lease alerts are configurable to ensure vendor maintenance contracts are maintained.

SolarWinds WHD has the ability to easily scale to the largest of organisations whilst still maintaining the ease-of-deployment and use that has made SolarWinds among the most popular vendors for the mid-market.

SolarWinds WHD is an excellent entry nearing mid-range Service Desk tool.  However with the development of Change Management/Release Management this would raise the profile of the tool considerably.

Like Asset Management, Change Management is not an area usually dealt with by the Service Desk Analysts and as such I believe it warrants it’s own area separate from tickets.  A dedicated Change calendar would also be useful with the ability to set blackout schedules.  This combined with some degree of Release Management, even if basic, would open SolarWinds to a much larger audience.

SolarWinds face the challenge of educating the market of their new capabilities in ITSM in a market crowded with competitors. However, they face these challenges with an already huge existing user base and from a position of proven track record in the IT Management sector.

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KEY CAPABILITIES

The table below shows the key capabilities of SolarWinds WHD

Tickets
  • Eases migration by importing tickets from legacy ticket systems
  • Enables configuration of multiple tiers and groups of IT staff and assignment of triage and escalation tasks to tiers and groups
  • Includes easily-customizable and dynamic ticket forms with unlimited custom fields
  • Simplifies ticket organization by allowing linking of unlimited incident tickets to a single problem
  • Dynamically routes and assigns help desk tickets to a specific technician or group of technicians
  • Each ticket’s processing sequence is time stamped and user tagged, including system updates and automation decisions
  • Automates load balancing of ticket assignment

 

Asset Management
  • Easy to build parent/child relationships between assets
  • Shows software licensing distributions across network, including how many license keys of a particular software are in the field versus ready for assignment
  • Calculates warranty and lease end dates based on purchase order information
  • Tracks by asset type, status, location, manufacturer and model
  • Enables you to manage who uses what by associating an end user with a specific asset or group of assets
  • Associates end-users to service requests or incident tickets with a specific asset or group of assets
  • Provides a running history of all service requests for a given asset
  • Allows end users to select their current location and then provides a list of all assets in that specific location for easy asset identification
  • Asset discovery data from any source can be scheduled to import regularly or on-demand
  • Includes a Reservation Center that allows end users to request a designated check-out time and date range for a specific asset
  • An overdue alert system easily identifies lost or stolen inventory

 

Change Management
  • Enables association of service request types with approval and change processes
  • Approvers can approve or deny directly from email or via the web interface
  • Supports individual voting and voting by panel
  • Approval processes can be simple or complex as needed, from a one step sign-off to multiple levels of succession
  • Approvers can be configured based on roles, ensuring the request is addressed by the appropriate individual based on location, department and position

 

Knowledge Base
  • Enables you to query a knowledge base article that resolves a request and inject a hot link to a FAQ or tool tip into the trouble ticket note
  • Offers related FAQs and tool tips to end users as they submit a service ticket
  • Supports embedded videos and file attachments
  • When technical knowledge base articles are intended primarily for internal use or reference, SolarWinds Web Help Desk can organize your knowledge base articles and flag visibility to the departments of your choice
  • Enables you to grow your knowledge base organically by letting your IT staff easily submit common ticket resolutions as potential knowledge base articles for internal or external public consumption
  • Automatically flags each newly submitted article as “unapproved” requiring final approval from your knowledge base manager before becoming visible

 

GO-TO-MARKET STRATEGY

Founded in 1999 SolarWinds have grown year on year and provide over 50 IT management tools in their portfolio.

SolarWinds sells it’s products through an inside sales model and through channel partners all over the world.  Rather than involve consultants, potential SolarWinds customers are encouraged to self evaluate for a period of 30 days and visit the user community, Thwack, to witness the sharing and support that take place.

With a good solid grounding in the network, systems and application management arena the move into the Service Desk area completes a very comprehensive set of IT tools.

With the consistent look and feel of the SolarWinds products WHD will

It is estimated that the average user now deploys 2.5 of the main product groupings.

SolarWinds WHD is licensed per user/technician in a perpetual licensing mode which is scaled down as users are added.

Prices start at $695 per user and scales down as users are added.

Business Partner Summary

Key Business Partners
  • Loop1 (Loop One)

Market Penetration

Number of customers on maintenance 4,000+
Typical Customer
  • Small-medium business
  • Based in North America
  • Late adopters

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IMPLEMENTATION

Typical Installation

Installation of SolarWinds WHD is fast and straightforward taking anything from 10 minutes to a few hours to set up depending on the complexity of importing/migrating configuration data such as tickets, locations, request types, FAQ’s etc.

SolarWinds WHD can be implemented/deployed using only internal staff and typically can be dealt with by one technician/engineer.

Full installation requirements (please note this is not the case for evaluation installations):

Software Requirements
Operating System
  • Windows Server 2003 32/64-bit, Windows Server 2008 32/64-bit, Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit, Windows Server 2012 32/64-bit, Windows Server 2012 R2 32/64-bit
  • Recommended for installations with more than 20 technicians, Windows Server 2003, 2008 or 2008 R2, and 2012 64-bit OS .

 

Web Console Browser
  • Chrome 30, 31, and 32
  • Firefox 24, 25, and 26
  • Internet Explorer (IE) 8, 9, and 10
  • Safari 5 and 6

Note: Chrome v32 and Mozilla v26 are the latest versions of those browsers tested with WHD 12.1.0. Because Google and Mozilla release new versions of their browsers so often, testing WHD on the very latest browser is not always possible. It is likely, however, that WHDv12.1.0 will work with Chrome and Firefox releases newer than those it has been tested on.

Hardware
  • CPU Speed – Dual Core 2.0 GHz or faster
  • Hard Drive Speed – 20 GB
  • Mac Architecture – 64-bit Intel
  • Memory – 3 GB (add 1 GB for every 10 additional technicians/engineers)
  • Application Ports – 8081 (or alternate browser port), 1433 (SQL)

The installer configures the application and the optional embedded PostgreSQL database automatically.  A setup wizard walks the administrator through initial configuration steps.  It is suggested that you run the SolarWinds WHD application and external database on separate servers for optimal performance.

As an alternative to Windows, Mac, and Linux installer applications, a Linux-based virtual appliance is also available.

To fully benefit from all features, WHD requires configuration (e.g. email, Active Directory/LDAP connection, Asset synchronization etc.) however it is possible to use it almost instantly by using web UI to raise tickets, auto-creation of users and the Free version requires very little configuration and is basically a straight-out-of-the-box solution for very simple use.

Time to Value

The short time required to install SolarWinds WHD together with the ease of use, scalability and minimal manpower costs for deployment suggests a rapid ROI.

Resources Required

As with all ticketing systems the tool is only as good as the information inputted.  Ongoing maintenance and data verification will be required especially with regard to Knowledge Management and Asset Management.

Scalability

The application is implemented as a J2EE servlet running under Tomcat, with JDBC connections to a relational database that can run on a separate server or cluster. (Comes bundled with an optional embedded PostgreSQL database. MySQL and SQL Server are also supported.) Additional servlet containers, running on the same or separate nodes, can be configured as needed. For most SMB customers, the application’s caching mechanisms facilitate scaling to increased performance requirements by simply allocating additional memory, without requiring additional hardware nodes. For larger customers, a common configuration separates background daemon processes such as asset discovery and e-mail processing onto a second server, which can be set up using the standard application installer

PRODUCT ROADMAP

SolarWinds have several directions in which they plan to further grow Web Help Desk

  • Provide tighter integration with other SolarWinds products, particularly Orion based, to provide streamlined problem resolution and the remote support product, Dameware
  • Enhance the reporting capabilities to provide data that will help customers understand and foresee issues for greater IT control.
  • Further develop configurability and ability of Web Help Desk to adapt to the customers processes
  • Enhanced project management capabilities

The next product release is tentatively scheduled for September 2014.  There are usually 1 major and 1-2 minor releases per year.

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PRODUCT PORTFOLIO

  • Server and Application Monitor
  • Virtualization Manager
  • Storage Manager, Powered by Profiler
  • Patch Manager
  • Log and Event Manager – Affordable SIEM
  • Web Performance Manager
  • Web Help Desk
  • Dameware Remote Support
  • Dameware Mini Remote Control
  • Serv-U Managed File Transfer Server
  • Mobile Admin
  • System Center Extension Pack
  • Virtualized Application Performance Pack
  • Web App Monitoring App
  • Log and Security Information Management
  • Log and Event Manager – Affordable SIEM
  • Firewall Security Manager
  • Alert Central
  • Network Performance Monitor
  • Netflow Traffic Analyzer
  • Network Configuration Manager
  • IP Address Manager
  • User Device Tracker
  • VoIP and Network Quality Manager
  • Engineer’s Toolset
  • Network Topology Mapper
  • Database Performance Analyzer
  • Database Performance Analyzer – VM Option

COVERAGE

Head Office Austin, Texas
Regional Offices Utah, Colorado, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Singapore, Australia, Ireland

FURTHER RESOURCES

Website – http://www.webhelpdesk.com

Demo – http://www.webhelpdesk.com/download-demo/

VENDOR PROFILE

In their own words:

“Named by Forbes as one of the top 10 fastest growing technology companies, SolarWinds is improving the way IT management software is developed, priced, purchased, delivered, and used. At SolarWinds, we are fanatical about putting our users first in everything we do. We strive every day to deliver powerful functionality that is easy to use with one of the fastest and longest lasting ROIs in the market.

Our IT monitoring and management software is built for SysAdmins and network engineers who need powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use network and server monitoring software that saves time and simply gets the job done. Evaluating, buying, deploying, and using enterprise software shouldn’t be complex. IT management and monitoring software from SolarWinds is easy to try, buy, deploy and use. That’s unexpected simplicity.”

CONTACT DETAILS

SolarWinds Contact Details

Head Office 3711 South MoPac Expressway, Building Two, Austin, Texas 78746 P: 866.530.8100 F: 512.682.9301
Other Locations EMEA Headquarters Unit 1101, Building 1000, City Gate, Mahon, Cork, Ireland P: +353 21 5002900 F: +353 212 380 232APAC Headquarters Intec House, Level 22 – SolarWinds, 215 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000 P: 1 800 090 386 F: +61 (07) 3319 6401Tulsa, OK 4111 S. Darlington Ave. Suite 500, Tulsa, OK 74135New Zealand Duckworths Building, 20-22 Munroe Street, Napier, New Zealand

Singapore 6 Temasek Boulevard #39-01/02, Suntec Tower Four, Singapore 038986 Tel : +65 6593 7600 Fax : +65 (0)6 491 5123

Dallas, TX 4040 McEwen Road, Suite 240, Dallas TX 75244

India Module 4, 6th Floor, Block A, SP Infocity, #40

MGR Salai, Perungudi
Chennai – 600 096, Tamil Nadu

Brno, Czech Republic Holandská 6/873, 639 00 Brno, Czech Republic

Post Falls, ID 510 S Clearwater Loop # 100, Post Falls, ID 83854

Lehi, Utah 2500 West Executive Parkway, Suite 300 Lehi, UT 84043 385-374-7000

SUMMARY

SolarWinds WHD is a good fit for SMBs and organizations in the Education sector with IT Departments heavily dependent on network monitoring and event management.

Strengths

Weaknesses

Easy installation and deployment   Separate Change Management area needed
Consistent look and feel with other SolarWinds products   No Release Management
 Easy scalability   No graphical representation of asset relationships
125,000 strong user community  No Service Catalog

Disclaimer, Scope and Limitations

The information contained in this review is based on sources and information believed to be accurate as of the time it was created.  Therefore, the completeness and current accuracy of the information provided cannot be guaranteed.  Readers should therefore use the contents of this review as a general guideline, and not as the ultimate source of truth.

Similarly, this review is not based on rigorous and exhaustive technical study.  The ITSM Review recommends that readers complete a thorough live evaluation before investing in technology.

This is a paid review, that is, the vendors included in this review paid to participate in exchange for all results and analysis being published free of charge, without registration.

For further information, please read our Disclosure page.