Documentation forServer & Application Monitor

Introduction to SolarWinds SAM

SolarWinds SAM gives you the tools to monitor your servers and applications through a single web console. It provides custom collections of templates, application monitors, and alerts to intelligently monitor application status and issues. Monitor over 200 application types including application servers, authentication servers, database servers, and more.

With SAM, you can monitor public, private, or hybrid environments in a variety of ways, including:

  • AppStack: Use interactive visual mapping to gain an in-depth perspective through the entire environment to help identify the root cause of performance and availability issues.
  • Performance Analysis (PerfStack) dashboards: Correlate historical and real-time data from multiple SolarWinds products and entity types in a single view for in-depth troubleshooting
  • Cloud monitoring: Monitor IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS applications and servers on-premises, with optional agents for cloud services like AWS, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, and more. Hybrid cloud monitoring allows you to keep track of your applications, even when they move from on-premises to the cloud.
  • Container monitoring: View, track, and correlate key performance metrics, including CPU, memory, and uptime, for Docker, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Apache Mesos containers.
  • API pollers: If you can access an external REST API, you can use the API Poller feature to collect data from modern application stacks and display it in SAM dashboards.
  • AppInsight applications: Monitor Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, IIS, and SQL servers and display metrics, status, and issues to manage and maintain applications and servers.
  • Application monitor templates: Combine process monitors, port availability, and performance counters to assess every aspect of an application, including status and overall health.
  • Application dependencies: Detect how applications and nodes interact to ensure important data for key applications is monitored.
  • Server infrastructure monitoring: Discover and store IT Asset Inventory data on your servers, while monitoring hardware health to ensure server and application uptime.

SAM is part of the SolarWinds Orion Platform, making it easy to add other Orion modules for network monitoring, virtualization monitoring, storage monitoring, and more. To expand SAM's monitoring capabilities, you can integrate it with other Orion Platform products in many ways.

Did you know that when SAM alerts you about an application failure, you can use SolarWinds IPAM to quickly determine if a broken or missing DNS record is at fault? You can then use SAM to troubleshoot the service further.

Ready to get started with SAM?

Click here to download a free trial. After installing SAM, see the SAM Getting Started Guide. If you're already using SAM, you can add other products easily from the My Orion Deployment page in the Orion Web Console.