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    SolarWinds Extends Application Management Reach and Scope

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    SolarWinds today extended the reach of its application management tools to provide both greater support for Microsoft Exchange and the ability to monitor Web services based on application programming interfaces such as Javascript Object Notation (JSON) or the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP).

    Craig McDonald, director of product management for SolarWinds, says with both capabilities being added to version 6.1 of SolarWinds Server and Application Management (SAM) software, the breadth and scope of SolarWinds agentless management tools has been significantly increased.

    For example, the AppInsight for Exchange capability makes it possible to access mailbox database capacity, free capacity held hostage by dormant mailboxes, and remediate errors.

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    The API monitoring capability, meanwhile, makes it possible to identify performance issues around integration  that are rapidly becoming a major source of application performance problems across the enterprise.

    Priced starting at $2,995, McDonald says that SAM not only costs a lot less than most application management tools, it’s a whole lot easier to deploy because it doesn’t require agents to be installed on every server and application.

    Given the expense and complexity, many enterprise IT organizations over the years have simply opted to do without having any application management tools at all. But as these tools become more affordable, it’s clear now that application management tools are reaching a price point that just about any IT organization of any size can afford.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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