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Catchpoint is well suited for various scenarios where monitoring and maintaining service performance is crucial. Here are some specific examples: 1. E-commerce Websites: Catchpoint is highly effective for monitoring the performance of e-commerce websites, where even a slight drop in response time can result in significant revenue loss. By continuously monitoring key transactional paths, Catchpoint helps identify performance bottlenecks, such as slow page load times, checkout issues, or payment gateway errors, allowing businesses to promptly resolve them and provide a seamless shopping experience. 2. Content Delivery Networks (CDNs): CDNs play a vital role in delivering website content efficiently. Catchpoint can monitor CDN performance by measuring cache-hit ratios, delivery speeds, and response times from different geographic locations. This helps CDN providers ensure optimal content distribution and quickly identify any issues that may impact content delivery across the network. 3. SaaS Applications: Catchpoint is valuable for monitoring the availability and performance of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications. It helps SaaS providers monitor service uptime, response times, and API availability to ensure that customers can access the application and its functionalities reliably. Catchpoint's alerts can promptly notify providers of any service disruptions, enabling them to minimize downtime and maintain a high level of customer satisfaction. While Catchpoint is highly suitable for monitoring a wide range of services, there are certain scenarios where it may be less appropriate: 1. Local Network Monitoring: Catchpoint primarily focuses on external monitoring from various locations worldwide. It may not be the best choice for monitoring internal network performance or detecting issues within a closed local network environment. For such cases, other network monitoring tools that specialize in internal network monitoring may be more suitable. 2. Resource-Constrained Environments: Catchpoint's monitoring requires dedicated resources for deploying monitoring nodes across different locations. In resource-constrained environments, where limited infrastructure or budget may hinder deploying multiple monitoring nodes, alternative monitoring solutions that offer more lightweight or cost-effective options could be considered. In summary, Catchpoint excels in scenarios where external monitoring, performance optimization, and user experience are critical. It may be less appropriate for internal network monitoring or resource-constrained environments that require more specialized or cost-effective solutions.
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Solarwinds NPM is well suited for medium to large networks, it may be a bit heavy for the SOHO environment as most of the tools and reports are designed for monitoring KPIs which may not be critical for a small shop. NPM can handle large networks with several sites and mixed technologies ranging from networks, server systems, storage devices and SLA reporting.
Read full review Pros Global Monitoring: Catchpoint offers an extensive network of monitoring locations worldwide, allowing organizations to simulate user experiences from different geographical regions. This capability helps identify performance variations based on location, ensuring a consistent and optimal experience for users across the globe. Alerting and Root Cause Analysis: Catchpoint offers robust alerting mechanisms that notify organizations when performance thresholds are exceeded or anomalies occur. These alerts enable prompt incident response and troubleshooting. Catchpoint's root cause analysis capabilities help identify the underlying causes of performance issues by analyzing network conditions, DNS resolutions, server responses, or content delivery problems. Read full review Out of the Monitoring of almost all Network Devices. Build custom pollers to monitor which is not supported out of the box. Further you can alert on these custom metrics and Out of the box metrics. It provides you great dashboards, Reports features. You can integrate it with any MoM layer tools either using its API or sending out traps. Out of the box Integration with Service Now ITSM Tool. Read full review Cons The ability to monitor the Catchpoint nodes with the ability to setup a take a recovery action based on specific criteria The ability to tell us when we are at X% capacity so that we better plan or budget for increasing the "capacity" of the Catchpoint nodes before we get to an overloaded state. The capacity utilization graph is not a reliable indicator for this metric. How can the capacity utilization rate get above 100%, it does not make sense Read full review The software upgrade process is a little hairy and has caused me trouble on occasion. The server that it needs to run is a bit of a resource hog along with the SQL server. Some additional features like the network map are a bit clunky compared to some other products that we use. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
we are heavily dependent catchpoint system for the following functions
* Detect end-user availability/performance-related problems * Ensures
service level objectives (SLO) are met, that prevents service level agreement (SLA) breaches * Identify and understand the cause of any network connectivity or application level issue * Improves the availability and response time service levels Read full review
The entire IT staff relies on NPM in its daily operations. It would be impossible for us to maintain our level of service without it. If SolarWinds gets to proud of their product and begins to over charge for it, we would be forced to reconsider and use a different product. But as it stands it is worth the price to renew it.
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It's hard to find the functionalities that I am looking for in the application. Even if I did something in the past, after a time I have to re-learn again where the functionalities are. This is a powerful tool, but not user-friendly. Texts in the buttons and menus are not always meaningful or easily comprehensible.
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is quite an extensive product, covering all our bases and requirements. There are a lot of customizable options and features which you can work with for their alerting which is really useful. I haven't found anything yet which I thought SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) could do, but it actually couldn't so overall it works nicely and does the job.
Read full review Reliability and Availability
Always available. Always is important to plan the software available during the machine/application setup.
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Pages load slow, especially the bettors map. Could be that my server is old.
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Catchpoint's customer support has been very impressive. They are always available when we needed help with setting up any tests that may also include help with scripting. They held an in-person workshop in our office to help train our internal resources with the scripting, dashboards, and metrics.
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In all of the times that we called support, someone at SolarWinds had the answer for us in a timely manner. Through thwack and other internet searching, we have been able to resolve all of our issues that arose to our satisfaction. The support staff have always been knowledgeable of their products or had a fellow support staff member to rely on to get the needed answers.
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The training is good but during the implementation, you can get situations not learned during the training. The trainer was very open to hearing the questions about use cases and always sharing his experience. I really recommend having official training to take advantage of all features that the NPM can bring.
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very easy to implement as the product is user-friendly
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Make sure your inventory is accurate. Stand up some virtual machines for testing prior to installation. Make sure your database and its credentials are setup. Think about things you want to monitor that may not be obvious - UPS units, Door hardware, PBX systems, Fabric Channel switches, firewalls, routers, switches. Try to setup SNMP on these devices and have an IP that you will assign to the new server. If you do that it will go well.
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Primary reason we went with Catchpoint is that they offered us actual backbone testing locations. All the other features like a filmstrip and traceroutes have been very beneficial as well and were not available in the competitors' solutions.
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We selected SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor because of the capabilities of the product versus the price. The tools also work well with their other products and support is fairly good. We have never had a problem when we needed to make a call.
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From the direction and information I have been given it is very flexible and scalelable
Read full review Return on Investment The ROI has been very good with this product, we have seen multiple folds of time-saving by using this tool and preempting any risk associated with non-performant times of our server, hence increasing the team's capability to respond to certain downtime scenarios and the level of action that needs to be taken. Catchpoint’s observability solution makes it easier to have global visibility of our website's performance and to fix issues quicker I don't have any negatives, every good product comes with a cost, that is the fact but the Catchpoint tool has ultimately improved our ROI much beyond the changes that we pay Read full review SolarWinds allows us to proactively address hardware issues before they impact the business. We recently had a server that was experiencing issues sporadically and we were able to use the data from SolarWinds to track down and correct the issue before it tanked the server. SolarWinds gives our IT department some piece of mind knowing that they'll be alerted of any issues real time. We can use SolarWinds data to justify needed to replace or upgrade certain equipment that is key to our core business. Read full review ScreenShots SolarWinds NPM Screenshots