Grafana vs. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Grafana
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Grafana is a data visualization tool developed by Grafana Labs in New York. It is available open source, managed (Grafana Cloud), or via an enterprise edition with enhanced features. Grafana has pluggable data source model and comes bundled with support for popular time series databases like Graphite. It also has built-in support for cloud monitoring vendors like Amazon Cloudwatch, Microsoft Azure and SQL databases like MySQL. Grafana can combine data from many places into a single dashboard.
$0
SolarWinds NPM
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
SolarWinds NPM is a monitoring and performance management platform. It provides performance troubleshooting support, auto network discovery, customizable thresholds, and can be rapidly deployed.
$1,638
per year
Pricing
GrafanaSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Editions & Modules
Grafana Cloud - Pro
$8
per month up to 1 active user
Grafana Cloud - Free
Free
10k metrics + 50GB logs + 50GB traces up to 3 active users
Grafana Cloud - Advanced
Volume Discounts
custom data usage custom active users
Grafana - Enterprise Stack
Custom Pricing
NPM
$1,638
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
GrafanaSolarWinds NPM
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
GrafanaSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Considered Both Products
Grafana

No answer on this topic

SolarWinds NPM
Chose SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Solarwinds can successfully combine pros of the other monitoring systems and be more user friendly, simple and intuitive. The list of NPM cons is not so big and most of its point can be compensated by customization (Solarwinds created a great expert community for it). The …
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Features
GrafanaSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Grafana
8.0
4 Ratings
5% below category average
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
-
Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports7.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable dashboards10.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates7.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Grafana
8.2
3 Ratings
4% above category average
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
-
Ratings
Drill-down analysis8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Formatting capabilities8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Grafana
9.2
3 Ratings
10% above category average
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
-
Ratings
Publish to Web9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to PDF9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Versioning9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers10.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Grafana
7.5
3 Ratings
9% below category average
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
-
Ratings
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)7.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Predictive Analytics7.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Network Performance Monitoring
Comparison of Network Performance Monitoring features of Product A and Product B
Grafana
-
Ratings
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
8.0
231 Ratings
4% below category average
Automated network device discovery00 Ratings7.8210 Ratings
Network monitoring00 Ratings8.8231 Ratings
Baseline threshold calculation00 Ratings8.2201 Ratings
Alerts00 Ratings9.1228 Ratings
Network capacity planning00 Ratings7.8188 Ratings
Packet capture analysis00 Ratings7.2130 Ratings
Network mapping00 Ratings7.1190 Ratings
Customizable reports00 Ratings7.9212 Ratings
Wireless infrastructure monitoring00 Ratings7.4153 Ratings
Hardware health monitoring00 Ratings9.0215 Ratings
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User Ratings
GrafanaSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(4 ratings)
8.5
(237 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.4
(27 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(21 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(28 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(7 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
GrafanaSolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Likelihood to Recommend
Grafana Labs
Grafana is a one stop solution for all application monitoring needs. In our organisation, we use nodeJs. We run it using pm2. Since we didn't use Grafana it was hard for us to know if an app has stopped working unless we find it ourselves because our other app components were failing, or someone called us up and told about the situation. We were already using Grafana for monitoring our Ubuntu servers, but we hadn't had set it up for our app monitoring. Somehow we decided to monitor our nodeJs app with Grafana. It's a really good decision we made. We used Grafana nodeJs module "prom-client" for our node app which brought us relief from app failing situations. Since we have implemented Grafana for our Node app, it has helped us to monitor every health aspect of our node app. Now we have set up alerts based on heap-memory, so when heap memory goes beyond a set threshold we get notified and take the right steps ultimately saving our app from crashing and of course from losing business and reputation.
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SolarWinds
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.
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Pros
Grafana Labs
  • It visualizes metrics very well coming from any well known data source.
  • It sends alerts to collaboration channels when a threshold is breeched.
  • Graphs and dashboards are portable (Graph-as-a-Code).
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SolarWinds
  • 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.
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Cons
Grafana Labs
  • Functions to customize values
  • Improved user experience
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SolarWinds
  • 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.
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Likelihood to Renew
Grafana Labs
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
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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Usability
Grafana Labs
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
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.
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Reliability and Availability
Grafana Labs
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
Always available. Always is important to plan the software available during the machine/application setup.
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Performance
Grafana Labs
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
Pages load slow, especially the bettors map. Could be that my server is old.
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Support Rating
Grafana Labs
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
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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Online Training
Grafana Labs
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
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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Implementation Rating
Grafana Labs
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
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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Alternatives Considered
Grafana Labs
Grafana has a direct plugin to Icinga monitoring solution and allowed for easy configuration for us. At the time of implementation, other services did not have such an integration. As we already had a very customized and heavily introduced monitoring solution in place, we needed settings that could plug into the system quickly and efficiently. This was the case with Grafana and allowed us to have all the integrations we needed with services such as Icinga
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SolarWinds
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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Scalability
Grafana Labs
No answers on this topic
SolarWinds
From the direction and information I have been given it is very flexible and scalelable
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Return on Investment
Grafana Labs
  • Helps us to keep our application and server up all time
  • Dashboards are easy to share with others
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SolarWinds
  • 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.
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ScreenShots

SolarWinds NPM Screenshots

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