Reviews (1-25 of 147)
- Using SNMP to automatically discover my network devices, while collecting the network information to produce a detailed network inventory.
- The automatic discovery of the connection between L2 and L3 devices.
- Using NetPath across the hybrid clouds is a time saver and pinpoints where to focus resources to fix issues.
- Many of the functionality are Cisco-centric and in a mixed vendor environment, this causes some issues.
- Limitation of the SD WAN tools.
- The database of NPM should really run on Oracle not SQL.
- Single pane of glass for my entire infrastructure.
- Configurable text and email notifications if systems go down or have errors.
- Port Utilization with errors and discards.
- It would be nice if there was a way the interface details could give you a report of ports not in use based on the life of the switch, not the last reboot.
- Generally speaking, NPM does alerting very well. It has a lot of flexibility in how to build and deliver the alerts.
- Being able to do HTTP POST on alerts helps integrate it with modern tools like Slack and OpsGenie, even if it's not a baked-in integration.
- The ability to get all relevant device data from one page (and a couple of tabs) is nice, and there is customization available within that view.
- What I deem as some of the better features in NPM come from integration with other paid SolarWinds tools, such as NTA, NCM, etc. It can be a bit disappointing to look at the marketing material, find something you really want to do, only to discover it requires buying yet another product.
- SolarWinds licensing isn't great. Some of the caveats around "you need x number of interfaces licensed for NPM, so you need that many for this other product" make the suite less and less attractive and the total cost continues to climb.
- There's essentially 3 generations of User Interface built into the current product. Some tools, like syslog, still exist on the old Windows-application-run-from-the-server model and are in the web interface, most things are in the web interface that's been around for a while, and now they are integrating new features only in the newer-style web UI. There's no consistency to those UIs, so it looks and feels like 3 different products.
- The Universal Device Poller is a great way to get functionality out of NPM for products without baked-in support. But there are still some things that seem like table stakes that require the Universal Device Poller - monitoring APC UPS devices for example. Other products (including open source) do this really well since just about everybody needs to monitor stuff like that. Years later, NPM still relies on the pollers.
- Sorry, but I hate the graphs. I prefer rrdtool-style graphs, and there is some hope for the future in the new style web UI.
However, as your monitoring needs increase and/or the size and complexity of your environment increases, you'll end up buying more and more SolarWinds tools to get what you need. Eventually, you'll start to see some cracks in what the product does and does not properly handle. Your annual maintenance renewal will grow exponentially with your new tools and additional license counts.
- Monitoring uptime of devices, being that you can tailor how often you want to poll the device or by simply doing ICMP you know in seconds when a device went down.
- Configuration compares features for network devices easily and allows us to spot any config difference that might have occurred after a device went down unexpectedly after a power outage.
- Inventory collection, you can quickly create a report to poll for inventory within your organization but you can edit it in ways that you can get exactly what you are looking for, its very flexible when it comes down to playing with the MIBs on Cisco devices.
- Node management is very easy as well, you can filter by a number of different parameters, some of them are out of the box and you can even create your own. In our organization we created a custom property called "Region" so that way we can see devices based on the region they are located at (Americas, EMEA, APAC)
- Wireless heat maps are pretty hard to deploy, we managed to make one of them work but it's not an easy task.
- Filtering on syslog server could be improved, maybe adding command line capability to it.
- It would be nice to make it easier to execute custom scripts from Alerts action pane.
- NPM works very well for a standard up/down monitoring using with SNMP or their agent packages.
- NPM works well for customized SNMP polling of devices. For example, we use it for polling specific MIBs to pull temperatures from various devices so they can be graphed.
- NPM makes network mapping very easy.
- Annual maintenance is brutal.
- We used to have LEM, but we found we could only get implementation support or troubleshooting when we were up for renewal. Otherwise, we would just get told to go to the Knowledge Base and figure it out for ourselves or pay a third party contractor.
- Backward compatibility for old versions of SQL and Windows Server are not supported. This causes some hiccups. Right now, we don't want to upgrade even though we have problems because it's not inside the support model.
- Response time threshold and alerting
- Network tracing over public connections
- Individual switch port error and discard reporting
- NetPath alerts can be improved for changing conditions. The "Unknown" state alerts aren't very useful
- Better categories of internal resources to isolate and track specific segments
- The out of the box features and alerting makes getting NPM up and running incredibly easy.
- The number of widgets available and customization to view aspects of network devices.
- The ability to create a wide variety of NOC dashboard and views to suit the user base. The dashboard can be rotated on a timer, giving fantastic visibility.
- One element we would like to see is a full stack view integration, which includes network devices within NPM. Currently, the stack view will only provide server, host and application stacks only.
- We have UniFi wireless access points across our organization and at the time of writing this, support for them within Network Performance Monitor is currently not native and we have had to raise a feature request to get the MIBS included as a result, we cannot see the same metrics you would, for example, if you had Cisco APs
- In the organization, our team basically monitors the data centers response time, the nodes in the cluster environment, and how they are performing from time to time.
- These are production environments and very critical about data flow across the network and we also collect performance statistics from time to time and the data latency between two data centers and create reports.
- Our VM wares placed across different data centers located in different states. Network communication is very critical to transfer data in no time. For this, we need a powerful network monitoring tool to pinpoint all the networking issues and troubleshoot various devices connected between the data centers. For achieving this, SolarWinds NPM is critical to give such information.
- In our organization, we need information such as how much data is transferred/sec, data latency, total transactions time in a given period. Because of such environments and timelines sometimes we have a very extreme volume transferred between clustered nodes in data centers and the total number of logins increases in certain working hours. We need to track it down and generate custom reports to enhance productivity, hence this tool is critical.
- Sometimes it gives more verbose information if some of the VM cluster's installed SQL server has performance bottlenecks and it is hard to troubleshoot of them.
- We have issues in terms of data latency especially on SQL installed VM ware across datacenters which are working on dynamics which are hard to point exact hardware or SQL issues with the performance tool.
- SolarWinds NPM can be improved if networking devices or servers connected more than four datacenters.
- Complete picture overview of the network: useful for monitoring and identifying issues.
- Hardware monitoring: useful for identifying hardware issues.
- Detail level analysis: allows you to dive deep into interfaces.
- Transmit Discards: We noticed the "transmit discard" showing on SolarWinds NPM doesn't get updated correctly. We had "transmit discards" errors on Cisco interfaces, after clearing the errors on the interfaces, no matter how long we wait, we still see the counters on SolarWinds showing old information. We had to delete those interfaces and re-add them for the display counters on the NPM to show correctly.
- Keeping Infrastructure Inventory in an organized place.
- Alerting on Issues with devices and providing performance trends.
- Providing hardware health for devices.
- Basic integration for Juniper devices such as node details is lacking.
- Quick to set up new nodes.
- Simple to navigate across different components.
- Very good documentation on any of their components and the ability to customize a lot of stuff.
- Nothing that I can think about.
- The alerts are on point. You can set up any type of alert you might need.
- I like the mapping tool, although if you use the automap feature make sure you have all your information correct.
- it's very easy to use and navigate.
- I would love for it to have a "NetBrain" kinda of functionality to build network Visio drawings.
SolarWinds NPM: "SolarWinds Review from a Systems Administrator in a Food Manufacturing Environment"
SolarWinds NPM Review: "SolarWinds looks nice and gets the job done, but can be bloated and unreliable."
- Gives you one place to view many interconnected systems.
- Support is lacking.
- Software does not do a good job of monitoring itself and alerting you to problems.
- Does not scale well in some cases, and costs can stack up as you have to build out more servers for the bloated software.
- The up and down feature is great. Sometimes we missed the things it points out.
- CPU usage information on the virtual systems we use is critical.
- We like the network discovery feature, it does an awesome job.
- Storage resource helps a lot.
- Netflow Traffic Analyzer could really use an upgrade, such as including the ability to do Layer 3 flows not just Layer 2.
- Better job in the update department
- IP address manager takes too long to discover. I use a standalone IP address manager and it works better than the one in the suite.
- It's good at displaying graphs
- The graphs and displays are very customizable
- It's an integrated solution to the monitoring tool you know and love
- The problems are less with NPM, and more with the difficulty of configuring devices to accurately use it.
- Solarwinds as a product itself needs to improve performance.
- NPM should be able to self deploy.
SolarWinds NPM Review: "Expensive and clunky, but effective for basic monitoring of large environments."
- SolarWinds NPM has built-in support for a wide array of device types out of the box.
- It is easy to add new nodes to your environment with the Network Sonar Discovery.
- There is a large community of users that can help you when you're in need.
- Account representatives are always changing and sales people are always harassing you to buy more. They don't listen to you when you bring this up.
- The user interface is very dated and a pain to navigate.
- The ability to format your alerts is very limited. This can cause problems, especially when alerting external services with a REST API due to invalid JSON.
SolarWinds NPM Review: "NPM -- Making your days (and nights) more about what YOU want to do rather your networks whims."
- The Orion and NPM alerting engine allows us to create simple and complex trigger conditions. It also allows us to nest equipment behind scopes. Getting one alert that a buildings router went down is a great alternative to the hundreds of alerts that could be generated by equipment that isn't actually down just hiding behind that router.
- Initial setup and adding a node is a breeze. You can create a simple view of a device in a matter of seconds or spend hours fine-tuning exactly what you want to monitor on. Discovery helps find the devices that may be lurking deep in closets or above the ceiling grid.
- Orion helps NPM display the aspects of your devices you want to see. Don't care about CPU? Remove that widget. Decide that was a mistake just add the widget back on. Have 100 nearly identical VMs you want to see grouped together? Create a page for the type of device. This aspect does take some serious setup though. While its powerful enough to create templates and scope information to users... it takes time and understanding to make it look just right.
- The broad range of device monitoring endpoints that come boxed with NPM is mind-boggling. Add in universal device pollers and create your own for the devices that aren't included. You can even share these with the community and help the guys using the same equipment.
- Support is great. They are usually quite friendly and knowledgeable. They frequently have issues solved in a single call.
- Orion can be a pain to configure. There are a ton of widgets and they aren't always clear as to what is displayed. There can be dozens of metrics using very similar names
- Cost of SolarWinds products is always eye-popping. Their sales managers can also be incredibly pushy. While the cost-benefit usually comes out positive be aware that it isn't going to be the easiest part to justify.
- The included custom map creation software can be a pain point. It frequently requires a support call to get working. There is a lot of care and headache to get things looking just right -- once a map is created it can be painful to maintain.
- The dashboard is flexible, allowing you to choose what information you see.
- It has a very user-friendly GUI. I found it easy to give instruction on the use of the product to new employees who hadn't seen the product before.
- The drill down into information and point to point NetFlow data was great, and real time. This is a very important ability in any network monitoring tool. Matched with the fact that NPM could also collect from a variety of vendors who supported Netflow, but also vendors or situations where the product wasn't using NetFlow.
- The alert system and how NPM was able to tie into other SolarWinds products to assist with troubleshooting issues, making that process easy and streamlined.
- One thing that bothers me is the aesthetics. They seem a tad dated and not very optimized. While the data it provides is great.
- The amount of information it provides could be overwhelming if someone does not have an experienced engineer to guide them through what information they really need on the initial view.
- Maybe adding an interactive map using Google API would be great, I know some customers have already written a module for this it would be great if SolarWinds supported this in house.
- The database Orian uses ( this goes for any Orion product) can be a little sluggish if you don't have someone who knows SQL to clean and maintain the DB.
SolarWinds NPM Scorecard Summary
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About SolarWinds NPM
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) delivers comprehensive network fault monitoring and performance management that scales and expands with your network monitoring needs. Users can collect and view availability, real-time and historical statistics from routers, switches, firewalls, servers, and any other SNMP-, ICMP-, or WMI-enabled devices directly from a web browser.
SolarWinds users can get a full NPM installation up and running the same day they download. Implementation does not require a team of consultants. NPM provides quick visibility into the health of network devices and servers on the network, ensuring that users have the real-time information they need to keep their network running at peak performance.
Network Performance Monitor helps IT Pros:
- Quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance issues and avoid downtime
- Respond to multiple condition checks, correlated events, and device dependencies
- Automatically calculate capacity exhaustion dates using customizable thresholds based on peak and average usage
- Streamline network troubleshooting with an easy-to-use Web interface
- View paths to critical business services hop-by-hop, even into the cloud, with the NetPath™ feature
- Get deeper visibility into complex network devices with Network Insight™ features for Cisco ASA firewalls, Cisco Nexus switches, and F5 BIG-IP load balancers
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|Operating Systems:||Windows, Windows® Server 2016; SQL Server 2016 SQL Server 2016 SP1 SQL Server 2017 (including installations on Linux)|