Reviews (1-25 of 161)
- I think the shining example that sets SolarWinds apart from the rest is the approach it takes with SNMP. I have served in the Managed Service field and monitored devices for over twelve years and SolarWinds SNMP monitoring design is bar-none the best I have used.
- I appreciate how different aspects of NPM flow togeher. An example of this is when you monitor a wireless controller and how it will automatically populate all of your access points along with statistics into the system. Using this feature along with the Network Traffic Analyzer has been a powerful troubleshooting tool.
- The user community is a large part of the success of NPM. SolarWinds provides a forum that allows others to share their successes and discoveries with others. It is both friendly and professional and has been a major help to me.
- I'm not a big fan of the licensing model which can quickly become bloated as your consider adding additional modules. It would make sense to me to cover device counts in your maintenance contract and then simple pay a straight fee for your modules.
- Getting assistance for setting up monitoring templates is primary found through the user community (especially for unique devices). I would love to see a section in thwack that has a more organized approach to monitoring scripts that are organized by device (perhaps even company).
- Make all functions required for monitoring templates available through the web GUI. Having to configure use the Universal Device Poller for configuring SNMP templates is a nuisance.
- 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.
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor points our discrepancies; I feel like NPM is my left hand at work. it has definitely paid for itself many times over. It allows you to take baselines and look at performance in real-time and historically. I find hardware that is going to fail before it fails due to the statistics. The saying, you get what you pay for? You get more with NPM! I will say, you get out of the tool what you put into it! I have a standard for every device so it is very easy to see anomalies on the NOC!
- Every network has a notorious piece of equipment that runs outside of normal thresholds! You can set up individual thresholds for alert notification. It is very important to find the right balance of notifications from your monitoring tools. You can tweak NPM or run with the defaults. I run the defaults until hardware indicates that it needs individual configuration.
- You can add nodes individually or in bulk. You can have NPM discover your network!
- NPM can set up a wireless heat map - you need to input a floor plan - massage the map with Network Atlas; before you know it you will have a live heat map of your wireless network!
- I love the top XX options to view in the NOC - I have the top 100 network events, the top 100 interfaces showing in the NOC. You can detail the NOC pages to show just about anything you are collecting in NPM. Unbelievable information when looking for anomalies!
- NPM is being driven by the user group THWACK! I love the fact that they just added Network Insight for the Palo Alto Firewalls: site-to-site VPNs: discovery, status, bandwidth, failures reason, and protocols. GlobalProtect VPNs: username, public IP, virtual IP, and status
- I can't complain or really say that SolarWinds Network Performance monitor has any particular flaw to report! I am pleased how Solarwinds used the THWACK community to add additional features to the product.
- I would like to be able to reclassify the Unknown nodes - the LINUX flavored servers running my virtual Avaya phone network are not classified at all. I did name and manage all the nodes. All nodes are properly identified, I just don't like that group called Unknown .. .but am glad it is there to catch unidentified objects!
- Demo NPM from Solarwinds Web site. You will not be disappointed!
The only place that Network Performance Monitor is not appropriate is in an environment when you do not have permission to monitor!!!
- Its web API is easy to use and pretty intuitive
- The customer support has been pretty decent whenever I have needed to go through them
- It has its own database gui that is easy to see and use in order to create custom queries
- Its real-time topology mapper and "Network Atlas" is being moved to a less functional web-based real time monitoring system that is not intuitive and doesnt support integration with real time monitoring of vcenter devices.
- Its pay per node price scale makes expanding your network less attractive.
- It doesn't support every vendor of networking equipment and in such a case requires extensive knowledge of OIDs and the SQL backend in order to implement the necessary monitoring nodes
- vCenter integration is very basic and needs improvement and customization options available to it that the rest of the program has
- the view based pages are incredibly difficult to set up in any sort of hierarchical sense. And getting menu customization to navigate through the pages is a pain in the butt.
- The interface is really well-designed. It's pretty intuitive and easy to work with.
- I like the map editor. It works well in creating maps and having an overall view of your sites.
- I like the customization of the pages where you can change the layouts.
- I don't like building reports. It seems bulky to find what I'm looking for when browsing for different objects.
- I found it impossible to create a custom SNMP check. It may be due to my lack of knowledge, but it was difficult and SolarWinds was no help.
- Granular and custom alerting.
- OID Monitoring and historical data / SNMP.
- Support for all devices or custom devices.
- Online support articles (KBs) could be better.
- Perfstack isn't great.
- Documentation for detailed things is lacking or non-existent.
- Notification of equipment down before the user usually even notices there is a problem.
- Insight into processor and memory loads on equipment to allow adjustments before failure.
- Better tools to clean up database bloat.
- 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.
- Monitor Uptime
- Provide Historical Resource Utilization Metrics
- Provide an API for automation
- High Resource Requirements
- Historical Measurements are Averaged-Out (Rather than exact)
- Occasional False Positives
- Easy to use interface.
- Relatively easy to set up SNMP traps, summary, and graphs.
- Good change management tool for network changes.
- Better wireless heat maps.
- Needs better Netmap services.
- Relatively expensive.
- Easy to maintain
- Highly customizable interface
- Easy to setup alerts
- Every now and then the web interface starts getting really slow and the server needs reboot
- Licensing needs to be simplified, there are so many moving parts and so many different licenses to maintain
- Has a bug where interfaces show in "unknown" state and you have to remove/re-add the interfaces to make that stop or just ignore them
- Detailed Alerting - Alerting can be setup for a specific timeframe with ports for troubleshooting.
- Mapping - It can identify switches' locations based off of specific information.
- NetPath - Identify specific device ports causing issues.
- Software upgrades are not easy. Perpetual software without a maintenance agreement cannot be kept during an upgrade.
- Have to manually add third party hardware IDs. Don't have support for Palo Alto Firewalls.
- Licensing structure.
- Set up is easy. It is not complex to set up.
- Solar Winds support is okay. I wouldn't say it is the best, but average.
- NPM does what we need, mainly monitor network bandwidth and critical server (host).
- We really don't use SolarWinds for more than just checking network bandwidth or performance.
- Perhaps they need to evaluate their pricing model. Paying per interface can be very expensive.
- Dynamic network topology mapping works well
- Flexible monitoring and alerting capabilities
- Very detailled networking statistics
- If topology mapping could be customised for some specific cases, that would be perfect
- Trace and monitor your whole network
- Get important alerts from a lot of case scenarios.
- Better support for emergencies
- Add more vendors' functionalities other than Cisco focused utilities.
- Provide an easy way to make alerts from traps or syslogs instead of working inside of the SQL database or learning SolarWinds Query Language (SWQL) .
- You can add other Solarwinds products in it.
- Monitor network using SNMP, WMI. Getting health information and server useful information even for VMs environments.
- They need better support team.
- Some areas need to be more open to the user, more customization enabled by the user.
- Pollers need a better improvement to support more heavier weights.
- 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.
- 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.
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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