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Deirra J. Footman profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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PRTG was the product we used before purchasing SolarWinds. NPM is a more intuitive product and the learning curve isn't as steep. NPM offers a level of customizability with dashboards that PRTG doesn't. With additional modules like NTA and SAM, we have another level of visibility the PRTG didn't provide.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We tried Dell OMNM manager suite but it was difficult to clear alerts, to setup, etc. It did more -- allowed us to back up and recover switch configurations etc. -- but it didn't present a very user friendly interface and it was impossible to manage correctly. We spent a lot on the solution because we got it with our new switching equipment and were told it was the best way to manage an monitor our switches. It turned out that we continued to rely on SolarWinds NPM after repeated attempts to configure and make OMNM usable.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Compared to Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM offers a much simplified administrator and user experience. For the average user, significantly less time is spent accessing pertinent information. On the administration side, the configuration interface is much more user-friendly and has a "task-centric" feel whereas Zabbix has a "programming-centric" feel.
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Score 9 out of 10
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I have worked with tools that excelled at WMI monitoring or shined specifically in reporting but were found lacking in other crucial aspects required to a NOC. SolarWinds has been the best over-all solution that I have worked with that handles all the aspects of proving a proactive monitoring solution. In my opinion, SolarWinds SNMP monitoring is the strongest solution out there. Having the ability to integrate net-flow and wireless visibility into NPM and wrapping it all into a decent reporting engine is our recipe for success.
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Score 5 out of 10
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There are tradeoffs in all of these tools. I really like Observium, but it's alerting seems far below SolarWinds NPM. The Nagios-based tools have tons of flexibility, but require a lot more configuration to provide value.

I didn't select NPM as it was already here, but I've kept it in place as it does generally do what we need it to do.
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Score 10 out of 10
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I started trying to look up tools that I checked out several years ago, but they are no longer in the market. OpsMonitor was not that great - not a lot of details from the dashboard, and the alerts were very generic. Not much custom configuration allowed. They had OpsMonitor running here when I first started my employment. I quickly ran back to WHATS UP GOLD! That is really where Solarwinds started. I was a cut my teeth on Whatszup G!

There are many enterprise tools out there. SolarWinds encourages folks to demo, try the other vendors and go with the vendor that can best back up their product! SolarWinds is a strong company driven by its users! Get on the bandwagon and make your environment better than you think possible!
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Score 6 out of 10
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IBM was not as intuitive and required a development team to get that system running in a state that functioned for the tier 1 ISP. The lightweight coding allowed for hundreds of thousands of nodes to be monitored though (I believe it was upwards of 500k nodes)
Remedy was great when integrated with the remedy ticketing system allowing for real time monitoring of network maps for cellular sites and plotting customer locations.

In general SolarWinds provides a more overall, encompassing, and less customizable tool that can perform with whatever your company's needs are. It may not always be the best solution, but there will generally be a solution available to you. I have only briefly evaluated Plixer, but it did look attractive as it used Rest APIs which would vastly improve the customizability to SolarWinds
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August 29, 2019

NPM just works

Score 7 out of 10
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I personally have never used anything else other than NPM. It is just simple and works well. In a past environment we used Nagios but I did not administer Nagios. I am not a Linux admin and the setup and management of Nagios would not be advantageous to me in our environment.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We used to have Nagios, which is free. Not really a fair comparison to a free product. Obviously, SolarWinds NPM blows Nagios out of the water, but it isn't cheap. We also tried IBMs management suite but requirement to install an agent turned us off.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Given SolarWinds' popularity we actually ended up not trying any other products. Over time we have tried to use other systems, such as Spiceworks, for other small things and found it to not be as powerful. Some of the alerting was the same but there was no way to deep dive into the environment like you could with SolarWinds.
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January 14, 2020

Email alerts a plenty

Score 5 out of 10
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I use all three for different purposes. Lansweeper provides the best insight into office equipment. And Cacti gives traffic and signal levels on wireless networks. We got Orion for the email alerts.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Of all the network monitoring solutions out there, SolarWinds Network Performance monitor is easily the most complete and the easiest to convince management on. For our team, the ability to install on premises was a firm requirement. Follow that up with everyone's familiarity with the product from its ubiquity in the market and you've got an instant winner.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Before SolarWinds, we used eHealth. It was absolutely awful. The user interface was extremely clunky; getting basic charts took at least a half dozen screens. There were no usable ready-made dashboards. No alerts. Just not even in the same class as NPM. We liked NetBrain but their pricing model is prohibitively expensive for a network of our size.
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Score 4 out of 10
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  • HPE Intelligent Management Center (IMC)
HPE Intelligent Management Center (IMC) is better suited for networks with HP Procurve/Aruba switches. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor does not provide the same functionality that IMC has. The network maps in IMC are more accurate and the backup configuration feature is a plus, which is a separate purchase from SolarWinds (Engineer Toolset). The licensing model is also better since it is per device and not per port like with SolarWinds NPM.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Automated network device discovery (150)
8.7
Network monitoring (167)
9.3
Baseline threshold calculation (146)
8.4
Alerts (166)
9.1
Network capacity planning (133)
7.9
Packet capture analysis (95)
7.3
Network mapping (134)
8.1
Customizable reports (152)
8.3
Wireless infrastructure monitoring (105)
7.7
Hardware health monitoring (154)
8.9

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

SolarWinds NPM Features

Network Performance Monitoring Features
Has featureAutomated network device discovery
Has featureNetwork monitoring
Has featureBaseline threshold calculation
Has featureAlerts
Has featureNetwork capacity planning
Has featurePacket capture analysis
Has featureNetwork mapping
Has featureCustomizable reports
Has featureWireless infrastructure monitoring
Has featureHardware health monitoring
Additional Features
Has featureMulti-vendor device support for any router, switch, firewall, VPN concentrator, wireless access point and other devices that support standard protocols
Has featureIntelligent alerts for correlated events, sustained conditions, and complex combinations of device states
Has featureInsight on hardware health by monitoring, alerting, and reporting on the state of key device sensors
Has featureNetPath for hop-by-hop monitoring of critical business services, on-premises or into the cloud
Has featureNetwork Insight for Cisco ASA firewalls
Has featureNetwork Insight for Cisco Nexus switches
Has featureNetwork Insight for F5 BIG-IP load balancers

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SolarWinds NPM Competitors

ManageEngine OpManager, WhatsUp Gold, Nagios Core, DX Infrastructure Manager (formerly CA Unified Infrastructure Management), Micro Focus Network Node Manager i (formerly HP Network Node Manager), Paessler PRTG

Pricing

  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
  • Entry-level set up fee?Optional

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SolarWinds NPM Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows, Windows® Server 2016; SQL Server 2016 SQL Server 2016 SP1 SQL Server 2017 (including installations on Linux)
Mobile Application:No