SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM

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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

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Popular Features

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  • Network monitoring (231)
    9.0
    90%
  • Alerts (228)
    8.8
    88%
  • Hardware health monitoring (215)
    8.7
    87%
  • Customizable reports (212)
    8.4
    84%

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NPM

$1,583

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  • Setup fee optional
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  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services
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Product Demos

SolarWinds NPM: Your Complete Network Monitoring Solution
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Features Scorecard

Network Performance Monitoring

8.1
81%
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Product Details

What is SolarWinds NPM?

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) delivers comprehensive network fault monitoring and performance management that scales and expands with a company's 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.

The vendor states that SolarWinds users can get a full NPM installation up and running the same day they download, and that implementation does not require a team of consultants. NPM provides visibility into the health of network devices and servers on the network, ensuring that users have needed real-time information 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

  • Supported: Automated network device discovery
  • Supported: Network monitoring
  • Supported: Baseline threshold calculation
  • Supported: Alerts
  • Supported: Network capacity planning
  • Supported: Packet capture analysis
  • Supported: Network mapping
  • Supported: Customizable reports
  • Supported: Wireless infrastructure monitoring
  • Supported: Hardware health monitoring

Additional Features

  • Supported: Multi-vendor device support for any router, switch, firewall, VPN concentrator, wireless access point and other devices that support standard protocols
  • Supported: Intelligent alerts for correlated events, sustained conditions, and complex combinations of device states
  • Supported: Insight on hardware health by monitoring, alerting, and reporting on the state of key device sensors
  • Supported: NetPath for hop-by-hop monitoring of critical business services, on-premises or into the cloud
  • Supported: Network Insight for Cisco ASA firewalls
  • Supported: Network Insight for Cisco Nexus switches
  • Supported: Network Insight for F5 BIG-IP load balancers

SolarWinds NPM Screenshots

Screenshot of Reduce network outages and quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve multi-vendor network performance issues with affordable, easy-to-use network monitoring software.Screenshot of See relationships for routers, switches, interfaces, volumes, and groups, updated automatically without user intervention so you can maintain your network, not your network maps.Screenshot of Reduce visibility gaps into critical network switches, firewalls, and load balancers with Network Insight for Cisco Nexus, Cisco ASA, and F5 BIG-IP.Screenshot of Reduce the flood of unnecessary network alerts. Create alerts based on simple or complex nested trigger conditions, defined parent/child dependencies, and network topology.Screenshot of Easily identify dead zones and improve wireless coverage. With our network monitoring tool, you can access out-of-the-box wireless reports, including wireless availability and rogue access points.Screenshot of Configure alerts accurately by calculating dynamic baseline threshold data with our network performance monitoring software.

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SolarWinds NPM Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Windows® Server 2016; SQL Server 2016 SQL Server 2016 SP1 SQL Server 2017 (including installations on Linux)
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

SolarWinds NPM is a monitoring and performance management platform. It provides performance troubleshooting support, auto network discovery, customizable thresholds, and can be rapidly deployed.

ManageEngine OpManager, Progress WhatsUp Gold, and Nagios Core are common alternatives for SolarWinds NPM.

Reviewers rate Network monitoring highest, with a score of 9.

The most common users of SolarWinds NPM are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.
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Reviews

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Jesse Bridgelal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We use NPM along with PRTG Network Monitor. While NPM is great at monitoring network devices and network links and some aspects of the servers, PRTG provides more in-depth monitoring for Server systems, applications and application ports such as Web Ports etc. PRTG also provides a more comprehensive Root cause analysis.
Ravi Khanchandani | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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PRTG has been a very old tool that was good for plotting the utilization graphs of interfaces but lacked comprehensive device views, overall end-to-end dashboards, comprehensive reports, and alerting functions. WhatsUpGold lacked comprehensive Dashboards, Alerts, and Reporting - a very crucial factor for a Monitoring platform. WUG also had limitations on device health visibility and was mainly restricted to SNMP information.
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is dedicated to network devices so it's really efficient, Zabbix or PRTG are trying to do too many things and it's very complicated to achieve same things as with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor.
Score 8 out of 10
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SolarWinds was much more flexible than other solutions, including Cisco Prime and that's why we ended up converting most of our environmental monitoring over to SolarWinds NPM. We still use Cisco Prime for wireless monitoring for the time being but may eventually transition over to SolarWinds or another comparable product.
Curt Sminkey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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We use all of these at the moment just because we haven't found one that does everything we like. For products like the Aruba Wifi we mainly use Airwave to monitor. For our network switches, we mainly use the Extreme Management Console. Because these are products directly from the manufacturer, they can do more than what a 3rd party can provide.
Score 9 out of 10
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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.
Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) was selected due to its reliability of performance, dependability of the product, and availability of tools and features for network monitoring and management. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) reputation and overall cost benefit stacks up against all network competitors, products, and IT vendors of its kind.
Score 10 out of 10
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We evaluated PRTG Network Monitor which was similar to SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor but was very resource-intensive, and the server kept crashing when we got close to 100 devices. Whereas on SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, we were able to add several thousand devices. We also evaluated Nagios Core as a free alternative but being free it could not be trusted to be secure, and it was very difficult to add and manage devices.
Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) allows us to monitor all of our network devices regardless of the vendor.
Score 10 out of 10
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We tested Observium as an alternative to Solarwinds in the past and it required all host to be added by DNS instead of IP addresses which we prefer. We have over 2000 devices so creating DNS records for all of these was a deal breaker.
We tested PRTG and it required to much resources, after around 100 nodes we could not stop the server from crashing.
We tested NetCrunch and it worked fine for our Cisco devices but we could not get it to work with our Procurve and Fortinet devices
Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) can easily and effectively monitor application and system performance by combining all data into a single view. It is extremely scalable and provides the visualization needed to monitor your entire infrastructure.
June 30, 2021

Best Value

Shahab Razak | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor was chosen at Finastra before I got here however I have weighed the value of SolarWinds against competitors such as Netcool, ManageEngine OP manager, Nagios and NetApp and Splunk to mention a few. SolarWinds really shine when you incorporate additional modules to NPM such as Network Configuration Manager, IPAM, Network Insights, Netflow, Network Traffic Analyzer, Server and Application Monitor and Database Manager. There are more competitive products and there will be more but at this point if you take all the SolarWinds modules into account, SolarWinds gives you the best value for the money for a true end-to-end NOC tool.
April 01, 2021

Orion Review

Score 7 out of 10
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Orion had more capabilities that were a better fit for our specific business and monitoring needs. OpManager had some good capabilities too, but required a specific edition that has a higher cost (multi-site feature). This may no longer be a requirement, I haven't researched it lately.
Score 10 out of 10
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What's Up Gold--I liked that it could monitor TCP ports in their base product but it was years behind on other features.
Nagios--It was on older version we looked at but required too much scripting.
ZABBIX--Our HPC group uses this to monitor their servers. It scales way beyond what SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) can do but requires too much fiddling.
PTRG--This is pretty basic, but with an OID you can graph anything.
BMC--$$$
Score 10 out of 10
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Zenoss is a Cloud based solution which is not very easy to use, and we don't have access to its backend. If we go for the Zenoss core then also we have to install it on a Linux based system and manage it which is very difficult some times if we compare it with SolarWinds.
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds is an all in one solution. We don't need to install different servers for different packages. It provides easy installation, easy maintenance, easy monitoring by NOC and end-users of NOC. SolarWinds tools have more features than other tools. We have done POC for many and we are satisfied with SolarWinds performance.
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