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
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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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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.
Ravi Khanchandani | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is most appropriate in environments where the traditional network gear like routers, switches, wireless controllers, and firewalls are in place and you need to do monitoring for availability, performance, health, and path analysis - basically all monitoring aspects. In environments where you have more of the recent network components like SD-WAN solutions, no real value add comes in from deploying SolarWinds, though SolarWinds claims that more and more SDWAN vendors will be added to the monitoring bandwagon. Currently, there are only a limited set of SDWAN vendors that are supported directly.
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds NPM is well suited for any Information Technology professional who needs to monitor their networks, nodes, or endpoints for outages. NPM can easily create rules for alerting and is invaluable to our organization to maintain high uptime.
Score 10 out of 10
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Monitoring network devices (status, performance) and manage alerts with specific schedules as per device type (datacenter, user, ups, ...). SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is less appropriate for wireless devices. For network devices you can monitor everything that's read by SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (all versions) and create graphs.
Score 8 out of 10
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I think SolarWinds NPM is well suited for larger organizations that need quick, easy, and supported visibility into network and server devices across a large network. The ability to configure and customize alerts and reporting, give users role-based access, and have professional support options is ideal for large companies that need minimal technical overhead and just want to provide infrastructure teams with a tool to give them visibility into the health of the network and servers makes SolarWinds NPM a great choice.
Curt Sminkey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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NPM is well suited for small to medium-sized organizations. It does the basic functions of a network monitoring suite very well however some of the more advanced features aren't as straightforward. Basic up/down email alerts work well but there are obviously many solutions that do this as well. I wouldn't recommend NPM for very large organizations because the server needed to support that many devices.
Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) should be considered by anyone who is in charge of managing a medium to large network. It allows for a high degree of oversight of your topology and helps with resolving issues quickly. Also, setting up devices to be monitored can be as simple, or granular, as you like. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) may not be as well suited for smaller, less complex networks.
Score 9 out of 10
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The WiFi mapping tool is very helpful. This piece was very helpful as we separated employees throughout the enterprise and allowed us to maximize spending when determining the placement of wireless nodes. We also used SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor to monitor endpoints and troubleshoot network traffic issues with server traffic. Also, it is well suited to relay beneficial capability when under pressure to alleviate these types of issues.
Score 9 out of 10
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There was a scenario within our organization where all network connectivity was lost internally within the organization. The network team started troubleshooting, researching, and investigating the root cause(s) of the outage. With the help of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM), we were able to determine the health status of the Primary Switch was down due to several closed ports. NPM allowed us to quickly identify the problem and resolve the issue.
Score 7 out of 10
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Best suited when you need eyes on servers and network traffic. For instance, for network traffic, based on NetFlow, you can see the different categories of traffic that use the most bandwidth. For example, cloud storage. Via SNMP, you get to see server resource usage, i.e., how much CPU is being used throughout the day.
Score 8 out of 10
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By customizing our alerts and monitoring paths out of our Company to popular destinations like Google, Microsoft, Netflix, etc., our NOC has uncovered routing issues external to our network. We cooperate and provide feedback to our vendors and network providers to help isolate and identify potential service-affecting interruptions prior to issues affecting our Subscribers.
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is well suited for large organizations with many devices. I appreciate the fact that I can monitor all of our devices very easily. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is great at detecting hardware errors allowing us to react and replace devices at the first signs of hardware errors. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is great at monitoring bandwidth usage which helps determine which links are saturated and allows us to respond and rectify the problem.
Score 8 out of 10
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For our organization, we use Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) for network visibility, downtime, uptime, and troubleshooting for our organization. SolarWinds NPM verifies issues with network devices, such as bandwidth allocation, network devices up/down state, and other things to assist our organization in troubleshooting any problems or performance issues.
January 25, 2022

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Score 10 out of 10
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It is well suited in an environment where vendor-specific devices like cisco, juniper etc are deployed and we can easily configure and start to monitor our network infrastructure. Some new devices are not supported and for those Solarwinds does not do a great job and needs to support those devices as they are market trending.
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is well suited for monitoring bandwidth usage on network to find bottlenecks. We use the atlas with our switches and view the bandwidth on the links. This has proven very helpful in many occasions to identifying switches sending high amounts of traffic. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is also well suited for monitoring devices for hardware errors. It's very helpful to identify errors that may not be apparent such as one bad fan or failing POE modules on switches. With this info we can schedule a replacement of the device with errors before it becomes a problem for users.
Matthew Plourde | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) provides the alerts and data I need to keep my business running efficiently on our network. The bandwidth allocation data is especially useful to identify any shortfalls with devices or services that may need an upgrade.
Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is easy to set up and discover your entire network in minutes. It supports different types of polling mechanisms including ICMP, SNMP, WMI and agents. Agents can be deployed from the centralized SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) console. Orion Maps and Network Atlas provide a visual representation of your entire network and alerts can be defined when there are route changes, packet loss, increased latency, etc. Dashboards are easy to configure and provide the NOC team with a holistic view of the entire infrastructure.
Score 9 out of 10
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I created a numerous list of custom reports that haven't been presented as out-of-box - IP SLA monitoring, RAID status/information, information about switches virtual-chassis, etc. as well as was able to present reports from another monitoring system in Solarwinds Web console. I also actively use such useful tools as NetPath.
Score 8 out of 10
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It's appropriate if you have several different disparate tools and you are trying to visualize the network and get quick custom dashbaords. It would not be great if you have a multivendor environment where you need custom OIDs to be added in Solarwinds, you would need a dedicated person to maintain Solarwinds in that case. For a large-scale telecom network, this wouldn't be suitable.
January 18, 2022

SolarWinds

Score 9 out of 10
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Easy to use. I wish it was easier to auto-discover when new interfaces were used on existing nodes. I also wish the web interface had a faster response.
June 30, 2021

Best Value

Shahab Razak | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Apart from the recent security breach I still maintain that SolarWinds is the best NOC tool and best value for the money. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor will quickly baseline your network and you can set thresholds and alert quickly after that. The reporting UI contains valuable canned reports and modifying them to create your own reports is quite easy. Building reports from scratch is also easy. Their support for different hardware vendors and products is very comprehensive.
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