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Collin Lichtenberger | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 20, 2020

SolarWinds NPM Customer Review

Score 6 out of 10
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It does basic ping and SNMP monitoring fairly well, but again I would very much like to see the robustness of the system improved. We far too often have to call support because the application is running slowly. This is my biggest complaint. Besides this, I see SolarWinds NPM doing very well in a campus environment. I do not believe it is well suited for monitoring cloud applications at this time, though.
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Mike Mozola | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 17, 2020

The best set of tools for your network monitoring needs.

Score 9 out of 10
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We have found SolarWinds NPM to be a good solution for our clients with mid to large sized networks with the budget to support managing their assets. We have used alternate (open-source) solutions for some of our clients with smaller networks but find there are a lot less features available compared to NPM.
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Ted Sadler | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 15, 2020

SolarWinds Network "Magnificent Performance" Monitor

Score 10 out of 10
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Network Performance Monitor is especially well-suited for:
  • Monitoring the uptime, latency, statistics, and other metrics for individual device performance
  • Reporting on device availability and metadata
  • Identifying problem areas of the network down to specific interfaces
but is less suited for things like:
  • Network/IT device asset management
  • Small-scale business operations
Overall, SolarWinds NPM is an enterprise-grade, state/national scale platform suited very well for analyzing the performance and problem areas of large networks, but is not really meant for the "IT helpdesk" kind of user device asset management that some other platforms also do. Orion has those kinds of features available in other products, however. Also, SolarWinds would not be very appropriate for small, single-building, single-network kinds of operations.
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Matthew A. Osmond | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 03, 2020

A mature, customization monitoring solution

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I have run SolarWinds NPM at two organizations, and it worked very well in both cases. Both orgs were mid-sized (2,000 - 5,000 users), so I have not run it at significant scale, or at a small business. It does require some care and feeding for optimal performance, but I believe this is true of any monitoring product.
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Reinier Kleipool | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 28, 2020

How NPM replaced several products at much lower licensing cost.

Score 9 out of 10
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It will work particularly well in a mixed network/server environment. It is very useful for monitoring small to mid-sized networks.

I doubt it will work well in in a 10,000+ Node network because dependent alert suppression is not sufficient. In large installations eventually the database will become the bottleneck. Do not use it in a H3C/Comware only environment.
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Srinivas Reddy | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 24, 2020

My SolarWinds Monitor

Score 8 out of 10
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SolarWinds NPM is great for devices or servers connected in the same network domain or for two different data centers located in different zones. It is very efficient for reading the performance latencies and the bytes read or write/sec between the datacenters. It is very good at pinpointing data latency in a specific interval of time. It is also very good for analyzing reports for data transmission and performance bottlenecks on very large environments and pinpointing inaccuracies. This can be less effective if a clustered environment is created across networks in different domains or for more than four data centers.
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Bradley Friars | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 10, 2020

Works great!

Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds NPM is great for server and firewall management. We use it for many companies. It makes it simple to know who I need to investigate and who is working perfectly fine. One major thing for NPM is that it would be simpler if all clients could be stacked in the same window so that tab jumping was not needed.
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Lasha Jojua | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 06, 2020

Good tool for network performance monitoring

Score 8 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor delivers everything that needs to be discovered before or during downtime. Alert integration with chatops software delivers comfortable environment for Ops team. 3rd-party integrations are available as well. Dashboards can be customized for different teams (network admin/monitoring). This is also a complicated tool that needs months for non-network admins to be able to understand and use it.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 14, 2020

SolarWinds NPM is the magic bullet!

Score 8 out of 10
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The software is powerful and does what its advertised to do. I think that Solarwinds is a perfect candidate for any administrator with at least 25 devices/servers to manage. One of the best things you can do during the selection process would be to get an estimate for the number of interfaces you will have. These can add up fast since everything can be monitored.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 04, 2020

SolarWinds Network Evaluation

Score 8 out of 10
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Solarwinds and NPMs graphic solution is rather limited in your ability to display information in the manner you prefer. I feel the graphing and reviewing historical performance graphs to be one of the least developed features of NPM. The network topology maps have recently made large improvements and is a great step forward from the old Atlas Map program.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 07, 2020

All the information you need to diagnose your network in one place.

Score 9 out of 10
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NPM gives a great overview of the goings-on in a network. The amount of information we want to see is easily found, and when we find we are missing some detail, that is also added with a minimal amount of effort. The mapping options are also great and allow us to see when different areas may be affected by localized power or other issues.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 20, 2020

Solarwinds NPM - Well worth your time

Score 9 out of 10
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NPM is well suited to get a baseline as to what's going on in your network via NetFlow/nbar2. This will not replace an extra hop, or other protocol analyzer products which do a much deeper dive. I really believe that NPM and NCM should be bundled as a single product because having one without the other is hard to work with.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 17, 2020

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor: THE leader in network monitoring

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Monitoring network infrastructure (routers, switches, LAN/WAN circuits) is where SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor really shines. I frequently use it to pull historical graphs to show other teams where specific network components were either behaving properly or poorly at times of observed issues.

NPM doesn't have a whole lot of drawbacks. I guess you could say that server type devices don't benefit from it as much as network infrastructure.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 17, 2020

SolarWinds simply works!

Score 8 out of 10
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It is good at monitoring computing systems and applications. I have not used very much, but I think it can improve with reporting and taking corrective actions when alerts occur.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 15, 2020

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor Review

Score 6 out of 10
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This review is purely aimed at making others realize that SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is not a simple replacement tool for what you might already be using. It is extremely powerful, extremely configurable but the average likely user--a network or server admin--is ulikely to have the necessary coding and SQL skills needed to utilize that. This is something that SolarWinds haven't really talked about, and in my opinion, is a major flaw and is what makes me only give it a 6/10 rating.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 15, 2020

A highly recommended network management tool.

Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds NPM is great for keeping track of all your nodes and making sure they are online. It can help with deeper insight and give you a great inventory for reporting and auditing. We find it helps with both small and larger networks. You can get what you need out of it as it is highly customizable. On the negative, if you're looking for deeper packet inspection or detailed information for more than a few months, then for us we find it very resource hungry and only limit it to 30 days or so.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 14, 2020

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor Review

Score 10 out of 10
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I feel that this solution is well suited for a campus or enterprise network. It provides the visibility needed from end to end on a network and is very helpful for a small team. I'm not sure of a scenario where it would be less appropriate as I see the value in being able to get a full view of your nodes in a network.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 09, 2020

SolarWinds NPM Review

Score 9 out of 10
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For any size network needing performance monitoring as well as up/down statistics and all types of network performance alerts, SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is a great tool.

If you need detailed measurements over very short time intervals, SolarWinds NPM is not the tool you need. It is best suited at a macro view over minutes/hours/days.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 08, 2020

Review of SolarWinds NPM

Score 8 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is ideal for monitoring network performance. I know that seems obvious, but it does exactly what it is designed to do and that is a good thing (and unfortunately somewhat rare). The tools are fairly simple to use. The reports show good data in a useful way.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 23, 2020

Network Performance Monitoring for the Admin with no time

Score 8 out of 10
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Site to Site Link Monitoring
Monitoring the link between your branches is vital for your production systems and performance reporting.

Network Device Port Monitoring
Monitoring the ports on your switches for throughput and if they are up or down is very helpful.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 07, 2020

NPM for a medium size business

Score 8 out of 10
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NPM is a great tool to get a visual on what is happening on your network. You can stay ahead of a problem and fix it before a user can even submit a ticket with the bandwidth alerts. Adding all of your network devices from firewalls to switches makes it a very handy tool for monitoring these devices.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Automated network device discovery (171)
8.7
Network monitoring (190)
9.4
Baseline threshold calculation (167)
8.4
Alerts (189)
9.3
Network capacity planning (150)
7.7
Packet capture analysis (105)
7.6
Network mapping (156)
7.7
Customizable reports (174)
8.4
Wireless infrastructure monitoring (122)
7.7
Hardware health monitoring (176)
8.8

About 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
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

SolarWinds NPM Screenshots

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Network Performance Monitor overview

SolarWinds NPM Downloadables

SolarWinds NPM Integrations

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor, SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM), SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM), SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA), SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM), SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN), SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM), SolarWinds Web Help Desk (WHD), SolarWinds User Device Tracker, SolarWinds VoIP & Network Quality Manager

SolarWinds NPM Competitors

ManageEngine OpManager, Ipswitch 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

SolarWinds NPM Support Options

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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