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SolarWinds NPM

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What is SolarWinds NPM?

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

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Popular Features

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  • Alerts (228)
    8.8
    88%
  • Network monitoring (231)
    8.7
    87%
  • Hardware health monitoring (215)
    8.7
    87%
  • Customizable reports (212)
    7.9
    79%

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Pricing

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NPM

$1,638

On Premise
per year

Entry-level set up fee?

  • Setup fee optional
For the latest information on pricing, visithttp://www.solarwinds.com/products/pric…

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Product Demos

Why I Recommend SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

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Features

Network Performance Monitoring

A network performance monitoring system monitors the entire network for performance problems and collects performance data such as network traffic analysis performance bottlenecks, etc.

7.9
Avg 8.3
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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:

  • 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 a 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: Seamless conversion upgrade to AIOps-powered Hybrid Cloud Observability
  • 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 Nexus switches, F5 BIG-IP load balancers, Cisco ASA firewalls

SolarWinds NPM Screenshots

Screenshot of Network monitoring software used to reduce network outages and detect, diagnose, and resolve multi-vendor network performance issues.Screenshot of See relationships for routers, switches, interfaces, volumes, and groups, updated automatically without user intervention to maintain the network, not 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 Identify dead zones and improve wireless coverage. With its network monitoring tool, users can access out-of-the-box wireless reports, including wireless availability and rogue access points.Screenshot of Configure alerts by calculating dynamic baseline threshold data with network performance monitoring software.

SolarWinds NPM Video

Network Performance Monitor overview

SolarWinds NPM Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Windows® Server 2016; SQL Server 2016 SQL Server 2016 SP1 SQL Server 2017 (including installations on Linux)
Mobile ApplicationNo

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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.

Reviewers rate Alerts highest, with a score of 8.8.

The most common users of SolarWinds NPM are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We choose to use SolarWinds because the legacy Monitor tool was not cover some areas/alerts/vendors. Also, we were looking for a tool able to identify and act in some alerts. We are using NPM to monitor the infrastructure, to provide some stats that can help us to identify possible issues in the future, and to automatize some regular actions.
  • Monitor Cisco devices in general
  • Monitor Azure Gateways
  • Provide different kind of reports
  • Provide different kind of alerts
  • Pollers for Aruba Devices
  • The SolarWinds support team is not familiar with non-Cisco vendors, so it's hard to get some support from them.
  • Bugs sometimes is happening
  • Sometimes the Dashboard delays to show the current status of Nodes/Services
Great tool if you have Cisco-based devices. Not suitable for all vendors like Aruba, HP, Citrix. For other vendors, the Thwack forum sometimes is contributing with something that can help.
  • Netpath services
  • Wireless stats & reports
  • Orion Maps
  • Orion Dashboards
  • Orion Network Overview
Network Performance Monitoring (10)
95%
9.5
Automated network device discovery
100%
10.0
Network monitoring
90%
9.0
Baseline threshold calculation
100%
10.0
Alerts
100%
10.0
Network capacity planning
100%
10.0
Packet capture analysis
100%
10.0
Network mapping
90%
9.0
Customizable reports
90%
9.0
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
90%
9.0
Hardware health monitoring
90%
9.0
  • Able to predict the future with the Forecast reports.
  • with NPM I can monitor the WAN circuits then decide if it needs a upgrade or not.
  • Able to provide quick responses for alerts, reducing the MTTR for some services
I didn't test other products
20
Network Operation Team, Help desk Level 1 & 2 and the Management Level (reports only)
1
Knowledge about the current network, Basic Network skills, and familiar with SolarWinds features and Dashboard.
  • API Poller support
  • Netpatch services
  • Orion Maps
  • Orion Dashboards
  • Able to forecast upgrades & downgrades
  • Able to prevent issues
  • Able to be proactive about issues
  • To Determine potential outside network issues (using Netpath services)
  • To share the Orion Maps with Customers/Partners
The tool is delivering all that was promised. All so far so good!
Yes
Nagios - We are replacing Nagios with Solarwinds in order to have more Features provided by Solarwinds, better support, and better/faster learning for the engineers.
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
The NPM has fantastic features like Netpath that are helping us to get issues and monitor better our network.
Probably I will increase my scores as I can see the support team is now able to understand and give the right support for non-Cisco devices. So far so good for all other tools/features.
  • Implemented in-house
No
Change management was a small part of the implementation and was well-handled
The change management understands that Solarwinds in most cases is just monitoring the environment and most of the actions made are included previously in a CAB discussion.
  • Orion Alerts (sometimes required more skills to build it up)
  • Vendors not supported
  • MIB SNMP not working for some systems/vendors
Probably if I have the opportunity to implement it again, I would contract a consultant company to help us. More easy and fast to get it implemented.
  • Online Training
The training is good but during the implementation, you can get situations not learned during the training. The trainer was very open to hearing the questions about use cases and always sharing his experience. I really recommend having official training to take advantage of all features that the NPM can bring.
The dashboard is very friendly but sometimes requires good SOalrwinds & Network Skills.
Yes, we followed the best practices provided during the SolarWinds training.
No - we have not done any customization to the interface
No - we have not done any custom code
NA.
Sometimes the support is not able to help with non-Cisco devices or vendors with fewer marketing share
Not yet. Currently, we just have the Network environment under Solarwinds. No reason to have this support for this moment.
Yes
Yes, I have flagged an issue with Orion NOC. It was fixed fast by the support team.
When a opened a ticket regarding NPM, they could sort the issue and in the final suggested running a Performance Tool to get the Health of my SolarWinds installation. Great Suggestion :)
All so far so good! Very friendly dashboard.
  • Netpath services
  • Orion Dashboards
  • Network Overview
  • Orion Maps
  • Orion Reports (sometimes requires more skills to build it up)
  • Orion Alerts (sometimes requires more skills to build it up)
No problems to scale the application for other departments.
Always available. Always is important to plan the software available during the machine/application setup.
The dashboard is friendly, all sessions have intuitive information and links to other Solarwinds modules.
  • Jira
  • Splunk
  • Azure
The documentation on SolarWinds is good but sometimes you need to invoke support to help you.
  • Jira
  • Nagios
For Jira, 100% sure because Solarwinds & Jira have an integration module available. Not sure about Nagios as they are SolarWinds concurrent.
  • File import/export
  • API (e.g. SOAP or REST)
Sometimes is easy, and intuitive but sometimes you need to invoke Solarwinds support or/and the other product Support.
Most of the integration as paid. Maybe a good approach leaves available all integrations as it can encourage people to buy and integrate their products with Solarwinds.
No problem with them, just sometimes they are sending e-mails about products that you already have.
They are providing a good pos-sales. Always asking me if there is any challenge with the SolarWinds implementation
SLA for cases;
Discounts to acquire additional modules.
NA
Yes
Yes, all upgrades made were smooth and causing minimal down time to the users
  • Following the current Application version
  • Cover bugs & vulnerabilities
  • Under a code that the support will probably suggest being
  • Fix bugs
  • Fix Vulnerabilities
  • Make the application faster
  • Provide more facilities & tools
No
No
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use SolarWinds Network Performance Manager (NPM) to manage our control system for our public safety radio system and call recording. The NPM allows me to instantly capture the system health at a glance, and be notified in or out of the office of any current or impending issues.
  • System monitoring
  • System inventory
  • Notification
  • Better performance of screen refreshes for network maps
Inventory and control and system wide health status
Network Performance Monitoring (10)
60%
6.0
Automated network device discovery
80%
8.0
Network monitoring
80%
8.0
Baseline threshold calculation
70%
7.0
Alerts
70%
7.0
Network capacity planning
80%
8.0
Packet capture analysis
N/A
N/A
Network mapping
80%
8.0
Customizable reports
60%
6.0
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
N/A
N/A
Hardware health monitoring
80%
8.0
  • By being able to virtualize the NPM server we were able to utilize existing hardware
  • We have been able to capture data showing future imminent failure and take action.
SolarWinds has more features and is easier to set up/install
Yes
Nagios
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Third-party Reviews
The product features and useability we both very important in determining purchase. This product has both amazing features and an easy intuitive interface .
  • Server uptime
  • IP Endpoint uptime
  • Hardware performance
  • Notifications
It’s intuitive yet detailed enough and granular enough to get what you want in a short amount of time.
4
Information technology, and administrative
2
We utilize the techs
  • Checking remote network gateways for our provincial radio system
  • Checking health and uptime of remote radio controllers for provincial radio system
  • Monitoring other agencies in our dispatch radius
It’s what we know, and nothing else comes close
Confirm service agreements
  • Third-party professional services
Westcan ACS
No
Change management was minimal
  • Proper server OS versioning
Needed to make sure the OS had the proper version and the DB was installed correctly
  • Online training
  • Self-taught
Would like an in person course
Yes but to get the full benefit would recommend training
No it is just about right
None at this time
Some - we have done small customizations to the interface
A slight learning curve
No - we have not done any custom code
None at this time
No
Not required at this point
Great support. I don’t give 10s unless they pay me!! :)
No
Back when I was trying to get a server communicating with the reporting, support went out of their way to assist.
  • New Device scans
  • Network maps
  • Node edits
  • Changing contact and alert settings
  • Upgrades
From the direction and information I have been given it is very flexible and scalelable
Has never failed me
Pages load slow, especially the bettors map. Could be that my server is old.
  • Nice recording solutions
  • Avtec consoles
  • Hexagon CAD
  • Motorola P35 radio
yes
  • Single Signon
Nothing at this stage
Had to change the billing info, that was difficult
Westcan has always been awesome
Installation, configuration, testing and as-build ducumentaion
None
Yes
Yes, but the new release did slow the system down significantly
  • Haven’t used it yet
  • Redundant server configuration for high availability
No
No
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