SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM

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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)


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solarwinds npm

10 out of 10
January 25, 2022
We are using the solarwinds npm to monitor the network availability of our networking devices like routers, switches and servers. We are …
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Alerts (226)


Hardware health monitoring (213)


Customizable reports (210)


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Network Performance Monitoring


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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

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

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Deployment TypesOn-premise
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

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.

What is SolarWinds NPM's best feature?

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

Who uses SolarWinds NPM?

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


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SolarWinds NPM

Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is quite an extensive product, covering all our bases and requirements. There are a lot of customizable options and features which you can work with for their alerting which is really useful. I haven't found anything yet which I thought SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) could do, but it actually couldn't so overall it works nicely and does the job.
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds fulfilled all my requirements for network monitoring. I have added multiple vendor switches, Router, Firewalls, L1 switch for ICMP, and all are easy add-in tools for monitoring. This allows for easy SNMP configuration. SolarWinds has real-time monitoring and we can customize the polling interval as per our choices.
Dwain Erhart | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I would give it a 10 if it was easy to setup SMS or the tool to get it working was built in. But this is a serious detriment to the product. IT is 24/7 for us and having a node down during off hours can be critical. We have users in our organization who work differing hours and we have some critical departments every day 24 hours. Having an IT staff that is only working on a day shift requires the on-call person to be able to get notifications via SMS
November 11, 2020

Value for Money

Sudharsan Punniyakotti | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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GUI is very good and easy to understand as a new user. Alerts mechanism and alert triggers are good and support SMS and email. Features like NETPATH helps to trace packets easily. Network mapping is good, but still needs lots of improvement. Report system is a bit tricky. Mostly, NPM discovers all the attached devices if it is already there in the template.
Score 9 out of 10
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The interface is so intuitive that I don't usually give a tutorial on how to use it. I just point IT folks to the front page URL and give them the guest account credentials. From there, they can just poke around and learn/discover as they go. You quickly realize you can click on pretty much anything (devices, interfaces, circuits, etc.) and get a whole new screen with detailed information. It's very straightforward.
Greg Richards | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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It's easy to use at first. But, when you would either like to go technical OR trying to add a custom monitor the ease of use goes out the door and requires a lot of time to learn its SDK / Back-end tools.

Way too much emphasis on user to user support via their Thwack site. Skimping on support cost much? It's slightly disheartening to get better support from other customers then from the "success center" or calling support. Really hurts the ease of use for the product, because its fine until things don't work out of the box, then it gets frustratingly difficult.