SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM

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Score 8.7 out of 100
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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)


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  • Network monitoring (231)
  • Alerts (228)
  • Hardware health monitoring (215)
  • Customizable reports (212)

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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

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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Jesse Bridgelal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Excellent Network Reporting
  • Great performance monitoring with various KPIs
  • Proactive alerting with alerts when approaching set thresholds
  • It would be great to have Root Cause Analysis built into the platform
  • The Network mapping feature could use a friendlier interface
  • The Network Monitoring Platform does not include the Topology Mapper.
Ravi Khanchandani | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Device Health Monitoring
  • NetPath - network path analysis
  • Performance monitoring of devices - utilization of resources like CPU, Mem, Interfaces
  • Specific vendor monitoring with Network Insight - Cisco, F5, Palo Alto
  • NetPath scaling for very large environments like Banks
  • Drag and drop functionality in Reporting
  • Drag and drop functionality in Dashboards
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Alerting on the SolarWinds NPM platform is straightforward to set up, customizable, and works reliably.
  • Being able to set up basic and more complex monitoring is a nice touch. Even devices that don't support SNMP can be monitored via a simple ping.
  • Visibility of all network and server device health on one dashboard is very convenient.
  • The SolarWinds NPM UI/UX isn't exactly the most modern-looking, but it gets the job done.
  • Updates to SolarWinds can be tricky at times and have broken the system in the past.
  • Configuring and scripting some of the advanced features can be confusing, but the thwack community is always very helpful.
Curt Sminkey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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  • Notify us when a network device goes down and comes back online.
  • Reports for network interfaces.
  • Fairly simple to add or remove a network device.
  • The software upgrade process is a little hairy and has caused me trouble on occasion.
  • The server that it needs to run is a bit of a resource hog along with the SQL server.
  • Some additional features like the network map are a bit clunky compared to some other products that we use.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • Easy identification of network issues
  • Notification when critical systems are offline
  • The "Network Top 10" dashboard is all-around great
  • Upgrading the software can be tedious
  • Managing/creating reports could be faster
  • Overall, no major complaints
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • Provides real-time network performance data
  • Customized reporting
  • Easily create WiFi heat maps
  • Cost when scaling can get expensive
  • Would like to see tighter integration between SolarWinds products
  • GUI could be streamlined more
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • Identifies IP addresses, hostnames, packet loss, and latency
  • Displays top talkers per each monitored interface
  • Path offers device details and detects configuration changes
  • Detailed (potentially multi-path) map between Windows node and a specified destination
  • Customizing the NPM interface is capable of a multitude of instructions in the Virtual Classroom via the SW website.
  • Customizing the threshold values and which interfaces to monitor are configurable by many videos in the Virtual Classroom on the SW website.
  • Customizing the active alerts' values are configurable by following directions and video instruction guides in the SW Virtual Classroom on the SW website.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • Monitors all the switches
  • Alert when a network device is down
  • Monitor bandwidth usage across the network
  • Monitor Hardware health on devices
  • Bandwidth monitoring could be improved, when creating a map we need to either show bandwidth usage or interface speed. I would like to see both
  • Wireless heat maps could be improved. It only works with certain vendors
January 25, 2022

solarwinds npm

Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • Resource performance monitoring.
  • Link monitoring.
  • Alerting.
  • Reporting.
  • New devices are not supported.
  • IPSec VPN tunnel monitoring of the FortiGate firewall is not supported.
  • Creating custom pollers does not provide the required information.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Highly customizable
  • Great mapping tools
  • Has an overview of devices and endpoints in an environment
  • Tiering could be more granular.
  • Customization could be made easier for end-users.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • Alert when a network device is down.
  • Monitor device for hardware errors.
  • Monitor bandwidth usage across network.
  • Wireless heat maps could be improved. We have multiple AP vendors and from experience, it only works with certain vendors.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • Very scalable for large environments
  • Agent and agentless monitoring available
  • Robust SNMP monitoring, realtime MIB updates by the vendor
  • Integrates seamlessly with other SolarWinds products
  • Support more vendors, checkpoint and storage vendors
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • Custom reports building.
  • Alert management with conditions constructor.
  • A huge variety of data sources.
  • Web console requests cashing works quite slow - I assume Redis configuration should be improved.
  • Network elements virtualization and clustering monitoring do not satisfy the contemporary requirements (has to be more functional and provide a wider list of vendors).
  • WiFi heatmap is available for Cisco Meraki equipment only.
June 30, 2021

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Shahab Razak | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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  • Alerting
  • Reporting
  • Baselining
  • Wide vendor support of network elements
  • Cloud and on-premise element support
  • Should be easier to customize UI
  • Integrate inline dynamic network diagramming from within the UI (create & maintain)
  • Simplify top menu in UI
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