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SolarWinds NPM

SolarWinds NPM


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

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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.

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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 and Hardware health monitoring highest, with a score of 8.9.

The most common users of SolarWinds NPM are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Users recommend considering the whole stack of Network Modules on the SolarWinds platform instead of NPM as a standalone product. They believe the other modules are valuable additions for monitoring, managing, and analyzing the network. SolarWinds NPM is considered the best network performance monitoring solution on the market. Users suggest using it for network monitoring and exploring other modules for specific infrastructure monitoring. While NPM is a good tool for network monitoring, users advise looking into alternative options for advanced monitoring needs. Some users suggest improving the navigation to make it more fluid and user-friendly. Overall, users recommend SolarWinds NPM for managing and monitoring network infrastructures due to its reliability and cost-effectiveness. They also recommend trying the live action feature and Meraki for enhanced network analytics. Users suggest considering other products with better UI and capabilities. SolarWinds NPM is worth the price if affordable, especially with sponsorship. Working with third-party services or SolarWinds to properly set up the tool is recommended. Using multiple tools in conjunction with NPM provides more visibility. Users recommend signing up for Thwack and utilizing their resources for assistance with SolarWinds products. Trying the demo first before purchasing is advisable. NPM is considered a core module in every company that chooses SolarWinds as their monitoring tool. It is important to ensure that the server can handle the software. Experienced staff maximizes the benefits of the platform. Users suggest downloading a trial copy of NPM to test it out. NPM outperforms other tools according to user opinions. More theme options and additional ways to export data are requested. Other modules from SolarWinds that work well with NPM, such as Server & Application Manager, should be explored. Support team and Thwack community are highly praised by users. Users should not be overwhelmed by features and take advantage of free trial resources. SolarWinds is recommended for enterprise-level monitoring, but Loop1 consulting is advised for complex environments. Initial setup can be time-consuming. The 30-day evaluation of the full product is excellent. Becoming a Thwack member provides access to extensive resources and support. SolarWinds may have a higher cost but is considered worth it. Proper provisioning of hardware, software, and infrastructure is crucial before deploying SolarWinds. Users recommend setting up the trial version first and getting familiar with the product. SolarWinds NPM receives high recommendations from users and is praised for its great dashboards.

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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
Jesse Bridgelal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
Vetted Review
  • 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
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • monitor up/down status of network nodes
  • sends alerts immediately by email
  • good graphs and widgets to view at a quick glance status of nodes
  • maybe a little easier way to add new network nodes
January 25, 2022

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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
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