SolarWinds, a product that can do all your network management and monitoring.
December 16, 2014

SolarWinds, a product that can do all your network management and monitoring.

Bill Rieger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Network Performance Monitoring 11.0.1

Modules Used

  • Network Traffic Analyzer 4.0.3
  • Solarwinds Tool Set 11.0.0
  • Network Config Manager 7.3
  • VoIP and Network Quality Manager 4.1

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

SolarWinds is used to monitor all of our network infrastructure along with some key areas of the network out side of it. SolarWinds is being used mostly by our Network Service Group and IT here at Herman Miller. It is also used as a view only tool as well for our support center groups and some of our remote sites. It allows us a very quick way to monitor or gather information on network segments before there is a problem or alerts when there is a problem. We have the ability to go back and look at history and learn what is normal in our infrastructure.
  • SolarWinds biggest strength is the is of use and configuration.
  • SolarWinds has a lot of flexibility on layout of screens and display
  • SolarWinds can be shared with many areas of the corporation for information or details of any network devices.
  • They are always updating and improving the product and adding new items to make monitoring more robust.
  • There are a lot of older items that are still in the system; it would be great if all looked the same.
  • The reporting had a lot of functionality for customizing until they moved to web based reports. Now all has to be SQL scripting.
  • There has been issues in the past with updates not going well. Solarwinds has been able to resolve all of them but it took a lot of time with support to get them resolved. But all have been fixed to the our satisfaction.
  • We have used SolarWinds to determine when remote sites are using high bandwidth
  • SolarWinds Network Traffic Analyzer has help determined where we need to leverage network usage or cut back on what is allowed for network traffic at remote sites.
  • It allows us to give information to our Support Center so they can give a quick answer to our Business Partners on what maybe causing there issues with connectivity.
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SolarWinds was much more cost affective for our business. It was much simpler to configure and set up. It identified a lot of the network objects without having to set up special configs or building it from scratch. It has a wide range of flexibility and add-ons as well. Was able to set up the product right out of the box and start collecting information.
SolarWinds is a very flexible product and it can be used by companies small and large. I like the fact that you can add the modules as you grow in what you would like to monitor and then they integrate with the current views and setup that you have already configured. This is a great tool for learning what normal network traffic looks like and compare to problems you may be having.

Using SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

Low maintenance cost and great support on problems and issues. SolarWinds has been used here for over 10 years and we are able to have minimal down time and has been solid on monitoring and alerting on our network setup. They are constantly adding new and improving the product and making it better to use all around.