Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor - Give It A Spin
November 23, 2015

Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor - Give It A Spin

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

We use SolarWinds Network Performance Manager within the network engineering group to help monitor the health of the network. We use it with alerting to monitor device state (up/down) so that we can be proactive in resolving outages. We also use SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor to monitor our WAN and Internet links for both state (up/down) as well as utilization. We use the net flow module to monitor traffic flows and as a troubleshooting tool to find what traffic is using up bandwidth on links.
  • SolarWinds Network Performance Manager is easy to set up and configure.
  • The default views out of the box are a really good starting point so not a lot of tweaking is needed to get started monitoring.
  • I would like to see support for Cisco IWAN in order to be able to monitor PfRv3 and traffic routing in an IWAN deployment.
  • Increased visibility into bandwidth and traffic utilization.
  • Quicker response to network outages.
As a general network monitoring tool it does very well. SolarWinds Network Performance Manager has multiple add-on modules that expand its functionality which makes it an overall well rounded monitoring platform.

SolarWinds NPM Feature Ratings

Automated network device discovery
Not Rated
Network monitoring
8
Baseline threshold calculation
Not Rated
Alerts
8
Network capacity planning
Not Rated
Packet capture analysis
Not Rated
Network mapping
Not Rated
Customizable reports
Not Rated
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Not Rated
Hardware health monitoring
8

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor Implementation

We did not have any issues with our implementation.
Change management was minimal - Change management was not really a part of our SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor implementation.
  • Virtual server performance

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor Support

The few times that I have dealt with support they have done a good job, though the turn-around was not as fast as I would have liked.
ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
Support cares about my success
Need to explain problems multiple times

Using SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

Overall SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is really easy to use. As with any product, there is always room for improvement.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Adding new nodes
  • Installing modules
  • Customizing graphs and views
  • Upgrading software
  • Creating a custom view that has interface graphs from multiple nodes and/or different modules.