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SolarWinds NPM Review: "2 Decades for network motioning experience."
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September 28, 2018

SolarWinds NPM Review: "2 Decades for network motioning experience."

Score 10 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

When I started at my current company the previous engineers had used Nagios but never trained anyone on their specialized configurations or how to duplicate their work. Since Nagios no one on the team that was left had experience with Nagios. I brought in SolarWinds NPM to quickly bring a handle on basic networking monitoring which was not being done. Management bought into my plan and we've migrated all monitoring to SolarWinds products as a core single pane of glass.
  • Easy templates can be made to train everyone on adding and managing nodes.
  • Reporting Reporting Reporting
  • Constant upgrades to features to keep up with the changing times.
  • Better email controls. Right now we can do everything to control different groups getting emails but it could be easier.
  • NTA needs to be part of NPM they should not be separate products.
  • Filtering/searching options on syslogs and alerts.
This new feature NetPath really replaces what we used to do with some of Cisco's EMM line. While this is just a very graphic traceroute it has proven to be very helpful in discovering performance issues with multi-homed BGP datacenters.
The views into the Cisco ASA and F5 load balancers have helped us increase our ability to respond to issues as they are occurring not hours later when we have complaints filtering in.
Noise vs happiness is how I look at the difference of Solarwinds with some of the other products. Yes you have to configure and tweak but the community always has some great suggestions and next level ideas on custom alerts and monitors for those alerts. 13 years ago no one was monitoring BGP change of state just up/down but I wrote a poller that did this and all of the sudden we were able to address largely impacting issues before our customers started to report them.
  • Reporting and forecasting helping us find the path to supporting growing areas before bottlenecks happen
  • Transparency with all of our internal groups for what is really happening on the network.
  • Templates and standards to ensure consistency on the network.
I've used ScienceLogic, Whatsup Gold, Tivoli, CA's Suite of tools as well as many many others that focus on just small areas of network monitoring. From out of the box Solarwinds is the most cost effective and ease of use tool to get working in your network. If you have under 200 networking nodes and all the passwords to each of them you can deploy NMP in under a day with one user doing 99% of the work. It will take you longer to get your servers built for NPM and the database then it will to actually get your nodes under monitoring by SolarWinds.
If you have less then 30 network devices that do not need to be 24x7 then SolarWinds is not for you. If you have multiple sites and 24x7 revenue tied to up time of these locations then SolarWinds is the best place to start for keeping your eye on your world.

SolarWinds NPM Feature Ratings

Automated network device discovery
9
Network monitoring
10
Baseline threshold calculation
8
Alerts
9
Network capacity planning
8
Packet capture analysis
6
Network mapping
9
Customizable reports
10
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
8
Hardware health monitoring
9