SolarWinds NPM for the win
Michael Haberkern | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 15, 2018

SolarWinds NPM for the win

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

We use it to check bandwidth constraints and also to troubleshoot outages to trace back to the root cause. Also to check what times of the day the util is the highest to assess new hardware, etc.. This tool is very valuable with the features it has, although licensing can become expensive depending on how you use it.
  • Finding which sites uses the most traffic, what type of traffic and where they are traversing to and from.
  • The GUI interface is relatively intuitive and easy to customize.
  • The integration to the Orion Platform is good, kind of a one-stop shop.
  • The licensing model can become expensive, because they are based on port count.
  • We find the best bang for the buck to put them on the uplink interfaces.
  • Sometime the GUI gets too into the weeds from the default config. You have to modify to see what you want to see. Needs are different for each company.
We use this and group them into parent-child alerts. If we lose the core switch, there is no sense in alerting us to the rest of the downstream components, as we know they will not be working until we can fix the core. This saves a lot of emails from going out.
  • It lets us know when our hardware is not functioning properly, or is down.
  • It is a great tool that we use daily. I have used it at my last 3 companies.
  • Although expensive, I like to monitor our services as so we are not told by a customer that our systems are down, but rather, we know for ourselves, and before the customer has a chance to let us know.
It was free and worked well for smaller environments, but is not enterprise level.
Great for sites small and large, but if budget is an issue, deploy only on uplink ports. Having a licnese for each port can get expensive if you have lots of switches and users

SolarWinds NPM Feature Ratings

Automated network device discovery
8
Network monitoring
9
Baseline threshold calculation
7
Alerts
8
Network capacity planning
7
Packet capture analysis
6
Network mapping
6
Customizable reports
7
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
6
Hardware health monitoring
7