SolarWinds - The Batman of IT
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 07, 2018

SolarWinds - The Batman of IT

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

We use NPM as a means to manage the sites with smaller network pipes and be able to pinpoint exactly what is utilizing the bandwidth. It has been a blessing to have this as a tool, especially in this day and age, where the speed and reliability of a network are paramount.
  • Track network utilization
  • Pinpoint bottlenecks
  • General overview
  • NPM needs to be a bit more fluid from a GUI perspective
  • Easier install/upgrade path
  • Quicker backup methods for config.
NetPath is very useful when we're tracking how our expresspath is being used from our MPLS network to Azure. It seems like NetPath has grown and continues to grow in the future. I would like to see a little more documentation on it; however, it is good for now.
Unfortunately our organization does not use Network Insights to its fullest extent. I have seen some videos and reviews on it, however, we are only utilizing the NPM as a means of overview of network, and method of planning network infrastructure upgrades in the future, based on utilization. However, Network Insights looks extremely powerful.
We use mostly pre-built notifications in order to maintain as much up-time as possible. We do not customize our alerts, as SolarWinds has made it pretty easy to get exactly what we want when we want it. This is generally just for downtime and making sure we get alerts once something happens.
  • Less Downtime
  • Easier IT Management
  • Instant Alerts
We have not used any other products, as once we tried SolarWinds we stuck to it and thoroughly enjoy using it. We believe that if something works, don't fix it; however, SolarWinds improves itself overtime, so this is definitely the end game. We are extremely happy and will continue to stay a customer.
NPM is well suited in multi site environments with general pipe overviews as a requirement. This is paramount in companies that have sites with network pipes that are not up to par with this day and age. It also could be used in a school environment as a good means of tracking utilization.

SolarWinds NPM Feature Ratings

Automated network device discovery
9
Network monitoring
10
Baseline threshold calculation
8
Alerts
10
Network capacity planning
10
Packet capture analysis
9
Network mapping
7
Customizable reports
9
Hardware health monitoring
10