SolarWinds NPM can handle anything you throw at it
December 02, 2018

SolarWinds NPM can handle anything you throw at it

Paul Luchini | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

Currently our Network Operations and Network Support departments use NPM to monitor our networking devices, report on historical performance, and manage and back up device configurations.
  • Provides a single source for monitoring, managing, troubleshooting, and backup.
  • Supports a wide range of vendors and equipment.
  • Can be as simple or as detailed as you want to configure it.
  • Licensing could be more straightforward. It seems like there are too many separate products.
  • Once you start making use of a lot of features it gets more complicated to manage.
  • Server/SQL requirements increase quickly as you scale up.
  • It has reduced the amount of time it takes to manage our devices by having a single place for monitoring, troubleshooting, and backing up.
  • The multiple views for different users allows us to tailor it to users based on role, so the help desk gets a simplified view while network engineers get all the details and configs.
  • As we have increased the number of features we use and scaled it out to more devices, the product maintenance has necessarily grown more complex. Having a dedicated owner to manage it has helped tremendously.
NPM offers many more features and options, and goes much deeper. WhatsUp Gold is good if want to keep things simpler, but as our needs grew more complex it couldn't match the features and options of NPM.
It is well-suited if you have someone who will take ownership of managing NPM. It is harder to get the full benefits of NPM if you don't have someone who invests time in setting it up and maintaining it.

SolarWinds NPM Feature Ratings

Automated network device discovery
9
Network monitoring
8
Baseline threshold calculation
9
Alerts
8
Network capacity planning
7
Packet capture analysis
7
Network mapping
9
Customizable reports
8
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Not Rated
Hardware health monitoring
9