Solarwinds NPM is awesome!
March 02, 2019

Solarwinds NPM is awesome!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

We use this product to monitor our network infrastructure consisting of Cisco Routers, Switches and Wireless at multiple North America locations. This tool allows us to be proactive with the support of our environment by identifying problem areas related to design flaws, hardware failure, and areas of congestion. Since we acquired the tool, we are no longer blind to events that take place in our environment.
  • The product does a great job of discovering devices in our network as well as identifying what they are.
  • This product is easy to install when you follow the installation guide and meet the system requirements.
  • The ability to drill down into switches, routers, servers and wireless devices is beneficial to the support of our environment.
  • I would like to see the product run on a Linux server platform such as RHEL instead of a windows server platform.
  • Support for open source databases as a repository instead of MS SQL.
  • If the product was sold as an appliance.
  • The product has had a positive impact on network reliability and performance.
  • The ability to be proactive has reduced our outage windows and made us more profitable.
  • The visibility the product gives us has helped us when creating our IT budget.
We currently have What's Up Gold to monitor up down and other areas as well. The product is unstable and costly to operate and support. We are in the process of decommissioning What's Up Gold as we are now utilizing NPM to do what What's Up Gold used to do and so much more.
I think the product is well suited for a network of components that include servers, routers, switches, wireless and virtual machines. I don't think the product would be suitable for a small business environment because of its initial cost of ownership including subscription costs, appropriate resources to configure and use the solution, hardware, and software licensing.

SolarWinds NPM Feature Ratings

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