Robust, high-grade network visualizer you'll want to check out
March 05, 2019

Robust, high-grade network visualizer you'll want to check out

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

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

NPM is the primary tool I use to track up/down status for all workstations, network device, and IP addressable equipment owned by our organization. I also like the added features to track storage information on systems and bandwidth usage. I am the primary user of the system, but the IT team has made use of it from time to time as well. I also use the system to send myself email alerts when designated events occur so that I do not have to be in the NPM page at all times.

Pros

  • The ability to track nodes by IP address or DNS name
  • Custom Property control (ability to give nodes new categories/types/locations, etc.)
  • Customizable pages for viewing only important information about a device, several devices, or scope of devices

Cons

  • The DNS-tracking node feature takes some time to update. This can make outages look longer, not fail to notice them at all
  • The license count can be too easily eaten up with tracking interfaces. In a switch-dense network, NPM can be an expensive tool
  • Every module (network mapper, configuration management, etc) is another purchase. I appreciate the ability to not pay for what you don't need, but some things should be a given that they are needed by network administrators
  • NPM saves me approximately 40-50 hours of work I would otherwise have to do each year. This can translate to actual dollars when set against the salary/pay you would invest in having an employee do the same work without SolarWinds NPM.
I have used SNMPc in the past and it is fine for tracking up/down status, but it hasn't been updated in years. Despite NPM's higher cost, the support and community forums provide continuous support for the long-term use of the product in our environment.
It is perfect for IT departments that have wide-scope monitoring needs. Companies that only need to monitor up/down status may find this solution to be overkill, as it is VERY robust and granularly configurable.

SolarWinds NPM Feature Ratings

Automated network device discovery
9
Network monitoring
9
Baseline threshold calculation
Not Rated
Alerts
10
Network capacity planning
Not Rated
Customizable reports
8
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Not Rated

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