My go-to performance monitor is SolarWinds.
January 31, 2020

My go-to performance monitor is SolarWinds.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is being used by the network team to monitor our network equipment world wide. We monitor over 600 devices in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, most of them Cisco switches and routers. Performance charts and reports are our primary use for SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, but we also get alerts for network outages or failures as well.

Pros

  • Alerting
  • Reporting

Cons

  • Easy navigation
  • Page load speed
  • Proactive response to issue
  • Faster response time
A couple years ago, I compared SolarWinds IP Address Manager to PRTG, and, although they both could do everything, the layout and report builder in SolarWinds are much more intuitive and better designed than in PRTG. PRTG comes off as a simpler option that has the advantage of being fast, if you know how to navigate it.
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor does a good job of being a reliable place to generate alerts for devices when they have an issue. The alerts can be built from many metrics all tailored to your organization. You can even set groups of devices and have different alerting rules for each group.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor has a lot of good reports built in that you can use to analyze your network, however, if they do not have the report you need, it is a big learning curve to figure out how to get the report to show what you want since the reports are built on SQL scripts. If you know SQL you are good to go.

SolarWinds NPM Feature Ratings

Automated network device discovery
Not Rated
Network monitoring
9
Baseline threshold calculation
8
Alerts
10
Network capacity planning
2
Network mapping
8
Customizable reports
5
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
3
Hardware health monitoring
9

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