Best Value
June 30, 2021

Best Value

Shahab Razak | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is our prime network management software for our NOC, Network Engineering & Operations. We use it twenty-four seven to manage F5 Load Balancers both in the cloud and on-premises, routers and switches, wireless infrastructure, firewall infrastructure, LAN and WAN, and all other network elements. SolarWinds is also our alerting tool (red, amber, green) threshold management and performance reporting.
  • Alerting
  • Reporting
  • Baselining
  • Wide vendor support of network elements
  • Cloud and on-premise element support
  • Should be easier to customize UI
  • Integrate inline dynamic network diagramming from within the UI (create & maintain)
  • Simplify top menu in UI
  • Ability to proactively manage the network
  • Better capacity planning
  • Obtain a baseline of the network performance
  • Visualize the network
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor was chosen at Finastra before I got here however I have weighed the value of SolarWinds against competitors such as Netcool, ManageEngine OP manager, Nagios and NetApp and Splunk to mention a few. SolarWinds really shine when you incorporate additional modules to NPM such as Network Configuration Manager, IPAM, Network Insights, Netflow, Network Traffic Analyzer, Server and Application Monitor and Database Manager. There are more competitive products and there will be more but at this point if you take all the SolarWinds modules into account, SolarWinds gives you the best value for the money for a true end-to-end NOC tool.

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Apart from the recent security breach I still maintain that SolarWinds is the best NOC tool and best value for the money. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor will quickly baseline your network and you can set thresholds and alert quickly after that. The reporting UI contains valuable canned reports and modifying them to create your own reports is quite easy. Building reports from scratch is also easy. Their support for different hardware vendors and products is very comprehensive.

SolarWinds NPM Feature Ratings

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

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