Review of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor
January 24, 2022

Review of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

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

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

We are a University with multiple locations with one Network Engineer to manage and monitor all locations. SolarWinds NPM allows us to monitor all devices from one console including switches, routers, and printers. It
allows us to monitor for hardware errors and bandwidth bottlenecks which is a major help in troubleshooting error and planning for the future.
  • Alert when a network device is down.
  • Monitor device for hardware errors.
  • Monitor bandwidth usage across network.
  • Wireless heat maps could be improved. We have multiple AP vendors and from experience, it only works with certain vendors.
  • It has been a game changer in network monitoring the network across our various locations.
We tested Observium as an alternative to Solarwinds in the past and it required all host to be added by DNS instead of IP addresses which we prefer. We have over 2000 devices so creating DNS records for all of these was a deal breaker.
We tested PRTG and it required to much resources, after around 100 nodes we could not stop the server from crashing.
We tested NetCrunch and it worked fine for our Cisco devices but we could not get it to work with our Procurve and Fortinet devices

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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM), SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM), SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM)
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is well suited for monitoring bandwidth usage on network to find bottlenecks. We use the atlas with our switches and view the bandwidth on the links. This has proven very helpful in many occasions to identifying switches sending high amounts of traffic. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is also well suited for monitoring devices for hardware errors. It's very helpful to identify errors that may not be apparent such as one bad fan or failing POE modules on switches. With this info we can schedule a replacement of the device with errors before it becomes a problem for users.

SolarWinds NPM Feature Ratings

Automated network device discovery
Network monitoring
Network capacity planning
Network mapping
Not Rated
Customizable reports
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
Hardware health monitoring