Powerful, Affordable IT Management Software4.5/5 (53 reviews)
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitoring software makes it easy to quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve performance issues before outages occur. SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor is an affordable, easy to use tool that delivers real-time views and dashboards that enable you to visually track and monitor network performance at a glance. Plus, using dynamic network topology maps and automated network discovery, you can deploy and keep up with your evolving network without breaking a sweat.
Complete network monitoring tool. Allows you a near single pane of glass approach to you network. You have details and i mean details about every server, switch, I even have my consumable good inventory vending machines monitored with NPM. Detailed level for switch ports and routers, Cisco UCS, HP, DELL, and the list goes on and on. When there is no identified MIB, you can create your own. You can label your undefined items so they mean something to you. The Agent for servers installs on Windows and Linux and is SO EASY. It offers WMI, SNMP and ICMP monitoring as well as the agent which gives you several flavors to monitor equipment. Ease of use is good, interface is above average, and saving my score is 1000 out of 10
For me there is only one real things that gets me with NPM. Licensing. SolarWinds has a great set of products, but the licensing costs are really high. Even a small company needs this software but its hard to justify. The way they count nodes against your license total is in my opinion unfair. I think of a server as a node, and everything on that server should be covered as 1 node, but they see everything down to seems like the vlans on a switch port, but to be clear it is not counting vlans. However if you have 2 48 port switches, that is 96 nodes, you want to monitor, guess how fast your 100 node license gets used up. But the price to jump up is super crazy expensive. They need to rework that.
This product is great when tuned and customized properly. We use it for alerting via email and for NOC (Network Operation Center) setups.
For those not familiar - this is when you set up a large monitor in a "monitoring " room to view network conditions in real time. Custom NOC views allow you to present pretty much any monitored information on a screen. It also allows you to configure a single display monitor (perhaps a 70 inch TV/Display) that scrolls through multiple screens of valuable information.
Allows for customized views and alerts to really lock down your essential requirements. (The problem is most users do not customize)
I do not like that they promote how easily you can roll out this software to start monitoring your network.
What they do not tell you that by doing a non customized quick roll out you will receive unlimited number of alerts to the point they will be ignored.
By default the system shows you too much irrelevant information and it alerts on way too many general conditions. BE Warned - without tuning the alerts you will get many false positive alerts.
I use NPM to monitor the health of the network routers and switches and the bandwidth used in the WAN links and switch uplinks. I also use it to monitor several Windows servers, including free disk space, memory and CPU occupation, the load of Hyper-V and VMWare hosts and the load, battery status and runtime of UPS devices.
It's very easy to setup and use and everything is configurable. It's really easy to configure dashboards and visualize every piece of information the way we want to. It can be used to monitor network equipment from a lot of vendors, as well as Windows systems and virtualization hosts and guests. Basically, anything it can connect to using SNMP or WMI.
It's not good at all to get information about endpoints. The information is unreliable: it doesn't find a lot of endpoints in the network, reports them with old IP addresses and in places where they are not connected anymore, etc.
SolarWinds NPM (Network Performance Manager) is one of the most gratifying products to use. After installing on a server, you can literally in minutes begin collecting actionable network performance if you have previously configured SNMP on your network equipment. Most of the products integrate, building on each other and adding more value. I have always been impressed with how their new versions add significant features and value for just paying maintenance on the product. Their online training is also very valuable.
More advance features will take more effort to configure and generate actionable results. You can easily be overwhelmed by alerts and syslog if you do not make an effort to manage what you really need to see.
Timely alerts and warnings that keep our network and server infrastructure running smoothly.
Once it's set up, NPM is pretty easy to configure and monitor just about anything with a network adapter/connection. We purchased the SLX version which means we can monitor as many nodes/elements as we want. Email alerts are timely and help us stay on top of outages and server capacities. Been using this for 5 years now and it just doesn't the job. Can't forget about the customer SQL alerts either. Great job here!
You need SQL server for this. If not using an Express version, that's more costs. The SLX version is expensive compared to other solutions.
Below are some frequently asked questions for SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor.
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor offers the following pricing plans:
Starting from: €2180
Pricing model: One Time License
Free Trial: Available
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor offers the following features:
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor has the following typical customers:
Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor supports the following languages:
Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor has the following pricing plans:
One Time License
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor supports the following devices:
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor integrates with the following applications:
Accelo, ChangeGear Service Desk, Cherwell Service Management, ManageEngine AlarmsOne, Opsgenie, Tigerpaw, VictorOps, netTerrain DCIM, xMatters
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor offers the following support options:
FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials