SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Andrew L.
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"NPM- Total Network Management and Performance Package"

What do you like best?

Free fully functional Demo. The ease of setup and scalability should you need to grow/shrink your installation. You can connect multiple data collectors, networks and architectures and have a NOC dashboard as well as a granular view of each switch if needed.

What do you dislike?

It is not inexpensive, and requires a bit on investment to user properly. Be ready for this, and you will love the features. Additional servers are not cheap, so choose your deployment wisely and cover whats needed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try the demo first and fully setup and test the software. You will find its well worth the price.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

General network overview to see how all spokes are operating and track down latency/service issues. There is the ability to fix deep networking issues with VoIP and packet loss due to distance and EMI. Customer 'ghosts' that otherwise would be very hard to track down otherwise. Allows us to prove certain services are causing issues.

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SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Alejandro P.
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"Excellent Tool to monitor your network"

What do you like best?

You can see all your network components behavior in one point. With this tool we could see what network node is the bottleneck, see each interface and what is happening.

We can monitor from one point all the vendor hardware that we have in our network, we don't the proprietary software to see what is happening.

We can set up alerts, and create report easily, so we don't need to be connected to the software to see is there are alerts going on.

What do you dislike?

The creation of custom reports is very hard to understand sometime you need to connect directly to the database to get better information or to personalize better the report depending of the business demand.

The setup of each components to get better information is not to easy, you can configure each elements with smtp but for better information you should need an agent to understand better the information from the devices.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to license all the network elements from the beginning and use solarwinds to consolidate all the monitoring of your datacenter. That will help you a lot with the administration of your environments.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Now, we can monitor all our network devices for each vendor in only one point and be confident with the information that we see in the screen.

We can realize is there is an issue without being connected to admin console. We can see the critical root of the network path.

We could customize alerts depending of all the group of devices we already created

What Network Monitoring solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Ethan B.
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"NPM for the gold"

What do you like best?

The ability to have config backups and use those backups for config checks. We have port-security on a set of switch ports and we can check every night that those ports still have it configured. As well when no security policies are put in place we can check all routers for the new config and make sure it is there.

What do you dislike?

Not really fair but there is a lot to configure. That is because there is a lot it can do. It is important to spend the time and get the full use of it. It can be overwhelming in the beginning while you are setting things up and very time consuming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't be overwhelmed with the amount of features it has. There is a lot to it but worth it. They offer free trial on all their products. Install it and play with it. Or even better they have a web portal you can use that has data there so you can see all their products and features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to see all the routers and switches configs and easily search them is incredible.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Pratik M.
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"Always surprises"

What do you like best?

I love the way this product is evolving... I have been using NPM from more than 3 years now and from the time I started using and what it has reached now, is just commendable... the dashboards, widgets, different views, small small features like mute alerts, creating icons etc are few which I would like to call out here..

What do you dislike?

not much in this section for now.. I would like to see how it catches up with drastic changes that are happening in the network area like new technology launches from different top network vendors like Cisco.. Also would like to see how SW-WAN will be accommodated in monitoring....

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would suggest to definitely go for this product.. you have option to evaluate and see of yourself..

coming to comparison with prod, u will get help from support on this as well and they will make sure you get what you are trying to reach for...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

well, it gives different options.. right from low level to high level like using Netpath which enables the team to know exact pain point and not waste time.. if a customer is only initiated in basic monitoring then that's also available without much effort...

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Craig N.
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"NPM Rocks!"

What do you like best?

The ease of use and ability to adapt. Other packages are either difficult to administer and/or difficult for non-techie end-users to interface with. Solarwinds is easy to use, and easy to administer. It's also very quick to get up and running and at least somewhat productive. It is very extensible and customizable, which once you start working with this will make you even more productive. The other modules that are offered, such as NCM, NTA UDT and IPAM, are great too. And this is just on the networking side, they have extensive server/storage/database monitoring also.

What do you dislike?

Lack of granular controls on administrative privileges. The inability to merge the data from an old device to a new one that replaces it, such as bandwidth statistics.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get a demo. Be active on Thwack.com, their user community.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solarwinds NPM makes it easy for Network Engineers to monitor many aspects of their network devices. This information is easily accessed by them in order to help diagnose issues, forecast capacity and many other things. More importantly the user-friendly UI makes it simple for managers and others to get in and check things out or create reports for metrics. The UI is easily customizable to facilitate different audiences using it, such as managers or NOCs. Its also very extensible to be able to draw out information important to your organization. I've used it at 4 different organizations and every one was pleased with its abilities and performance.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Alexander C.
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"Hard to use product made easy."

What do you like best?

The solar winds community (THWACK) is by far one of the best NPM community’s offering every support solution paid support ever could. from custom monitors, reports and even support for issues outside of SW. Both the free and paid SW support is also great. There is nothing you can’t monitor with SW, although built in support may not naively exist, the platform is very open ended to develop your own monitors.

What do you dislike?

Very complex monitors sometimes take hours to set up with countless time spent on testing, checking metrics, setting alerts and then reviewing the community when all else fails. it really can be a full time job just managing the back end DB and all of the monitors for a small to medium NOC. quite resource intensive on the network, can add to latency in ping time when you have 1000s of nodes monitored remotely.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check the Fourms and community first, when calling free or paid support often the first questions out of their mounts is if you checked the knowledge base first, and often times their only support is to send the the applicable community or KB article.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Complex network monitoring both on site, through multiple data centers, all the way through the network to customer sites, including monitoring video bandwidth, network latency, even when employees dock their computers in the morning. it is also great for monitoring SW versions and patch history, Service tags or SN's for inventory purposes and Costing for network usage across multiple sites.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Dale C.
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"Good network troubleshooting app with extra add-ons"

What do you like best?

We've used NPM for several years to monitor for potential network issue and the ability to alert us to take action before the crisis hits. Tech support is very responsive.

What do you dislike?

Aggressive sales team. We use the VoIP and Network Quality Mgr as well and get regular sales calls and emails pushing other products. We have what we need so the constant sales pitches get annoying.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Product provides a great set of tools for alerting but need to be set carefully to balance the amount of alerts otherwise you can get too many alerts that are not critical.

Can easily create different levels and alerts to provide info or critical notices.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Identifying potential network issues before they become business impacting. We get 24/7 monitoring and alerts in advance so we can respond as needed to keep our systems up and stable

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by John P.
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"Solarwinds NPM-doing enterprise monitoring before it was cool"

What do you like best?

I find NPM to be very easy to use. I can pretty much always figure out how to do something without having to refer to documentation or support. To me that is a credit to the user interface and wizards.

What do you dislike?

I feel the product is at the upper end of what I'd expect to pay. I also have found the hardware requirements to be somewhat high (to be fair-we run multiple Solarwinds apps on the server).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

NPM was really the base or our strategy of moving from reactive IT to proactive. Monitoring things such as WAN utilization to server resources permitted us to identify issues before they became critical and resolve them sooner.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Tom I.
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"Solarwinds NPM great monitor at a reasonable price"

What do you like best?

Network Performance Monitor comes with a lot out of the box that you can get your monitoring and alerting environment up quickly. The SolarWinds' Thwack community has a lot of additional objects available for those odd ball items in your infrastructure. This demonstrates the flexibility of this product allowing it be be a great fit into our infrastructure.

What do you dislike?

There are very limited options for style, such as the capability to use a Dark Theme.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you take advantage of the SolarWinds community on Thwack you will be guaranteed a successful deployment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting more detailed information about systems performance to isolate root cause faster. The level of detail provided in NPM is a mainstay for our support team.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator in Telecommunications
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"With NPM we can know what services gets affected and take corrective actions rapidly"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that Network performance monitor is a core essential tool for any solarwinds deployment. The way NPM correlate performance with the devices its really great. I can know exactly if my network devices are performing well and pinpoint when there are issues. For a telecom company that I work, this insight of all the networking devices all over the country its a must and we cannot live without it.

What do you dislike?

Well I think there is no disliking of any kind. I am really happy with our setup and the way our NOC department use it to know exactly where the issues are, and who to contact, itr really neat.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think that NPM is one of the core modules every company should have if they are considering Solarwinds as their monitoring tool. It is easy to learn and has a lot of info for you to know exactly what is going on with the network devices.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With network performance monitor, we can resolve the network issues rapidtly and also prevent degradation of the network. Being a telecom company this is one of the core operations. We can take advantage to monitor not just the internal network, but until the last mile and customer devices. So we can get the big picture and monitor end-to-end. We complement with other solarwinds products like SAM. Its really a great tool and we now can focus on the planning part more than the troubleshotiing part.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Scott M.
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"Monitoring Master Made Easy"

What do you like best?

The best part of NPM is the amount of customization and notification that can be done. The ability to either dive deep into services or routes or just see if the device is pinging is great. The notification settings that can be customized assists with the ability to separate the alerting to various groups within an organization.

What do you dislike?

Setting up SNMP alerting is a bit harder than I first expected, but once the first few were figured out, it became easy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The product is very well created and maintained. For the best results, one should be adequately already familiar with like products to set it up properly. That being said, the support team is superb at assisting every step of the way. The product is expensive but very well worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The problems being solved were being notified of issues. Once I was able to get the snmp traps built and notifications set around those traps, things went very smoothly.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by hemendra g.
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"NPM - alwyas have answaer for your netrwork monitoring"

What do you like best?

The best part of NPM or soalrwind is its simple monitoring configuration for simple administration.

Its a enterprise level monitoring system which also have integration with other modules.

It provide a complete information for monitoring & very easy to implement. its start monitoring from the moment it has implement with all default configuration.

What do you dislike?

Some time End Users or non admin user comes to me & say some time its difficult to get report or information in soalrwind. from End User perspective I can use stand the pain as in other tools its just a one or two click away. but in soalrwind , I know its a enterprise & powerful tool you need to dril down some time to get simple information.

other part which require is topology , so end user can visualize the monitoring system & understand in one shot what is wrong & where is wrong.

I think dashboard re place where if we have automated topology kind of dashboard or single pan of dashboard then its look great.

Newly added net path service is great but some time I get requirement to have point to point path, I mean from one IP to another IP.

on network overview it has only monitored interfaces, but if it has all interfaces then it will be easy to choose what to monitor.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you are finding enterprise level monitoring then soalrwinds is correct one.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are monitoring all n/w devices & its helping us to do proactive monitoring or to detect the issue much faster.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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"Exceptionally dynamic product for monitoring enterprise networks (large or small)"

What do you like best?

100 nodes or 100,000+ nodes the out of the box ability to monitor node, and interface status and availability, network latency, bandwidth utilization, interface errors and discards, CPU and memory utilization plus with the flexibility of Universal device pollers any feature/service of a device not listed above via SNMP. Even the most complex conditions for alerts are easy to create and modify. Web based intuitive reports for use in real-time as well as historical problem analysis and capacity planning. Automated device discoveries make this product a true breeze to maintain day-to-day. Built in auditing trail answers the administrative "who did what" questions fast. Is your infrastructure a vast mix of vendors? SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor has them covered, if not they will with an available monthly MIB update. Very active and involved user community at Thwack.com, got a question or trying something new search for it or ask it there a user / product developer or the product owner from SolarWinds may answer the same day. Solve a challenging issue in your environment, share it with the user community.

What do you dislike?

Runs only on a windows platform and has to write some log files to the OS drive.

Pro-tip: Workaround available for the one thing I dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Excellent 30 day evaluation is the full blown product

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Clients experiencing and complaining of poor business application response caused by clients at the same location over utilizing network bandwidth for non-business activities.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Sanjeev S.
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"NPM - Ease of Netowrk Monintoring Software"

What do you like best?

NPM Orion has good coverage of network component monitoring and has a excellent web interface which allows new user to easily understand the dashboard and data metrics. Also it has a good integration with other Orion product to get full stack of performance data. NPM has a very good intelligence of providing the perf stack metric which help us to pin point the problem in appropriate application layer.

What do you dislike?

It would be better if NPM can have more scalability for large network environment. Also product should focus more on database performance specially for large network. We would like to see more element can be monitored with NPM by keeping in mind of database performance. Also, we would like to see if SolarWinds can provide database schema to understand data structure.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly Recommended

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps operation team to proactively spot the problem before it become a real problem. It provide lot of reporting and alerting feature which is used to future planning and proactive monitoring of our network.

We are monitoring our QoS data and it really help us to analyze bandwidth usage of our network.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Phillip C.
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"Network Performance Monitor has made my job easier"

What do you like best?

The ease in which it can be setup. It is also easy to manage and track issues that occur. The dashboards are very cutomizable and you can choice what you want to see.

What do you dislike?

The product has everything I could ask for. I have found nothing I disliked about this product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This product is a great tool in monitoring your network. It provides several ways to track and monitor what is happening and gives you a great base of operations to build from. They have several other products that attached to this that can be useful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has given me alerts to servers and Infrastructure that are down or having issues. I can see what the problem is and correct it in a couple of easy steps. Having a real-time view of my site-to-site VPNs has been a great help in keeping my remote sites up and running. I have also found the wireless heat maps to be useful in tracking down issues of coverage.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Antonis A.
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"NPM. THE monitoring solution!"

What do you like best?

This is a very highly customizable product, while it maintains its ease of use. The web interface is amazing and everything is running on Windows OS. SolarWinds has a strong user community (Thwack) where custom templates and solutions can be found. Using custom properties allows for a complete dynamic structure and automation of monitoring and administering nodes

What do you dislike?

Complex licensing model, it would be good to see more integrations to other products, CMDBs in particular.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have a complete inventory of the infrastructure that you plan to monitor to make management even easier. Joining the Thwack community is also beneficial to gain from real users' experience! The admin guide is a bit bulky but worth reviewing if any issues occur.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to determine any current issues with the infrastructure and also benefit from pre-active alerting. Capacity planning is another big plus as well as reporting to determine any bottlenecks in our network. It is also great that VM monitoring is offered out of the box, we were able to solve several Virtualization-related issues before they come up to the surface!

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Logan C.
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"To be "in the Know" you need the right tools!"

What do you like best?

Where to start? Being able to tweak or configure each window (Home, Summary, etc..) for each department in order for them to get the data they need immediately is priceless. Some products I have personally used in the past create more work trying to isolate data or nodes, rather than SolarWinds NPM design negating the need to dig through tomes of unneeded information, the data you need is front and Center.

What do you dislike?

Integration with Fortigate products would be a major improvement, I have heard it is in the works. Custom Colour in Orion would be nice (A Dark Theme)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check the online Demo Site - speak to the sales staff and do a 1 to 1 Demo.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My biggest benefit using NPM has been the ability to ensure Servers, Switches, Routers and other such network devices are operating within normal parameters. I had an issue where on one of our remote switches on a predictable schedule several ports would go down, affecting several of our Staff as well as the Printing. Thanks to the data provided by NPM I was able to isolate the issue to a particular network device that was causing the issue, saving much frustration by myself and the affected staff.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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"Solarwinds NPM - It saved us some serious money"

What do you like best?

The Network Performance Monitor addition to the Solarwinds Orion product has been one of the most beneficial purchases for our organisation. It allows us to proactively monitor our network infrastructure and fix faults long before they have an impact on our customers. In the event of an unforeseen issue, we are immediately alerted to it and often make it to site as the calls come in. The automatic discovery process allowed us to find legacy switch infrastructure that was no longer supported yet still included in our maintenance contract. Overall, we were able to remove almost £500,000 worth of support contract, which is a substantial saving. NPM more than paid for itself.

What do you dislike?

The dashboards in NPM (and most solarwinds products) require a lot of customisation, as do any reports you may wish to create. It requires a substantial man-hour investment, whereas "out of the box" configurations could be better.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you can afford it (we do get government discounts) then it is possibly the best product in this area I've used.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have realised financial benefits to almost half a million pounds with NPM. We also utilise NPM daily as part of our operational support processes to pro-actively monitor our network infrastructure.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Ioan  B.
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"Reliable network monitoring"

What do you like best?

What I like is the high degree of customisation of the product: from alerts to reports and views. Alert variables is a very powerful functionality that allowed us to significantly reduce the number of alert definitions and get more value out of the resulting ones. We also use custom properties for a variety of purposes (grouping, alerts, NCM jobs etc). I also am a very big fan of SWQL (an SQL queries) and the fact that it can be integrated in so many areas of the software. Recently we have started using the API for more am more automation and we found that it can also be a very powerful functionality.

What do you dislike?

It would be very useful to have a number of utilities integrated into the web console : Report Writer, Trap/Syslog Viewer, Universal Device Pollers. Having to log in to the server for to run each of those utilities can be a bit awkward, especially when you are using the tool from a mobile device.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest benefit that NPM brings us is in alerting; we have highly customised (using variables or SQL/SWQL queries) alert definitions that allow us to monitor every important aspect of the network and integrate with 3rd party incident management solutions.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by User in Apparel & Fashion
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"What's Happening in the Network?"

What do you like best?

The ability to drill down from a summary page into a problem to find the device or interface that is in need of attention. Once the situation is found and fixed, you can use SolarWinds NPM to confirm the problem is resolved.

What do you dislike?

It takes a bit of getting used to when you have never used it. The interfaces are a bit spartan but we don't use for its good looks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have someone dedicated to the task, not just a part timer, with some serious SNMP experience for the greatest effect. If you don't have a good installer, the experience may be sub-optimal. Like any large scale, extensible product, you will need someone to care for and monitor it periodically.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have baselined our entire network with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor. Now we use it to establish trends and detect anomalies. We have plenty of history saved to be able to compare against when troubleshooting issues.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Vinay B.
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"SolarWinds NPM monitors almost everything in your infrastructure"

What do you like best?

1. Easy to install

2. Easy to manage, monitor and administer your infrastructure

3. Licensing cost is competitive

4. Monitoring and alerting capability

5. Custom alerting which includes auto correlation is very much possible

6. Reporting capability is great (custom reporting is possible)

7. NPM as well provides a feature called UNDP, which allows you to create your own custom poller via SNMP poll on the OIDs that are not used by SolarWinds NPM to monitor the underlying infrastructure. (The above statement talks about creating custom monitoring which solarwinds npm doesn't provide by default, say if there is a requirement to monitor a KPI that solarwinds npm doesn't monitor as part of their of built in monitoring, you can always create your own KPI using UNDP)

8. Views / Dashboards can be customized to a greater extent

9. Can be integrated with AD&LDAP for access to Solarwinds NPM Web GUI, its not always necessary to create a application user or windows based user to access SolarWinds.

10. Scheduled monitoring is available (say suppose you want to unmanage or stop monitoring few devices due to scheduled factors/known downtime , thats possible in solarwinds, you could either unmanage the device or mute the alerts associated to those devices)

11. NPM can consume snmp traps and syslog messages from underlying infrastructure.

12. NPM integrates well with Service Now and other known Manager of Managers via SNMP Traps and syslogs.

13. It as well has a scope for automation but needs to be explored and can be performed as required.

14. It as well contributes to NetPath and Perfstack which are few good features that are available on the tool.

15. It as well has a High Availability capability and could be setup on need basis for HA and DR as required.

What do you dislike?

Cant think of anything for now, I have been associated with solarwinds npm for more than 7 years now I do agree there are few things here are there which is not in sync with what vendors in the market provide but it definitely is a great tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

NPM is a great tool for systems and network infrastructure monitoring, license cost is less, its easy to setup and its a feast for administrators. You could deploy and start monitoring your infrastructure in less than a days time with NPM.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Most of it has been explained above, majority of our customers use Solarwinds NPM and its a great tool for monitoring systems or network infrastructure, saves us a lot of money by keeping its eyes rolling over business critical devices.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Nilima P.
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"The perfect network monitoring tool, with intelligent alerts, network maps, and great analyzing tool"

What do you like best?

Its in-depth web-console give great insights within the network.

Simplicity of use, great analysis tools, range of support for different devices.

Manageability across different vendor products.

What do you dislike?

the licensing is node based, and gets used up quickly,

it needs to be more flexible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Kindly consider to calculate the nodes that you want to add before hand to decide on the licenses .

you can still easily remove nodes if you find that you don't have enough licenses. however make a list of all that you want to include in the tool, calculate the nodes as per reference. this might help you handle your licenses in a better way.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we have achieved business problems like Network Monitoring, effective troubleshooting, monitoring remote systems with the help of windows and linux agents, sending alerts , insights within the network and detailed analysis of the network, network path maps for better visualization.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Deirra J.
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"Solarwinds NPM "

What do you like best?

NPM offers high visibility into your network with a user friendly interface. The product offers a high level of customizability allowing you to honing your monitoring and alerting needs. Getting the product up and running is pretty straightforward. The learning curve comes in when honing your monitoring. Support is responsive and reliable. The Thwack community also offers helps for deployment and management questions. The interface offers loads of charts and graphs allowing you to show how your network and key interfaces are performing.

What do you dislike?

No particular dislikes with the product, however it does take time to deploy as you pull in your network devices. Since licensing is base on the number of elements being monitored (devices and interfaces), you need to be knowledge about what you're monitoring. Charts and graphs can take a little time to tweak to get the data that's relevant to you. Creating custom reports also isn't intuitive however the Solarwinds support is great at assisting you when needed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do through research on what you need to monitor as the licensing structure is based on how many devices and interfaces your are monitoring. Signup and get active on the Thwack community as this is a gave resource for getting the product setup.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solarwinds offered a centralized location for all team members to analyze performance of the network and related devices, Alerts allowed us to respond to outages quickly and reduce downtime for users. The product delves deep into the network allowing you to spot minor issues before they become user impacting.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Sherif A.
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"Solarwinds NPM Review"

What do you like best?

1. Ease of operation

2. Cool Widgets with fast results

3. Netpath is a must have! gives accurate visibility into the network

What do you dislike?

1. CPU Utilization is not accurate

2. no CLI Based conditions

Recommendations to others considering the product

They give you a 30 day demo to test their modules, which you should take advantage off, the account managers are very helpful, ask them what you need, ive had session with support where they showed me the ins and outs before purchasing. they also have Virtual classrooms that show you the newest features where you can ask and have a chat with other customers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. Monitoring ISP Hops using Netpath which can minimize my time in troubleshooting in case the traffic was facing problems outside my network.

2. My own view that has Utilization charts that shows me exactly what happened in the last 24 hours for example.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Jared S.
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"Thanks to NPM I can sleep!"

What do you like best?

We really appreciate the ease of use and how the application works consistently each and every time we ask it to.

What do you dislike?

As with any product worth it's salt in the monitoring world you'll find a that the price can be cost prohibitive depending on how much you plan on monitoring.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would not hesitate to recommend any of the SolarWinds products to anyone in need of a monitoring solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our NPM installation allows us to immediately catch when a circuit is having issues. Many times we are able to be alerted and resolve the issue without affecting the end users at the affected location.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Grant A.
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"My NPM Experience"

What do you like best?

NPM is the core module for Solarwinds that links all the elements together. Its simplistic nature is what makes it brilliant for me. It mostly bring all hardware, network and vital stats together and inter links them into easy to navigate views

What do you dislike?

unfortunately at the moment the views are very restrictive on how you can customize them. I personally would love more freedom to move resources around the page. as it stands they use column based views. I would much prefer a free moment tiles based system. Like how windows tablets let you. Some times to make things fit onto a NOC view you have to put resources in places you wouldn't ideally like too. This can mean views look clunky and unprofessional.

Solarwinds have worked hard on views like app stack and perf stack however these are useless unless you have all the modules needed. Such as SAM or SRM for example.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you do your home work. To me you need at least SAM as well if your monitoring Servers and NCM if your doing network kit. Although NPM is great, stand a lone you can really miss other key insights.

WPM is also a most for web apps

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

personally there are too many to list. The vast majority are performance issues. High CPU, high RAM (Low RAM with some SQL issues). Bandwidth bottle necks on wrongly provisioned ports. for example using 100mb when it was supposed to be a gig link.

Volume stats and checking. Including forecasting and predictive measures on CPU, RAM and Volumes.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Neil L.
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"Essential Monitoring For Your IT Environment"

What do you like best?

The ability for this software to give real time information about devices that you have added as well as to provide forecasting capabilities so that you can plan ahead.

What do you dislike?

Setting up the some of the alerts are not as straight forward as I would like and you may have to do some custom scripts for some aspects depending on what you are trying to achieve.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to be alerted about any issues that occur on our network. Be it high CPU utilization, low disk space, virtual machine loss of connectivity, node disconnection and high link utilization. Thus allowing us to identify the issue quickly and implement a solution.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Matt R.
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"Excellent product which will change how you work."

What do you like best?

NPM offers a number of features out of the box which help with day to day monitoring. The alerting system is highly customisable which makes thinks work in your environment that much more effectively. Whether you need basic down alerts or detailed information NPM covers it all. The reporting helps see trends and the overall use helps you see the bigger picture on a day to day basis.

What do you dislike?

It can take a little while to tweak to your preference and get it working seamlessly. It requires a lot of resource which has caused us to upgrade twice in order to get it working at an acceptable speed etc.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to see down nodes before customers even realise which makes our diagnostics and down time go a lot quicker. We are no longer in the dark and can now spot patterns a lot quicker.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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"Powerful network monitoring, easy to set up, attractive dashboards"

What do you like best?

Network Insight for ASA, Netpath, Perfstack, Windows and Linux Agents, support for wireless controllers... there are so many features packed into NPM. We are able to quickly and efficiently diagnose network performance issues across our entire environment. The development cycle for NPM is also very active, they are constantly working on new features.

The Thwack community is also an amazing asset to owning a SolarWinds product, there are thousands of users there discussing ideas, issues, and IT topics in general.

What do you dislike?

Some parts of the UI could use reworking and can be cumbersome for creating groups and dependencies for a large number of remote networks

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to scale our environment accurately by using baselines collected in NPM. Performance issues can be easily found and alerted on, reducing downtime and improving user experience.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Rene K.
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"SolarWinds provides the flexibility needed to monitor small to large networks with the NPM"

What do you like best?

With the NPM, SolarWinds provides a core module with which it is possible to quickly and flexibly implement a network and server monitoring with multitenant capability.

Within a few hours a multi-vendor surveillance is installed and even alarms and reports are configured.

What do you dislike?

For more than 6 years, we have been using SolarWinds with all our customers and I really can not find anything negative.

Feature requests from customers are taken seriously.

new products are integrated, existing products are developed further in short cycles

Recommendations to others considering the product

Visit Solarwind's Roadshows, the Solarwinds Thwack Board, to speak with customers, developers, and the sales team

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With SolarWinds, we've been able to consolidate multiple different network, server, and application monitoring tools from different customers.

This results in a shorter deployment time, lower network administration costs, less capital expenditure

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Richard G.
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"5 years using it and really quite enjoying it"

What do you like best?

It has both simplicity and complexity. Meaning that it is very easy to setup the basics, allowing to start monitoring things quickly and then add the complexity as required. The custom properties allow for some much control and logic to built into the system. The GUI is also easy to use and customise.

What do you dislike?

I would have said the mapping, but the latest release has made some real improvements.

The alert logic could have a little more depth, as an Orion user minimising alerts is two pronged fork, reduce the number (or improve the quality) of the alerts going out, but also minimise the number of alert configurations (less administration especially in multi-tenanted systems).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A very capable monitoring system, allowing enterprise scaling, at a reasonable cost.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Philip R.
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"Truly a lifesaver... "

What do you like best?

We have been using NPM for two years now and it has helped us numerous times identify network issues even before the customer noticed there was a problem.

What do you dislike?

I would really like to see a way to have IPAM and NPM work together.

Recommendations to others considering the product

My role primarily focuses on the SAM side of Solarwinds but I have assisted with configuring some of the network. I recommend downloading a trial and when you sign up, set it up right from the very beginning. If you do not set it up correctly, you will be highly annoyed by the unnecessary alerts. If you set it up correctly, it will help you in the long term to effectively monitor your network.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have seen benefits with improved up time and happier customers.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Peter M.
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"SolarWinds NPM - But wait! There's More..."

What do you like best?

The intuitive GUI. The ease of installation. Agentless. Data visualization, ease of customization.

What do you dislike?

The efforts required to upgrade and apply patches is still not as seamless as one would hope.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Define your scope! Take a "Business" approach to customizing this product. Understand your business functions, service tiers, service owners and more. Understand what is important to them and avoid alerting on everything. Identify their need and customize SolarWinds to fill that need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IT Service and server availability. Hardware and software inventory. Capacity planning and forecasting. Enterprise Architecture documentation.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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"Out of the box usability"

What do you like best?

Pre-built dashboards and alerts allow you to add your nodes and immediately get value.

What do you dislike?

Picking and configuring device templates is either really easy or really hard. If you run in to an issue getting a device template working or understanding how they measure ingress/egress it is a steep learning curve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Run the free trial. You can see if it will work in your environment and integrate with your workflow. Ever software has it's quirks and SolarWinds lets you try pretty much anything for free. Take advantage of that.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is a go to in troubleshooting network issues. We identify and alert on our critical network paths. This enables us to be proactive instead of waiting for user reports.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"My NPM experience as a first timer"

What do you like best?

This is my first time using SolarWinds and although there is a bit learning curve to get your head around once your in your in. The sheer power of NPM is astounding to me, if I had this in my last few work places my life would have been a whole lot easier. Once you use it on a daily basis you very quickly begin to be able to customise the system to your needs and its power really start to shine.

What do you dislike?

At the moment I dont feel like I have a dislike with NPM.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend to anyone starting out to sign up to Thwack and look through all of their videos, guides and get involved with the community as it really does help.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Over the years of us using SolarWinds we have been able to trouble shoot network issues and maintain network hardware across the board because of the clarity of our network NPM gives our engineers. This has benefited us greatly as countless hours as saved by using NPM and integrating other modules.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by James B.
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"The standard for network performance monitoring"

What do you like best?

Works with almost all network products and can be customized using universal pollers to handle almost any imaginable product. Breadth and depth of data it can capture is very good. Reporting is customizable and can be automated to send standard reporting at regular intervals. Additionally thresholds can be set on multiple levels. Mapping can be used to show relationships in a visible format.

What do you dislike?

Same as with other Solarwinds products, automation is unsupported and you are left to your own devices to figure out how to perform automation tasks. The Network Performance Monitor product does not have a way to perform an unattended install so deployment in a DevOps environment can be tricky.

Recommendations to others considering the product

OpManager was tested and has a simple deployment and good feature set

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Network Performance Monitor is able to provide a complete view of the network layer. This allows us to determine where and when bottlenecks are occurring so appropriate parties can be engaged. If incidents occur we are able to quickly pinpoint the location of the event in our network and after the event is resolved, root cause evaluation is facilitated by the data collected in the Network Performance monitor.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Richard P.
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"Great foundation for all your monitoring needs"

What do you like best?

Well rounded product with excellent support and community.

What do you dislike?

With lots of modules it can get expensive

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product and does most of what people need. Should you find you need more they offer a large variety of additional add ons that really grow the product. One of the best resources is their community, www.thwack.com. Very very active community.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring all of our network infrastructure and servers. We have been able to pinpoint issues pro-actively and quickly since installing NPM.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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"Can't live without it"

What do you like best?

The best part of NPM in my opinion is the advanced alerts and all that you can do with them. Basic alerting will lead to many false positives but with NPM you can quiet your alerts down to just what you want to be alerted on... which is the main idea right?

What do you dislike?

I wish there were more alert actions available for advanced alerts. For example, rather than have a sound play, I would like a popup alert to trigger on all admin's desktops. There are ways to script something like this which just shows how flexible NPM is, but I would like to see more built in actions like a popup window for example.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check out some of the other modules from Solarwinds that works in tandem with NPM. Server & Application Manager is my favorite and there are so many more to add on to this amazing tool belt called Network Performance Monitor

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the need for automatic problem resolution with NPM. This benefits us because things go bump in the night and we're not a 24/7 operation... with NPM we're able to monitor for those bumps and automate the fixes so we're not having to wake up and login for every little bump.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Consultant in Real Estate
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"NPM Performance and monitor the resource capability"

What do you like best?

SolarWinds is good orgainization, that is bulidiing the best tools for Infra and Cloud, applications monitoring,

Where NPM is the core product of solarwinds, it is providing the capability to maintain the all infra, cloud, specially hardware monitoring of device, In IT world have lots of device, network, server, cloud, etc And i can ensure that NPM have power to gather the all information from device according to severity and present to user in dashboard format, which is very easy to understand.

i can believe there in no such tools available in market which helps you can get all information in easy way.

What do you dislike?

As far as, i did not feel something that present me NPM have not capability, it is overall capable and handle to do all type of monitoring.

NPM have default many option to get the all information of device and put into readable format in dashboard which is the awesome feature.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Benifit perspective i can ensure you will not miss anything, who is imapacting your business, you can get the instant information about the alert from NPM and maintain the devices issue and back the bussiness normal,

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"You're going to want to monitor your network"

What do you like best?

Solarwinds gives us the ability to track all our network nodes, go back in time and assists in finding out what is causing a network bottleneck. there are a ton of features that come out of the box and has the ability to get customized to your hearts content. it has built in support for tracking wireless controllers other appliances. really great community on Thwack, you can get almost everything you want if you look hard enough.. but it may just take time to implement :)

What do you dislike?

Some things don't really work the way you expect them to.. like the Poll now button.. running some jobs can really take a while. sometimes the page loads very slowly and i have noticed that if a page requests too many resources it can affect the experience of other users as well. other than the occasional service stopping, it seems to be reliable.

the technical support hold music is also pretty bland

Recommendations to others considering the product

be ready to spend time troubleshooting : )

it's good to have people that are already experienced with the tool, as it can be a little bit overwhelming to someone who hasn't used it. You also may want to spend time with your users and ask them what they want to see in dashboards.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can make reports detailing circuit utilization over time, this gives us the necessary justification for upgrading. it has pretty decent reports for inventory and firmware versions. you can also make reports with SQL.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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"Easy to use for non-network administrators"

What do you like best?

NPM provides insight into the network without being a network administrator. It is a easy to setup and maintain and provides data that would not typically be seen if you don't have the technical skills to get to that data.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing I don't like about NPM. The only thing I wish Solarwinds did would be to include the services of NetFlow into NPM for a single lower price.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Works great alone, but it works even better with the rest of the SolarWinds products to give you overall view of performance of your systems

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using NPM allows us to easily see the network performance of all devices on our network. We can use the data to see how much data is being pushed from our IIS servers or how much data a user is pulling from our filers. NPM also shows the performance of our Cisco switches which includes the network usage on each port, CPU usage for the switch, and also the health of the switches. NPM makes it easy for a non-network administrator to view all this data that would have never been seen otherwise.

The NPM NetPath service is also great to get an idea of connections speeds across your network. With complicated networks it would provide a deep look on how your network traffic is routed. You can also use NetPath to let you know if a service users connects to goes down (i.e IIS services, Facebook, etc...)

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator in Automotive
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"For infrastructure this is a highly customizable option with the reasonable price"

What do you like best?

NPM allows for the creation of custom monitors via SNMP. If you add SAM, you can build just about any custom monitor you want using SSH, SNMP, HTTP(S), or WMI.

The page layout, reports, widgets, and alerts are all customizable.

It's easy to get up and running within a day.

What do you dislike?

The event table doesn't use a regular message key to mark that event as unique. This makes it difficult to map properly within Event Management that wants a unique for each event.

It needs to be a little more scalable for enterprise implementations.

To get the most out of this product you need the other modules.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure if you do a demo to work with their team. This ensures they know exactly what you are doing and won't call you everyday to ask you to buy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This allowed us to monitor all of our network and power devices in a single platform.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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"The Swiss Army knife of monitoring tools"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, intuitive GUI, flexibility, great platform. Constantly improving and releasing new features that really help! With NPM & SAM you can realy cover a lot of your infrastructure and know what is going on in your environment. Bolt on a few other Orion platform products and you really have a large pane of glass to look through at your overall envrionment(s). (Note: I don't believe the single pane of glass exists, but this gets you close!)

What do you dislike?

Great Cisco support, lacking other major players in many areas still. Support appears to have a lot of turnover which makes getting help a bit rough.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a product for Admins & Engineers. No fluff or inflated prices due to sales jet setting around the country to sell it. Does what it says it will do, and does it well. Fantastic community for support as well!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With NPM as part of our Orion stack we're able to really monitor our on-prem infrastructure. We monitor network devices, servers, UPS devices, and just about anything that we need. The benefits to having a tool like the Orion platform is that it truly gives you a go to place to investigate and check up on your environment.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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"Making Life Easier in Short (Literally) "

What do you like best?

The best way is to describe Solarwinds NPM is like a present like you unwrap it and find the goodies inside. NPM also either when you are setting it up or doing a drill down analysis you get everything and everything you need to to

What do you dislike?

Its to customize-able and yo get lost initially of what you have to setup and and for me it was alot of manual work, i would like more automation especially when it comes to alerting, alot of the common alerts so be setup already. MIB's is the biggest pain for me as well like why cant i be easier to work with it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you watch the training videos it will really help you out and Thwack is best when you need them!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used have to go to every device to see what the issue was now we have a big overall picture of the network and you can find the root of the issues very quickly and efficiently,

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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" SolarWinds NPM Review"

What do you like best?

Great product for monitoring multiple vendor IT networks. Scale-able, affordable, quick and easy to setup. SQL Data structure means you can get under the hood for alerting and reporting purposes.

What do you dislike?

A lack of security on the newer UI elements and other modules (Netpath) in the Orion suite of tools. This can be mitigated if very carefully setup and controlled by experienced professionals. Therefor not making it suitable for most MSP Providers. Development priority can sometimes be given to future growth areas rather then fixing the base problems with the platform.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Experienced staff to run the platform to get the most out of it. Database Administrator to make the performance as good as it can be

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

flexible API means Solarwinds can be truly integrated into other business process applications. This means end to end automation is possible for adding, modifying and removing devices from the platform.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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"Feature Rich Monitoring"

What do you like best?

Several new and innovative additions to the new release. Contextual mapping available from supported hardware by a simple click of a submenu, with no additional configuration necessary

What do you dislike?

They tend to stay on the upper edge of the supported platforms to run the latest platform. While support remains great for older versions of their software the latest and greatest requires late model OS and SQL. Thankfully the new online installer removes a lot of the upgrade anguish.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SolarWinds is rapidly added features that distinguish it from the Up or Down monitor technology. It provides detail information for sizing and growth to help in the budgeting process.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator in Telecommunications
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"essential software to maintain your network"

What do you like best?

When you maintain a network of a tier two provider, it is important to have control over the quality of your international providers. With this software you can keep a constant monitoring of your links and thus be able to maintain a quality service

What do you dislike?

In fact, it can be a nuisance to not support small brand equipment, but it is not a problem for solarwinds that they do not use standardized protocols.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is important a complete documentation of the platform before the implementation. Check that all the equipment is compatible with solarwinds, since in the case of having a device in the middle that is not, this would divide the network into two parts

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been able to monitor all the links of the providers as the internal network of the backbone. It has been possible to detect bottlenecks in the network and in some cases infected computers that have compromised the entire network

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Carvell W.
Carvell W.
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"SolarWinds keeps me informed"

What do you like best?

Solarwinds has many great features, you have the NetFlow options which breaks down and categorize all of you network traffic that is monitored. You can run needed reports and get all the information you need

What do you dislike?

I think they should work on the overall look of the program, integrate more features into the SolarWinds NPM suite. There is not much that you can dislike , because it is so robust and easy to use once you figure it out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We monitor network devices, traffic and critical hardware. It is great because as soon as something goes down we get an alert.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Matthew J.
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"NPM is good for our needs"

What do you like best?

NPM allows us to monitor our network and resolve issues sometimes before our users even detect a problem.

What do you dislike?

The need to manual load balancing of pollers. It would be nice to able to have one virtual poller and have all the individual pollers automatically balanced.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the thwack message boards frequently.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Network Monitoring, tool to help obtain root cause, and determine if an issue is resolved.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Napoleon C.
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"NPM (Orion) is the mother of all monitoring systems"

What do you like best?

single pane of glass and customizable dashboards, easy to use and customize. Easy to teach others to use it. I like the add on modules NCM, NTA, SAM, etc...

What do you dislike?

I would like to see more integrations, many are here, but I would like to see more.

Recommendations to others considering the product

also purchase the toolset, its cheap and helps in the troubleshooting and setup of complex systems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

NPM is our view into everything that exists on the network. It integrates with our element managers such as Vmware, Remedy and hundreds of SNMP or API enabled systems. Alerting has saved us countless hours and it improves with each upgrade.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by William L.
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"NPM makes it easy to be advanced."

What do you like best?

NPM is extremely easy to use, providing very powerful tools.

What do you dislike?

I have not really found anything I dislike that SolarWinds has not fixed, and/or improved upon.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to know exactly what problem we are having, and where that problem is, within a very small amount of time. We have even been able to find some issues before they actually grew into a problem.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Cesar V.
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"NPM"

What do you like best?

I like that I'm able to monitor all my switches in one location. I am able to setup alerts or quickly view issues when I login.

What do you dislike?

For me its setting up the graphics/charts and pulling up the statistics for certain items.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Setup the Trial Version first and read up on it to learn some of the in's and out's.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's great to have all you devices under one software to monitor. That is the biggest benefit of having the software, but seeing the health of the devices and what is going on within the network is what I like the most.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Ken W.
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"NPM is a great product"

What do you like best?

I love the simple dashboard that tells you what is down at a glance. Also the Netpath part has saved us a lot of time and troubleshooting. Also PerfStack, which came out not too long ago, is a lifesaver. It is a great troubleshooting tool.

What do you dislike?

It was somewhat difficult to configure but easy to use once done. Also, we could not get the wireless heat maps working.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great tool for displaying dashboards on big screen TVs so everyone can see that status of your infrastructure.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps us with the network latency at remote locations.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Michael P.
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"All Networking Data in One Location"

What do you like best?

NPM allows us to pull in metric, syslogs, etc. into a single location for monitoring and reporting

What do you dislike?

I don't not think there is a lot to dislike about it. No product is perfect, but NPM provides us everything we need.

Recommendations to others considering the product

NPM is a powerful that can provide you lots of data. Combining it with other SW tools provides visibility that is hard to beat.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to easily identify and troubleshoot issues without our network environment. We have a very large scale environment so sometimes finding the issue is difficult. NPM makes it much easier.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Evarist S.
Evarist S.
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"Great Product"

What do you like best?

I like that the dashboards are easy to read and give you the information that you need.

What do you dislike?

Configuring and getting everything the way you want it, takes awhile.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used to have a managed service watch this, but now that we have taken it in house, we are able to see much more information than they provided.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Jim S.
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"NPM to monitor customer networks"

What do you like best?

What i like best is that NPM can give you a snap shot of your entire network, from networking equipment to servers. Giving you the tools the troubleshoot and fix just about any issue. It can be a performance issue, or it could be a a bottle neck someplace on your network.

What do you dislike?

I don't have a issue with the product, it does everything it's expected to do, and constantly comes out with new functionality.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a managed service provider, NPM allows us to monitor our customers network 24/7

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Corey G.
Corey G.
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"NPM (Network Performance (a)Mazing)"

What do you like best?

NPM provides actionable intelligence for your network. Real live proof and statistics to show management. For our company is has been a real driver for change, we moved from knock-off linksys cisco to real cisco based on NPM data and C's are incredibly happy with the investment.

What do you dislike?

Currently have no dislikes regarding NPM. Product is actively developed and supported. There is nothing to dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just do it, you will not regret it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have solved network slowdowns caused by old faulty switches. 100MB switches slowing our 1000MB Network.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator in Utilities
Administrator in Utilities
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"One monitor to rule them All"

What do you like best?

Solarwinds NPM is a stable, rugged platform for monitoring most all your enterprise needs. There are many bells and whistles that are purposeful and meaningful for most all your issues and needs. High customization, that is easy, is a plus to any organization.

What do you dislike?

NPM can be a little hard to manage on older versions of Windows, but is easily fixed in most situations. Upgrades were difficult in the past, but solarwinds has put much work into making this easier.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get Loop1 consulting if you have a complex environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Out of the box reporting is very helpful to add visibility to our organization management and end users. Easy integration with servicenow allows us to alert out quickly and effectively around the clock, 365 days a year.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Matthew H.
Matthew H.
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"NPM Review"

What do you like best?

I can maintain tracking of all of my infrastructure devices, and be alerted when disk usage, cpu, or memory becomes overloaded.

What do you dislike?

Over the years, the resource usage requirements have become exponentially more extensive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

monitoring of uptime, interface utilization, volume usage, ESX resource usage, VPN tunnels, and printer ink levels.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Vinh L.
Vinh L.
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"Solarwind monitor network and application"

What do you like best?

Best product, this software can monitor every node, application in my company. it send email and SMS to concerned IT admin.

What do you dislike?

Slow performance on web interface, need to fix bug every month.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Administrative and monitoring the network status, every node and port on Core switch. It send email alert to IT admin every node up/down. This product used with Solarwind Application Monitor to manage and monitor application on server.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
Administrator
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"Network Performance Monitor (Solarwinds Orion)"

What do you like best?

I've been using this product for over 15 years at 3 different jobs. the tunability of alerting, the suppoer of the Solarwinds technical staff, and the ability to create dashboards for the C-level has been wonderful to deal with.

What do you dislike?

Not really anything, maybe that the database SQL and you need SQL knowledge to create some of the queries; I just didn't have that knowledge in the beginning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keeping 24x7x365 sites up that way, so I know there is a problem before the users typically know.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Rohan H.
Rohan H.
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"NPM - An excellent tool to monitor your whole network"

What do you like best?

Ability to monitor each and every network device along with the interfaces and ports

What do you dislike?

Not really, only thing which is a little complicated about NPM is it's toll on the VM

Recommendations to others considering the product

great product especially for large organization

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring network devices along with capacity planning, network utilization

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by User
User
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"Must have tool for anyone involved with their company network"

What do you like best?

My favorite thing about the tool is being able to pinpoint network bottle necks or causes for slow network. We typically have end users submit tickets for a slow network and with this tool we are able to discover the cause of the slowness.

What do you dislike?

So far I really have not found anything that I dislike about the program. I make use of all the features.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product for the price. I highly recommend it to anyone

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to troubleshoot and narrow down the cause of network slowness. This is extremely helpful for us as network slowness tends to frustrate our end users the most. With this tool we are able to quickly identify and resolve slowness issues.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator in Hospital & Health Care
Administrator in Hospital & Health Care
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"NPM review"

What do you like best?

NPM is an excellent monitoring tool for any size network. Whilst it is easy for anyone to use, it is very powerful in the information it supplies. Both in graphical and report formats.

What do you dislike?

I don't dislike anything about it. The product does everything it says it will do straight out of the box. And the fact that it's easy to use, makes getting information and alerting out of it a breeze.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The ease of this product make installation a breeze. In next to no time will you have usable data to report or alert on.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Any network problems can easily be picked up by using NPM. Everything that's being logged, can be alerted or reported on.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by rajasekar M.
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"Its a awesome tool for network management. "

What do you like best?

I like the network performance monitoring, Server and application monitoring and the network traffic analyser tool very much and i dont have much exposure in other tools of solarwinds.

What do you dislike?

Solarwinds support while trying to do the customization and the cost of the license are am not like in solarwinds.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its a best tool to have more visibility if we use multiple tools then its will be awesome experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All the network related issue.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Mohammad S.
Mohammad S.
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"Solid Product / Industry Leader"

What do you like best?

The in depth analysis of SolarWinds is far superior to other products on the market today. Easily collaborates and centralizes other add-on features such as NetFlow Analyzer, Server Monitor, etc.

What do you dislike?

The cost of the licensing model makes this an expensive solution

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be prepared for the licensing costs. Also determine if you require the other add-ons that Orion provides (NetFlow Analyzer, etc)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to fully monitor local and remote sites with the platform. Receive immediate alerts when devices or sites are down or inaccessible.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Frank M.
Frank M.
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"Solarwinds NPM"

What do you like best?

The UI is awesome. SW did a great job...I like the improvements.

What do you dislike?

the number of pollers I need to support a large environment

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download a trial copy and give it a try

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Removing risk from the enterprise.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Chinmay C.
Chinmay C.
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"NPM a complete infra monitoring solution"

What do you like best?

Web UI

Ease of use

Ease of deployment

Configuration is great

Easy to understand

What do you dislike?

Integration have many loop holes

Upgration part is very critical

No real time polling

Recommendations to others considering the product

The configuration part is very hectic but very crucial.

For successful deployment of this tool you need to form a tough foundation

No compromises with that

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are currently monitoring over 1000 network devices and servers in NPM

It's very easy to maintain infra integrity through NPM

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Franklin P.
Franklin P.
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"Very useful for network performance monitoring"

What do you like best?

detailed data on the network performance monitoring for utilization packet loss response time.

Very easy to understand the tool, user friendly.

What do you dislike?

The dashboard for trap summary, not very useful more information than required. it shows all the kind of traps received, info, critical, warning. Just need to show the traps for which alerts are configured

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It mostly used for capacity management, upgrading the interface utilization, performance of the routers.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator in Retail
Administrator in Retail
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"NPM - "

What do you like best?

NPM primary role is to monitor our store links to both onsite and cloud based systems. We utilize net path and net-flow data to maintaining our links and can easy identify and issues that may happen

What do you dislike?

Be careful, licenses can get used up quickly if you're not careful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to quickly and simply identify broken internet paths and link utilization issues with NPM. It is also good for planning

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator in Telecommunications
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"Excellent network monitoring"

What do you like best?

NPM is what holds Solarwinds together, comfortably the best monitoring tool I've experienced.

What do you dislike?

There are some niggly things like replacing devices will need you to manually delete old devices as they will happily sit there forever, which makes more sense when you're in it than when I've written it. Disk drives cause the same issue, if you replace a disk it will often sit there until you remove it manually saying it's however full it was when you took it out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This has utterly revolutionised our monitoring across all our services. We have instant visibility of issues we might not even have been aware of in the past.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Steve D.
Steve D.
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"NPM Review"

What do you like best?

Great integration with all the other modules and lots of customization.

What do you dislike?

Default views have too many wigets for my liking.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

NPM has helped us many times diagnose a slow connection or node issues.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by User
User
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"NPM Review"

What do you like best?

The flexibility of the product is 1st class and allows you add any product you like and if certain stats aren't supported out the box you can create your own pollers for those stats.

What do you dislike?

Can be slow at times even with the hardware sized correctly. Fixing bugs and niggles in the product rather than continually bringing out new versions with super new functionality would be good.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its allowed us to have full visibility of our network and the ability to view historical data with alerting so rather than always waiting for a user to call with an issue we can be much more proactive with faults.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"NPM works very well"

What do you like best?

It's easy to use and works quite well. easy to setup and tons of support information out there on the various things that you can do or use it for through thwack or the customer portal. To this day I still find new and various things with it.

What do you dislike?

I really don't have anything that I dislike about it. It may need a few tweaks here and there but SolarWinds is really good at listening to customer feed back.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great product that is easy to use, easy to setup and has ton of material out there to help

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is our primary network monitoring tool

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Josh H.
Josh H.
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"Get a scenic view of your network!"

What do you like best?

Great SolarWinds product integration across the Orion suite.

What do you dislike?

Can take time to configure in order to truly exploit it to it's full potential.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Complete visibility and alerting across our entire network.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by User in Telecommunications
User in Telecommunications
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"One stop for all network monitoring"

What do you like best?

Great multifunction montioring tool. Easy to use. Able to customize views, create maps and put nodes you are monitoring on maps so you can easily identify outage issues related to areas. Able to create customer alerts to notify of issues with nodes our outages.

What do you dislike?

Difficult to setup initially. Cost is high for certain modules. No migration path to move to another solution.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solarwinds NPM is highly scalable and delivers a wealth of troubleshooting and monitoring tools wrapped up neatly in a slick UI. Just beware of the element-based pricing as it can become headache.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Active/Passive Networking Monitoring and Log Collection. Network Insights, app insights, service monitoring and task scheduling.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by User in Telecommunications
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"Easy tool to monitor and troubleshoot network related issues "

What do you like best?

It's powerful way to monitor the network and ability to find out root cause of any network related issues in a quick time. Also, I like how NPM is best fitted for network monitoring capacity planning where you can easily scale up it's ability to monitor additional network devices. It's powerful way of showing the performance metrics for various access points, wireless, and clients is very useful for performance enhancement/engineering activities. Oh, and how could we ignore it's great and simple UI.

What do you dislike?

I wish NPM had the ability to configure network related alerts from web console.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Network monitoring, performance enhancement and troubleshooting network related issues.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Steve M.
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"I love SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor and highly recommend it!"

What do you like best?

Ease of management, integration with other products, NetPath for visibility regarding resources outside our environment

What do you dislike?

I cannot think of the slightest pet peeve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Become a Thwack member as there are extensive resources (training videos documentation resolved issues etc.) available for site members.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visibility regarding internal and external resources - availability, response time, performance both real time and over a designated length of time, related reporting.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Nathan W.
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"NPM is a valuable part of SolarWinds"

What do you like best?

Ease of use. I can quickly train support staff how to use NPM to assist in troubleshooting connectivity issues.

What do you dislike?

NPM lacks the ability to perform custom sorting .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to monitor our Home Office, several data centers, as well as 1234 remote locations. NMP lets us quickly determine where an issue is occurring, and many times what the casue of the issue is.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Vincent I.
Vincent I.
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"NPM can see everything!"

What do you like best?

Solarwinds NPM, not sure where to start! There's so many components to Solarwinds! NPM is amazing. You can set up a dash with a gauge and overview. Pinpoint the issues right from one page.

What do you dislike?

There's so many components it really can be overwhelming. The licensing can be very expensive that is for sure.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You need a dedicated team to roll this out. You need complete buy in from all interested partners and a roadmap as to where and what you want to monitor.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're able to identify hardware performance issues and latent connections, right from one page!

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Mark H.
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"Simply the best"

What do you like best?

SolarWinds NPM is simply the best monitoring solution I've come across. It's easy to set up, easy to configure, and easy to run.

What do you dislike?

There is absolutely nothing to dislike about the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SolarWinds NPM allows me to monitor the state of our network infrastructure, alerting us to issues before any users are even aware of a problem, and allowing us to proactively monitor our infrastructure.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator in Banking
Administrator in Banking
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"What a change to how we manage the use of our environment."

What do you like best?

The ease of use and setup within the environment.

What do you dislike?

At times the alerting can be tricky to configure.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ensure you take a valid count of all of the nodes you wish to manage, because it will affect the costs for implementing the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to see what is happening in our environment very quickly and start on a resolution much quicker then previously.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Jarett C.
Jarett C.
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"My staff is annoyed with how much I love Solarwinds products!"

What do you like best?

I love the way data is presented to me in a way that I can keep an eye on my environment at a glance.

What do you dislike?

I would like more flexibility in creating dashboards, as well as the ability to upgrade without taking my monitoring environment down

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can catch issues either before they become problems, or immediately thereafter. So we can improve my customer experience.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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"Always NPM!"

What do you like best?

It's intuitive and immediately puts you in control of your network. I've been using Solarwinds products for nearly 10 years now and have seen many improvements. The support community is great and the suite of products is always evolving.

What do you dislike?

Network Atlas - despite all the general NPM improvements, sadly this never seems to evolve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Request a trial and get involved with the Thwack! community.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When I first joined my current organisation, we were pretty much 'blind' on a monitoring front. Within a month of setting up NPM we immediately had perspective. Combine NPM with NCM & NTA and you're onto a winner!

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Allistair G.
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"Excellent way to view and correlate bandwidth and data"

What do you like best?

The single view that can show everything thats going on in our network.

What do you dislike?

I dislike having to wait at least thirty minute to get a technical support agent during regular hours

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As an ISP, we use network performance monitor to correlate information between our core devices and our customers. It allows anyone with access to view topology of a customer and escalate issues accordingly.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor"

What do you like best?

The features I like the most about this tool are the fast and easy deployment and the high quality monitoring and alerting. Very nice UI, also very scalable. NPM has a lot of customization and notification that can be done

What do you dislike?

The element base pricing is very expensive, can quickly escalade.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I've tried many different monitoring tools and nothing comes close to this one. I hate to repeat myself but the UI is simply amazing!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This tool helps prevent major Server downtimes with a great alert system. Every System Administrator should have this. I can't count the number of times it has saved me.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Dave Lester B.
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"The Goodness of NPM"

What do you like best?

How NPM ease up the monitoring experience in IT operations like in our company.

What do you dislike?

Actually there is none to dislike. NPM just needs more loving

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solarwinds NPM is a great tool to have especially for monitoring. This helps a lot detecting issues before it occurs and avoiding any problems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

WAN connections and servers. Being proactive benefits the organization

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator in Hospital & Health Care
Administrator in Hospital & Health Care
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"The standard for network monitoring solutions"

What do you like best?

Many ways to customize dashboards, alerts, and reports. Easy to limit information based on roles.

What do you dislike?

Performance issues can be hard to diagnose and fix.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider final scale of deployment when setting up the different required servers. Do not skimp on database performance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quickly identifying the source of performance issues. Reporting of policy violations across hundreds of network devices. Repository for config backups.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Steve Z.
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"Solarwinds NPM is a very helpful and useful tool"

What do you like best?

The web console, and how things are displayed for quick and easy review

What do you dislike?

The Licensing method is somewhat frustrating and the price was a bit high

Recommendations to others considering the product

Seems to work much better than other tools that I have used

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

NPM proved useful in detecting several problems at one of our remote locations, that we were not aware of.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Gary C.
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"NPM is Awesome!!"

What do you like best?

It allow us to see the overall health of our infrastructure.From switch ports / latency to wireless client connection.

What do you dislike?

Upgrade need to be easier. It need to provide more flexibility more other network vendor

Recommendations to others considering the product

The initial setup can be long and time consuming. Be preparer

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitor in a single pane of glass

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Alexander C.
Alexander C.
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"The most useful tool!"

What do you like best?

NPM is quite simple but powerful tool for network monitoring. The feature I like most is the flexibility - you can create your own alerts/reports/polers and etc.

What do you dislike?

Network Atlas has quite old interface and limited list of features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The troubleshooting of all issues related to network outages always started with NPM.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Darrell H.
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"We use it to montor our customers networks. "

What do you like best?

I like the why you can dig in and find an issue. It has been a big help with customer network slow downs.

What do you dislike?

Some time I do get lost but that might just be me. I manage the group so I'm not always in it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Customer slowness is our biggest issues.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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"SolarWinds NPM - Do not leave home without it"

What do you like best?

It is arguably the most user friendly network tool

What do you dislike?

Syslog Viewer and Trap Viewer are quite outdated. Also, cannot easily turn web reports into SQL scripts

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We rely on NPM exclusively for monitoring health and availability for over 150 offices in the USA and many others around the world.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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"Excellent UI and well rounded product for NMS"

What do you like best?

The GUI metrics presented are relevant and capture the high-level views nicely. The ability to drill into just about anything is very nice. The AppStack and PerfStack are my favorite resources. With additional modules like SRM, SAM, and VMan - it's great to be able to see the details from end to end.

What do you dislike?

It can be easy to get a little lost drilling around between linked resources.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's expensive - but worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Visibility into our applications and how they impact things like storage and network.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator
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"Excellent choice for the System and Network Admins!!!"

What do you like best?

I like almost all of the its products whether its freeware or paid or trial versions. I found the NPM is excellent and it makes our system and network administrators life easier.

What do you dislike?

Its cost that everyone not could offer it even though they like like ferrari.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to get up-to-date system and network status then its good to go with Solarwinds NPM.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It saves our struggling time and effort and gives the report instantly than other products and besides that its more user friendly.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Consultant
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"NPM is the bomb"

What do you like best?

Ease of use. It just works out of the box. Of course you can customize it as needed.

What do you dislike?

Makes it too easy. But like I stated it, there are many customization options such as creating SQL reports or even using solarwinds own SWQL language.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very easy to use. Needs minimal maintenance. However, I would recommend you start will all green. Make sure that everything is working and use that as a baseline.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Compliance is a big thing along with making sure everything is right in the world.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor review by Administrator in Telecommunications
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"SolarWinds NPM"

What do you like best?

Easy to setup and