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SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor Review

Posted by 20 May, 2012 Comments Off on SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor Review

SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is a powerful yet easy-to-use tool for detecting, diagnosing,and resolving network performance issues. The next time a user complains that “the network is slow”, you can have the tools to turn that uselessly vague complaint into actionable data.

NPM automatically discovers your network, creates network topology maps, and then provides you with real-time views into network performance.

NPM provides a centralized console to monitor performance statistics from network devices such as routers, switches, wireless access points, and servers.

In addition to the up/down status provided by ICMP pinging, SolarWinds NPM uses the industry-standard SNMP protocol to retrieve detailed network performance statistics from SNMP-enabled devices.

NPM doesn’t just wait for you to watch the screen either, it’s network alerting feature monitors the network 24 hours a day and alerts you when an issue needs your attention. It can even correlate multiple events to provide you with sophisticated root cause analysis. For example, if fifteen servers behind a switch suddenly disappear, NPM is smart enough to notify you not that 15 servers disappeared from the network — but that the switch in front of those servers failed.

To help with one of the most hated chores in IT, Network Performance Monitor even creates customizable reports for you to share with your boss. The next time a user complains about network speed, you can respond with a detailed PDF report confirming or denying their suspicion.

NPM took me less than an hour to setup. SolarWinds even offers a 30-day free trial to try NPM before you buy it.

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