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Joshua Biggley
Real User
Engineer, Infrastructure Applications at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

An easy-to-use interface for both admins and users is key. Adoption of any product can be constrained by a UI that is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We used a monitoring platform from an enterprise vendor that was so complex to manage that we struggled even to deliver… more»

What needs improvement?

* Real-time analytics is the major weakness of the SolarWinds NPM platform today. They've done a fantastic job enabling… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing model is such that you can purchase only what you need; and then grow into the next level by paying only the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

In every case where I have used SolarWinds, I have displaced an enterprise platform from a larger software company… more»

What other advice do I have?

Avoid the urge to go quickly. Take the time to forecast your growth in the next 12-24 months and plan the infrastructure… more»
Matthew Reingold
Real User
Network Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 03 2017

What is most valuable?

I find there to be three areas in which this suite provides significant value. It integrates well as an ‘everything’ tool… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In a more recent example, we rely on this tool to let us know when a site is about to go down, before it does so. We do… more»

What needs improvement?

I feel there are two areas of improvement. One of which SolarWinds employees will probably roll their eyes about and the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I’d suggest that people be aware that licensing has tiers. Sales will negotiate on new product purchases as well as… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I’ve used SCOM and CA before. We switched off of both because they were awful. CA cost a boatload and had a very limited… more»

What other advice do I have?

It’s a super easy tool to use, but you need to make sure you have a plan for what you want to do with it.
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Christopher Good
Real User
Lead Network Engineer/Business Developer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 08 2017

What is most valuable?

I love the GUI. Almost everything is accessible through the web interface. It is very user-friendly. It is easy to drag… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have been able to customize so many things using SolarWinds. I have set up baseline configurations and quickly… more»

What needs improvement?

I think there needs to be more granularity in the permission sets in almost all of the SolarWinds products. I want to be… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price points are more than competitive when compared to other vendors. You get so much more for, in most cases, so… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have used numerous other products to do some of the same functions. I have used WhatsUp Gold, LogicMonitor, HPE… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you have a very good machine for your database server. It will most likely use the most resources. As you add… more»
Brian Vinson
Real User
Systems Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
May 09 2017

What is most valuable?

In my opinion, one of the most valuable features of this product is the level of customization. From web interfaces to custom monitors and alarms… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped to provide a user friendly interface for support to drill down and see where the issue lies and remediate issues quickly. We have… more»

What needs improvement?

Better offline license management. I’ve had to get in touch with customer support several times simply to remove an expired license from our NPM… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Due to the large size and scope of our organization, our cost of using this product is comparatively high. Excluding the costs of running VMs and… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others before implementing this, is to attend one of their webcasts to get a feel for what NPM can do for you. The presenters are… more»
A.J. DiLorenzo
Real User
Senior Systems Administrator at Privia Health
Aug 19 2017

What is most valuable?

I believe the ease of setup and use, including everything, from the initial installation to the discovery of devices is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

SolarWinds NPM allowed the IT department to take a more proactive approach to troubleshooting, and gaining insights on… more»

What needs improvement?

The SolarWinds notification and alerting configuration could be simplified as it would be easier to find if it was within… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I believe the original setup cost was around $3500 with an annual cost of around $1200-$1500 to renew the support license… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

No, SolarWinds NPM was the first network/server monitoring product that was brought into the organization. Other network… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you’re looking to get a lot more insight and visibility into your network devices, servers, applications, and other… more»
Demetrio Chuasieng
Real User
Sr Network Administrator at a recruiting/HR firm with 10,001+ employees
Dec 19 2018

What is most valuable?

When you buy the product, there's a lot of things. You can configure a lot. There's some variable in the report so you can customize the alert that you get or what triggers you want… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It can even support Windows or monitor a Windows server, even on the application level, because they have this module called Server Application Monitor. You have WMI support. You can… more»

What needs improvement?

I think it's a great product. It has ease of use. Just add the IP with the correct credentials or SAS and multistring, and you can already collect all that information including you… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's a bit tricky when you go to the cloud already. I don't know what's the right metric myself, what should you be monitoring. Then, the newer trend right now is they don't even have… more»
Robert Browning
Real User
Systems Management at a media company with 10,001+ employees
May 31 2017

What is most valuable?

It combines and presents information from many different sources, giving a corporate-wide vision on a single pane of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It can be selectively focused. At one stage, it simply highlighted full boot volumes, and steadily increased to now… more»

What needs improvement?

Time: A worldwide deployment can be confusing for dispersed users with non-local times. Each node should have a local time… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

SolarWinds used to make a big thing about “20% of the cost for 80% of the functionality”. I think that the cost has risen… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have been forced to use a variety of other products with other clients, but most have migrated to NPM after an… more»

What other advice do I have?

Download and run the evaluation bundles on a spare server; it‘ll offer SQL Express.
Ronald Jansen
Consultant
Project Manager and consultant enterprise IT tooling at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
May 24 2017

What is most valuable?

* If you are almost in the dark, SolarWinds can give you a quick view of what you have and you can start basic monitoring… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* It helped to bring a basic monitoring in place that could be a platform for additional information you need to manage a… more»

What needs improvement?

Scalability: In general, the scalability for most organizations is OK. The product is also used by larger companies and… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing depends on what company you are. If you are you an enterprise or TELCO, the pricing is really great. If you… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

In general, it is mainly switching from open-source systems to a supported system.

What other advice do I have?

* Create a very simple requirements list. * In general, do not start a paper comparison. * Install the product or let… more»
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