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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 and drop resources wherever you want them. NPM also includes additional features that come in handy, such as a web SSH... 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 remediated devices against them. I am using the SYSLOG and trap functions for my non-priority devices. I have NetPath set up to... 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 able to specify almost everything that a specific user group can do. I am being a little picky with this, as there are... more»
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Head, ATM Management at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 03 2017

What do you think of SolarWinds NPM?

Valuable Features Reporting Alerts Network map view Netpath Interface monitoring • Improvements to My Organization With reporting, we are able to spool ISP WAN links availability for the month and make necessary deductions based on the service level agreement we signed with the service providers. Alerts have also helped us to improve network performance, keeping everyone on their toes in resolving downtime before it is escalated. • Room for Improvement I would like to see continuous improvement on the reporting and graphical views of customized portals. • Use of Solution We have been using the solution for ten years. • Stability Issues I did not encounter any issues with stability. • Scalability Issues We encountered an inability to display graphical views...
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Systems Engineer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 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, this product has a high level of flexibility that can be molded to suit your business needs,... 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 other solutions that might have features NPM does not but the front end could look confusing to an... 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 servers (which have no connection to the public internet). Also, if you add a new license and... more»
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Senior Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
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 the most valuable. The advanced alerting and notifications capabilities are helpful as well. Devices can be discovered... 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 device availability. We were able to use the integration with Storage Manager and Virtualization Manager to gain valuable... more»

What needs improvement?

The SolarWinds notification and alerting configuration could be simplified as it would be easier to find if it was within the NPM web application instead of in a separate client application. The SolarWinds Orion/NPM installation comes with a... more»
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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 neither intuitive nor visually engaging. The SolarWinds NPM framework, upon which most of their flagship products are built,... 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 the base infrastructure monitoring services. This is not a unique position as many IT departments manage by the mantra of... more»

What needs improvement?

* Real-time analytics is the major weakness of the SolarWinds NPM platform today. They've done a fantastic job enabling the collection of data. Users are now demanding the ability to generate their own graphs, views, and so on; all of this... more»
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Enterprise Monitoring Consultant at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
May 25 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to pick and chose modules per need, but at the same time close and seamless integration once deployed: While everything is pretty complicated and fast moving, we do not want the monitoring and management software to be... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Proactive alerting helps prevent outages to meet our SLA, as well as in forecasting.

What needs improvement?

Some features are missing (which will be in any product out there) but there is a community that either provides workarounds or the ability to request the improvement.
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System Engineer at a government with 51-200 employees
Oct 25 2017

What do you think of SolarWinds LEM?

Valuable Features The out of the box reports and dashboard. It was easy to trim down these windows to something we could quickly use. • Improvements to My Organization It allows us to monitor access and pull cyber reports quickly. No more searching through logs on each server. There was not much customization, which we had to do with Splunk. • Room for Improvement I imagine we will have to develop our own reports soon, this seems to be more cumbersome. • Use of Solution For five months now. • Deployment Issues Not really. • Stability Issues Not yet. • Scalability Issues Not yet. • Customer Service and Technical Support Customer Service: Good. There can be lag times on responses. Technical Support: Eight on a scale of 10. • Previous Solutions ...
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Senior Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 19 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability to see VM-level IOPS data without the use of an agent is the most valuable feature in my opinion. Some of the monitoring capabilities, including Hyper-V monitoring and disk latency/read/write speeds come in handy, as well. Also,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to leverage this product for Hyper-V free space monitoring and alerting based on customized thresholds which we were unable to do before without the use of custom PowerShell scripts. It also allows for more granular VM level... more»

What needs improvement?

The UI is a little cumbersome at first, but the more you use it and get accustomed to it, the simpler it becomes. It does leave a bit to be desired though. I believe the reporting could be improved upon and some of the customization options... more»
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Network Operation Center Team Leader at a recruiting/HR firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 07 2017

What is most valuable?

* Ease of installation and administration * Extremely user friendly: Any IT professional can learn how to admin NPM in a short time. * Powerful data collection from a wide range of different network devices. * Devices not supported can be... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. I was awarded Q3 employee of the quarter. I am the first NOC member to receive this award at Kforc). * By replacing SCOM and several other monitoring tools and merging them into the Orion... more»

What needs improvement?

* MS Azure Service and user experience monitoring. This is an area in which the SolarWinds tools are lacking. * Most focus seems to be on AWS cloud services. But some press has been released stating more Azure Cloud Service monitoring options... more»

SolarWinds Projects

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SolarWinds Questions

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Technical Solutions Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nov 01 2017
Does anyone have a feature and price comparison for these three products? 
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TuPhamUnfortunately pricing is never that simple with each product having a... more»
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Giridhara Raam MIf you are looking for desktops, mobiles and server management, you can... more»
Looking at SolarWinds LEM as a SIEM tool. Several of my managers are questioning the scalability for a global deployment. I am having difficulty providing adequate information as to its distributed architecture and the ability to access the raw (and/or) normalized data directly so that I can... more»
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Byron AndersonIf you are looking at scaling LEM for a global deployment it's really going... more»
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Integrated Systems Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I'm looking for a comparison of PRTG versus SolarWinds. Can you share your feedback about these two solutions?
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Bartosz KowalskiI used both products. Without even thinking twice I will go with PRTG.... more»
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reviewer490464We're really happy with PRTG. It's a graphically-rich environment that really... more»
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informat171936PTRG would give you almost the same functionality as solarwinds at less cost.... more»

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