In this post, we have explained why we should have network monitoring software in our network, and in this post, you have learned how these software work. Now we are going to examine one of the most popular network monitoring software: Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor.

SolarWinds is one of the world’s leading producers of IT management software and it introduced numerous and powerful products in the field of network management and monitoring. The company’s Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is one of its key product. It is a powerful and affordable network monitoring software that enables you to quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance problems and outages. The NPM is a standalone package. The hardware that SolarWinds NPM keeps an eye on includes network equipment, such as routers and switches; endpoint devices, including terminals, desktop PCs, and mobile devices; and office equipment, such as printers.

The NPM includes a dashboard with comprehensive controls that can help you customize your views of network data and also filter the events that are reported by the system. This is a very flexible system that is suitable for any size of network.

The latest version of this software has just been released, version 12.1. Let’s take a look at the features of this version. Key features of this software include:

  • Installing and deploying very quick
  • Analyzing over 1,200 applications
  • Quickly detecting, diagnosing, and resolving network performance issues and avoid downtime
  • Monitoring V-Nets, V-Net Gateways and Site-to-Site connections
  • Viewing performance, traffic, and configuration details of devices and applications that are on-premises
  • Smarter scalability for large environments
  • Accelerate identification of root cause by dragging-and-dropping network performance metrics on a common time line
  • Automatically discovering and identifying Cisco network devices
  • Dynamically mapping Cisco network devices and performance
  • Responding to multiple condition checks, correlated events, network topology, and device dependencies
  • NetPath and PerfStack for easy troubleshooting
  • Automatically discovering and mapping devices, performance metrics, link utilization, and wireless coverage
  • Deep packet inspection offers immediate insight into network slowdowns
  • Automatically calculating exhaustion dates using customizable thresholds based on peak and average usage
  • Classifying network traffic
  • Dynamically calculating baseline thresholds from historical network performance data
  • Retrieving performance metrics for autonomous access points, wireless controllers, and clients
  • Customizable web-based network performance dashboards, views, and charts
  • Determining if changes in end-user experience are caused by the application or the network
  • Monitor, alert, and report on key device metrics, including temperature, fan speed, and power supply
  • Monitoring and managing WAN networks
  • Validating WAN optimization effectiveness
  • Scheduling and generating custom network performance reports with one of over 100 out-of-the-box templates
  • Real-time network performance metrics with interactive charts and graphs from network devices

Installing this software requires that the following requirements be met:

  • CPU: Dual processor, 3.0 GHz
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Hard Disk: 20 GB free space
  • OS: Microsoft Windows Server (2008 R2 SP1 and later)
  • Database: SQL Server 2008 and later
  • .Net Framework: Version 4.5

In the Solarwinds Website Resource Center tab, you can use the tutorials to learn how to install, implement, and manage NPM.