SolarWinds enhances network management software capabilities with better visibility and smarter scalability



SolarWinds, provider of network management software, announced this week a wave of updates to its network management product portfolio, which can now support networks up to four times larger than the previous generation. This significant gain makes it easy to consolidate monitoring solutions to a single provider enterprise-wise, and gives IT professionals far greater flexibility to scale up and support larger data center networks as workloads increase, or scale out to address complex distributed networks.

SolarWinds says the broad refresh of its network management portfolio strengthens its IDC-validated network management position. Updated versions of Network Performance Monitor (NPM), Network Configuration Manager (NCM), IP Address Manager (IPAM), NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA), and VoIP & Network Quality Manager (VNQM) are now available.

The updated SolarWinds network management portfolio features three breakthroughs designed to further improve visualization and speed troubleshooting across the complex and distributed networks at the foundation of hybrid IT environments.

Initially, the four-fold increase in monitoring capacity allows IT professionals to accelerate and simplify their network management process while reducing the resources needed for monitoring activities, making it easier to consolidate tools. Second, the latest software adds intelligent, auto-generating, and contextually-aware maps that enable faster and clearer visualization of network performance. These powerful capabilities enable IT professionals to quickly identify issues and speed time-to-resolution when troubleshooting.

Within its network management portfolio, SolarWinds updated Network Performance Monitor (NPM) 12.3, Along with Network Insight for Cisco Nexus, including detailed visibility into virtual Port Channels (vPCs), the latest version of NPM provides superior network monitoring capabilities and detailed visibility for multi-vendor environments. The Network Configuration Monitor (NCM) 7.8 brings even stronger automation and control of network functions and, like NPM, adds Network Insight for Cisco Nexus switches. It provides configuration snippets and the ability to filter, search, and view access control lists (ACLs), including object groups, and Virtual Device Context (VDC) support.

The IP Address Manager (IPAM) 4.7 is a tool that automates management of IP addresses, the latest version now automates IP requests and monitors hybrid environments with Amazon Route53 and Azure DNS support. With a new Flow Storage SQL database at its foundation and less-demanding CPU and IOPS requirements, the NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA) 4.4 offers IT professionals significantly improved speed and performance in identifying network traffic issues and removing bottlenecks, while providing better security. The VoIP and Network Quality Manager (VNQM) 4.5 adds support for monitoring of SIP trunks, enabling users to manage voice quality and performance across networks using the latest VoIP technologies.

SolarWinds is also introducing Network Insight for Cisco Nexus, the latest Network Insight, which already includes support for F5 and Cisco ASA. Adding support for Cisco Nexus bridges a huge gap in data center performance visibility with in-depth analyses that go beyond basic hardware health and statistics. This feature gives IT professionals a quick view of the landscape and any bottlenecks. It presents data in a simplified functional model, so that everyone on the IT staff can achieve expert-level insights on Nexus performance regardless of proficiency level. By embracing Cisco Nexus hardware, this new Network Insight also underscores the SolarWinds commitment to enabling superior device-specific visibility for environments of all sizes.

“In the hybrid IT world, networks are growing larger, more complex, and more distributed, making them even more challenging to manage and troubleshoot,” said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds. “This is a big reason why over half of enterprise IT professionals in our SolarWinds 2018 IT Trends Report said they do not feel as confident in their IT environment’s performance as their mid-size and small business counterparts.”

“By quadrupling scalability and deepening visibility, SolarWinds network management software will give IT professionals unprecedented flexibility to evolve easily as their networks expand and spread out. It also offers the power to manage networks simply, comprehensively, and accurately, all without compromising our industry-leading affordability,” he added. “As recently confirmed for the third year in a row, we believe our position as highest in ability to execute in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics reinforces our commitment to helping organizations meet their network management needs today, regardless of their size.”

“The Network Insight for Cisco Nexus feature is doing a lot to help us monitor our environment much more effectively,” said Josh Haberman, Network Engineer, Veolia North America, the world’s leading provider of environmental solutions. “There really is a need for deeper visibility and this latest offering from SolarWinds clearly shows us what is happening in the network,” he added. “The scalability improvements were also an unexpected surprise. It’s reassuring to have the extra capacity as we plan for the future.”

Further, the enhanced network management portfolio builds on other SolarWinds innovations such as NetPath, which provides a “hop-by-hop” analysis of network performance across hybrid IT landscapes and into the public cloud. Recently, SolarWinds began deployment of NetPath onto its Managed Service Provider (MSP) platforms, providing another way to access this powerful technology regardless of how they monitor their environments.

This migration underscores the ongoing commitment made by a worldwide leader in network monitoring and management to extending the powerful benefits of its technology and expertise beyond its core customer base of IT practitioners and into the growing legions of professionals who manage IT environments.

The updated SolarWinds network management portfolio, including Network Insight for Cisco Nexus, will be available starting next week. SolarWinds NPM pricing starts at US$2,955; SolarWinds NCM pricing starts at $2,895; SolarWinds IPAM pricing starts at $1,995; SolarWinds NTA pricing starts at $1,915; and SolarWinds VNQM pricing starts at $1,615.

 

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