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July 1, 2020


Already with an impressive set of features, SolarWinds’ Network Performance Monitor (NPM) sets the benchmark for performance monitoring to provide end-to-end visibility of your network, and reduce network outages and quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance issues.

SolarWinds NPM 12.3 features

And with the release of NPM 12.3 (released 31st May 2018), the feature sets continue to expand, now including intelligent maps to show relationships for routers, switches, interfaces, volumes, and even groups. Plus many more new features.

Jump to the full list of NPM features

SolarWinds NPM dashboard

Unified view of on-premise, hybrid and cloud environments

A core component of SolarWinds’ Orion platform, Network Performance Monitor provides a powerful tool to quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance problems and outages while seamlessly integrating other Orion modules to provide a consolidated, unified view of networks, applications, systems, and databases on-premises, in a hybrid environment, or in the cloud.

SolarWinds Orion platform

With today’s user expectations of IT services being ‘always on’, it is ever more important to ensure you quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance problems and outages – before you start getting calls asking if the network is down.

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor features (NPM 12.3)

No.1 in network management software*, NPM provides out-of-the-box simplicity, so you can start solving problems, with multi-vendor support, customisable dashboards, views, and charts to detect, diagnose, and resolve network performance issues and avoid downtime.

View hop-by-hop analysis along critical paths with traffic, and configuration details of devices and applications.

Cross-stack network data correlation
To accelerate identification of root cause, with drag and drop network performance metrics for instant correlation across your network.

Intelligent alerts
Respond to multiple condition checks, correlated events and device dependencies.

Network discovery and mapping
Automatically discover and map devices, performance metrics, link utilisation and wireless coverage.

Capacity forecasting, alerting, and reporting
Calculate exhaustion dates using thresholds based on usage (peak / average).

Intelligent maps
Aggregation and visualisation of data helps identify the root cause faster – even across complex infrastructures.

Comprehensive monitoring of F5® BIG-IP® , Cisco ASA, and Cisco Nexus products
View the health and performance of your F5 service delivery, Cisco ASA, and Cisco Nexus environments with Network Insight.

End-user quality of experience
Packet capture and analysis to analyse changes in end-user experience. Is it the application or the network?

Network performance baselines
Dynamically calculate baseline thresholds from historical network performance data.

Hardware health monitoring
Monitor, alert, and report on key device metrics, including temperature, fan speed, and power supply.

Customisable performance and availability reports
Create custom network performance reports with one of over 100 out-of-the-box templates.

Single-pane-of-glass network monitoring software
Customisable web-based network performance dashboards, views, and charts.

New features in NPM 12.3

  • Help ensure service availability with health and performance monitoring of critical data centre switches with Network Insight™ for Cisco Nexus®.
  • Orion Maps provides a contextual and graphical portrayal of an entity, including nodes, interfaces, volumes, and groups, and its critical relationships.
  • Increased scalability – Scale to up to 400,000 elements per instance (with appropriate licenses)

Feature comparison of NPM 12.3 versus previous versions »

*Source: IDC Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker 1H 2017 release

From the UK’s leading SolarWinds authority

As the UK’s leading SolarWinds, authority, with a large in-house team of SolarWinds-Certified Professionals supporting and managing the network operations of some of the UK’s leading organisations, Comtact helps you get the most from your monitoring and unlock the full potential of the SolarWinds platform.

We live and breathe monitoring

Supporting clients 24/7 from our ISO27001-accredited Network Operations Centre (NOC) in Northampton, Comtact focuses on building a business monitoring tool of your critical services, to gain visibility of REAL problems (not just alerts), saving IT time chasing false alert and driving real business value.

  • Creation of business dashboards for critical services or events e.g. Black Friday.
  • Build resilience to avoid critical downtime.
  • Expert configuration and tuning lets you see what’s important – spend less time fault finding/fixing.
  • Turn monitoring into a management tool.

Top monitoring tips

As industrial SolarWinds users ourselves, we help build your own teams’ expertise through a collaborative approach to…

  • Avoid over-monitoring – and ‘alert fatigue’.
  • Eliminate false-positives – save time chasing shadows.
  • Identify your critical alerts – with threshold tuning, dependencies and groupings.
  • Create executive dashboards – for visibility of critical business services

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About Comtact Ltd.

Comtact Ltd. is a government-approved Cyber Security and IT Managed Service Provider, supporting clients 24/7 from our ISO27001-accredited UK Security Operations Centre (SOC).

Located at the heart of a high security, controlled-access Tier 3 data centre, Comtact’s state-of-the-art UK Cyber Defence Centre (SOC) targets, hunts & disrupts hacker behaviour, as part of a multi-layered security defence, to help secure some of the UK’s leading organisations.