The dev guys here have been working hard (as usual) and I'm pleased to
announce that we now have new versions of Orion NPM (Network Performance
Monitor) and NCM (Network Configuration Manager) available for download. For
existing customers with active software maintenance these are free upgrades. For
folks that haven't bought Orion yet, you can download an evaluation version from
SolarWinds.Com to try out for
30 days.


Orion NPM version 9.5 offers several cool enhancements. My Top 3 would
include wireless (it's built in now so that you can manage wired and wireless
networks side by side), unpluggable port modes (lets you manage user ports
differently than ports connected to servers, trunk ports, and etc), support for
Cisco EnergyWise (a cool new way of reducing and tracking power consumption),
and the new Network Atlas (OK, that's 4 but who's counting?).


Orion NCM version 5.5 also has a sweet set of new features. My favorites are
tighter integration with Orion NPM and support for Cisco EnergyWise (not just
the monitoring that Orion NPM provides but NCM helps to automate the deployment
of this new Cisco feature.


I could add a lot more detail here but really the best way to learn about the
new versions is to download and try them for yourself. Good luck and be sure to
let us know what you think either here or within the Orion NPM and Orion NCM user forums.