Network administrators are constantly faced with the challenge of ensuring network and infrastructure availability and performance at all times. Outage, downtime, latency, and faults on network devices will significantly affect business-critical applications and ultimately the bottom line. As network administrators, it is critical that you have the following information available at all times:


  1. Network Availability - by monitoring the up/down status of network nodes, and analyzing real-time and in-depth network availability statistics, you can quickly view the availability of your core IT services and data center
  2. Network Fault - identify network faults by monitoring statistics such as bandwidth utilization, packet loss, latency, errors, discards, quality of service, disk space, CPU load, and memory utilization
  3. Network Performance - identify and analyze performance bottlenecks by monitoring various performance metrics, counters and statistics over time using device-critical information such as resource utilization, network traffic, throughput, etc...



Through the use of automated tools, network administrators can simplify the collection of this critical information for more effective network management. When assessing a network availability, fault, and performance monitoring tool, you will want to ensure that it provides the following:


  1. Intelligent Network Alerting – create and send alerts to respond to different network scenarios.  Look for the ability to define device dependencies; configure alerts for correlated events, sustained conditions, and complex combinations of device states; and escalate through a variety of delivery methods.
  2. Customizable Reporting – out-of-the-box and customizable reports that can be automated and exported.
  3. Intuitive Dashboards - view performance metrics in easy-to-understand charts and graphs, that allow you to drill-down and navigate to the root cause of the issue, and customize views to focus on highlighted issues that cross predefined thresholds.




SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) is a best-of-breed network monitoring software that integrates these three elements and offers a single unified and intuitive web console from which you can monitor your network nodes, drill down to analyze issues, and be alerted if any performance metric is behaving differently than expected. Having the control to be alerted/notified on issues and warnings, you can be in a better position to provide both strategic and tactical solutions to your network issues quickly and effectively.


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               SolarWinds NPM showing Network Node Availability Stats

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                         SolarWinds NPM showing Network Interface Availability Stats for each Node         

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                         SolarWinds NPM showing Network Interface Availability Stats for each Node    

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        SolarWinds NPM showing performance metrics and charts on the performance of a router 

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