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The new SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) provides IT pros with the necessary insight into storage resources and their consequent impact on virtual environments to ultimately ensure business-critical application performance. With SolarWinds SRM’s real-time visibility into heterogeneous SAN and NAS arrays and integration with the Orion technology backbone’s virtualization, server and application monitoring components, IT pros can see into an IT environment from array to application.


SolarWinds SRM collects storage resource data to provide greater context into overall storage performance, allowing IT pros access to status, customizable UI dashboards, streamlined permissions, custom properties, alerting, role-based access control, and more.

  • Orion integration allows integration with SolarWinds’ AppStack dashboard, which delivers critical data from SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) and SolarWinds Virtualization Manager, giving IT Pros end-to-end visibility into the underlying IT infrastructure to better troubleshoot application issues. Orion capabilities also allow SolarWinds SRM to provide configurable automatic alerting, event monitoring and reporting.
  • SolarWinds SRM supports common array vendors including new NetApp Cluster-mode, NetApp 7-mode, NetApp E-series family, IBM N-series, EMC VNX & VNX2 family EMC Celerra, and Dell EqualLogic PS Series, among others.
  • With real-time NAS and SAN performance monitoring, IT pros can quickly isolate I/O hotspots to identify what’s causing a problem before it can impact the solution.
  • SolarWinds SRM monitors storage capacity with projected growth rates, giving IT pros the visibility to predict when capacity will be reached to properly plan storage capacity growth.


More info: SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor

Video: Storage Resource Monitoring Software: Introduction to Storage Resource Monitor

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) features several powerful new enhancements and expanded application support, allowing IT pros to better maintain business-critical application performance. IT pros with heterogeneous IT environments can now monitor apps and servers on premises or in the cloud and can assess application performance as it relates to other IT infrastructure components within the new AppStack dashboard.

  • SolarWinds SAM’s new cloud agent allows IT pros to extend monitoring to Windows servers hosted by cloud-based services such as Amazon EC2, Rackspace, Microsoft Azure, or virtually any other Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
    • The new agent technology gives IT pros the ability to monitor any application hosted in the public cloud and provides visibility to cloud server compute resource usage and performance. It can also be used to monitor servers and applications where agentless technologies are not optimal, such as servers in DMZs, or where network bandwidth is constrained.
    • SolarWinds SAM monitors these assets just as if they were hosted on premises, featuring Orion functionality and including the data within the AppStack dashboard.
    • The agent utilizes encrypted communication and is simple to maintain with automatic agent upgrades.
  • In addition to existing out-of-the-box support for over 200 applications, SolarWinds SAM features new AppInsight for IIS to ensure optimal website performance with critical Microsoft IIS Web server monitoring. It automatically collects performance metrics and displays real-time and historical data in a single dashboard so IT pros can easily monitor IIS Web server statistics as well as website and application pool performance.
    • AppInsight for IIS lets IT pros automatically monitor SSL certificate expiration, website response time, page request server execution time, total connection attempts, current connections, network I/O, requests and more.
    • Instead of remotely accessing each Web server, IT pros can take advantage of management actions right from the Web console including restarting, stopping or un-managing application pools and websites.
  • SolarWinds SAM features the new AppStack dashboard, which lets IT pros quickly troubleshoot application problems by providing insight into the application’s dependencies among servers, virtual servers and storage infrastructure – all from a single pane of glass – as well as the ability to correlate performance across multiple domains. With this dashboard, IT pros will be able to identify the source of application issues in seconds.


  More info: SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager and SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM) are now integrated into SolarWinds’ Orion technology backbone for more comprehensive insight into IT infrastructure performance. This integration also allows the insertion of critical virtualization and Web performance data within SolarWinds’ AppStack dashboard for greater visibility into the health and performance of applications.


What is Orion?

Orion is the unique platform technology that is the backbone of many SolarWinds solutions across network (performance, traffic, configuration, IP addresses, etc.), systems (servers and applications, storage) and beyond. Orion collects data on the health of these various IT infrastructure components and displays the results in a common, easy-to-understand dashboard. Monitoring functionalities include reporting and alerting and management functionalities include built-in remediation actions like starting/stopping processes, deleting snapshots, starting websites and more.


With Orion modules for virtualization and Web performance monitoring, SolarWinds empowers IT pros to share critical performance metrics and data among other modules within Orion. This information is also now visible in the AppStack dashboard, so that IT pros can see the status and relationships among website user experience, applications, servers, and virtual and storage infrastructure layers. By having complete visibility from the array to the application, users are able to pinpoint the source of application performance issues in seconds.


SolarWinds Virtualization Manager provides comprehensive VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V capacity planning, performance monitoring, VM sprawl control, configuration management, and chargeback automation. With new integration into the Orion technology backbone and AppStack dashboard-enablement, Virtualization Manager shows the datastore level of detail that bridges the critical details from Storage Resource Monitor to Server & Application Monitor.

  • IT pros can troubleshoot a virtual environment with visibility from a virtual machine all the way through the storage environment.
  • Orion functionality empowers users to take action on their virtual infrastructures (e.g., start/stop/reboot a VM), allowing them to delegate operational tasks to non-virtual admins or teams (such as helpdesk) without providing access to a hypervisor.
  • IT pros can create and delete virtual snapshots from within the Orion console.
  • The Web-based alerting engine allows users to create custom alerts that can trigger scripts and actions when thresholds are met.


SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor helps IT pros troubleshoot Web application performance issues for internal or customer-facing uses (CRM, ERP, help desk, intranet), providing powerful and easy website monitoring for applications on both sides of the firewall. With full Orion functionality and AppStack dashboard integration, customers can find the root cause of application performance issues across website and infrastructure resources all in a single pane of glass. With SolarWinds WPM, IT pros can:

  • Map transactions or webpage user experience to underlying infrastructure, including servers, databases, virtual machines or storage infrastructure (monitored via SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager and SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor).
  • Quickly identify whether the issue is in the front-end or back-end infrastructure.
  • Prioritize infrastructure performance issues by providing context of the user experience.


More info on SolarWinds Virtualization Manager and SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor

SolarWinds’ new AppStack dashboard integrates the monitoring of applications, servers, storage resources and virtualization into single pane of glass to show the status of all IT infrastructure components that ultimately impact an application and its user, anticipating the common question, “what’s causing the application problem?” Now IT pros can see the application dependencies among applications, servers, virtual servers and storage infrastructure to locate the problem and can correlate events and performance across multiple domains.


SolarWinds’ AppStack is not a standalone product, but rather a capability built into SolarWinds’ systems management products to provide a complete view of the interconnected components of an IT infrastructure. Born from SolarWinds’ Orion technology backbone, AppStack provides a strategic IT performance management platform with which an IT pro can customize and launch an IT infrastructure monitoring and management solution for the specific needs of any organization and can grow and change that solution as the organization grows and changes.


  • Components include SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM) for full insight from array to application, SolarWinds Virtualization Manager for performance of virtual infrastructures, and SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) for critical storage array data, as well as SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM) for insight into the performance of web-based applications. Each unique product includes the AppStack dashboard for the components it manages, allowing users to start with a single focus and/or add more functionality and visibility as needed.
  • Functionality: IT pros can simply click on a particular application and the AppStack dashboard will automatically highlight all of its underlying infrastructure components to help IT pros pinpoint the potential problem areas of application failure (while also reducing extraneous noise common in large environments). With distinct status indicators, they can then localize the malfunctioning asset – be it the storage array, pool, data store, host, server, application, etc. – and take immediate action to fix the problem.
  • Customization: IT organizations can build custom AppStack dashboards for specific teams to prioritize their monitoring and can filter by application, group, node, and more while also able to gain visibility into other parts of the infrastructure that might ultimately impact or be impacted by their domain. This also helps the overall collaboration among IT teams/silos.


More info: SolarWinds AppStack Dashboard

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