I've been deploying and maintaining SolarWinds for the past 9 years and have never had the need to use an Additional Web Server (AWS) in any of my environments. Right now I'm doing an initial deployment for a new company that will have about 50 concurrent users, and I'm wondering if I should look into purchasing the AWS license and install it on its own dedicated server.
We're still in the deployment phase, with a low number of users actually using it right now, so I'm unsure how to measure the performance gain with a dedicated web server. Our environment has 2.3k nodes, 60k elements, and 4 Additional Polling Engines (APEs). For modules we have NPM, NCM, SAM, and NTA.
Does anyone here have any experience with AWSs have any insight into the performance gain you've seen by splitting the web server off from the Main Polling Engine (MPE)?
Things I'm most curious on:
- What's the list-price for an AWS? I can't find it on the North American Price Sheet.
- Is it possible to stack the AWS with an APE similar to how you can stack APEs with the MPE?
- At what level of concurrent users would a business typically purchase an AWS?
- If the MPE goes down for maintenance does that cause errors in the AWS, or can I reboot the MPE and still deliver the site to users? Does AWS rely on the MPE?
Thanks in advance on any insight you all might have!