Network load Solarwinds SAM



I have a question about the Solarwinds Server and application monitor: What is the network load when monitoring?

We have a few clients to whom we have a limited connection(a few kb/s), but we still want to be able to monitor their locations. Would that be possible?


Remco IJntema

  • I am monitoring 300 nodes and NIC statistics on SAM server shows 3.0Mbps average receive and 1.0Mbps average transmit.

    You should probably host monitoring serve on client's side

  • FormerMember
    0 FormerMember over 7 years ago in reply to AlexSoul

    Thank you! I wanted to do this anyway, but we want to monitor it from a single location in our Datacenter, wich is not possible as per your answer.

  • If you have NTA you can isolate the traffic in IP groups and measure it. Because each application monitor can be different, I would apply the app monitor to  a local server if possible and monitor the required bandwidth in bps with NTA. From there you can examine the available bandwidth is NPM and see if you have the bandwidth you need.

    [edit] And if it looks like there is plenty of available bandwidth you could just apply the monitor in off hours and check with NPM to see if there is any significant increase in traffic. This can be done w/o NTA.


  • It all really depends on the number of nodes being monitored across those slow links, how many applications, and what the polling method being used is. What kind of link is this that you're running, a 56k? How many hosts on the other side of that link are you wanting to monitor?

  • FormerMember
    0 FormerMember over 7 years ago in reply to aLTeReGo

    The link we are running is an Sattelite link, so the speeds are insanely slow. We have a couple of server on this locations, 2 or 3, and a couple of switches and UPS's. And one application. So we can assume 10-20 devices. On the locations, we will be  deploying an SolarWinds instance with server, database and console. And we will be doing this on a few locations. We want to be able to at least manage the user accounts and settings of those locations, from our central datacentre, and if possible also be able to see the data from those locations.