The higher ups in my company are pushing us to use solarwinds as our primary monitoring tool, but from what I've seen, and contact with the sales reps it doesn't seem to be the best tool for this job.
We currently use what's up gold, it has an easy to see map layout. It's quick to see nodes and links that are down etc and it automatically raises alerts via SNMP.
From looking at solarwinds it seems to be a tool to use if you were wanting to dive deep into stats, rather than something which provided instantaneous alerting of live incidents.
Can solarwinds be used as the only network monitoring tool, or do you supplement it with something else?