NPM is currently has two separate instances in our company with more than 13 polling engines to assist in the monitoring process. We have had this product for many years, around seven I believe, and have recently begun to expand on it's initial features by adding NTA. With the recent update, NPM 12, NTA became integrated with NPM information at the new view level which has several added benefits and time saving value. Also the ability to monitor and manage F5 loa balancing is a major asset for NPM. Other features that we are eager to expand on is the ability to monitor custom elements. After doing some research on this in the THWACK community I hope to implement groups in combination with these custom features to save time when trying to view something. For instance, NPM offers the ability to unmange an objet but does not provide any type of unmanaged report or provide fields offering explanations for why the node is unmanaged, if this is temporary or permanent, etc The only "complaint" we have with NTA/NPM is the reporting feature. While it is known that these are not the main feature of these services it would be nice if SolarWinds would give more freedom in the report building area if they are not going to expand on the features already provided.
Overall I would say that having Network Performance Monitoring capabilities has really enhanced our ability to troubleshoot network issues, provide more consistent service throughout the company and give insight to trends and patterns on device history. It has even helped us prevent some issues before they reach the critical explosive point and stop working. NTA in combination with NPM can be fabulous in some troubleshooting areas because of the ability to monitor bandwidth and user activity from set locations. On top of that there's a large amount of community support through the forums, and SolarWinds has training classes that can take you to the next level in your environment.
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